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Gr 6-8-In Ridley Pearson's fifth title (Hyperion, 2012) in the series, Finn, Philby, Maybeck, Charlene, and Willa are now in high school and still trying to save Disney World from the evil Overtakers. This time, their adventures take them aboard the maiden voyage of Disney's newest ship, Disney Dream. The Overtakers have stolen one of Walt Disney's personal journals and are probably using information from it to launch their next attack. Danger finds the Keepers as they spy on the Overtakers' new recruits and attempt to locate the wicked Maleficent. Although new advances in their holograms allow them to take more risks and perform more efficiently, the Keepers put themselves in jeopardy once again in order to keep the Disney legacy safe. MacLeod Andrews's talented voice interpretations allow listeners to more easily follow the dialogue and jumps in the plot. He successfully changes his voice between male and female characters and provides various accents, including Philby's Australian and Tia Dalma's Jamaican tones. Jazzy techno music cues the beginning and ending of each disk. This entertaining production is sure to please fans of the series and may even garner a few new ones.-Jill Webb, Farmington Community Library, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, 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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; F First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423153367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423153368
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,638 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Merin on April 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Kingdom Keepers are back, this time set to join the launch of the Disney Dream, the newest edition of their cruise line. But all is not right: a journal that belonged to the Disney Imagineers has been stolen by the Overtakers, and more and more teens have joined the ranks of the villains. Finn and the others know that the Dream is the perfect place for the Overtakers to spring a trap, and know that they are sitting ducks. It's a shell game: who can you trust when no one seems trustworthy?

First of all, I have loved this series from the very first book, but felt like the last two (including this one) have been a bit of an editing disaster. This book is very long for the age range it's targeted at, and I feel like it's turning Harry Potter-esque in that respect: each book is getting longer and longer and the story seems less tight and concise. Truthfully this book was a bit of a mess; there were typos, lines of dialogue that didn't match up with the speaker, and occurrences where the Kingdom Keepers were in DHI form when they weren't supposed to be, rendering their actions impossible since they were actually in human form. Add to that the addition of new characters, points of view shifting from paragraph to paragraph, and the whole thing was a bit difficult to read and follow at times.

That being said, this definitely continues the overarching story line of these five Kingdom Keepers - only freshman in high school - trying to save the Parks from the Disney villains. The stakes keep getting higher and higher, the risks they're taking more dangerous, and the problems they're facing more difficult to manage. This book also has a definite "cannot stop reading" feel to it, even if it does suffer at times from Non-Stop Action Syndrome, which I'm not always a fan of.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Bottoni on March 24, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I personally am a huge KK fan so the release of this installment was much anticipated and rewarded greatly. I'm not going to spoil the book, but I will tell you that this book is fast paced, funny, puzzling, and worth it's weight in gold. Most defenitely buy it (unless you havent read the rest of the series. Then start from the 1st book which is just as incredibly engaging as this one.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cameron R. Watkins on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
well first off know that i love the kingdom keepers, have since the first book came out i have loved all of them so far. the disney the villains the technology, how the author blends fantasy with facts and accurate details of all the parks. Honestly my favorite book series out there by far, the first book I've read over 60 times and i still enjoy it.
sadly i hate to admit that this volume honestly didn't add up to all the hype. it focuses mainly on the disney cruise ship so i enjoyed all the details about that, but it never went anywhere. plus it ends in a cliff hanger, that would be good if the book hadn't started to just get good maybe the last two chapters. basically its like this book was cut in half and we only got to see the first half, all the disney characters were good including a few new ones, however i don't know what the "dough boys" were all about and I'm a really true disney fan.
so all in all i love the series but this book was kinda a dud hopefully the next one will be better, but either way still a great series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Davie on June 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fifth in the Kingdom Keepers fantasy series for kids set in Disney World in Florida and revolving around a core group of five middle schoolers whose images are being used in three-dimensional holograms, DHIs, to serve as guides at the Disney Parks. In this installment, the majority of the action takes place aboard the Dream, a Disney cruise ship sailing through the Panama Canal on a two-week cruise.

My Take
Pearson is working at creating drama with the new fears he's given Finn about being replaced. I'm thinking Shell Game is more of a bridge novel. Finn is worrying about retirement and being replaced in Wayne's esteem. Then there's the horrifying theory the Keepers come up with as to the real purpose of the Overtakers being aboard.

The biggest aspect of the "bridge" is the first and last chapters...arghhh, so irritating!! And Pearson just leaves us wondering just what has happened to Finn!

It seems rather odd that Pearson only mentions Philby's mother as one of the chaperons and nothing but a reference about guardians for the others. I suppose it was only Finn's situation that caused Pearson to mention it at all. I don't understand why Philby refuses to show the other Keepers how to go all clear? Nor why the Keepers all flee from the sight of Chernabog; they all know what he looks like and they just skip this opportunity to take him prisoner?

It's all cloak-and-dagger for Keepers and Overtakers alike with lots and lots of action and adventure. All within the relatively small confines of the ship with Pearson attempting to work up some romances. Rather clumsily.

Other than the above whining, I enjoyed the story. It had nice bits of tension and drama even if Pearson did leave lots of questions unanswered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Pratt on April 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read all the Kingdom Keepers, and enjoy them a lot. I love the characters and the scene and just the overall plot. But for this installment, I have more criticism than normal. I don't know if this can relate to lots of you guys, but I enjoy when there is a little bit of pain, as bad as that sounds. The book had lots of moments that could have turned into something fun, but nothing ever happens, except with Charlene, and she doesn't show up the rest of the book. The DHI state allows them to be a hologram, which is really interesting, but now there is no fear involved so they are basically invincible, which is not as fun as it should be. Another thing, I think that there was lots of details, which was really helpful, until it got to the parts of action, where I felt like the words were just jumbled and I couldn't really picture in my head the scene and what was going on, which I think is essential when you want to enjoy a book. Finally, and this could go both ways on the spectrum, the character development was kind of confusing, but left so much room there had to be a follow up book, which there is. There are so many questions to be asked and things answered, like why is Philby acting this way and what is up with these relationships, what happens to Finn's mom and who is the girl with the pink/red hair that just randomly shows up.
Anyways, it left me with a lot of questions and was good enough that I have to get the next book, but it is not my favorite one of the series or books.
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