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Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game

Press: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (February 26, 2013)
Publication Date:2013-2
Author Name:Pearson, Ridley


As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. 
The Fantasy is now the most advanced cruise ship in the world.But all is not right belowdecks.
Strange things are happening.
Unexplained phenomena.
Only the Kingdom Keepers know the truth behind their invitation: nearly every Disney villain is represented onboard the new ship: whether on its decks or in its theaters.
It's believed the Overtakers have infiltrated the cast and are "stowaways." Worse: it is believed they have stolen an important journal that once belonged to Walt Disney himself--Finn has been having dreams about this--and that some kind of mission is planned.The ship sets sail filled with enthusiastic guests and crew, and the battle is on in new and exotic arenas: the beaches of Castaway Cay, the caves of Aruba, the locks of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica's rain forest zip line .
But the end game is far more complicated and intense than anything the Kingdom Keepers had planned on.
If the Overtakers get their way, a power will be unleashed that no one will have the ability to vanquish: Chernabog, dormant for years, is about to have his full powers restored.

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning co-author, along with Dave Barry, of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. 
In addition to Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, Kingdom Keepers: Disney at Dawn, Kingdom Keepers: Disney in Shadow, and Kingdom Keepers: Power Play, he is also the author of the young adult thrillers Steel Trapp: The Challenge and Steel Trapp: The Academy.
He has written more than twenty best-selling crime novels including Killer View and Killer Weekend.
He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.


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  •     The Kingdom Keepers are back, this time set to join the launch of the Disney Dream, the newest edition of their cruise line. But all is not right: a journal that belonged to the Disney Imagineers has been stolen by the Overtakers, and more and more teens have joined the ranks of the villains. Finn and the others know that the Dream is the perfect place for the Overtakers to spring a trap, and know that they are sitting ducks. It's a shell game: who can you trust when no one seems trustworthy?First of all, I have loved this series from the very first book, but felt like the last two (including this one) have been a bit of an editing disaster. This book is very long for the age range it's targeted at, and I feel like it's turning Harry Potter-esque in that respect: each book is getting longer and longer and the story seems less tight and concise. Truthfully this book was a bit of a mess; there were typos, lines of dialogue that didn't match up with the speaker, and occurrences where the Kingdom Keepers were in DHI form when they weren't supposed to be, rendering their actions impossible since they were actually in human form. Add to that the addition of new characters, points of view shifting from paragraph to paragraph, and the whole thing was a bit difficult to read and follow at times.That being said, this definitely continues the overarching story line of these five Kingdom Keepers - only freshman in high school - trying to save the Parks from the Disney villains. The stakes keep getting higher and higher, the risks they're taking more dangerous, and the problems they're facing more difficult to manage. This book also has a definite "cannot stop reading" feel to it, even if it does suffer at times from Non-Stop Action Syndrome, which I'm not always a fan of.As for the characters, we're definitely starting to see sides of them that aren't so great; each of them is dealing with changes in their lives, and their feelings for each other. You have watered-down versions of love triangles all over the place, which gets sort of tedious but also fits with the age of the characters. I still really love Finn, but the others have grown on me throughout this book, although I am as annoyed with Philby in this installment as the characters in the book are. I also had qualms with two new editions to the villains: Jack Sparrow and Tia Dalma. I didn't view them as "villains" in the Pirates movie at all, so to see them in that role in the book was a little eyebrow-raising for me personally.This is the fifth of a planned seven books, and it ends with a cliffhanger which won't be resolved until January of next year when book six is released. While I was disappointed with parts of this one, you can bet that I'll be reading the next installment; I just hope more attention is paid to the editing.

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  •     good

  •     Great book, lots of excitement. A quick read, very well written.

  •     Kingdom keepers!!! They are the best!!! I'm crazy about Disney and this book is the best!!! Full of mystery and suspense.

  •     I personally am a huge KK fan so the release of this installment was much anticipated and rewarded greatly. I'm not going to spoil the book, but I will tell you that this book is fast paced, funny, puzzling, and worth it's weight in gold. Most defenitely buy it (unless you havent read the rest of the series. Then start from the 1st book which is just as incredibly engaging as this one.)

  •     I love the series

  •     I like this series because I love Disney World. This one was not as good to me, probably because the majority of the novel took place on the Disney Cruise, which I have never been...

  •     great study

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  •     pleased with purchase

  •     Fifth in the Kingdom Keepers fantasy series for kids set in Disney World in Florida and revolving around a core group of five middle schoolers whose images are being used in three-dimensional holograms, DHIs, to serve as guides at the Disney Parks. In this installment, the majority of the action takes place aboard the Dream, a Disney cruise ship sailing through the Panama Canal on a two-week cruise.My TakePearson is working at creating drama with the new fears he's given Finn about being replaced. I'm thinking Shell Game is more of a bridge novel. Finn is worrying about retirement and being replaced in Wayne's esteem. Then there's the horrifying theory the Keepers come up with as to the real purpose of the Overtakers being aboard.The biggest aspect of the "bridge" is the first and last chapters...arghhh, so irritating!! And Pearson just leaves us wondering just what has happened to Finn!It seems rather odd that Pearson only mentions Philby's mother as one of the chaperons and nothing but a reference about guardians for the others. I suppose it was only Finn's situation that caused Pearson to mention it at all. I don't understand why Philby refuses to show the other Keepers how to go all clear? Nor why the Keepers all flee from the sight of Chernabog; they all know what he looks like and they just skip this opportunity to take him prisoner?It's all cloak-and-dagger for Keepers and Overtakers alike with lots and lots of action and adventure. All within the relatively small confines of the ship with Pearson attempting to work up some romances. Rather clumsily.Other than the above whining, I enjoyed the story. It had nice bits of tension and drama even if Pearson did leave lots of questions unanswered.The StoryThe Kingdom Keepers' current task is to prevent a theft from the private Imagineers' library and hold off an Overtaker-siege at Engineering Base Camp. The notebook in question revolves around Fantasia and one of its primary evil characters, Chernabog.The action has hotted up outside the parks as well when Finn finds himself under attack in his own house. And it's not just Finn who is suffering!A side trip to the Typhoon Lagoon at Wayne's request is both good and bad: on the one hand, the Keepers gain a powerful ally, on the other hand, they lose one as well. This will certainly complicate matters when the Kingdom Keepers board the Disney Dream for the trip to be the first ship through the new Panama Canal! Losing his mother makes Finn's being able to join the cruise much more difficult.As an inaugural cruise generating great publicity for Disney, the Magic Kingdom has changed up a lot of the usual activities, making it so much easier for the bad guys to slip aboard. Certainly Maleficent has smoothed out OTKs joining the cruise.The Kingdom Keepers will have certainly their hands full on this voyage!The CharactersIt's this new beta version of the DHI 2.0 and Dill Philby`s increasingly superior airs, a.k.a., Professor Philby, that find Finn Whitman questioning his role as the Kingdom Keepers' leader. Charlene Turner is their physically-fit member. Isabella "Willa" Angelo. Terry "Donnie" Maybeck is an artist and has found his niche within the group--his patience is indeed a virtue. Amanda Lockhart and Jezebel "Jess" are Fairlies, something more than human. Amanda has some magical ability and she and Finn love each other while Jess dreams the future. Both girls are still in fostercare with Mrs. Nash. All seven have a DHI, although Amanda and Jess' are not official. Six DHIs have been created from Cast Members to augment the original Keepers including Kelly Carlson, Bart, Alex Wright, and Megan Fuchs.Wayne Kresky is one of the original Imagineers and is the reason the Kingdom Keepers can project themselves back into the Park at night. He directs their objectives. Wanda Alcott, Wayne's daughter, has a very small part in this installment. Cast Members and characters of the Disney theme parks have begun to take sides. Gladis Philby is Philby's worried mother--she's very anti-Keepers--and their chaperone on the trip.Mattie Weaver is a Fairly and a friend of Amanda and Jess. She's still "imprisoned", but when she gets the message from Amanda, nothing will hold her back. Dillard Cole is Finn's closest friend outside the Keepers and he keeps popping up.Captain Cederberg is in charge of the Dream; Robert "Uncle Bob" Heinemann is the security officer with a difficult job; Christian is the director of entertainment; and, Storey Ming is a member of the crew, I think, and is helping the Keepers.Maleficent, the nasty witch from Sleeping Beauty, is the chief villainess and she's teamed up with Cruella De Vil and the Evil Queen at the Magic Kingdom. For the cruise, she's working with Jafar and Tia Dalma. Somehow Maleficent has spelled other middleschoolers to do their dirty work--recognizable by their green eyes. Greg "Lousy" Luowski is Finn's nemesis at school and one of the chief OTKs. Others include Robbie Barry and Sally Ringwald, a conspirator who gets turned. Triton is the King of the Sea and is a powerful backup.Chernabog seems to be the mastermind behind the Overtakers, a group of Disney characters who want to take over the parks and create their own version of Wonderland.The CoverThe cover is all-metaphor and finds a close-up of the evil Maleficient's eyes forming the background, the Miss Tilly is a ship caught in the rocks while a squid-like arm reaches out for Finn and Amanda riding a bright lime-green inner tube on a rushing wave of water at Typhoon Lagoon.The title refers to the carny game in which a peanut is hidden beneath one of three cups and the mark must choose under which cup the peanut is hidden as the carny moves the cups around to confuse his target. In this Shell Game, the Overtakers have hidden the server they are using to project their own holograms and the Kingdom Keepers keep trying to guess where it is.

  •     This book is yet another magical read for avid readers! Our son has been reading this series non stop and is so addicted that he finishes a book every week. To see an 8yo read 3 hours a day is amazing.


  •     well first off know that i love the kingdom keepers, have since the first book came out i have loved all of them so far. the disney the villains the technology, how the author blends fantasy with facts and accurate details of all the parks. Honestly my favorite book series out there by far, the first book I've read over 60 times and i still enjoy it.sadly i hate to admit that this volume honestly didn't add up to all the hype. it focuses mainly on the disney cruise ship so i enjoyed all the details about that, but it never went anywhere. plus it ends in a cliff hanger, that would be good if the book hadn't started to just get good maybe the last two chapters. basically its like this book was cut in half and we only got to see the first half, all the disney characters were good including a few new ones, however i don't know what the "dough boys" were all about and I'm a really true disney fan.so all in all i love the series but this book was kinda a dud hopefully the next one will be better, but either way still a great series.

  •     Really good


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