Cave of the Dark Wind (Never Land Series #2)

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While Peter is away from the island, James and the other Lost Boys discover a mysterious cave. Shining Pearl and her sister Little Scallop warn the boys that the cave is a dangerous place, inhabited by a creature known as the Goat Taker-a beast so scary that even the Mollusk tribe fears it. But the boys can't resist trying to discover the cave's secrets. When the first of those secrets turns out to be a tantalizing hint of a famous haunted treasure, Captain Hook and his band of cutthroat pirates quickly join the...
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2007 Audio CD Audio CD. An unabridged CD of the newest book by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry. 2 hours long. The CD is signed by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry.

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While Peter is away from the island, James and the other Lost Boys discover a mysterious cave. Shining Pearl and her sister Little Scallop warn the boys that the cave is a dangerous place, inhabited by a creature known as the Goat Taker-a beast so scary that even the Mollusk tribe fears it. But the boys can't resist trying to discover the cave's secrets. When the first of those secrets turns out to be a tantalizing hint of a famous haunted treasure, Captain Hook and his band of cutthroat pirates quickly join the hunt. Before long the children are fleeing for their lives in a dark and deadly underground labyrinthand their only hope of escape is to solve the mystery of the Cave of the Dark Wind.
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There is something irresistible about a cave. Shining Pearl had warned James and the other Lost Boys that the Cave of the Dark Wind is a dangerous place, occupied by a fearsome creature, but for the youthful adventurers, this shadowy cavern was pleading to be explored. At the beginning, this naïve daring seemed justified by their discovery of a tantalizing clue about a long-sought haunted treasure. But the mood changes instantly when Captain Hook and his bloodthirsty gang of pirates join the plunder hunt. Before they can say "Shazam!" the boys are fleeing for their lives, plunging deeper and deeper into the gaping earth. A mesmerizing adventure story.
Children's Literature - Sheryl O'Sullivan
A takeoff of the Peter Pan tale, this latest installment in the "Never Land" series finds the lost boys having an adventure of their own while Peter is away. The lost boys are living on Mollusk Island which has a mysterious cave that supposedly harbors both the dreadful Goat-Taker and a fabulous treasure. The boys decide to go into the Cave of the Dark Wind and enlist two girls of the Mollusk tribe to act as guides. Of course, Hook and his pirates are also on the island and also want the treasure. They follow the lost boys into the cave which leads to a wild chase in which the treasure is found and lost again, the mystery of the Goat-Taker is solved, and the boys, naturally, elude Hook and make a fool of him. The dialogue between Hook and his pirates is often quite humorous and reads like an Abbott and Costello comedy skit. Names of the characters are often descriptive of their characteristics, such as Shining Pearl, Pesky Lee, and Tubby Ted. Reviewer: Sheryl O'Sullivan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423309604
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/17/2007
  • Series: Never Land Series , #2
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize - winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's Money Secrets; Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys; Dave Barry Slept Here; Big Trouble; and Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, and Escape from the Carnivale. Ridley Pearson is the best-selling author of eighteen novels, including The Kingdom Keepers;Cut and Run; The Body of David Hayes; The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer; Beyond Recognition; Parallel Lies; and No Witnesses. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

Greg Call studied graphic design at the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. After graduating in 1983, he worked as an Art Director at the Colorado Institute of Art until the desire to do more illustrative work found him in Pasadena, California, attending The Art Center College of Design. Upon graduation in 1988, he began working freelance for clients in music, entertainment, and publishing. Greg has been recognized for his work repeatedly, including awards from the Society of Illustrators and Addy awards among others.

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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