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Bridge to NeverLand

Bridge to NeverLand

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Chapter 1
The Secret Compartment
  A 
idan cooper sprinted up the stairs.
From behind heheard a voice, choking with fury, shout, “I’m going to
kill
you!”Aidan reached the second-floor hallway, crowded withantique end tables and chairs, its walls covered in dark oilpaintings. He heard footsteps creaking up the stairs. Hehurried down the hall and ducked into his father’s study,closing the door as quietly as he could.The footsteps reached the top of the stairs.“You’re dead, you hear me!” called the voice.
“Dead!”
 
The voice belonged to Aidan’s sister, Sarah. She was veryunhappy because Aidan had just swiped her iPhone, whichhe now clutched in his hand.He heard a door open and shut, then another. Sarahwas checking the upstairs rooms one at a time. Sarah wasmethodical. Her room was always neat, her weekend home-work done before Friday dinner. What worried Aidan more
 
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was that she was also quite a good puncher, having taken sixyears of karate.“I’m going to find you, you little snot!” she said.Aidan looked around frantically for a place to hide, hiseyes lighting on a massive oak desk. It was a new additionto the household; Aidan and Sarah’s dad, a serious collectorof Victorian furniture, had bought it recently at an auction.Aidan dropped to his hands and knees and crawled into thespace where the chair was supposed to fit, between two wallsof drawers.Sitting cross-legged under the desk, he activated theiPhone screen and opened the text messages. He scrolledquickly through them, looking for the name of the girl he wasdeeply in love with, at least this week (Aidan fell deeply inlove a lot). She was a friend of Sarah’s, Amanda Flores. LikeSarah, she was seventeen, and in eleventh grade. Aidan wasonly fifteen, a lowly ninth-grader. He wasn’t dating Amanda;the truth was, he had never actually spoken to her. But hehad hopes.These hopes had soared a few moments earlier when,reading over his sister’s shoulder, Aidan had spotted a textfrom Amanda saying—at least this was what Aidan
thought
 
it had said—that Amanda considered him cute. He hadtried to see more, but Sarah, annoyed at his spying, madethe phone’s screen go dark and told him to mind his ownbusiness.
 
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So Aidan had snatched the phone and run upstairs. Atthe time it seemed like a good idea, but now Aidan sensedthat it might have been a mistake. First, his sister was reallymad. Second, as he scanned the iPhone texts, he realized thatAmanda had not been texting about him at all, but about aboy named Aaron. Aidan didn’t know Aaron, but he waspretty sure he hated him.The study door burst open. Three seconds later, Sarahwas crouched in front of the desk, red-faced with anger.“Give me my phone back right now,” she said, the palmof her hand extended.“Okay,” said Aidan. “Don’t get—”“I said
 give
it to me!” yelled Sarah, lunging toward him.Startled by his sister’s lunge, Aidan jerked back and bangedhis shoulder and head, hard. Then three things happened.Aidan said,
“Ow!”
 
Sarah grabbed her phone back.And a hidden door appeared in the desk.It was a wooden trapdoor about the size of a DVD case. Ithung down between Aidan and Sarah from the underside of the desk, revealing a dark opening.“Huh,” said Sarah, suddenly more interested in the doorthan in killing her brother.“Weird,” said Aidan, relieved that his sister was at leasttemporarily distracted. Trying to prolong her interest, hesaid, “What is that, anyway?”

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