Power Play (Kingdom Keepers Series #4)

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For the five teens who modeled as Disney Hologram Imaging hosts, life is beginning to settle down when an intriguing video arrives to Philby's computer at school. It's a call for action: the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, seem to be plotting to attempt a rescue of two of their leaders, both of whom the Disney Imagineers have hidden away somewhere following a violent encounter in Epcot. A staged attack by new Overtakers at Downtown Disney, startles the group.

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Overview

For the five teens who modeled as Disney Hologram Imaging hosts, life is beginning to settle down when an intriguing video arrives to Philby's computer at school. It's a call for action: the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains, seem to be plotting to attempt a rescue of two of their leaders, both of whom the Disney Imagineers have hidden away somewhere following a violent encounter in Epcot. A staged attack by new Overtakers at Downtown Disney, startles the group.

One of their own, Charlene, is acting strange of late. Has she tired of her role as a Kingdom Keeper or is there something more sinister at play? When caught sneaking into Epcot as her DHI, acting strictly against the group's rules, Finn and Philby take action.

Has the "impossible" occurred? Have the Overtakers created their own holograms? Have they found a way to "jump" from the Virtual Maintenance Network onto the Internet, and if so, what does that mean for the safety of the parks, and the spread and reach of the Overtakers? Are they recruiting an army from outside the parks?

A dark cloud in the Kingdom Keeper era is unfolding, and with dissention in their own ranks, it's unclear if there's any chance of escape.

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There is trouble among the Kingdom Keepers in this fully-fleshed addition to Ridley Pearson's Disney hologram series. Recently, Charlenehas been behaving erratically, causing worry among other team members. At worse, the crisis cuts to the core of their mission: Have the Overtakers begun an insidious digital invasion? With suspicion even in their own ranks, the Keepers must regain their bearings—and the world's security. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. This 400+-page novel is set in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Orlando, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Downtown Disney.)

Brian Monahan

VOYA - Kim Carter
Finn Whitman and the Kingdom Keepers (Kingdom Keepers: Disney after Dark [Disney, 2005/VOYA February 2006], Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn [Disney, 2008], Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow [Hyperion, 2010]) are back, continuing their quest to protect Disney magic from the Overtakers, "a group of fanatical Disney villain characters within the Parks bent on taking over and ?stealing the magic,'" and the stakes are rising. The Overtakers' leaders, Maleficent and Chernabog, are imprisoned by Disney, held in deep security, and Cruella De Vil and Snow White's Evil Queen are intent on breaking them out, casting spells on unsuspecting kids—foes, friends, and Kingdom Keepers themselves. On top of that, there is evidence that the Overtakers have found a way to jump from Disney's Virtual Maintenance Network to the Internet. It is not just the Parks at stake anymore—it is the world! Well-known Disney characters, Orlando Disney Park hallmarks, and cutting-edge technology flesh out this action-adventure, good-versus-evil battle of wits topped off with a dash of romance and rivalry (yes, the book really is all of the above). Pearson knows how to please his audience: the characters are well developed; the plot and pacing build in intensity, with plenty of twists and turns; and the fantastical seems both plausible and possible. The fact that the Keepers' parents are paying attention, with supporting roles of their own to play, is a bonus. Best suited for pleasure reading, Power Play is sure to be a hit with middle grade readers who enjoy fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat reads, as well as those enamored of all things Disney (possibly a parent or two). Reviewer: Kim Carter
VOYA - Chase Carter
The Kingdom Keepers series is about kids who become holograms when they fall asleep and have to protect the Disney parks from the Overtakers, who are the bad people from all of Disney's stories. In Power Play, the Kingdom Keepers, led by sixteen-year-old Finn Whitman, have to save the parks from the Evil Queen and save all of the children under the queen's spell. This reviewer, a very big fan of Disney and fictional books, liked this book. Many young children up to ninth grade will love to read these books, maybe even older than that because of the exciting and unpredictable plot. Reviewer: Chase Carter, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
In this latest installment of the "Kingdom Keepers" series, the five Disney World Kingdom Keepers hold out hope that their lives may be settling down enough for them to catch up at school, enjoy their crushes on each other or certain school mates, and spend time with their families. But those hopes crash quickly when Charlene starts behaving strangely. As the other Kingdom Keepers begin investigating, they find out that two of the captured Disney villains have created yet another plan to escape the Disney Imagineers and align themselves again with "Overtakers" who share their same goals: take over the Virtual Maintenance Network and wreak havoc on the various Disney Kingdoms. As the Kingdom Keepers work to solve the mystery of who is really in charge and how they can keep the Disney Kingdoms safe, they find interesting allies in several Disney characters. But is any of it enough to stop the evil villains? For those who are already into the series, this book is sure to please. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423138570
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers Series , #4
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 135,262
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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.

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 March 3, 2011

    These books gave my son the gift of reading!

    My son is functioning autistic. As much as I tried he never ever like to read books until the Kingdom Keepers came along. Jon, my son, loves all things Disney especially anything to do with Disneyworld. When he began to read these wonderful books its as if he has discovered the world of reading for the first time. He has read every one of the series and is very patiently waiting for next month when the fourth book arrives in his hands. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Mr. Pearson for giving the gift of loving reading to my son.

    32 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Loved it

    That was great. I enjoyed every minute reading this.

    21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Awesome

    These books r a personal fave of mine bc my cousins work at floridas disney amgic kingdom and i LUV disney soooo much. These boks are basicaly bout these teens that r trying to help the disney imagineers save disney from the over takers a.k.a. all the disney villians. In the first book they became disney host holograms to help guide ppl throught the magic kingdom. They r picked by a old guy named wayne and learn their duty of saving the parks. Bc of the holograms when they sleep they turn into part hologram and human. They wake up in the magic kingdom and return with a black fob. Malificent is the ring leader of ALL the over takers. In this book malificent anf chernabog r in a jail and wot the help of cruela and the evil queen they break out with a very carefully planned.... plan. The kingdom keeper books in order:
    Kingdom keepers
    Kingdom keepers 2: disney at dawn
    Kingdom keepers 3:disney at dusk
    Kingdom keepers 4:power play

    18 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Great series, but some Disney errors

    The Kingdom Keepers books are amazing, they have a great story, but many fans of Disney who know of the characters mentioned in these books will find mistakes, and being a Disney fan, that bugs me. Even so, if you have a great imagination, it's not hard to be able to pictiure the events taking place at the Disney parks. Overall a great read!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2011

    Best Book Series EVER!!!

    I love this series!!!!! It is one of my favorite ones!! I highly recommend this series! Ridley Pearson is a genius! I have read all three books, and am reading them again for the twentieth time. For anyone who likes adventure and mythical characters, you will love every second of it. I couldn't even put it down for a second! It id really addicting. I can't wait for Power Play to come out!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Can't wait at all!

    I have read all two books of KK but this one caught my attention! Ooooo I can't wait till it comes out I already pre-ordered it and ordered the third one! I can't wait till my books come in! My sister was excited too we screamed when we saw this!Well over all i can not wait for this book!!!!

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    So Impatient For This Book!!!

    I have read every other kingdom keepers book and i cant wait for this one to come out. With the cliff hanger at the end of the third book the fourth is sure to be more intense. Ridley Pearson has done an amazing job with the detail and story line that goes into these books. If your looking for a way disney can be intese pick up the first book and read on through to the fourth. This should not disappoint!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    A must read!!!!!

    This book was simply amazing! It was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Once I started reading this
    book I couldn't put it down. If you love adventure books and are a fan of Disney, this book is a must have!!!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    LOVE IT!!!

    A great installment to the series. Totally can't wait for the next book!

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Can't wait

    I read 1 &2 I am more than halfway through the 3 one I can't wait to read this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Sweet

    It would be awesome if they put DHIs in the real Disney parks.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Okay....

    So far im really close to the end of the book annd i dont think it is as exciting as the others.........but LUV the romance!!!!!!!!!;)

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    coollioo

    best book ev

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Not advertizing

    I see these books as amazing stories of what walt wanted for the characters. He wanted them to be free to roam thier home because they are gonna be there forever. He wanted them to be comfortable. So to I LIKE THESE BOOKS BUT... you really shouldn't be bad mouthing these books as ads.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

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    I love all of the Kingdom Keepers books. (Im suprised I put it d

    I love all of the Kingdom Keepers books. (Im suprised I put it down to write this.) They are absolutley amazing! I would definitely recommend these books to Disney lovers and action/suspense lovers. But more Disney lovers because you would get the location of whats happining where. But thats just my opinion. Overall, I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!!!! <3

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

    Bringing+Disney+on+a+New+Level%21%21%21%21%21

    From+the+build+up+of+the+first+3+installments+this+book+is+by+far+the+best.+With+the+use+of+different+disney+villians+and+disney+characters+the+next+book+will+sure+to+be+better.+This+book+would+make+me+read+it+24%2F7+all+time+.......+Mr.Pearson+has+done+it+again%21%21%21

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    I luv this book!!!

    I have read all the books!! (Well almost i have to read 6 & 7) they are all so great!!!! If the auther of these books is reading this review well please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please please write a 7th and 8th and 9th and 10th book!!! I think everybody wants u to!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    I cant believe it

    I read this in a day. It was so good and full of suspence that i couldnt put it down( i was up till 1oclock. Opps) but y leave up like that. It wasnt fair. And people if u r going to put reviews dont give any spoilers. The reviews r ment for people who havnt read the book and they want to read it. Thank you

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Great

    Love this series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    FFFFFFFFFFYYYYYYYYYYIIIIIIIIIII::::::::::::

    This book makes the perfect fifth book in the series.the most unexpected things become possible in other words the impossible becomes possible! READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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