The Insider (Kingdom Keepers Series #7)

The Insider (Kingdom Keepers Series #7)

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by Ridley Pearson
     
 

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The Kingdom Keepers' senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous…  See more details below

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The Kingdom Keepers' senior year in high school is almost over. For more than three years, things have been quiet. Their battles are long behind them, they agree, the threat to the Disney realm silenced albeit at great cost. But inside the catacombs of the Aztec temple where Finn Whitman faced down his nemesis, the monstrous Chernabog, a new threat brews.

Deception and betrayal rock the Kingdom Keepers as the merciless group of Disney villains known as the Overtakers stage an unexpected comeback. But a discovery by the Keepers provides them with one hope of victory-a lost icon. It was believed to be gone forever. The Keepers have one last chance to preserve the heart of the Kingdom-Disneyland-from a terrifying destruction decades in the making.

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Just as peace seems to have descended on Kingdom Disneyland, everything slips into dangerous uncertainty. The return of the villainous Overtakers threatens the five Kingdom Keepers even as their high school careers draw to a close. The action-packed finale to a reader-approved series.

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The Kingdom Keepers saga concludes with the final battle between the forces of good and evil. Three years have passed since the Keepers last had to squash the efforts of the Overtakers (Dark Passage, 2013), but not much has changed when it comes to this series. The characters remain flat, and the adventure continues to seem less like a cohesive story and more like a string of incidents on which Pearson can hang as many nods to beloved Disney characters as possible. Fans will surely thrill at the endless parade of references and action set pieces, but no one will be excited by the stock teenage melodrama. It's hard to care about who's in love with whom and who's jealous of whom when there's an epic battle between the Card Soldiers and Small World dolls going on in the background. The author certainly serves his Disney paymasters well. From the Evil Queen in Snow White to Elsa in Frozen, all eras of Disney are represented. Whether this feels like coldblooded corporate synergy or clever mining of history is up to individual readers, but it's hard not to like a book that features a fight between the evil Jafar and Pumbaa at least a little. Surreal, bizarre and enchanting. (Fantasy. 10-14)—KirkusReviews.com

The final installment of the Kingdom Keepers series opens with Tia Dalma, the formidable voodoopracticing witch, winding her way through the Devil's Labyrinth, a rat-infested underground chamber in which she has been imprisoned. She escapes, liberates the beast Chernabog, and transports him to Anaheim in hopes of destroying Disneyland and the "good magic" within it. The five teenagers who have been charged with protecting the park are ready for the pair and battle against them, as well as many other villains of familiar Disney films. The action in scenes occasionally falls flat, and readers accustomed to strong female protagonists may feel dismayed by the sometimes stereotypical depictions of girls. Nevertheless, descriptions of the antagonists are notably rich and evocative, and this will appeal to established fans of the series, who will welcome the conclusion enthusiastically and no doubt appreciate the unbridled adventure they have come to expect from this author. - Julie Hanson—Booklist Online

Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-22
The Kingdom Keepers saga concludes with the final battle between the forces of good and evil.Three years have passed since the Keepers last had to squash the efforts of the Overtakers (Dark Passage, 2013), but not much has changed when it comes to this series. The characters remain flat, and the adventure continues to seem less like a cohesive story and more like a string of incidents on which Pearson can hang as many nods to beloved Disney characters as possible. Fans will surely thrill at the endless parade of references and action set pieces, but no one will be excited by the stock teenage melodrama. It's hard to care about who's in love with whom and who's jealous of whom when there's an epic battle between the Card Soldiers and Small World dolls going on in the background. The author certainly serves his Disney paymasters well. From the Evil Queen in Snow White to Elsa in Frozen, all eras of Disney are represented. Whether this feels like coldblooded corporate synergy or clever mining of history is up to individual readers, but it's hard not to like a book that features a fight between the evil Jafar and Pumbaa at least a little.Surreal, bizarre and enchanting. (Fantasy. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423164906
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Kingdom Keepers Series, #7
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
129,270
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 2.00(d)
Lexile:
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri's Quill Award and inducted into that state's Writers Hall of Fame. As a "full time dad and husband," Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
March 13, 1953
Place of Birth:
Glen Cove, New York
Education:
Kansas University, B.A., Brown University
Website:
http://www.ridleypearson.com/

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The Insider (Kingdom Keepers Series #7) 4.8 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridley pearson is a literary genius! Throughout his works i have always been impressed with his vast imagination. His books transports you to the world of disney making it come to life in a whole new way! I'd recommend this series to disney fans and anyone who can believe in the impossible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be totally honest, i have never een to any of the parks and ridley has made me feel like i have been to one. Thanks ridley!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was the best in the series but the way it ended it looks like there might a 8th book it leaves alot of stuff unanswered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the sample and i think i might die if i dont get the book in the next hour or so. Love this book series #swag. MUST READ!!! #gotoloveit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. The only problem is that the end makes it sound like there will be more. It is kind of a cliff hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope that Ridley pearson writes more books for the young and young at heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I am a Disney freak times about twenty. That's why I naturally love this series. I have read the whole series and am currently rereading it. Sometimes, I get so involved in books that I forget whats going on around me and feel like I am actually there with Finn and Chernabog. Like I'm there when Tia Dalma finds out that Maleficent is dead. Like I'm there with Chernabog as he emerges from the Mayan temple from book six. However, most of these scenes are too dark for kids under age thirteen. The age group would have to be 14 and older. I am only eleven, but I read it. No nightmares or anything. If you have at least sen the absolute worst part if Revenge of the Sith, you can read this. This is a spectacular ending to the series but its not over yet. I love you Ridley Pearson, Finn Whitman, Dell Philby, Terry Maybeck, Isabella Angelo(willa), Charlene Turner, Amanda Lockhart, Jess Lockhart, Mattie Weaver, Storey Ming, Wanda Alcott, and most of all, WAYNE KRESKY! You all rule!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I AM DYING TO READ THIS!!!!! I LOVE THE SERIES AND IM ON BOOK 5! CANT WAIT TO READ THIS AND UNFORSEEN! IF RIDLEY READS THIS U R AN INCREDIBLE AUTHOR! I AM A HUGE FAN! KEEP READING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone that loves Disney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHY!why does it have to end,can you write another series about the Keepers?IMEANIT. So loved this series. But plz,more! I am begging you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shalt any talk to thy Queen Eliza ro liea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i think they should make more even if there all adults. Mr. Pearson plz make more books at least do one more with finn and rhe gang then make some with there kids pass down the genoration of keepers! All and all this was a great book i found my self crying at times but it was worth it so please please please make more books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does the series have to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just reading part 1 of KK7 online was jaw dropping! Wayne somewhat betrayed them. WHY WAYNE WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome. They should make them into movies!!!! Im really sad that this is going to be the last book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was awesome for when I was too advanced for the children's chapter books but not mature enough for the teen section. I've been reading young adult novels for several years now, but still come back to this series because I love it. When I heard that the seventh book was coming out, I read and loved it! This is like a Disney-themed version of the Percy Jackson Series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Parent-Evil Queen/Pet-Black Cat/Clothing-Black longsleeve half shirt, black skirt, black leather jacket, high heel knee high boots (also black)/Powers-Flattery, swiftness/Appearance-long black and dark purple braided hair, dark purple makeup, silver hoop earrings, pale complexion, violet eyes/Traits-Cold, harsh, self-indulgent/Things I like doing-Admiring myself, teasing nerds, archery, charming the boys
Anonymous 11 months ago
Kiss your hand three times post this on three diffrent books then check under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way better than this rating they give you,believe me;) :)
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At Knight res one and two. One is for bios and two is for rp.
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What happened while I was gone?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curls up around Bluekit ad Dovekit and fell sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please let this work... Hi Madison it's Patti see you tomorrow :)