The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

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In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI--which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging--Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary.
Includes a preview chapter from Kingdom Keepers II - Disney at Dawn!

About Ridley Pearson

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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, which have been translated into 22 languages and distributed in 70 countries. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2008 Ridley served as a visiting professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. 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.
Published November 29, 2010 by Disney Hyperion. 340 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Business & Economics. Fiction

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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.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Kingdom Keepers

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Finn is the sole fleshed-out character (the two girl hosts are given little to do and seem indistinguishable), and some passages read like an ad (as when Wayne catologues the Disney empire: "the Disney parks, the cruise line, the Broadway shows, the Web sites, Disney on Ice").

Oct 10 2005 | Read Full Review of The Kingdom Keepers

Common Sense Media

... This is a great book! This actually does have educational value on Disney World and there are a lot of positive messages. They are all great ...

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Common Sense Media

The evil Overtakers are led by the evil Maleficient from Disney's Sleeping Beauty, who's aided by characters from the popular rides: pirates from Pirates of the Carribbean and the cute dolls from It's a Small World, who chase and bite the teens while eerily singing their famous song.

Sep 01 2004 | Read Full Review of The Kingdom Keepers

This might be the ultimate product placement: a book published by Disney about Disney, which glorifies the rides and characters in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney on Ice, and Disney cruises.

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Jason Patz

The Kingdom Keepers are back in their second adventure novel, thanks to Disney nut and author Ridley Pearson. While the first time around, he may have given ...

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... #6 in the “Kingdom Keepers” series,but can be read as a stand ... REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More ...

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Dad of Divas' Reviews

... The Kingdom Keepers (young teens who were tapped as models for ... based on the previous book in the series and judged by Ridley Pearson, ...

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