Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers Series #5)

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As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.

Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The Fantasy is now the most advanced cruise ship in the world.

But all ...

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As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.

Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The Fantasy is now the most advanced cruise ship in the world.

But all is not right belowdecks. Strange things are happening. Unexplained phenomena. Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation: nearly every Disney villain is represented onboard the new ship: whether on its decks or in its theaters. It's believed the Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and are "stowaways." Worse: it is believed they have stolen an important journal that once belonged to Walt Disney himself--Finn has been having dreams about this--and that some kind of mission is planned.

The ship sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew, and the battle is on in new and exotic arenas: the beaches of Castaway Cay, the caves of Aruba, the locks of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica's rain forest zip line . . . But the end game is far more complicated and intense than anything the Kingdom Keepers had planned on. If the Overtakers get their way, a power will be unleashed that no one will have the ability to vanquish: Chernabog, dormant for years, is about to have his full powers restored. . . .

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All four Disney World parks are under attack and only the Kingdom Keepers can stop them. The five teenagers must now confront an assault so multi-pronged and devious that almost everything suddenly seems exposed. Even the advanced Disney Dream cruise ship has become infiltrated with the Overtakers and their agents; cast and crew are compromised. The sixth installment of Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers reveals friction even within the group. To lift this scourge, the Finn Whitman and the team must renew their strength and unity. A young reader action thriller that ripples with suspense. Editor's recommendation.

Brian Monahan

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
This is the fifth in the "Kingdom Keepers" series, a good versus evil tale of five students, now in high school, who began their story in middle school as volunteers for hologram models in the Disney theme parks. During their time as hologram guides they have become the "keepers" of the Disney "joy and magic" experience. Their enemies have been the various evil characters from the Disney repertoire known collectively as the Overtakers. The Overtakers are determined to turn the Disney experience into ones that fulfill their evil goals. All aspects of the Disney parks are involved in the adventures including creators and active employees who take sides with either the Keepers or the Overtakers. In this title, the five Disney Host Interactive guides or DHI's as they are known in hologram form, are guides on the cruise ship Disney Dreams as it makes its voyage from Florida to Los Angeles. The Overtakers are on board as well and try to sabotage the voyage. There is plenty of the supernatural or fantasy in their adventures as the tale weaves in and out of reality, as well as the appearance of characters from past and present Disney productions. Teen will enjoy the use of technological jargon in this creative tale all seemingly designed to attract more visitors to the Disney experience. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423171959
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Kingdom Keepers Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 37,784
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.17 (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, 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.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Kingdom keepers

    Shell Game is by far the best book in the entire kingdom keepers series. The book held my attention throughout the entire book. The only problem is the ending : a cliffhanger! I dont and never will understand the need for cliffhangers.
    SPOLIERS
    The book doesnt talk that much about amanda and jess which was a real dissappointment because amanda is my favorite character in the series. I also didnt like what happened to finn with storey and charlene.( ppl who read the bk know what im talking about) and what happened to finn in the laat chapter when he was with willa.

    Overall this is a must read for anyone who wishes to keep the magic in the disney parks!

    Ps sorry my review was long. I hope this helped anyone who wanted to know about the book! :)

    38 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Hi

    I love this series! I got this book in hardcover on easter and i cuoldnt put it down! But so fa (i m not finished yet) i think he could do a little bit better on describing things. Sometimes i get confused and i have to read a sentence over and over again. But i love it!

    24 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Kingdom Keepers has both of my children enjoying reading again!

    Kingdom Keepers has both of my children enjoying reading again! I enjoy them too.

    24 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    I cant wait

    Loved the book! Preordered it and had it finished by the end of the weekend. Could not put it down. I think that is why i was disappointed in the ending. I like closure and this did not have any. Its not like i cann just jump in to the next book. So sad

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    I hate you, Ridley Pearson

    This book is as amazing as its predecessors! Full of action, suspense, mixed in with some romantic drama. This book met, if not exceeded my expectations. My only complaints are the cliff hanger ending, and there was no follow-up on Finn's mom's situation. Please don't make us wait ANOTHER year for KKVI!

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I love this series! it's so great!

    I love this series! it's so great!

    12 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    I LOVED the book. It was just rlly hard to follow and a lot of t

    I LOVED the book. It was just rlly hard to follow and a lot of times what he was saying didn't really make sense, I would have to read the sentence multiple times and I still didn't understand it very well. Also the book ended very strange, like at the end of a chapter, not a book. Also it took a long time to get into the story. Sometimes he didn't describe enough, other times WAY too much. It seemed to jump around alot and the chapters were rlly long. One was over 50 pages long. But overall it was a good book but it was rlly hard to understand. But I LOVE KINGDOM KEEPERS!!!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Yeah!

    I love the series!

    10 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Hurry up

    I know this book just came out but i need the next one soon!!!!!!

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    What a cliffhanger!

    Omg i love this series but the ending is such a cliffhanger! I want the next book now!

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    What happened to make it go wrong. Warning:few spoilers

    I am on my NOOK so there might be some spelling might be incorrect

    Bottom line is that the series is sinking to a new low. The first four did not end like this... leading into the next book a part 2 if you will. This time i didnt fell as involved as i did with the others. I have been on the Dream and it is a dream just like the Magic is magical. I miss my friends that i met there and i miss the vibe. I dont feel like they took in the ship like they should have... they could have inclhded the AquaDuck and the night clubs but vary good use of the wavephones.

    I knew that the Dream was going to be in this book so i think that is why my expectatins were high. It could have been longer. So i know it says 3 but i give it a 2.75

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Next one is coming soon!

    I've already seen the cover for # 6 and the title is "Dark Passage" .
    I suspect the villain is Tia Dalma. Just a suspicion : )

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    I can't believe this!

    I am a fan of the series. But I would have liked to see more connection with Finn and Amanda. And the plot would get confusing often.

    AND-

    So I knew that the ending was a cliffhanger. But not THIS big a cliffhanger! If you like this series, I would recommend that you read this book when the sixth one is about to come out. So in about a year. Jeez, this does not even seem like a cliffhanger, but more like he forgot to write the last chapter.
    I'm really annoyed right now with this book.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Bella

    Omg! I love these series!




    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Amazing

    I dont know how a single series could get better.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Attention:I was there!

    My 8 year old is so excited to read this book! He felt like he is watching the characters and their villians. Instead of tv, he is reading!!!!!!100%!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    AMAZING

    Amazing, just amazing. I love the seires!
    GO KINGDOM KEEPERS!!!!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    COME ON!

    I HATE THE CLFFHANGER! oth than that it is VERY GOOD

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Awesome

    This book has all the things I've been waiting for! The Kingdom Keepers take on the Overtakers on Disney's The Dream! It's awesome! The only thing I had a problem with *spoilers* was the ending! I knew it was gonna happen but I wish it wouldn't have ended with them sinking into the ocean. I know they don't die but I want to know what happens! When is the next book? Can I have it now please?

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Love at first sight!!!!!

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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