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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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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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

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423138562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423138563
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ridley Pearson (www.ridleypearson.com), 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 50 novels including, Peter And the Starcatchers (co-written with Dave Barry), The Kingdom Keepers series, and two dozen crime novels including: Probable Cause, Beyond Recognition, Killer Weekend, The Risk Agent, and The Red Room. His novel The Diary Of Ellen Rimbauer, a prequel to a Stephen King miniseries, was a New York Times #1 bestseller, and a ABC TV movie (2009).


Peter and the Starcatcher, a stage play adaptation written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) won 5 Tonys for its Broadway run and is currently touring the US.

Ridley is a founding member of, and plays bass guitar in, the all-author rock band, The Rockbottom Remainders (www.rockbottomremainders.com), with Dave Barry, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., James McBride, Amy Tan and Greg Iles. The band has raised over 2.5 million dollars for charities.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Silverstein on June 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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 By Ian rodriguez on August 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By missinginaction13 on February 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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 By Jackie Bolitar on 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 By Amazon mom on May 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 By Homeschooler on April 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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The Kingdom Keepers books were written for Disney Geeks like me. (Or as actor Zachary Levi has dubbed us, Disnerds.) Through fiction and author Ridley Pearson's imagination, we get to see what would happen if the villains began to take over the parks in Disney World. Our heroes on the journey are five kids who cross over to the parks as semi-holograms when the parks have closed down. Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow picks up from the second in the series and is another wild ride.

It's been a couple of weeks since the Kingdom Keepers had their wild adventure in Animal Kingdom, and Wayne, the elderly Imagineer who gave them the ability to cross over to the parks, is still missing. They know he was kidnapped by the Overtakers, the group of villains out to take over the parks. And their only leads make them think that Wayne is being held in EPCOT. As usual, Wayne has left them some strange clues, but can they figure out what they mean?

Meanwhile, the group has grown from five to seven when they add Amanda and Jess, two teens with some pretty usual powers, to their group. Jess seems to dream the future. Will that help? And will they survive some pretty harrowing experiences on Disney attractions to find Wayne?

The second book in the series was a bit of a letdown, and I'm still not sure if it was the introduction of some new mythology with little to no explanation or the setting of Animal Kingdom, my least favorite of the theme parks. This book brought the magic back. The 545 pages practically flew by as I raced to find out what would happen next. No, not every scene was a nail biting edge of your seat ride, but there were plenty of those. Trust me, I never put the book down by choice.
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