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Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers Series #5)

Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers Series #5)

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by Ridley Pearson

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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


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. . . .

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Disney Press
Publication date:
Kingdom Keepers Series , #5
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Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.06(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet 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.

Brief Biography

St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University

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Shell Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 272 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kingdom Keepers has both of my children enjoying reading again! I enjoy them too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've already seen the cover for # 6 and the title is "Dark Passage" . I suspect the villain is Tia Dalma. Just a suspicion : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book (I think maybecks right about girls liking to show off thier bodies at the beach)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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%!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in this series because it is so awsome and so hooking (get it?:D) I was in the middle of history class when i finished this book when all of a sudden i said like 800 times ARE YOU KIDDING ME! That ending killed me! I was mad cause the ending left me hanging of of a cliff! The 6th book is gonna be called "dark passage"! I cant wait for April 2013!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRR!!! I WANT TO BE APRIL! NOW!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is great, you should read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read it yet, but i really want to. I have heard very good reviews about it and that is what made me want to read this book. I also saw a comerchal for it on Disney Channel when it was going to come out. I think you should read this if you like the sires.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i lovvve this book! I need to know what happens next! Ridley Pearson you better write a sixth book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kingdom keepers books Rock! I must say the fifth one, Shell game, was a bit different from the others, but Nevertheless, it was an awesome book! I totally reccomend This book, but not only this one... if youre going to read this One read all of the other ones first, because everything Will make more sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seems so realistic I can totally imagin everythinh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, just amazing. I love the seires! GO KINGDOM KEEPERS!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HATE THE CLFFHANGER! oth than that it is VERY GOOD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for #6!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much!!!!:}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The next book comes out in the first week of april like all the other ones This is a die hard kk fan Go kk cant wait for the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this series. She gets so excited with each new book to find out what is going to happen to the characters next. It makes me happy as a mom to see her reading without "do I have to". She loves adventure and this book seems to make her want to read more and more. My only problem is she is wanting to read this last one very slowly because the next one is not out yet...
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AmandaFan More than 1 year ago
Best book I have ever read. So I am a Kingdom Keepers freak. I know everything about the books and I have met the author... TWICE! Only because of how good these books are. You have to read every single one of them. Trust me... I couldn't put it down. The book has thrills for boys and a little romance for girls. The Kingdom Keepers are like normal teenagers... besides when they go to sleep they wake up as their host holograms in the parks and now a ship!!! And The next book (Kingdom Keepers 6: Dark Passage) leaves off where KK 5 ended. CAN'T WAIT! BEST BOOKS EVER! :D