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Kingdom Keepers III: Disney In Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Ridley Pearson
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Book Description

When Disney Imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom, using teenage models they had no idea the technology might backfire. But backfire it did: some nights when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks as a hologram. With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers—Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place—the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jez, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future. The very few clues from Jez's dream lead the kids into Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot--through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. Each clue seems tied to the last, and with the stakes growing ever higher, what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin' and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.

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Gr 5-8–In Ridley Pearson's third installment (Hyperion, 2010) of the Kingdom Keepers saga, the five teenage Disney hologram guides (DHIs) are once again transported at night into Disney World to solve a crime. When the Disney Imagineers originally developed the holograms out of real teenagers, they didn't know Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck would be able to cross over into the park when they went to sleep at night. During the day, the park offers its world-famous adventures, but at night it's plagued with evil doers. The DHIs discover that their mentor and head Imagineer, Wayne, is being held hostage somewhere in the park. A close friend's dream points them to the Hollywood Studios and Epcot, but a lost remote, used for getting them out of the park, takes away their ability to return to their sleeping bodies and traps them as holograms. They enter the rides hoping to discover clues along the way, but danger awaits them at every turn. The villains are deliciously evil, making their ultimate defeat all the more urgent. This volume can stand along, but the story line begins with events in the first two books. MacLeod Andrews gives the characters distinct voices and conveys the thrill of the chase. The behind-the-scenes interaction with Disney World makes these stories unique.–Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FLα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Praise for

The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark:

“The adventure makes cunning use of Disney’s mythos.”—

Kirkus Reviews

“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.”—

School Library Journal

“This is a read-with-the-flashlight-under-the-blankets-until-two-in-the-morning kind

of book, taking familiar scenes and places and turning them upside down.”

Washington Post

Product Details

  • File Size: 2080 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (November 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D4YILG
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,866 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 year old boy June 12, 2010
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Kingdom Keepers is an excellent book for kids and adults. It helps you imagine yourself in the Walt Disney World Resort getting involved in the story. Fabulous plots and the kids love to read them. Can't wait for the next edition.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The 3rd book in the series was a notable improvement from the 2nd one. The characters were more developed (although they still act like stereotypes) and the description is more vivid then the second one. This book did not feel as rushed as the second one did, and was more evenly paced.
That being said, Pearson continues to solely rely on Maleficent and her robotic pawns. Besides the addition of the snake Gigabyte (and a brief appearance by Stitch), there are no new villains to add to the roster in the book. Which is sad considering the fact that the author has so many to choose from.
And overall, there isn't a change in the plot (Major Spoilers Ahead) The kids find Wayne, Maleficent and Chernabog are captured and its basically back to square one. The only difference being that Flynn now has a sword (which may be the Sword in the Stone, which would show rare foresight on the authors part.)
Villains aside, the characters don't even meet any Disney heroes! Despite the fact that they are in a world where the bad guys always loose, they have yet to meet any Disney heroes. Goofy, Chip, Dale and Tom Sawyer were seen by Flynn in the first book...and that was it. In the third book all that is given to them is a mention of Mr. Potato Head liking to mess with people, and Tigger spying on another villain (not seen but mentioned, which alludes to the good characters working against the villains. Here's hoping that Mr. Pearson is showing some foresight here)
Better then the second, but still not as good as the first. Here is hoping for a better fourth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Books February 22, 2011
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This book is a great sequel to the first two Kingdom Keepers novels. This is still one of my favorite books to this day. I read online that Ridley Pearson reached a contract with Disney that the series will have ten books. I hope that doesn't stretch out the plot to the point where the books are boring and uneventful. That's something we're going to have to wait to find out. Enjoy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Keeper series May 17, 2010
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This is a great series for kids and adults. My daughter and I have both read all 3 books and can't wait for the next one! She also used each of the three books in the series for her oral reports at school. Since there are so many threads in the story, as well as lots of action, it made for great presentation material.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational May 6, 2010
This is the first mega book read by my 3rd grader. How inspirational to have the web site, videos and theme park tie in!!! Excellent partnership with Ridley and Disney! GENIUS!!!
PS I did NOT notice any objectionable slang, but instead motivated, engaged heroes that work together in a real life magical place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible April 18, 2011
We've read this series aloud as a family, and this by far was the worst in the series (so far). I really don't think we'll read the 4th one. We got the impression that the book was rushed to publishing. The editorial errors in this book are inexcusable and made the process of reading this dull 3rd installment even more irksome. The plot was lumbering compared to the others, and we had a more difficult time recreating this one in our imaginations. Honestly, I haven't really loved the entire series, but the kids and hubby liked the first two...but every time we went to read this we all groaned. It took forever to finish as a read aloud, since no one was excited about it...but we persevered and got it over with in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Third book and I still can't put it down! December 27, 2014
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I have been reading the Kingdom Keepers series for less than a month now. I finished the first in under a week and moved right on to the second book. The books are not short but once I begin reading one I have trouble putting them down, even when I have to get to sleep and be at work in the morning. I just now finished the third book in the series and about halfway through had ordered the fourth book so that I had it ready to go as soon as I finished the third. I have had issues in the past getting bored by about the third book in a series, but this one is the complete opposite! I can't wait to see what happens next, and I would highly recommend these books to anyone of any age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for adults too July 15, 2010
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I purchased the first KK book for my children. I found myself making excuses to purchase the next two, however, purely for my own enjoyment. Yes, it is written with a young audience in mind, but it is a fun romp for us "more seasoned" folks as well. The plot with its many twists, keeps the reader engaged throughout. The whole theme park tie-in is an added bonus, so much so, my husband read the whole series in preparation for our recent Walt Disney World vacation. The series definitely builds from book to book, but I found this third installment the most riveting and well written. I would highly reccommend this series for "out loud" family reading time!
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More About the Author

Ridley Pearson (, the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Wadham College, Oxford University, is the bestselling author of over 35 novels including, Peter And the Starcatchers (co-written with Dave Barry), the young adult novel, The Kingdom Keepers, and two dozen crime novels including: Probable Cause, Beyond Recognition and Killer Weekend (July 2007). His novel The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer, a prequel to a Stephen King miniseries, was a New York Times #1 bestseller, as was Peter and the Shadow Thieves (#1 for 6 weeks). Ridley adapted The Diary Of Ellen Rimbaurer for ABC Television; it aired in 2003.

Peter and the Starcatchers is to open as a stage play, off-Broadway in March 2011, under Disney Theatrical.

Ridley is a founding member of, and plays bass guitar in, the all-author rock band, The Rockbottom Remainders (, with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan and Greg Iles. The band has raised over 2.5 million dollars for charities over its 18 year history.

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