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About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, and Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy. He has 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.


Tristan Elwell was born and raised in New York City, where he graduated from the High School of Music and Art. He attended the School of Visual Arts on a full scholarship, graduating in 1990 at the top of his class. While at SVA he also worked as a painting assistant to noted photo realist Charles Bell. After college he quickly established his career as an illustrator. In 1994 he joined the staff at SVA, where he teaches illustration and painting. He has done book covers for all the major publishing houses, including Avon, Bantam, HarperCollins, Penguin, Pocket Books, Scholastic, and Tor.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423138570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423138570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,897 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jedigirl627 on April 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I already loved this well-established series. The first book was defintely the best, while the next two weren't bad. But, this newest installment totally blew the others out of the water. Ridley Pearson shows how the Keepers' jobs are affecting their friends and family. At the end, Finn sounds so mature. This book is an example of well-written and fun Young Adult Fiction. I absolutely can't wait for the next book. SPOILER ALERT!: "Good" Disney characters show up and start to help the Keepers. This helps to make this book different. It's very exciting to read about your favorite Disney characters kicking butt.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Erwin VINE VOICE on April 25, 2011
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Ridley Pearson had a great idea with the first Kingdom Keepers book. Kingdom Keepers 4 continues to expand on that original great idea and ramp up the action, however it appears that much needed change is in the future for the series of books.

The Kingdom Keepers are taking a similar route as the kids from Hogwarts. Each book they are a little older, a little wiser and the stakes get a little higher. If you haven't read the first three books, you are likely going to be completely lost.

At the beginning of the latest installment, the Disney villains (or Overtakers in the terminology of the book) are once again attacking the Kingdom Keepers. Unlike before, their reach has gone all the way to DisneyQuest and the cast of villains has expanded. Snow White's Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, Claude Frollo, Shan-Yu and others have picked up where Chernabog and Maleficent left off in KK3. All signs point to an attempted jailbreak for the captured monsters.

The Evil Queen is particularly dangerous however since she has the ability to put actual humans under spells, including several of the Kingdom Keepers. The Keepers are unable to trust even each other. Meanwhile, the Overtakers are putting motion a plan that will capture the Keepers in their DHI state as well as break out their leaders.

Joining the cast this time are some of the good Disney Characters. The first KK alluded to this by seeing Chip, Dale and Winnie the Pooh, but we haven't seen much from them since.

The action is continually ramping up in Power Play between a daredevil escape from Claude Frollo, a swordfight on Malestrom, a battle on Tom Sawyer Island and other scenes of action.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By V. Cheri Simms on April 8, 2011
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Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play is the fourth installment of the series by Ridley Pearson. The story follows the keepers as they try to protect Disney World and its magic from the Overtakers - classic Disney villains including: Maleficent and the Evil Queen from Snow White.

Overall, if you are a fan of the series, this book will not disappoint you. Fans of Disney characters and parks will appreciate all of the Disney aspects. Disney characters are abundant in this book including Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Pluto and Minnie. It possesses as many thrills, twists, and action as the first three books. Unlike its predecessors, Power Play does not focus exclusively on a single park. Instead, the readers get to witness the keepers grow-up from inexperienced kids to awkward teenagers. They are experiencing what all ninth-graders go through on their quest to adulthood; from love triangles between Finn, Amanda, and Charlene to bullies. Of course, they still cross over into the Disney parks as their DHIs, but readers can tell that the story is evolving and budding, waiting for the incredible series climax.

I think that Pearson does a good job, bringing the readers up to speed on what happened in the previous books without feeling like it is a one or two chapter summary. However, I would definitely recommend reading the previous books if you are new to the series.

I was disappointed in the depiction of the parents of the keepers. While Pearson does a decent job capturing the various attitudes of youth, he falls off the wagon when it comes to the adults. They are completely unpredictable and do not add much to the story. If you can get past the parents, the book is very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.L. McHale VINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
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This wasn't the most intense installment of the Kingdom Keepers series, but it provided excellent set up for what's in store in the next book(s). It didn't have the same driving 'quest' feel to it as the previous three books. And the activities in the Parks were mild at best. However, the character development vastly improved. We're watching Finn and all the Keepers grow up and their interactions with each other are unfolding beautifully.

Because I was not on the edge of my seat reading this, as I was with the previous books, I could only award 3 stars. However, I do believe that this book is a stepping stone that must be read in order to fully understand the development of the series overall. I am really looking forward to future installments and, based on the upcoming plotline and setting that was hinted at in the concluding pages, I feel like the next book will be explosive!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jbmom113 on April 13, 2011
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After reading the other three books in the series, I eagerly awaited the release date for this installment. It did not disappoint! The series just keeps getting better with every book. As an adult and serious fan of all things Disney, this series has me hooked. Sure there are some minor discrepancies or flaws that I assume some will point to, but those small details can't erase the pure magic and fun these stories create! I feel like I'm there in the parks with the Keepers and can't wait for their next adventure. The final chapter of this book indicates the next installment will take them on an even greater quest than those they've been on so far. Speaking of the final chapter - wow! What a fantastic way to end things for this installment. I was really impressed by the addition of new characters to the overall story. It certainly worked well.
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