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Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider Hardcover – April 1, 2014


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  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423164903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423164906
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri's Quill Award and inducted into that state's Writers Hall of Fame. As a "full time dad and husband," Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO.



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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 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 (www.rockbottomremainders.com), 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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Being a Disney Theme Park fan myself, I have read and loved each book and highly recommend them.
Bruce E. Roberts
We know that this was supposed to be the end of this series, but the way this ended, there has to be another series or another book.
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Yes, it did feel a bit too long at times, but for the most part, the plot moved forward at a steady pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marika Koch on April 9, 2014
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Epic conclusion too this awesome series and it looks like there is going to be another series coming up soon as well. I can't wait!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. Roberts on June 21, 2014
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I have read all the Kingdom Keepers books and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. But find this last book the best of the run because the end fight is in Disneyland, the first Disneyland Park. This is the big one. Not only do the Overtakers (the Disney Villains are attempting to take over the Magic of Walt Disney and destroy the original Theme Park) but again are thwarted in their evil plans by The Kingdom Keepers. These books are so well done because the author has an amazing background of what goes on in all the Disney Theme Parks plus the Disney Cruise Line, that you feel like you are right there with them.

These books do require a bit of open imagination because things happen here that just don't happen in the real world. Or do they? You have to suspend reality and believe that real magic exists within the Disney Parks. Audioanimatronic Characters can come to life. The Villains are out to destroy the good magic of Disney to there won evil ambitions. With villains like Maleficent, The Evil Queen, Cruella De Ville and Chernabog involved our teenaged heroes are in for the battle of their lives. See this is where you have to suspend your thinking and just go with it. The Kingdom Keepers that were hired by Disney Imagineers for a new project that would provide holographic projection of these 5 kids into the Parks as guides for the guests. The only problem for the kids involved is that once the program goes into operation, they can never enter the Parks again. But of course once everything goes wrong, they have to enter to solve the crisis. There is a lot to these books that is pure fun and lots of action with fear for them. It's and entertaining look at behind the scenes and adventure and a little romance along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N loves to read on April 22, 2014
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Wow. Just wow. I did not expect an ending like this (post epilogue). I read the books 1-6 within about 2 months of discovering the series, and immediately found myself pining for the next one. "Does Maleficent survive? What happened to Chernabog and Tia Dalma? What is the Keeper's next mission? How does Dillard end up?" These questions and more will be answered in The Kingdom Keepers Insider, while others arise. I will miss this series, which inspired my dream of becoming a castmember (I have a while to wait ;))DO NOT READ THE BOOK, I REPEAT DO NOT READ THE BOOK, UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY READ THE REST OF THE SERIES!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blake Hahn on April 21, 2014
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This is an amazing and wonderful book. It has everything a young adult reader can love: action , romance , mystery. It is a fantastic sequel , and finale (maybe?), to a fantastic series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tricia L Kleber on April 21, 2014
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I felt that this book was more rushed than the other books. There were times that it seemed that parts were left out, and I felt that the author didn't really finish the story. I hope that there will be more books - at least to let us know what happens!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric TenEyck on June 11, 2014
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I have been a fan of this series, however in the book previous to this one I realized that the characters weren't maturing. This book is even worse. The characters have just graduated from high school but seem to have the same mentalities that they have had since the beginning. Some budding romances were starting to develop in the last book, but in this book, which is set 2 years later those romances are still in the developing, nervous "should I say something or shouldn't I" stage they were at 2 years ago. After all the experiences the characters have had and after all the battles they have had with the overtakers, they still have the same lack of confidence and fears that they had in the very first book.
Pearson solicited guest writers for portions of the book which for me has added an disjointed story. In many places Pearson has the characters in a situation and suddenly the chapter ends and with the opening of the next chapter they have managed to get themselves out of it and the reader has no idea how.
Even with all this happening, I continued reading since I had been following the Kingdom Keepers from the beginning. Then about 2/3rds to 3/4s of the way through the book Pearson begins inserting his anti-fracking views. If he believes this then that is his right, but to just start making blankets statements about an alleged connection between fracking and earthquakes, to me, smacks of liberal brainwashing of young readers as they are presented with a viewpoint that the heroes of the story seem to believe without facts to back it up. It was at this point that I put closed the book and will not pick it up again.

What a huge disappointment for what was a entertaining story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nlds on April 7, 2014
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I have to be honest. I like books that don't leave a lot of loose ends. I don't need everything tied in a neat package per se, but at least some closure. This book fell short. Additionally, I felt a good deal of the beginning of the book appeared to be more "real evil" than disney evil if that makes sense. It improved greatly when the focus was on the keepers and the characters. It felt like another book in the series, not a conclusion. I began reading these books to assist my son with a book report and as a disney fan I was hooked. Maybe this book was for the younger reader only. All in all, I was disappointed. However if another book came out....I'd read it.
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