"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, 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
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.