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Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers Series #3)

Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers Series #3)

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by Ridley Pearson, Tristan Elwell

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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 in the first books now resolved, Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow


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 in the first books now resolved, Kingdom Keepers III: 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 that 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 who want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place-the five kids pick up a major
clue from their close friend whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future.
Clues from a dream lead the kids into Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot. 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 survival. A transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin' and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with a giant snake and a devious Maleficent lead the Kingdom Keepers not only to begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues but to discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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)

Product Details

Publication date:
Kingdom Keepers Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Killer Summer, Killer View and Killer Weekend, the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series, and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

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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Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 322 reviews.
DisneyMomVA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridley is over all my favorite author. I do recomend this book to anyone who loves disney!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best series I have ever read . This series is a definate read for any disney fan.
Storm468 More than 1 year ago
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.
BookWormz21 More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!
Scott Kinzel More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best Kingdom Keepers book ever!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best. Series. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series! I wish they made a movie out of every book. Very addictave. Must Read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! even though i live in CA,and i've never even been to WDW (only WDL) it is still an awesome and cool behind the scenes look at Disney World
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome book. I am Ridleys biggest fan. So i love his works of art(writing). Age group 9+. This has been a Zach Stayden review. Thank you
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love love love love love love love love this book! it is probably the best book in the kingdom keepersbor even the whole world. ive read too many books and ive read the whole harry potter series so uve Got to read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amust read. I enjoyed it so much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read very action packed compared to other books
Hollyn Achens More than 1 year ago
I liked the other 2 books and this one is great so far. Hope there will be a 4th book!
Brendan Cobb More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Best one yet!
Kendall Thompson More than 1 year ago
Finn and the Kingdom Keepers really had a fantastic adventure in this book. I really liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books and they are very interesting. I look forward to reading more books!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First one was awesome 2nd one meh i cant wait to see what the 3rd ones like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At Knight res one and two. One is for bios and two is for rp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Besides the skie