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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Theme Park Press (May 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984341560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984341566
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,724,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"There's an honesty...an EARNESTNESS, really, to the events, emotions, and inner dialog to this book that all of us who grew up at Disneyland likely felt....It's probably the most successful novelization I've read yet that uses the Disney parks as a backdrop."
-- Kevin Yee
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author of the Unofficial Walt Disney World 'Earbook and 101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland

"Disneylanders is a novel aimed specifically for the tween/teen age group. But don't let that deter you in any way....This is a really fun read that is going to attract more than just the target audience of tween and middle-aged readers. Adults are going to be engaged by the title and might learn a thing or two."
-- George Taylor, MiceChat

"Set entirely in Disneyland, and chock-full of park trivia, Disneylanders is a unique, charming chronicle of a young girl's first crush and her determined struggle to escape her cloistered childhood in a place where childhood lasts forever....Kate Abbott does a great job capturing how extreme everything feels when your whole world is in transition and the unknowns of high school and belonging loom large."
-- Project Mayhem

"Disneylanders is a wonderful treatise on nostalgia, a case study in why and how Disney pulls us in, making us forever hold on to sight and smell memories, going weak-kneed at the sound of the background music on Main Street...It's a witty, honest, and charming book about coming-of-age in a place that feels more like home than anywhere you've truly lived, and that's a story I think we can all relate to and enjoy."
-- Nerds in Wonderland

"If you are browsing for a quick read and don't mind being inside the head of a 14-year-old girl for almost 200 pages (think Cranium Command!), look no further than Disneylanders. It's definitely a highlight in my Disney reading and I can't recommend it enough for the kids and the grown ups."
-- Estelle Hallick, This Happy Place

About the Author

Kate Abbott is a former video game guidebook writer and editor, literary journal fiction editor, and contributing editor for a Disney park-focused newsletter. She received an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside--Palm Desert. Kate lives in Northern California with her husband, son, and tiny parrots.

More About the Author

Kate is the writer of the YA novel DISNEYLANDERS, published by Orchard Hill Press. She is a former editor of video game strategy guides and wrote MOSHI MONSTERS MOSHLING ZOO: Prima Official Game Guide. She received an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside--Palm Desert. For more information, please visit http://www.kateabbott.com.

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The book itself is well written and easy to follow.
Daniel Butcher
And getting to read Disneylanders felt like getting to experience one of those trips all over again.
Audra B
For ages 10-14, or for fans of Disneyland of any age!
Karen Pastoor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Butcher on June 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
"I wasn't in the mood for a Dole Whip with a paper umbrella," could this be the most offensive words in the history of Disney fiction? Okay, I jest, but they help show the tone of Disneylanders by Kate Abbott, the story of a girl who has problems big enough that even Dole Whip cannot solve them.

Disneylanders by Kate Abbott tells the story of Casey, a 13 year-old girl on vacation in Disneyland with her parents. Casey is going through a lot of changes in her life. She is getting ready to transition into high school, which in itself is scary. At the same time her best friend has become popular and has dumped her for more popular kids, and boys! And her body is changing, as evidenced by her constant thoughts about bras. Her parents seem completely oblivious to the fact that she is getting older and provide little to no sympathy to her problems. While vacationing at Disneyland, she meets Bert a 15 year-old boy who becomes her vacation companion, confident and her first boyfriend. The two spend as much time possible together in Disneyland as they attempt to better understand themselves and get to know their first real crushes.

Disneylanders is not the type of book that I would generally pick up for myself. The audience is much more teen and young adult female readers than middle-aged men who read Disney history and comic books. Still I did find myself getting enjoyment from the book and that it kept my attention. Casey's parents are in many ways unlikeable, yet I found myself thinking about them and relating to them while I read the book. Much of this has to do with the fact that I see myself in their boat, and not just the one on it's a small world, in a few years since I do not want the Between Tween to grow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Howell on May 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I am a Disney fanatic. Big time. As in, I work there and got married there. So when the author contacted me so see if I wanted to review the book, I jumped at the chance. The only hesitation I had was that I don't like middle grade books. This one was portrayed as an upper-middle grade book, so I gave it a shot.

I do have to say that I don't think this is an upper middle grade book. I would feel perfectly fine with a fifth grader reading the book. And honestly, it was a little too young for me to completely go bonkers over it.

But I did absolutely LOVE all the Disney references. The author did her research! I loved that the chapter titles were sayings from around the park. And there were so many little nuances that I found myself mentally nodding and saying "yup. so true!"

This was a sweet book about first love and family dimensions. If you love Disney or love middle grade books, then I think you'd love this one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cody watson on March 6, 2013
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Read this. Buy it for your daughter, your niece, your sister. The summer before her freshman year of high school, Casey takes the annual family trip to Disneyland, but she’s more than ready to be grown up and free of her parents’ overbearing supervision. The problem is that she doesn’t know how to be herself yet, or who that even is.

Young readers will find Disneylanders relatable, and for the rest of us, it’s an insightful look into the mind of a teenager.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca A. Chastain on March 6, 2013
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Disneylanders is a fast, fun read. Abbott captures the awkwardness, turmoil, and joys of growing up in this refreshing story, which is as much about first crushes and the magic of Disneyland as it is about discovering who you are on your own terms. Abbott’s writing is authentic, and it transported me back in time to my pre–high school summer, reminding me of my own jitters and hopes—I wish I’d had this book to read when I was in eighth grade!

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is preparing for high school, or for those who want a nostalgic trip back in time. If you love Disneyland, that’s a plus. If you don’t, you will by the end of the book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Colmenares on March 12, 2013
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Abbott's coming of age novel is a quick, entertaining read. Her heroine, Casey, is imperfect and likeable, with an internal voice that rings true. We see Casey's struggles with the transitions from middle school to high school, from childhood to early adulthood, as they unfold during her family's annual Disneyland vacation. Big real life lessons coexist in a fantasy Disney setting (although Abbott's descriptions of Disneyland are no fantasy; her information is impeccable). This is a good book for the tween/teen set, boy or girl, as they navigate their relationships with parents and with the other tweens/teens in their lives.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Hall on March 10, 2013
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If you have ever been 13, you will love this book. If you've ever experienced puppy love, you will love this book. If you remember how you felt being embarrassed by your parents and desperately wanting to pull away from them to assert your independence, you will love this book. If you've ever been dumped by a close friend, you will love this book. If you love Disneyland, you will love this book.

Kate Abbott does a splendid job of caputuring the voice of a 13-year-old girl and everything a summer trip with the parents entails. Reading this brought back all the feelings I remember having as a young teen trying to work out my social life along with how things were changing in me and dealing with my family.

Kudos to the author, and can't wait to read her next one.
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