From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–Using cutting-edge technology, five Florida teens have been transformed into Holographic Hosts at Disney World. Their images appear throughout the Magic Kingdom, giving visitors information about the various attractions. It all seems to be going well, until the participants begin having disturbing dreams that start affecting their everyday lives. They sneak in after the park has closed, and Wayne, a retired Imagineer, directs them in their fight against the Dark Side, embodied by Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Audio-animatronic pirates from The Pirates of the Caribbean
travel through the Magic Kingdom in the little cars from the Buzz Lightyear ride. The dolls from It's a Small World clamber into the boats and start biting the occupants. Cinderella's Castle is filled with an eye-popping array of staircases, à la Escher. There's a certain coolness factor for the notion that people could be both human and hologram at the same time, and the illicit thrill of seeing all the things you don't normally get to see (both real and imaginary) makes this a must-read for serious Disney fans. However, readers never really get to know any of the characters well, except for Finn, the narrator, and the mystery is so convoluted that it's hard to follow, and even harder to care about. Additional.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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About the Author
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of more than a dozen books, including Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far)
; The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog
; Dave Barry's Money Secrets
; and Big Trouble
. Along with Ridley Pearson, he is the co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers
, Peter and the Shadow Thieves
, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
, Escape from the Carnivale
, Cave of the Dark Wind
, and Blood Tide
Ridley Pearson, in addition to the Peter and the Starcatchers
series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of The Kingdom Keepers-Disney After Dark
, The Kingdom Keepers-Disney At Dawn
, and Steel Trapp
. He has also written more than twenty best-selling crime novels, including Killer View
and Killer Weekend
. He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.