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Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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When Disney Imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom, using teenage models they had no idea the technology might backfire. But backfire it did: some nights when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks as a hologram. With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone ...
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When Disney Imagineers installed hologram guides for the Magic Kingdom, using teenage models they had no idea the technology might backfire. But backfire it did: some nights when the kids go to sleep, they wake up in one of the Disney parks as a hologram. With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn, Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers-Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place-the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jez, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future. The very few clues from Jez's dream lead the kids into Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot--through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. Each clue seems tied to the last, and with the stakes growing ever higher, what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin' and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.
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In this fantastical novel, Disney's Magic Kingdom suddenly becomes a bit eerie. Finn Whitman and four other teens have been hired as Disney World guides, but with an odd twist: With cutting-edge technology, they have been transformed into hologram projections capable of leading guests around the park. What begins as an exciting theme park job turns into a virtual nightmare as Whit and his pals attempt to thwart an uprising by a menacing group of Disney villains.
Publishers Weekly
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). Ages 10-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA
This book is about a group of kids picked to be DHI's (Disney Host Interactives). Everything is normal until they start having weird dreams that aren't really dreams at all. I liked the book because it has an in-depth story line and imagination. It is written in a way that had me thinking that I was there, watching what was going on. I think people who are into fantasy with a little bit of sci-fi will enjoy this book. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Hyperion, 325p., Ages 11 to 18.
—William Jeys, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Thirteen-year-old Finn and several of his friends become holograms at Florida's Disney World and then find themselves literally pulled into nighttime adventures in the theme park. Ridley Pearson's fantasy (Disney Editions, 2005) 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.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Finn is selected as the model for a holographic guide in the Magic Kingdom, he never imagines it will pit him against the evil forces plotting to destroy Disney World. Along with the four other teens who act as Disney's holographic hosts, Finn appears in the Magic Kingdom in his dreams. There, an old Disney Imagineer tells the five they have been specially selected to save Disney World. The evil forces of the Overtakers-Disney's villains, led by the witch Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty-are coming to life to destroy first the Magic Kingdom, and then the world. Luckily, Walt Disney wrote a riddle long ago that can be solved to defeat the Overtakers. As they study the puzzle, the heroes battle witchcraft and living animatronics in the theme park's after-hours. Though the adventure makes cunning use of Disney's mythos-a scene in which the "It's a Small World" dolls attack the adventurers while singing their famous song is chilling-flat characters and an anticlimactic finale detract from the cleverness. (Fantasy. 11-13)
School Library Journal
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, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423151104
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers Series , #3
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 16,929
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson

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.

Biography

Crime may not always pay, but crime fiction always sells, and Ridley Pearson is one of the stars of the genre, the kind of writer whose royalties keep his family fed and cover a few extras as well (like, say, his own airplane). Yet Pearson didn't spend his youth dreaming of bestsellerdom. His first ambition was to be a musician, and he spent most of his twenties writing and performing folk-rock songs. The idea that he might become a novelist came later. As he explained in a Barnes and Noble interview, he was reading a Robert Ludlum novel when "a voice spoke up from inside me and said, 'I can do this.'" (Once he began writing and discovered firsthand the skill involved in crafting a cohesive thriller, he realized how much he had presumed!)

Pearson is renowned for fast-paced, thrill-a-minute suspense novels that include "a rare humanism and attention to detail" (Publishers Weekly). In a Greenwich Magazine interview he called his work "aerobic fiction, because I hope to get your heart pounding and get you turning pages." Entertainment Weekly dubbed him "the thinking person's Robert Ludlum."

As his fans know, Pearson works hard at nailing the details of forensic investigation and police procedure. In Undercurrents (the first novel in his Seattle-based Lou Boldt mystery series) his research was so thorough—he consulted an expert in oceanography—that the book helped convict an actual murderer. A Washington state prosecuting attorney happened to be reading it while working on a case similar to Pearson's fictional one: A woman's body had been found in a bay, and at first it appeared that she had committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. The oceanographer mentioned in Pearson's acknowledgments was called in as an expert witness to help prove that, based on tidal currents, the woman must have been dead before the time her husband claimed to have last seen her. Due largely to the expert testimony, the victim's husband was convicted of second-degree murder.

Of course, there's more to a Pearson novel than research. "Just what is it about Ridley Pearson that makes him the best damn thriller writer on the planet?" mused Bill Ott in BookList. "We've celebrated the forensic detail, the taut plotting, the multidimensional characters, and the screw-tightening suspense, but lots of fiction writers do all that. Here's a theory: Pearson is a master at manipulating opposites. His stories are forever jumping from high concept to small scale, from positive to negative charges, manipulating our emotions and minds with their polar hip-hopping."

When he's not writing, Pearson still makes music—he's the bass guitarist for the Rock Bottom Remainders, an amateur rock band made up of professional writers including Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, and Mitch Albom (the group's motto, coined by Barry: "We play music as well as Metallica writes novels").

It was while Pearson was in Miami to play with the Rock Bottom Remainders that he told Barry about his idea (actually, daughter Paige's idea) for a prequel to Peter Pan. The two authors had such a good time hashing out possibilities over breakfast that Pearson asked Barry to write the book with him. Published in 2004, their clever collaboration Peter and the Starcatchers became a huge bestseller, spawning two sequels (Peter and the Shadow Thieves in 2006 and Peter and the Secret of Rundoon in 2007) and a series of spin-off children's chapter books.

Even though Pearson thoroughly enjoys crafting juvenile fiction, his adult fans need not worry that he's abandoned his high-voltage crime novels. Indeed, he has said that writing gives him the same "adrenaline rush," no matter which audience he is targeting: Readers of all ages appreciate the imagination, suspense, and an impeccable eye for detail he brings to all his fiction.

Good To Know

Pearson calls himself a workaholic, "not so much by desire as out of necessity," since he reserves a lot of time for his two young daughters. His hobbies, which he now defines as "something you once did and no longer have the time for," include recreational tree climbing, fly-fishing, backyard volleyball, snow boarding—and, of course, bass guitar in his rock band. An avid reviser, Pearson says, "I'm said to have a nervous, worrying disposition, but rarely feel I live up to that description—perhaps internal calm is expressed as external nervosa."

Pearson loves to travel, especially to southern France, with wife Marcelle and second child Storey, who is adopted from China. We're certain to do a good deal of international travel in the years to come. He also attends local symphony and theater. But his "favorite avocation is to spend an evening around our dining table with two or three other couples. This, I feel, is where many of the world's ills are solved, and many souls restored. Mine, especially."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Wendell McCall; Joyce Reardon
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 13, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glen Cove, New York
    1. Education:
      Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Kingdom Keepers 3 - You won't be able to put it down!

    We are huge Disney fans in our family and we adored the first two KK books. All of us have read them (ages 7-45!) and loved them. We love going into the parks after having read the books and pointing out things that take place in each story. We finished KK3 1 week before returning to WDW and our first stop was Epcot which is where the majority of this story takes place. Ridley Pearson really knows how to capture the Disney Magic and bring it home!
    I recommend this book and all in this series to ages 7 and up who are keepers of the magic! Younger readers have enjoyed having it read to them as I did with some younger fans in our family.

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Anonomys

    Luv dis book!!!!!!!!! Best in da series it is by far my fave totally recomend dis book de only 1 dat thretens 2 t8ke its place is #5 but dat 1 doesn't come out till april 3rd so dis one remanes my fave




    LONG LIVE RIDELY PERSON..........U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2010

    The best book in the Kingdom Keepers series

    This is most definatly the best in the series. It's perfect for both kids and adults. My daughter has read it about a million times. Her friends love the books too!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    This book is so amazingly detailed along with the other books in the series. When i go to disney i will look for the things ridley wrote about.

    Ridley is over all my favorite author. I do recomend this book to anyone who loves disney!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    THE SERIES CAN'T GET BETTER!!!!!!!!!

    Ridley Pearson has outdone himself yet agian!!!!!!!! SO if you're not sure you'll like this book then there's a 99.9% chance you'll LOVE it!!! GREAT SERIES!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Fun Adventure

    If you're a Disney fan, you'll enjoy this adventure pitting four teens against Disney vilains who want to take control of the Magic Kingdom. Fun for all ages!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Just finished it...

    I've been a huge Disney fan basically since birth, so when I heard about the other two books last year, I had to give them a shot. Despite not being a middle schooler, I really enjoyed them. I enjoyed this one as well, although the quality has decreased since the last one. There were a few little things that threw me off in the beginning (e.g., Disney World is NOT one of the four parks, the Magic Kingdom is the fourth; as well as the fact that it's the Transportation and Ticket Center, not Disney Transportation Center). Everything else was pretty accurate, although I had to look up a picture of a defunct pavilion to understand the description. Also, this book felt a bit more forced in the product placement (really? Desperate Housewives?), and I'm not quite pleased at the suggested sequel settings (the ice show? cruise ship?) and the online tie in, although it seems that books for this age group all have internet tie ins now. However, knowing that it's published by Disney makes the product placement a little more tolerable.

    The writing has decreased in quality a little bit since the last book ("OMG" and "BRB" do not count as legitimate dialog), but overall the story is engaging and it's a fun read. I recommend it to Disney fans, but especially those who have at least a passing familiarity with the parks, especially Fantasmic!. Quick warning: if you haven't seen Fantasmic!, it's a bit hard to get a sense of what's going on at the end of this book. If you like the parks, it's a quick, easy way of getting a fix.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Best book ever!!!!!!

    This is one of the best series I have ever read . This series is a definate read for any disney fan.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Great siries

    The best, although the question still is out, the question, youwill find out.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    WARNING!!!!!

    THIS SERIES IS SO ADDICTIVE!!! Anyone who read this series will be sucked into these books. Anyone can read them. I hope more come out in this series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Not my favorite but still good

    I loved the first, third, and fourth installment of the Kingdom Keepers, and this kne was great too, but less enjoyable for me. I don't know why, but I didn't like this one as much as the other three. I found it occasionally confusing and was completely lost at some points. But either way, if you're a fan of the Keepers, this is still a must-read.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2012

    Storyguy

    I didnt really think this one was amazing but its okay i kind of in joyed it

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Good but confusing

    I had heard about kingdom keepers from a friend and fell in love with them! I eagerly read the 1st book but the 2nd was not nearly as great! It was very good but confusing near the end of the book. Also some things were not very well described, like the rides and Chernabog. After that i am hesitant to buy any more, i haven't been to all of the theme parks. Overall it is a great book but if you haven't been to the parks then it is very hard to understand.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Huh?

    I am confused. Is this the full book?

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    A BOOK THAT WILL REALLY CATCH YOUR EYE!!

    Have you ever wanted to visit the magical Disney parks at night? Well, now you can, by reading the book; Kingdom Keepers 3; Disney in Shadows! The fun book shows you how the kids have to destroy the Overtakers once and for all before they take over the world! I like action fiction books with a twist and this is exactly what it is. Will the kids be able to put themselves at the right place and at the right time to save the world?

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Highly Recommended - It's my favorite in the series by far!

    I was introduced to the series by a friend who noticed my love for Disney. I wasn't much of a reader(and I'm still not), but this series is really fun to read. The story line in all three books are great and the Walt Disney World information is great to read as well. This book is by far the best with its more complex view on the characters, the humor that is in nearly ever chapter, the thrills the story line present, and just the overall plot of the story. I highly suggest that you have a basic knowledge of Disney before reading this book as well as the other two books in the series. These books are great for all ages and can entertain you over and over again!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Aesome

    This is the best Kingdom Keepers book ever!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

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    Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Great book!

    This is a great book in a series of great books! It kept my interest the whole way through. I finished it in just a few days. Can't wait to start the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

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    Best. Series. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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