- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
- Series: Kingdom Keepers (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Disney Editions (September 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786854448
- ISBN-13: 978-0786854448
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 705 customer ratings
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8–Using cutting-edge technology, five Florida teens have been transformed into Holographic Hosts at Disney World. Their images appear throughout the Magic Kingdom, giving visitors information about the various attractions. It all seems to be going well, until the participants begin having disturbing dreams that start affecting their everyday lives. They sneak in after the park has closed, and Wayne, a retired Imagineer, directs them in their fight against the Dark Side, embodied by Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. Audio-animatronic pirates from The Pirates of the Caribbean travel through the Magic Kingdom in the little cars from the Buzz Lightyear ride. The dolls from It's a Small World clamber into the boats and start biting the occupants. Cinderella's Castle is filled with an eye-popping array of staircases, à la Escher. There's a certain coolness factor for the notion that people could be both human and hologram at the same time, and the illicit thrill of seeing all the things you don't normally get to see (both real and imaginary) makes this a must-read for serious Disney fans. However, readers never really get to know any of the characters well, except for Finn, the narrator, and the mystery is so convoluted that it's hard to follow, and even harder to care about. Additional.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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But it wasn't long into this first book here that I realized that this was unique.
It had a bit of everything a YA book could and should have.
It has a good story line, good mystery, great characters, good versus evil, heroes versus villains, old and new technology, but mostly a sit on the edge of your chair excitement and expectations.
And it was all very relatable.
Good job Mr. Pearson, good job indeed!
13 year old Lawrence Finnegan Whitman (Finn) was chosen to become a Disney Interactive Host (DHI) along with 4 other kids. They all start having the same "dream" and then are pulled into a quest to solve a riddle and stop evil from taking over the Park and the World outside the park.
I am a Florida native and have visited Disney World more times than I care to remember but this book made me see it with new eyes and I appreciated that. The book also made me want to learn more about Disney - the park and the man. I am likely to read the rest of the books in the series and believe that if you are an adult who enjoyed the Harry Potter series then you will probably enjoy this book as well.
I thought this series would be perfect. He had a very hard time reading the first 50 pages or so because they are filled with such awkward disjointed dialog, that is almost impossible to figure out what is going on. I started to read it out loud to him and had to keep stopping and rereading sentences to get them to make sense. It seems like this book went from author, to printing without a stop in editing. The characters are poorly developed, and the writing is excruciating to read at times.
That being said, we did stick with it until the end because we are such Disneyphiles. We liked the story, but not necessarily the book. We just started the second one, and it doesn't seem any better from a technical standpoint. I had purchased the whole series because of recommendations, and because I have always enjoyed Ridley Pearson in the past. I guess we will stick with it, and hope it improves. These books could have been SO much better.
The tale begins as the unsuspecting models begin waking up in Disney World as their DHI counterparts while their physical bodies sleep. The five keepers must solve a riddle from Walt Disney himself to defeat the forces led by Maleficent. With the guidance of Wayne, an original Imagineer, and a shaky alliance with two girls who may or may not have secret information, the team learns to work together and problem solve under extreme pressure.
There are some light leadership lessons in this book, but it's mostly an adventure story with a well-researched setting of the Disney World theme park. An enjoyable read, which leads me to book two...
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I enjoy harry potter, Twilight, the darke Academy and other teenage aimed books. This one is written the most simplest out of all of them but is still a good read as the story is interesting and it does leave you wanting to read one more chapter. I just need the rest of the series now!
The author takes you on a great ride around the Magic Kingdom as your heroes try to say the day. He enlightens you with parts of the park that most people don't realise exist.
I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone.
esta super interesante, te picas bastante y esta muy padre el libro la verdad
aunque tenga portada suave
Story is refreshing and fun for all age!
le harry potter de Disney World