Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1)

Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1)


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Escape from the Carnivale (Never Land Series #1) by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, 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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786837892
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Series: Never Land Series , #1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ridley Pearson isthe award-winning, best-selling author of Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom KeepersII: Disney at Dawn, and Kingdom Keepers III:Disney in Shadow, as well as Steel Trapp- The Challenge and SteelTrapp-The Academy. Ridley has also coauthored, along with Pulitzer Prizewinning writer Dave Barry, the Peter and the Starcatchers series. Ridley, his wife, Marcelle, and their two daughters divide their time between St. Louis,Missouri, and Sun Valley, Idaho.

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.


Miami, Florida

Date of Birth:

July 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Armonk, New York


B.A. in English, Haverford College, 1969

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Escape from the Carnivale 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written by the same authors who created 'Peter and the Star Catchers.' Both books act as prequels to the familiar story of Peter Pan. However, where 'Peter and the Star Catchers' is appropriate for older children and young adolescents, 'Escape from the Carnivale' was written for younger children. It would be a terrific book for those children who are beginning to read chapter books. The action in the story starts quickly, so the reader is drawn into the story, and the quick pace is maintained throughout the short chapters. Even though Peter himself does not appear in the story, the main characters are all young children that readers will be able to relate to. Some characters were introduced in 'Peter and the Star Catchers,' but the story line is separate from that series, so understanding and enjoyment is not dependent on reading the other book. The black and white drawings, which are placed liberally throughout the book, are pleasing and nicely illustrate the action of the story. The plot line is enjoyable. A young girl must recruit the help of one of the Lost Boys when her mermaid friend is captured. Their adventure has them confronting Captain Hook and his pirates, fierce storms, and the gigantic crocodile. There is a heart-warming ending, in which the girls learn a valuable lesson about the consequences of not listening to their elders. The nice thing about this book, as well as 'Peter and the Star Catchers,' is that Pearson and Barry stay true to the original elements of Peter Pan. You will see Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his pirates, mermaids, crocodiles, and the native people who live on the island. The only big draw-back to the book was the use of a few words that may be too hard for young children to read and understand on their own. For example, 'phosphorescence' was used a couple of times, as well as 'mustachioed.' Children may need someone to tell them these words and their meanings. While this book is not of the same magnitude of 'Peter and the Star Catchers,' it must be remembered that this is a separate (but related) series. It is a good adventure story for the target audience which is young children.
-Biebergirl97 More than 1 year ago
Take your imagination to beyond what it can handle. The Never Land Series is very well written with thrills, imagination, and heart. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson write amazing books and this is one of my favorites. It's a must-read for any creative or "Disne-loving" kid!
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