Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1)

Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1)

by Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry, Greg Call
     
 

Little Scallop should be happy. She’s a princess of the Mollusk tribe, rulers of beautiful Mollusk Island. And she has two fun friends - Aqua and Surf - who just happen to be mermaids.

But Little Scallop is bored. Her warrior brothers are allowed to do exciting things, like spying on the pirates who live on the other side of the island. Little Scallop longs

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Overview

Little Scallop should be happy. She’s a princess of the Mollusk tribe, rulers of beautiful Mollusk Island. And she has two fun friends - Aqua and Surf - who just happen to be mermaids.

But Little Scallop is bored. Her warrior brothers are allowed to do exciting things, like spying on the pirates who live on the other side of the island. Little Scallop longs to have a real adventure. When Aqua and Surf invite her to go pearl-diving - even though she knows she shouldn’t - she can’t resist.

So late one night, she sneaks off into forbidden waters with Aqua and Surf. That’s when the trouble starts - they run into a fierce storm and a strange ship sailed by men who would love to capture a mermaid. Soon, Little Scallop is caught up in the adventure she always wanted. The question is: can she and her friends get out of it?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Devotees of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's prequels to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan (Peter and the Starcatchers; Peter and the Shadow Thieves) will want to check out their Escape from the Carnivale, illus. by Greg Call, the first in a Never Land Adventure series told from the viewpoint of the creatures that give Mollusk Island its name. Little Scallop, daughter of chief mollusk Fighting Prawn, befriends mermaids Aqua and Surf who gets kidnapped by humans. It's up to Little Scallop to save her. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Triss Robinson
This delightful story from the "Never Land Book" series is an adventure that will appeal to both young boys and girls alike. The story is make believe. It involves an island, natives, pirates, lost boys, mermaids and a bored young princess called Little Scallop who is ready for an adventure with her two mermaid friends. The two mermaids convince Little Scallop to go to the Great Reef and look for beautiful pearls. Since Little Scallop's father, the chief, has forbidden her from ever leaving the lagoon, they decide to wait and go after everyone is asleep that night. What they find at the Great Reef is not pearls, but a ship intent on catching unusual sea animals for their variety show. One of the mermaids gets caught in their net and is captured. This is where the adventure really starts for Little Scallop. Enlisting the help from the other mermaids and the lost boys from the island, they develop a dangerous plan to free the mermaid while having to deal with a group of angry pirates from the island bent on taking the ship for themselves. There is humor and lively action in this story, which makes it delightfully entertaining for young readers.
School Library Journal

Gr 3–6
The incomparable Jim Dale narrates Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's latest book (Disney Editions, 2006) in the Never Land series. Little Scallop, a princess of the Mollusk tribe, disobeys her father and decides to go exploring beyond the immediate seashore with her best friends, Aqua and Surf. The two mermaids take Little Scallop on a pearl diving expedition that leads them to the mysterious and dangerous part of Mollusk Island. Little Scallop, always jealous of her older brothers' adventures, gets a bit more than she bargained for when Surf is captured by a ship full of greedy men who have a traveling freak show. Horrible storms, Captain Hook, bizarre sea monsters, and frightening creatures are encountered in order to free Surf. Many familiar characters from Peter Pan make appearances. Dale gives a brilliant performance, using different voices and accents to differentiate the characters, and a well-paced narration to build suspense in this fantasy filled with humor.
—B. Allison GrayCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Disobeying their elders, Little Scallop and her mermaid friends Aqua and Surf go out past the reef in search of beautiful pearls. Unfortunately, Surf is captured by sailors on The Carnivale, a sideshow ship. To the rescue come James of the lost boys and some dolphin friends who combine to free the mermaid moments before the pirates would have arrived, if it weren't for the timely appearance of the giant crocodile still chasing Captain Hook. This Never Land adventure, first of a series for younger readers by the authors of the bestselling Peter and the Starcatchers (2004), lacks much more than Peter Pan. The stock characters have a completely predictable adventure in a stereotyped setting. The pirate subplot is unconvincing and unnecessary. Although the book is relatively short, the vocabulary and sentence structure are not noticeably easier than those for older readers and will be challenging for the intended audience. Older reluctant readers, however, may find the familiarity reassuring and the nonstop action an incentive to finishing. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786837892
Publisher:
Disney Editions
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
A Peter and the Starcatchers Never Land Book Series, #1
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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