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The Bridge to Never Land

by Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson (Author), Ridley Pearson

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Series: A Never Land Book (0), Starcatchers (companion)

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Sarah and Aidan begin to decipher a mysterious document that refers to the origins of Peter Pan and are suddenly pursued by a being that can take any form and will stop at nothing to get what it wants from them.
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This installment wasn't exactly as I expected it to be. I enjoyed it a lot, but I felt it lacked in comparison to the previous four books. I'm hoping that there will be another installment to the series soon! ( )
  spellbindingstories | May 24, 2018 |
Quick read. A fun book. ( )
  EdenSteffey | Mar 14, 2018 |
I have loved the Peter and the Starcatchers series, and was thrilled to hear that there would be more. This book was very disappointing though. I have two major complaints. Firstly, there is a blaring plot hole. Because the kids find out the stories in the books that these authors wrote are true, that means these books are real- which means the authors should exist in their world.
I found it very odd that the children in this story decided, after finding out it was all real, that they needed to find a starcatcher. The obvious first thought would be that the person with any information would be the authors. They would be a lot easier to contact than a secret society. That would have been really awkward though... It was just kind of weird. I think they should have at least addressed the issue- and filled it in nicely.
The second complaint I had was that this book curses several times. (I know, a little petty.) I listened to all the books on audio, and had no problems letting my kids hear. (6 and 4) I was glad my kids weren't home when I was listening.
I don't know if the authors decided to add swearing to this book because it took place in modern times, so that meant that modern kids swear more- or because they forgot they were writing books for kids.
It just frustrated me. I hope there isn't another book. ( )
  mollypitchermary | Oct 11, 2017 |
Good, exciting read, mostly aimed at younger readers, but with enough material for adults to keep them interested. ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 10, 2015 |
I read this story aloud to my 9 year old daughter...we are fans of the "Peter and the Starcatchers" series and really looked forward to this book.

I have to say that it is very different than the previous series. I found the idea of this wonderfully rich and detailed world that explained how Peter and the Lost Boys came to be in Never Land, and where exactly Captain Hook came from, to be absolutely wonderful. We were enthralled throughout all of the first four books. This story was engaging, humorous and entertaining...but it wasn't quite as enticing or engrossing as the previous books were.

While this book is sort of a sequel to the "Peter and the Starcatchers" books, it isn't really a sequel to the last book. It is more of a sequel to all of them as a group. In this book, we get an entirely different cast of characters at first. For the majority of the book none of the characters we grew to love and root for in the past books are involved. While it is interesting to see the difference between how children of today's world would have to deal with the adventures in protecting Starstuff from the evil Ombra as compared to Molly and Peter, for me the story lost something in the transition to modern day.

The book did pick up once the children were able to get to Peter, but for some reason it really bothered me that both children didn't get to experience Never Land. Additionally, the tie-in between Disney publishing this book and the fact that a very large amount of the story is set at Disney World got to be a bit old after a while. It sort of felt like I was reading a constant commercial for DisneyWorld.

Overall, my daughter and I both did enjoy the book, however not nearly as much as the previous books in the series. I think this was largely because of how much we missed the interaction and obvious caring between Peter and Molly.

Perhaps the very brilliant Misters Barry and Pearson could, rather than continuing to write in this universe, mine another fairy tale or story for a similar sort of "if you only knew the truth" backstory? What really happened in "Alice in Wonderland", or "Sleeping Beauty"? What was the 'truth' behind "Rapunzel"? I'd love to see what else they could come up with. ( )
  Clare_M | May 25, 2014 |
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Dave Barryprimary authorall editionscalculated
Pearson, RidleyAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Pearson, Ridleymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Andrews, MacleodNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Call, GregIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Michelle, Marcelle, Sophie, Rob, Storey, Paige, and Bishoppe
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BERN, SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 1905

The woman made her way carefully along the icy sidewalk, pulling her long wool coat tight against the harsh winter wind and swirling snowflakes.
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