Legacy of Secrets (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #2)

Legacy of Secrets (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #2)

by Ridley Pearson


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Legacy of Secrets (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #2) by Ridley Pearson

Disneyland, Opening Day, 1955.
When five present-day teenagers known as the Kingdom Keepers find themselves thrown into a past that would make anyone envious, things don't exactly work out the way they'd hoped. Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Willa, and Philby open a door into a place and a time when the legend of the Disney parks is just starting. They are there, in 1955, to retrieve Walt Disney's infamous pen that once saved the parks as we know them. But like all things Disney, nothing is as it seems.
The early days of the Tower of Terror, the origin of the Overtakers (Disney villains), and the real power of magic unfold in an unexpected series of events that propel both the Keepers and Disney itself into a darkness no one saw coming. Along the way, the Keepers visit Walt Disney's hilltop home, Disneyland's opening day and reception, and find themselves separated from friends sixty years away. The three Fairlies, young women in Disney's School of Imagineering, girls with astonishing powers of their own, have unmasked a long-buried secret that threatens the lives of their friends as well as everything Walt Disney worked for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423184324
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Series: Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 186,451
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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.


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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Legacy of Secrets (Kingdom Keepers: The Return Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book will be great because I've already read the first book!
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Hunting for Walt’s Pen As a DisNerd, I have always loved the idea behind the Kingdom Keepers novels. Five teens who get to wander the Disney theme parks at night at holograms? What’s not to love? For The Return, the sequel trilogy, author Ridley Pearson upped his game, and I couldn’t stop wishing I were the Kingdom Keepers as I read Legacy of Secrets. You see, as the last book ended, the Kingdom Keepers found themselves having traveled through time to Disneyland opening day in 1955. (And after dealing with holograms fighting Disney villains, this isn’t much of a stretch at all.) Yes, they are on a mission. It seems that Walt Disney’s pen, a pen with magic in it, has disappeared and the five teens must find it and make sure it is preserved so when they need it in the future it is there for them. Teaming up with a young Wayne, Finn and the rest have to follow clues left by Walt himself to uncover its hiding place. Meanwhile, in the present, Amanda and Jess are uncovering secrets of their own. While trying to find a way to help the Kingdom Keepers return when their mission is over, they stumble upon a buried piece of Disney history that could explain everything that has happened. What does it all mean? The book balances the two time lines perfectly. Both are engaging, and both dovetail off each other nicely. We learn some things that explain a lot about the characters and what has happened previously in the series here, things I didn’t know I cared about but was thrilled to learn. Quite often, the middle part of a trilogy knows it is such and feels like a placeholder. While we didn’t get the action and fights with the villains we would normally have in this series, the pace never slowed. The trail the Kingdom Keepers were following in the past was interesting, and the secrets that we were learning in the present were just as page turning. It’s a different kind of story for the series, but it absolutely works. Of course, part of that may have been my jealousy coming through. I couldn’t help but be green at times as I read about what the Kingdom Keepers were seeing and experiencing. I would love to be able to go back to 1955 and see Disneyland as it was when it first opened. Again, I’m jealous of these characters, and loved living vicariously through them. The one flaw of the series continues here – the characters could be better. They are strong enough to care about them, but they never feel completely real to me. Of course, I have read about them for how many books now? Obviously, it isn’t a huge issue for me. Fortunately, the characters have few conflicts with each other here, something that could really annoy in earlier adventures. Also, the young Wayne we get to know here loses his 50’s “Golly gee” type slang not too far into the book. If it had continued the entire way through, that would have been very annoying. While this book is the middle of a trilogy, this trilogy is a sequel series to a seven book series. It does its best to introduce things, but to really follow and appreciate what we learn here, you need to back up and start from the beginning. I’m anxious to find out what these new revelations (and the ending of this book) mean for the Kingdom Keepers, their friends, and the Disney legacy, so I will be waiting impatiently for the final book to come out this spring. In the meantime, pick up Legacy of Secrets and be ready for another magical adventure.
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She still lives!!??? Thats crazy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Knowing this series is meant for young readers I decided to read them anyway as a Disney fanatic myself at the age of 35. Since starting the series I have found many things I love about them. I have read each book more than twice now and can't wait for the next book in the series. I recommend these books for the young and old. Disney holds a sense of wonder for people of all ages and if you have ever visited any of the parks these books will take you right back there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book because it was so real so thank for this wonderful book
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Im on the kingdom keepers dark passage but i still cant wait till i read this book #DONTJUDGE
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