The Bridge to Never Land

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Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read-the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older ...

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The Bridge to Never Land (Starcatchers Series #5)

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Aidan and Sarah Cooper have no idea what they're getting into one afternoon when they discover a mysterious coded document in a secret compartment of an antique English desk their father recently bought at an auction. Something about the document seems familiar to Sarah, and that night she realizes what it is: the document seems to be referring to some books she has read-the Starcatchers series, about the origin of Peter Pan. But how could that be? The document seems far older than the books. And of course, the books are just stories.
Curious, Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher the mysterious document. At first it's a game-unraveling the mystery piece by piece, each piece leading them to a new, deeper puzzle. But soon the game turns strange-and scary. Pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them, Aidan and Sarah embark on a desperate, thrilling quest for help-a quest that leads them to some unforgettable people in some unlikely places, including one that's not supposed to exist at all.

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In the beginning, their attempts at decipherment are just a game. Aidan and Sarah Cooper just want to gain some small glimpse about the meaning of the ancient manuscript; but each piece of the puzzle leads them towards another, ever deeper into the document and the alluring dangerous story it conceals. A new take on the Peter Pan legend by the authors of Peter & The Star Catchers.

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Pearson and Barry bring their Starcatchers series into the modern day, injecting it with a dose of metafiction in the process. Siblings Sarah and Aidan Cooper, ages 17 and 15, know all about Peter Pan's secret origin, having read the Starcatchers books when they were younger, but they never dreamed it could be real until they discover a riddle hidden in an old desk. Following the clues while on vacation in England, they find the last stash of magical starstuff on Earth, only to be stalked by the malevolent Lord Ombra. To protect themselves and keep the starstuff from Ombra, they track down the remnants of the Starcatchers and travel to Never Land, where they're swept up in the ongoing conflict between Peter Pan and Captain Hook. The book's joyful sense of adventure and wonder is tempered somewhat by the constant pursuit of authorities and parental figures, as well as scenes set in Disney World that seem to be designed to remind readers that runaway children are serious business in this day and age. Nonetheless, it's a worthy complement to the series. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—In the authors' latest foray into Never Land, siblings Aidan and Sarah Cooper aren't expecting to discover a coded message in the hidden compartment of an antique desk. But once they crack the code, the teens find themselves on a journey into the books in the "Starcatchers" series (Hyperion), discovering that the stories are indeed real and that they must hurry to stop a golden box of starstuff from getting into the wrong hands. Along the way, they meet up with J.D. Aster, the reluctant descendant of Molly and Wendy Aster; narrowly escape the police; and set off an East Coast search for their whereabouts. This novel doesn't maintain the wonderful humor of the original series, and much of the story seems to be a setup for later installments. The kinetic journey seems far-fetched, even for this series, and the stop-and-go plot skips from one madcap escape to the next with little cohesion or true purpose. Aidan and Sarah also seem a bit immature for their ages. Hopefully the next book will provide the plot, humor, and character development that the authors are known for.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423160298
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: Peter and the Starcatchers Series , #5
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 112,393
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far); The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog; Dave Barry's Money Secrets; and Big Trouble. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape from the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair.

Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney At Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, Steel Trapp: The Challenge, and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View and Killer Weekend. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Biography

In the introduction to Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down, the author addresses the desirability of his job as a humor writer and syndicated columnist. "It looks so easy!" he wrote. "...Every year, hundreds of thousands of people try their hand at this demanding profession. After a few months, almost all of them have given up and gone back to the ninth grade."

Yes, Barry is juvenile at times -- but he has achieved the kind of success that can only come from combining a juvenile mind with intelligence, timing, and a keen eye for the absurd. Favorite Barry targets include government inanity, dogs, guys, the Internet, and other oddities of life. He also specializes in weird news and urban myths involving UFO hunters, Pop-Tart science, and toilets. Many of these essays feature the line that has become his catchphrase, "I am not making this up." (Unless, of course, he is introducing something serious and daunting such as a book about the federal government, in which case he reassures that he has made everything up.)

Usually, though, he's not making it up. What he's doing is making it very funny. Whether the target is Congress or commercials, Barry refuses to take anything seriously, least of all himself – but he manages to convey some pretty indicting truths in the process. He's a master of irony and visual punchlines, sometimes interrupting himself with lists, snippets of dialogue, or other on-topic digressions. On the subject of turning 50 and dealing with waning eyesight (a "good thing" about aging, because "you can't read anything"), Barry describes finding restaurant menus suddenly printed "in letters the height of bacteria." He continues: "For some reason, everybody else seemed to be able to read the menus. Not wishing to draw attention to myself, I started ordering my food by simply pointing to a likely looking blur.

ME (pointing to a blur): I'll have this.
WAITER: You'll have "We Do Not Accept Personal Checks"?
ME: Make that medium rare."

Barry has had the most successful and prolific publishing career of any working newspaper columnist, and his humor never seems to go out of style. In 1999, he decided to try his hand at fiction. The result was Big Trouble, a comic thriller à la Carl Hiassen (though filled more with gags than guns) that Entertainment Weekly proclaimed "... not only very funny, [but] sure-footed, even-handed, levelheaded, and other leading book review adjectives." In 2004, he and Ridley Pearson collaborated on Peter and the Starcatchers, a clever prequel to Peter Pan that spawned two additional novels and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Along with several other published authors, Barry is a member of the musical group Rock Bottom Remainders. In assessing the band's talents, he has been quoted as saying: "They are not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud."

Good To Know

The Rock Bottom Remainders was originally organized by a publicist to perform at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention. The members -- which include (or have included) Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, Mitch Albom, and Matt Groening -- even took their show on the road at one point, turning it into the now out-of-print Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude.

Some things never change: Barry was elected class clown by his Pleasantville High School class in 1965.

Barry got his start in journalism at the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, then worked as a business writing consultant before joining the Miami Herald in 1983.

Attempts to convert Barry's humor to the screen have been less than memorable. The early '90s CBS sitcom based on two of his books and starring Harry Anderson, Dave's World, was short-lived; the spring 2002 release Big Trouble, starring Tim Allen, didn't fare well at the box office. Barry did, however, get a cameo in the latter.

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    1. Hometown:
      Miami, Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Armonk, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

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    Amazing!

    I'm big fan of the Peter and the Starcatchers Series, but when I first heard that this book was based on modern time, I wasn't sure it I would like it or not. So, I bought the book not sure if it would be as good as the other books, but to my surprise this book was just as good or even better then the first four books in the series, it was different, but good. I highly recommend that read this book. You will not be disappointed. And it sounds like there might be a 6th book coming out, I hope so!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Best Starcatchers book!

    Sarah and Aiden Cooper are playing around the house when Aiden accidentally opens a hidden compartment in an antique desk. Inside is an old, mysterious message, and the two quickly decide to follow it and see where it leads. They track leads from Pennsylvania, all the way to London (due to a convenient family trip), then back again through multiple states. But with every mystery they solve, a dark force is gaining strength and chasing their trail behind them.

    I read the previous four Starcatchers books, and they were just okay. The series had an awesome premise that I was totally drawn to, especially since it related to Peter Pan. But I felt a lot of the books were drawn out too long. There was plenty of action, sure, just not enough interesting story to keep me glued to my seat. With The Bridge to Never Land, I was hooked from the first chapter. The series became self referential and mentioned the previous books by name! How cool is that?? I enjoyed this story much more, perhaps because it took place in modern times, with easily recognized technology and places (Disney World!). Ombra was also better in this book than in previous ones, with his control over Raven's being honestly spooky! I am not sure I agreed with the authors that Sarah was seventeen - she acted much younger. And then the reader is asked to pretty strongly suspend their disbelief towards the end. But these little missteps are largely over shadowed by the fun and action of the rest of the story. Definitely the best book in the Starcatchers series - and would be a great tie-in to the Kingdom Keepers!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    I love Ridley Pearson, I personally feel that this book reminds me of his amazing writing, the only thing I have to say about this book that is not the most perfect part of the book is her age, other than that I was hooked to the book all the way through, don't listen to anyone who says this book is bad they are, i think, wrong, Go Ridley Pearson!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Amazing. Drew me in completely

    I just bought this book, and i am VERY happy with it. The first couple chapters i read completely drew me in, i got to know the characters pretty well, and once i finished the book, i wished all of them were real. I totally cried at the end of the book, and i really hope Dave and Ridley make another one. There are no swear words in this book a far as i know, but there are some very interesting battles. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    If you don't read this, you just passed over the greatest book ever!!!

    I loved this book so much that I finished it in two days. Ridley Pearson is my favorite author ever!!!! This is JUST AS GOOD as the Kingdom Keepers Books, and it is THE BEST of the Peter and the Starcatchers series. I highly recommend it. The only thing I didn't like was Sarah's age. There's no way a seventeen year old girl would act like that. I think they should have had her at fifteen at most. Other than that, I have no complaints! If you are thinking about reading this the answer is yes!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Bridge to never land

    This is a aw some book. Its cool and adventurous.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Anonymous

    Awesome book, if you have not read. READ IT!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Great book and to below

    This book is one of the best books ive read. Id rate the age group 10+ . I also liked the kingdom keepers by ridley pearson. See lightning theif for full books that i liked.- book critic ayden

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Ridley's biggest fan!!!!!!!!

    This is better than the series it preludes!!!!!!! This would work great if it were somehow tyed into the kingdom keepers series! This my favorite series! Its a great plot. Constant action. Great charecters. Its the best book ever! I love Ridley Pearson's writing. He is my favorite author and I want to meet him! Kingdom Keepers 6 is called dark passage!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Probably awesome

    I read the starcatchers books and couldnt wait for this to come out. The others are good so i hope this is too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Seriously?

    While the 4th book was disappointing, this one was a disaster. I can't even believe it's written by the same authors. Characters were flat, the story choppy . . . very, very disappointing. Left series with a bad taste in my mouth, and I LOVED the first three books. :-(

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Amazing

    I hope theyll make another...

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

    Good, but awful at the same

    It made me cry... for like hours

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Great

    Great book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    AMAZING

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVA!!!!! ITS THE BEST BOOK IN THE SERIES YET!!!!!! I HOPE THERES MORE COMIN OUT

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    I'm only on page 198.

    The characters and settings aren't elaborately described, which I find disappointing, because I can't REALLY picture what is happening. There is a great plot, though with suspense, action, and some humourous elements. The characters are a bit flat. I would recommend this book to a younger crowd.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    Great  Book.  Couldn't put it down!

    Great  Book.  Couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    This is a great series that boys will enjoy. I read the first bo

    This is a great series that boys will enjoy. I read the first book Peter and the Starcatchers and enjoyed the short chapters that were so exciting you wanted to keep reading. My youngest boy is 12 and he read this this book, Bridge to Neverland in 3 days. He thought it was really good. My 14 year old son read it in 2 days and thought it was the best in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    AMAZING

    PEARSON AND BEARY DO IT AGAIN INSTANT THIRLLER FULL OF SUSPENSE AWESOME

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Great book.

    YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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