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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (549 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dave Barry Narrator: Jim Dale Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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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? Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey Gillespie | 2/15/2014

    " A fun children's book. Short and featuring the lost boys from Peter Pan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/14/2014

    " This is book 1 of the Never Land Adventure books written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that supplement the Peter Pan prequel stories that they've also written. It's a fun easy to read little adventure story with some familiar characters, probably geared more towards the younger audience. I'd say it's at the same reading level as the Spiderwick Chronicles . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 2/5/2014

    " great book exciting and a classic peter pan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 2/5/2014

    " Freddy was worried that this was a "girl" book because the first couple chapters are about mermaids in pearls, but once it got started there was enough action to satisfy a 6 year old boy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gem | 2/1/2014

    " a mermaids point of view. boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sadi | 1/31/2014

    " Like the other ones in this series if you have not read at least the first book (Peter and the Starcatchers or something like that) you have no idea what is going on. Also an author note that this is for younger childern but I oddly did not see how the language was for younger children in any manner. If you are reading it to them than yes its fine but if reading on their own there may be some language barriers that a parent will have to help with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tlc | 1/22/2014

    " I really, really liked this series and am enjoying these short "in between the novels" books finding out what happens on the island while Peter (aka Peter Pan) is gone. This one focused on the Chief's daughter Shining Pearl and the twin mermaid girls, with Lost Boy James helping them out of their pirate predicament (that's all I'm saying.) I think you appreciate these shorter books after reading through the different longer novels (Peter and the Starcatchers and 3 others.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry Johanson | 1/20/2014

    " Definitely for children as opposed to young adults. It was fine and had good message for children about following what your parents tell you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2014

    " A more simplistic story for a younger reader/listener. Some of the same characters from the Peter and the Starcatchers series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 1/11/2014

    " This is the first in a three part series that follows on from Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatcher series. Designed for younger children, they are short stories about the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 12/25/2013

    " Cute introduction to Barry & Pearson's Never Land. And the main characters in the stories are a little girl, mermaids, the Lost Boys, and pirates, so it appeals to boys AND girls. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 12/14/2013

    " Good adventure. I was so interested I read it in one night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Craner | 11/30/2013

    " I checked this one out to see if I could get my second grader to read it. Meh. I wasn't excited. She wasn't excited. Apparently we prefer Gail Carson Levine's version of Neverland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal Markham | 11/12/2013

    " I love this story you get a better look into life on Neverland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audra | 11/4/2013

    " This is a fun series with great characters. I love Pearson as a children's writer and I love all of Barry's works. I'll continue to read everything they put out together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 11/2/2013

    " Fun little book about Neverland, I read it when I was younger and enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/31/2013

    " Cute story about the characters who live on Mollusk Island (Peter Pan's Never Land). Mermaids and Lost Boys and Pirates, oh my. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Stallings | 9/25/2013

    " I loved this book! I wasn't really excited when I found out I had to read it because it looks like a baby book but when I read it I loved it! Its a amazing. book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 9/21/2013

    " This is a really good book! With one sentence the author had me hooked! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/5/2013

    " Super quick read. My nine year old and I love these little in-between books for the Peter and the Starcatcher series. They have great adventure and are well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/2/2013

    " Fun short story about what is going on in Neverland while Book 2 of Peter and Starcatchers is being written. This is a book for younger children, although that didn't stop us from enjoying it, it is jsut a lot shorter and less complicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/5/2013

    " So far this is our least favorite of the series, but it's still pretty good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/28/2013

    " Peter does not make an appearance in this book. This is for new readers but failed to bore this veteran, it moved along at a nice clip and the illustrations gild the lily, charm wise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse Menoni | 7/12/2012

    " This was really cute. I'm gonna look for other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taralen | 6/21/2012

    " This book was a rather fun read. The language was just about right and the pacing was good. The story has some interesting characters and amusing moments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 5/6/2012

    " Pretty good read, short but fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 3/6/2012

    " Cute book, nice fun read especially if you like the new Peter Pan books from this universe. Nothing profound; best described as quirky... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 9/27/2011

    " A well-written, quick tale; good for elementary-age children. A good adventure that illustrates courage, resourcefulness, compassion, and the consequences of disobedience. Plus it has lots of silly characters and situations. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 9/27/2011

    " A fun, quick read in the great series by Barry & Pearson, but directed towards younger readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Eberle | 5/12/2011

    " Neverland adventure for the very young set. Worth reading if only because the head dolphin is named after Warren Zevon which is totally badass. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 4/30/2011

    " I checked this one out to see if I could get my second grader to read it. Meh. I wasn't excited. She wasn't excited. Apparently we prefer Gail Carson Levine's version of Neverland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taralen | 4/20/2011

    " This book was a rather fun read. The language was just about right and the pacing was good. The story has some interesting characters and amusing moments.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/26/2010

    " This is the first in a three part series that follows on from Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson's Peter and the Starcatcher series. Designed for younger children, they are short stories about the adventures of Peter Pan in Neverland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 11/16/2010

    " Pretty good read, short but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/11/2010

    " Fun short story about what is going on in Neverland while Book 2 of Peter and Starcatchers is being written. This is a book for younger children, although that didn't stop us from enjoying it, it is jsut a lot shorter and less complicated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LunaBeth | 8/28/2010

    " This book was actually pretty boring for me...I have the next one and will probably read it...but, eh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 8/19/2010

    " A fun, quick read in the great series by Barry & Pearson, but directed towards younger readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/4/2010

    " Super quick read. My nine year old and I love these little in-between books for the Peter and the Starcatcher series. They have great adventure and are well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 6/25/2010

    " Freddy was worried that this was a "girl" book because the first couple chapters are about mermaids in pearls, but once it got started there was enough action to satisfy a 6 year old boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 6/3/2010

    " Definitely for children as opposed to young adults. It was fine and had good message for children about following what your parents tell you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/4/2010

    " While not nearly as good as the two Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson books in the series I did enjoy reading this to my 10 year old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 2/8/2010

    " I really am enjoying these tales of Neverland while Peter is away. They are a lot lighter then Peter's adventures but still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/31/2009

    " Connor and I had so much fun reading this book together. It was really hard to stick to a two chapter limit! It was such a fun adventure! I can't wait to get the other two books in this series. It's a great read for kids 6 and up. "

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About the Author
Author Dave Barry

Dave Barry’s bestsellers include his Peter Pan prequels, written with Ridley Pearson; I’ll Mature When I’m Dead; and Lunatics, written with Alan Zweibel. He is also the author of the two dark comic suspense novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business. A play based on his first Peter Pan book, Peter and the Starcatchers, is currently a hit on Broadway. He lives in Coral Gables, Florida.

About the Narrator

Jim Dale is the voice of all the characters in the Harry Potter audiobook series. As a narrator he has won two Grammy Awards, seven Grammy nominations, and ten Audie Awards. As a stage and screen actor, he has won a Tony Award, four Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. In 2004 he was made a member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth.