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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (original 2005; edition 2009)

by Ridley Pearson, Tristan Elwell (Illustrator)

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Title:Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark
Authors:Ridley Pearson
Other authors:Tristan Elwell (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2009), Paperback, 336 pages
Collections:2013 Archive
Rating:*****
Tags:Tweens, Teens, Fantasy, Adventure, Audrey Rauter, 2013

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The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson (2005)

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"Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark" was a great book. In the story, five middle school students became a part of a new program that was promoted for the Disney parks. This program was called, "DHI" for, "Daylight Hologram Imaging" and in this program, the five kids, Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Philby, and Willa were guides of the park and told the visitors all about the park, and Walt Disney. Although the job was a dream come true, there were secrets that were revealed through out the story. The biggest secret that was revealed was that after hours, the villains were in a group called " The Overtakers" and they were attempting to take over the park. Throughout the story, Ridley Pearson tells the story of how Finn and his friends battle against the Overtakers and their leader, Maleficent. I enjoyed reading this book because the author tells the story of this magic happening at he Disney parks in a way that definitely made myself as a reader believe in the magic that took place. This made me enjoy the book because on a personal example, I have been going to Disney World for approximately 8 years and this book has made my view on the park completely different. I recommend this book to anyone who has a love for Disney, mystery, action, and even magic.This book has a spellbinding plot that will have readers unable to put their book down. ( )
  Habe2014 | Oct 17, 2014 |
The Kingdom Keepers is a really fun concept. Many park goers try to imagine what happens in the park when it closes. In KK we get to find out- Everything comes alive! There are a group of young teens, who are holographic tour guides in the park, but when they go to sleep at night, they wake up in the park as their holograms ( more or less). The kids find out that a super evil Disney Villain is trying to take over the park, along with many other characters. While the kids are running away from these untrustworthy fellows they must solve a riddle left by Walt himself in order to save the parks.

Some of the magic elements that take place in the book, felt too jarring to me ( they continue in the latter books) and felt like those pieces of the story don't click. Some of the actions that took place in the end of the book felt like too quick of a wrap up, as a reader we didn't see it coming and it felt more frustrating than fantastic. The things that are done excellently in the book are the behind the scenes elements! The author got to tour the park and tell us what he did get to see, so some of the places we read about are true! The puzzle in the series was also fun to try and solve with the kids, but I felt some of the solutions were a little too simple and obvious for more mature readers. It is a book the family could read together. ( )
  DeweyEver | Mar 27, 2014 |
I gave this book a five star because I felt it's idea and topic was original. It also was funny and kept you hooked till the end. This book also has a good story line.

In The Kingdom Keepers book the five main characters take a job in the magic kingdom to make daylight holographic imaging of them selves to guide people around the park. Soon they find, out after the holograms are finished, when they go to sleep they get transported into their holograms. through out the book they have a adventure that in some points puts their lives in danger. in the end can they defeat the evil characters that threaten the park or will these evil beings take over the park and shut it down. ( )
  jamesd.b1 | Dec 15, 2013 |
This book went by so fast. It was really cute, and I hope to read more about this crazy universe Ridley Pearson created. I almost cried laughing about the Small World Robots! ( )
  TheInvernessie | Nov 26, 2013 |
A simple story about good and evil. This story is predictable, but it was an okay read. Not a favorite of mine, but solid. ( )
  Kewpie83 | Apr 3, 2013 |
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For anyone who has imagined what goes on in Walt Disney World after the gates close to the public, Pearson's (Peter and the Starcatchers) tale and Littman's authentic-sounding narration, in middle-schooler Finn Whitman's voice, offer a suspenseful all-access pass to the Magic Kingdom behind the scenes-filled with action, technology and a tricky (and implausible) riddle. Finn lands a cooler-than-cool opportunity after he becomes a model for a new breed of "holographic hosts" (Disney Host Interactive/Daylight Hologram Imaging) at Disney World. But the experience gets weirder than weird when Finn and the other four DHIs find themselves transported to the park via their nighttime dreams and must save the Magic Kingdom from Disney witches and villains called "Overtakers" by solving a puzzle said to be left behind by Walt himself. Littman reads at a smooth pace, speeding up along with the story's tension. He nails realistic kid-like reactions and dialogue even though listeners might find much of the plot hard to believe (and some of the plugs for Disney a bit over the top).
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Ridley Pearson's fantasy is fast paced and technologically savvy. Finn and his friends make repeated forays after hours into the very guts of such Disney icons as Tom Sawyer's Island, It's a Small World, Adventure Mountain, and other rides both tame and wild as they lay siege to Maleficent, an evil witch whose minions are at work to destroy the Disney mystique. The kids hang out at the park looking for signs and signals that will aid them in their nighttime quest for securing Disney power. Their parents are mildly suspicious, but Finn and his pals are fast talkers, willing to face their nighttime nemeses alone, rather than bringing in adult forces. Gary Littman reads with a variety of accents, some of which are less successful than others, and it's easy to differentiate among both kids and adults. Given how much Disney has seeped into the very core of Americana, most listeners will be able to understand the references and will know for whom Maleficent is a foil. While the details about why one would become a hologram for Disney are slighted, the sleuthing aspect of the tale has universal appeal.
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This book is dedicated to anyone and everyone who ever wondered what happens when the gates are closed and the lights go out.
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He found himself standing next to the flagpole in Town Square, in the heart of the Magic Kingdom.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786854448, Hardcover)

When Disney comes looking for five teenagers to serve as actors for a new technology-Daylight Hologram Images, or DHIs-there is more to it than meets the eye. Strange things have been happening inside the Florida park: parts from one ride are found mysteriously moved to another; in the Fantasmic! show, the dragon unexplainably triumphs over Mickey; little blips in story lines and "offstage" antics by characters trouble managers. Finn Whitman, a middle-schooler, goes to sleep one night and has the dream of a lifetime: he "wakes up" inside Disney World as his DHI character, a glowing hologram. He meets an old man there, Wayne, who claims to be one of the original Imagineers and explains to Finn that he "and your friends" have a mission to save the park from forces that humans can neither see nor hear. Not believing his dream, but not totally discounting it, Finn, back in real life, sets out to find the four other kids who were chosen to be DHIs and in doing so he learns an eerie fact: he is not alone in this "dream." The others have had similar experiences. What if this is for real?

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Thirteen-year-old Finn Whitman and four other young teens have been transformed into holgorams to be guides for visitors to Disney World. When Finn is unexpectedly transported to the Magic Kingdom in his hologram form, Wayne, an Imagineer, tells him that he and the other guides must save the park from the scheming witch Maleficent and the Overtakers.… (more)

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