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Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn

Press:Disney at Dawn

Press: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (August 25, 2009)
Publication Date:2009-8
Author Name:Pearson, Ridley


It's supposed to be a happy day at the Magic Kingdom-the return of the teenaged holographic hosts. 
But things go very wrong when a sudden lightning storm disrupts the celebration, and Amanda's mysterious sister, Jez, disappears.
The only clue is the sighting of a wild monkey in the Magic Kingdom during the storm.
The mystery deepens as Finn is contacted by Wayne, an old man he hasn't heard from in months.
Wayne tells Finn that there's trouble at the Animal Kingdom: the evil Overtakers have gained control of one of the computer servers that will be used to operate Daylight Holographic Imaging there.
That means that if any of the holographic hosts fall asleep, they will go into comas-permanently.
Filled with action and brimming with the same meticulous detail as The Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, this second book in the series-The Rise of Chernabog-is the result of hands-on research behind the scenes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.
Young and older readers alike will get a glimpse into a second Disney kingdom.
The wild rides have only just begun; and the clock is ticking.
How long can the teens keep themselves awake in their quest to find their friend-and what happens if they fail?

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the best-selling co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers, Peter and the Shadow Thieves, Peter and the Secret of Rundoon, Escape From the Carnivale, Cave of the Dark Wind, Blood Tide, and Science Fair. 
He is also the author of eighteen novels, including The Kingdom Keepers, Cut and Run, The Middle of Nowhere, The Pied Piper, Beyond Recognition, No Witnesses, The First Victim, Undercurrents, and Parallel Lies.
He was the first American to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University.

From AudioFile

Disney World has hired teenagers to be special holographic hosts at its theme parks. 
In this second volume of a series, the teens are fighting Disney cartoon villains who have come to life and are trying to take control of the Disney Animal Kingdom theme park.
If the heroes fall asleep, the villains can destroy them.
Christopher Lane helpfully gives the characters distinct voices, but, in delivering the action-packed plot, he reads too quickly.
This hurried narration, combined with occasional editing and attribution errors, will distract the careful listener.
Still, Disney aficionados and action fans may overlook these flaws and revel in the wealth of behind-the-scenes details.
© AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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  •     I was not able to get past the first chapter so it may not be fair for me to review this book. Having just finished Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark, I eagerly bought and downloaded Disney At Dawn. However, the very first chapter describes the sisters Jez and Amanda saying, "They claim to be sisters but it must be through adoption..." and then goes on to describe how they look completely different from each other. The problem with this is at the very end of Disney After Dark, the sisters are described as twins, "They were sisters, twins perhaps, not identical, but close to it." Now it seems to me that if Ridley Pearson had written both books, he never would have made such an error. So maybe he had a ghost writer. Nothing wrong with that right? Maybe but what kind of writer doesn't research the book they are writing?! This was too much of a gross error for me to get past. It might have been a good book but unfortunately I have a feeling it was written simply as a money maker.

  •     As good as the first book, I was really giddy with this book. Just the fun of being chased by the Disney villains and their henchmen, makes me want to join the kingdom keepers.

  •     Exactly as promised

  •     Love these books. I'm a huge Disney fan and love reading about the different places I have seen. FYI, a lot of the parks don't have these sites they are visiting any longer.

  •     The fiction centered around the parks is entertaining. A very good light read. Highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of WDW.

  •     I like all the kingdom keepers books. But this one had me to keep guessing what was going to happen next.

  •     One of my daughter's favorites from the series.

  •     This is a sequel to the first Kingdom Keeper book and it was, as I understand, a few years later. It was also something of a disappointment... or the one where Pearson got a little lazy. Not that I want to pick apart a kid's book, but there are a handful (or two) of inconsistencies that raise flags and take the reader out of this adventure. Many are minor, like confusing which character did what and whether or not clues would mean anything to characters who weren't privy to certain conversations. There are some logistic issues, such as whether the keepers are banned from all the theme parks or if their agreement as DHIs was limited to the Magic Kingdom. And there's a question of how they manage to keep in contact using their Nintendo DS systems for chat and maybe audio? However, the first and most persistent concern was the name of a main character. Is she Jess or Jez? (If you've read the 1st book, that makes more sense.)All that aside, however, this is a nice second installment to an on-going series that explores the Disney mythology and provides kids (and adults) with adventure-filled stories. This one takes place mostly in the Animal Kingdom as the keepers attempt to find and rescue Jez, who has been kidnapped. They face many challenges of course, not the least of which is an alternate DHI server that threatens to capture them in Sleeping Beauty Syndrome (asleep and can't wake up) should they drift off. And this time, Maleficent is joined by the most evil Disney villain ever: Chernabog (from Fantasia). And the slight hints at leadership lessons from book one blossom a little more in this book. I won't give away any spoilers, but the story provides a resolution while still leaving plenty of plot lines in play for book three, which... I haven't read yet.A note to parents: there is a bit of suggestiveness throughout the books - both in language (Maybeck has a mouth on him apparently) and in relationships (very mild, but it's there - you sense a love triangle in the making). And, of course, behavior you don't want your kids emulating (lying, etc.).- from trudatmusic[dot]com[slash]raw (9/11/12)

  •     Good book

  •     Enjoyable read with lots of great twists and turns. The characters are interesting and it is nice to see the way their relationships are evolving.

  •     This one was not as good as the first. I realize I am an adult reading a book for young adults but anything to do with Disney I will read. The characters and the way they act or speak is appropriate for the young adult. So I know it is the book for them. It is, however, a strong, sometimes funny, and is very believable. (hey, it could happen). But what I love most about it is the author is spot on where the parks are concerned. Every thing is in its place as it should be as he goes about the plot. So, if your child reads these books be sure that if you end up at Disney you can follow the book in each park and know that the Kingdom Keepers are taking care of business.

  •     This book opens several months after the first book ended. The host program has been shut down to fix some flaws, but tonight it is reopening. Finn and the other four teens are part of a big parade celebrating the event. But what starts as a celebration turns to danger as a huge storm comes rolling in. Finn sees monkey running through the crowd watching the parade. Then Jez, a friend of the hosts, is kidnapped. Before the night is over, Maleficent will escape from her prison.In the aftermath, Finn learns some horrid things from Wayne, the old Imagineer who has been their guide so far. Animal Kingdom is set to get their own holographic hosts soon, but their server is flawed. The Overtakers plan to use it to trap Finn and the others next time they go to sleep. So they must infiltrate Animal Kingdom, free Jez who they think is being held there, and destroy the server before any of them fall asleep. With many of the animals in the park part of Mal's army, that won't be easy. Can the kids figure all this out before they get too tired to think?The Disney fan in me enjoyed this second behind the scenes mix of adventure and fantasy. Heck, the action drew me in so fast, I often had a hard time putting it down, reading the last 100 pages in one sitting.The characters could have been a bit better defined, although we did get to know them better than in the first book. Despite the fact that I was hooked, the pace slacked a little in the middle and I got frustrated by how little was happening. But when it picked up again, I was hooked. It would have been nice to see more of other famous Disney characters involved in the story instead of once again focusing on Maleficent as well.These books will absolutely appeal to Disney fans everywhere. I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter in this saga.

  •     This was a birthday gift for a young friend of mine and he loved it.

  •     Easy read, action packed, lots to keep you guessing what's going to happen next. Great for tweens and teens who love Disney.


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