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Barry Dave; & Pearson Ridley; Peter and the Secret of Rundoon

SKU: Barry Dave; AB0612-320 $29.95
Ridley Pearson born on March 13 1953 in Glen Cove New York is an author of suspense and thriller novels for adults and adventure books for children. Some of his books have appeared on the The New York Times Best Seller list. Literary career: Pearson became the first American to receive the Raymond Chandler-Fulbright Fellowship at Oxford University in 1991. Pearson's novels for adults include: Novels featuring characters John Knox & Grace Chu--The Risk Agent (2012): Novels featuring the character Walt Fleming--In Harm's Way (2010) Killer Summer (2009) Killer View (2008) and Killer Weekend (2007): Novels featuring the character Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews--The Body of David Hayes (2004) The Art of Deception (2002) Middle of Nowhere (2000) The Fist Victim (1999) The Pied Piper (1998) Beyond Recognition (1997) No Witnesses (1994) The Angel Maker (1993) and Undercurrents (1988): Standalone Novels include: Cut and Run (2005) The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2001)--(this novel produced under the pseudonym of Joyce Readon Ph.D) Parallel Lies (2001) Chain of Evidence (1995) Hard Fall (1992) Probable Cause (1990) The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall (1987) Blood of the Albatross (1986) and Never Look Back (1985). Ridley also wrote three Chris Klick my mysteries under the pseudonym of Wendell McCall. The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red was adapted as a film called The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003) After his daughter asked him how Peter Pan met Captain Hook Pearson teamed up with his long-time friend humorist Dave Barry to co-author Peter and the Starcatchers (2004) a prequel to Peter Pan which is published in the US by Disney and by Walker Books in the UK. The novel was adapted into a Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher written by Rick Elice which premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in early 2012 and earned the most Tony nominations of any play in history--9. The play received 5 Tony awards at the ceremony on June 10 2012. Pearson and Barry have produced three further prequels Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006) Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007) and Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009). Another Peter related book was also published by the duo called Bridge to Neverland (2011). Also for Disney Pearson has written novels set inside Disney theme parks called The Kingdom Keepers where five teenagers battle the Overtakers--the evil Disney villains--to keep the parks safe. Book 1: The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (2005) takes place in the Magic Kingdom: Book 2: The Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn(2008) takes place in the Animal Kingdom: Book 3: The Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow (2010) takes place in Epcot: Book 4: The Kingdom Keepers: Power Play (2011) takes place in Disney's Hollywood Studios: Book 5:The Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game(2012) takes place on the cruise ship--Disney Dream. Book 6 will also take place on the Disney Dream and Book 7 will round out the series in Disneyland. Pearson has also written Steel Trapp: The Challenge (2010) and Steel Trapp: The Academy (2008). Also with Dave Barry Ridley Pearson has written Science Fair (2008) and three Never Land books: Escape from the Carnivale (2006) Cave of the Dark Wind (2007) and Blood Tide (2008). Personal life Pearson was raised by his parents Robert and Betsy Pearson in Riverside Connecticut along with his siblings Bradbury and Wendy. He was educated at the Pomfret School the University of Kansas and Brown University. He lived in Shanghai China for the summer of 2008 and until summer of 2009 but has now come back to the US. His residence is in Saint Louis Missouri with his wife Marcelle and their two daughters Paige and Storey. He also has played bass guitar and sung for the Rock Bottom Remainders a band of published authors whose 20 year stint came to an end in June 2012. Bibliography: cents The Risk Agent (2012) cents In Harm's Way (2010) cents Killer Summer (2009) cents Killer View (2008) cents Killer Weekend (2007) cents Cut and Run. New York: Hyperion. 2005. ISBN 0-7868-6726-4. cents The Body Of David Hayes (2004) cents The Art Of Deception (2002) cents Parallel Lies. New York: Hyperion. 2001. ISBN 0-7868-6564-4. cents as Joyce Reardon Ph.D. (2001). The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 0-7868-6801-5. cents Middle Of Nowhere (2000) cents The First Victim (1999) cents The Pied Piper (1998) cents Beyond Recognition (1997) cents Chain of Evidence. New York: Hyperion. 1995. ISBN 0-7868-6172-x. cents No Witnesses (1994) cents The Angel Maker (1993) cents Hard Fall. New York: Delacorte Press. 1992. ISBN 0-385-30138-3. cents Probable Cause. New York: St Martin's Press. 1990. ISBN 0-312-03914-x. cents Undercurrents (1988) cents The Seizing of Yankee Green Mall. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1987. ISBN 0-312-00703-5. (later republished as Hidden Charges) cents Blood of the Albatross. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1986. ISBN 0-312-08448-x. cents Never Look Back. New York: St. Martin's Press. 1985. ISBN 0-312-56475-9. as Wendell McCall cents Concerto In Dead Flat (1999) cents Aim For The Heart (1990) cents Dead Aim (1988) Bibliography: for children The Kingdom Keepers cents Shell Game (2012) - New York: Disney Hyperion cents Power Play (2011) - New York: Disney Hyperion cents Disney In Shadow (2010) - New York: Disney Editions cents Disney at Dawn (2008) - New York: Disney Editions cents Disney After Dark (2005) - New York: Disney Editions. Sunshine State Young Readers Award 2009 Grade 6-8 winner. Peter and the Starcatchers cents The Bridge to Neverland (with Dave Barry) (2011) cents Peter and the Sword of Mercy (with Dave Barry) (2009) cents Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (with Dave Barry) (2007) cents Peter and the Shadow Thieves (with Dave Barry) (2006) cents Peter and the Starcatchers (with Dave Barry) (2004) - New York: Disney Editions Never Land chapter books cents Blood Tide (with Dave Barry) (2008) cents Cave Of The Dark Wind (with Dave Barry) (2007) cents Escape From The Carnivale (with Dave Barry) (2006) Steel Trapp cents Steel Trapp: The Academy (2010) cents Steel Trapp: The Challenge (2008) - New York: Disney Editions David ''Dave'' Barry (born July 3 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author and columnist who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. He has also written numerous books of humor and parody as well as comedic novels. Barry was born in Armonk New York where his father''also named David Barry''was a Presbyterian minister. He was educated at Wampus Elementary School and Harold C. Crittenden Junior High School (both in Armonk) and Pleasantville High School where he was elected ''Class Clown'' in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Haverford College in 1969. In his book Dave Barry's Greatest Hits he stated that during college he was in a band called ''The Federal Duck.'' As the son of a minister and an alumnus of a Quaker-affiliated college Barry avoided military service during the Vietnam War by registering as a religious conscientious objector. After divorcing his college sweetheart Barry married his second wife Beth Lenox in 1976 and they had one child Robert in 1980. Barry and Beth worked together at the Daily Local News in West Chester PA where they began their journalism careers on the same day in September 1971. Barry and Lenox divorced in 1993. In 1996 Barry married Miami Herald sportswriter Michelle Kaufman: they had a daughter Sophie in 2000. He has had dogs named Earnest Zippy and now Lucy. All are mentioned regularly in Barry's columns. While with the Miami Herald he created a band with his colleagues and named it the ''Urban Professionals'' where he played lead guitar. At the Tupperware Headquarters in Orlando Florida he played his hit song''The Tupperware Song''. He currently plays lead guitar in the The Rock Bottom Remainders a band founded by his late sister-in-law Kathi Kamen Goldmark in 1992. Other members include Stephen King Amy Tan Ridley Pearson Scott Turow Barry trades brother Sam and Mitch Albom. Journalism career: Dave Barry began his journalism career in 1971 working as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Local News in West Chester Pennsylvania near Haverford College from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He covered government and civic events in communities like Downingtown and Coatesville and was promoted to City Editor after about two years. He also started writing a weekly humor column for the paper and began to develop his unique style. He remained at the newspaper through 1974. He then worked briefly as a copy editor for The Associated Press at its Philadelphia Bureau before joining Burger Associates a consulting firm. At Burger he taught effective writing to business people. In his own words he ''spent nearly eight years trying to get various businesspersons to ... stop writing things like 'Enclosed please find the enclosed enclosures' but ... eventually realized that it was hopeless.'' In 1981 he wrote a humorous guest column in the Philadelphia Inquirer which attracted the attention of Gene Weingarten then an editor at Tropic the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald in Miami Florida. In 1983 Barry was hired by Weingarten as a humor columnist. Barry won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988''for his consistently effective use of humor as a device for presenting fresh insights into serious concerns.'' For a 1992 American Booksellers Association convention several authors including Barry formed a band for charity called The Rock Bottom Remainders (''remainder'' is a publishing term for a book that doesn't sell). The members of the band which has at various times included Stephen King Amy Tan Ridley Pearson Mitch Albom Kathi Kamen Goldmark Roy Blount Jr. Barbara Kingsolver and Matt Groening''are not musically skilled but they are extremely loud'' according to Barry. Several high-profile musicians including Al Kooper Warren Zevon and Roger McGuinn have performed with the band and Bruce Springsteen sat in at least once. The band's road tour resulted in the book Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude which is now out of print. Barry's first novel Big Trouble was made into a motion picture: directed by Barry Sonnenfeld it starred Tim Allen Rene Russo and Dave's World alumnus Patrick Warburton with a cameo by Barry. The movie was originally due for release in September 2001 but was postponed shortly after the September 11 2001 attacks because the story involved smuggling a nuclear weapon onto an airplane. In 2002 Barry poked fun at the city of Grand Forks North Dakota: the city responded by naming a sewage pumping station after him. Barry was a good sport and appeared in Grand Forks for the dedication. Articles written by Barry have appeared in publications such as Boating Home Office Computing and Reader's Digest in addition to the Chicken Soup for the Soul inspirational book series. Two of his articles have been included in the Best American Sportswriting series. One of his columns was used as the introduction to the book Pirattitude!: So You Wanna Be a Pirate? Here's How! (ISBN 0-451-21649-0) a follow-up of Barry's hand in creating International Talk Like a Pirate Day. His books have frequently appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List. Barry helps organize the Herald Hunt formerly the Tropic Hunt an annual puzzlehunt in Miami. He has run several mock campaigns for President of the United States running on a libertarian platform. He has also written for the Libertarian Party's national newsletter. On October 31 2004 Dave Barry announced that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence of at least a year from his weekly humor column with the Herald in order to spend more time with his family. He said that he would continue writing humor and children's books and working on filming the screen adaptation of his book Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys which was released in 2005: it premiered at several film festivals and is available on DVD though a theatrical release seems unlikely. On December 28 2005 Barry said in an interview with Editor and Publisher that he will not resume his weekly column although he would continue such features as his yearly gift guide year in review his weblog as well as an occasional article or column. Dave's World television series: CBS broadcast the situation comedy Dave's World for four seasons from 1993 to 1997 based on the books Dave Barry Turns 40 and Dave Barry's Greatest Hits starring Harry Anderson as Barry and DeLane Matthews as his wife Beth. In an early episode Barry was cast in a cameo role. The program was canceled shortly after being moved from Monday to the ''Friday night death slot''. Style: Barry has defined a sense of humor as ''a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge.'' When distinguishing fact from hyperbole Barry frequently asserts: ''I am not making this up.'' Among his favorite topics are exploding or flaming items (cows whales vacuum cleaners toilets Pop-Tarts Barbie dolls etc.) dogs lacking intelligence live blogging the television series 24 and amusing government studies. He labels various posts on his blog with long acronyms such as WBAGNFARB (''would be a good name for a rock band'') poking fun at long internet abbreviations. He also enjoys making fun of South Florida where he resides. In Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway he suggested that many of America's problems could be solved if South Florida were literally sawed off from the mainland and disowned by the United States. He also has made fun of the region in Homes and Other Black Holes as well as other books of his. Even his novels Big Trouble and Tricky Business capitalize heavily in the absurdities that exist only in South Florida. In Big Trouble for example the ridiculous nuances of South Florida are expressed through the experiences of the two hit men Henry and Leonard. They experience an irritating sports talk show host a highly incompetent airport security detail and are attacked by a python by the name of Daphne in the same airport before deciding that they never want to return to Florida again. Barry also uses Big Trouble to poke fun at the existence of a Russian arms black market the corrupt political system (Puggy makes a living off being paid to vote) and the incredibly loose labor laws in the region. The phrase ''would be a good name for a rock band'' is an observation Barry often applies to phrases that pop up in his writing such as ''The Moos of Derision''''Decomposing Tubers'' and ''Hearty Polyp Chuckles''. In keeping with this Barry's website contains a fairly sizable list of phrases that he claims would be good names for a rock band. In his humor books Barry often cites a humorous phrase or image which he then mercilessly repeats throughout. Notable examples include the Hawley-Smoot Tariff in Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States Buffalo Bob in Dave Barry Turns 50 and giant prehistoric zucchini in Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway e.g.''Growth of U.S. government according to Alan Greenspan=giant prehistoric zucchini.'' He continues to reference these things occasionally with fake subtlety (e.g.''The H*****-S**** T*****''). His novels typically feature numerous initially unrelated subplots many related to criminal activity which slowly intertwine over the course of the story. Many critics explicitly compare this style to that of Elmore Leonard though with a more comedic tone. Religious views: Barry is the son of a Presbyterian minister and decided ''early on'' that he was an atheist. He said ''the problem with writing about religion is that you run the risk of offending sincerely religious people and then they come after you with machetes.'' In I'll Mature When I'm Dead Barry describes himself as non-religious but describes attending synagogue with his Jewish wife. Works: Non-fiction: cents cents The Taming of the Screw (1983) cents Babies and Other Hazards of Sex: How to Make a Tiny Person in Only 9 Months With Tools You Probably Have Around the Home (1984) cents Stay Fit and Healthy Until You're Dead (1985) cents Claw Your Way to the Top: How to Become the Head of a Major Corporation in Roughly a Week (1986) cents Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex (1987) cents Homes and Other Black Holes (1988) cents Dave Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States (1989) cents Dave Barry Turns 40 (1990) cents Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need (1991) cents Dave Barry's Guide to Life (1991) (includes Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex Babies and Other Hazards of Sex The Taming of the Screw and Claw Your Way to the Top) cents Dave Barry Does Japan (1992) cents Dave Barry's Gift Guide to End All Gift Guides (1994) cents Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys (1996) cents Dave Barry in Cyberspace (1996) cents Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs (1997) cents Dave Barry Turns 50 (1998) cents Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway: A Vicious and Unprovoked Attack on Our Most Cherished Political Institutions (2001) cents ''My Teenage Son's Goal in Life is to Make Me Feel 3500 Years Old'' and Other Thoughts On Parenting From Dave Barry (2001) cents ''The Greatest Invention In The History Of Mankind Is Beer'' And Other Manly Insights From Dave Barry (2001) cents Dave Barry's Money Secrets (2006) cents Dave Barry on Dads (2007) cents Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) (2007) cents I'll Mature When I'm Dead (2010) Collected columns: cents Dave Barry's Bad Habits: A 100% Fact-Free Book (1987) cents Dave Barry's Greatest Hits (1988) cents Dave Barry Talks Back (1991) cents The World According to Dave Barry (1994) includes Dave Barry Talks Back and Dave Barry's Greatest Hits cents Dave Barry is NOT Making This Up (1995) cents Dave Barry Is from Mars and Venus (1997) cents Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down (2000) cents Boogers Are My Beat (2003) Fiction: cents cents Big Trouble (1999) cents Tricky Business (2002) cents Peter and the Starcatchers (2004 with Ridley Pearson) ISBN 0-7868-3790-x cents Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006 with Ridley Pearson) ISBN 0-7868-3787-x cents Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007 with Ridley Pearson) ISBN 0-7868-3788-8 cents Escape From the Carnivale (2006 with Ridley Pearson) ISBN 0-7868-3789-6 cents The Shepherd the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog (2006) cents Cave of the Dark Wind (2007 with Ridley Pearson) ISBN 0-7868-3790-x cents Science Fair (2008 with Ridley Pearson) cents Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009 with Ridley Pearson) cents Blood Tide (2008 with Ridley Pearson) cents The Bridge To Never Land (2011 with Ridley Pearson) cents Lunatics (2012 with Alan Zweibel) Film adaptations: cents Big Trouble (2002) cents Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys (2005) cents Collaborations: cents Mid-Life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America With Three Chords and an Attitude (1994) with Stephen King Kathi Kamen Goldmark Al Kooper Ridley Pearson Roy Blount Jr. Joel Selvin Amy Tan Dave Marsh Tad Bartimus Matt Groening Greil Marcus Tabitha King Barbara Kingsolver Michael Dorris cents Naked Came the Manatee (1998) with Carl Hiaasen Elmore Leonard James W. Hall Edna Buchanan Les Standiford Paul Levine Brian Antoni Tananarive Due John Dufresne Vicki Hendricks Carolina Hospital Evelyn Mayerson