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Disney in Shadow : Kingdom Keepers Series: Book 3 - Ridley Pearson

Disney in Shadow

Kingdom Keepers Series: Book 3

Paperback Published: 1st March 2011
ISBN: 9781423138563
Number Of Pages: 545
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old

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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 set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: 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 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 want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place—the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jess, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future.

The very few clues from Jess’s dream lead the kids into Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot—through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. 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 their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin' and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships.

About the Author

Ridley Pearson, in addition to co-authoring the Peter and the Starcatchers series with Dave Barry, is the award-winning author of the Kingdom Keepers series and the Steel Trapp series. Ridley, his wife Marcelle, and their two daughters divide their time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Industry Reviews

[T]he 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. - School Library Journal


Finn Whitman ran hard, then all the harder still, Donnie Maybeck by his side and keeping up. By day, Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom was an intriguing tangle of trees and bushes interrupted by meandering pathways. By night, it was something altogether different.

Especially with four insanely angry, sword-carrying pirates bearing down on you, followed closely by an alien with a genetic malfunction that posed like Elvis Presley and looked slightly like a cross between a koala bear and a cuddly dog. The guys in the torn T-shirts and calf-length pants had leaped from the shadows surrounding Pirates of the Caribbean - the park having been closed for nearly three hours - immediately in pursuit. Stitch, on the other hand, had appeared out of nowhere.

Finn made the mistake of glancing back at them.

“Don’t look back!” Maybeck called out sharply. “Your face, your skin is like a flashlight. You’ll give us away! Believe me, Whitman, this is when it pays to be yours truly.”

Maybeck thought of himself as God’s answer to everything, and wasn’t afraid to share that opinion. If given half a chance, he would make the point that his great-grandparents had been slaves, and his grandparents sharecroppers on Florida sugarcane plantations; he was fiercely proud of his African American heritage and of the fact that his family were some of the original Floridians, instead of being descendants of snowbird retirees, like Finn and so many of his friends - and their fellow DHIs.

DHI stood for Disney Host Interactive, or Daylight Holographic Image, depending on who you asked. There were five DHIs, including Finn and Maybeck - holographs of teenage hosts that, by day, acted as guides to guests at the Magic Kingdom. (The other three, Philby, Willa, and Charlene, were by now supposed to be awaiting the two boys in the Indian Village across the water from Tom Sawyer Island.)

There was a glitch in the software that projected the holographs in the park: when any of the five teens who’d originally modeled for the DHIs went to sleep at night, they would wake up, not as themselves, but as their holographs, inside the Magic Kingdom. As it turned out this was no glitch - an old guy, a Disney Imagineer named Wayne, had intentionally made this “crossover” possible by rewriting the projection computer code. He’d done this because he’d needed the help of the DHIs to solve a riddle left behind by Walt Disney years before.

ISBN: 9781423138563
ISBN-10: 1423138562
Series: Kingdom Keepers
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
For Grades: 4 - 6
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 545
Published: 1st March 2011
Publisher: Disney Book Publishing Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1

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