Virtual Disney with The Kingdom Keepers

The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson; published by Scholastic, Inc., New York, 2005; 325 pages.

Finn Whitman is 13 years old, in middle school, and is a holographic guide at Disney World.  His dreams are haunted by images of himself and four other virtual guides protecting the Magic Kingdom from arch-villainess Maleficent and her henchmen (“The Overtakers”) who have put the park in grave danger.  Is it just a dream?  Finn thought so until he meets Wayne, a retired Imagineer, who lets him know that the Overtakers are planning more, much more, than just ruling the Magic Kingdom.

This book is a must-read for anyone who has visited, or plans to visit, Disney World.  Pearson’s settings are vividly described and are based on features of the real magic realm–he obviously did his homework.  Having just visited Walt’s dream world with my family, I found myself looking for the fountain pen on Walt’s desk, and staring at the upper floors of the castle, wondering if maybe, just maybe, the characters do come alive at night.  For middle schoolers, this tall tale of heroes and heroines their own age who save the world from characters they have been weaned on, has to be an engrossing read.  I will be checking out the sequel today!

4P     3Q     Grade Level: 7-9 (and anyone visiting Orlando…)

kingdomkeepersCover Art:  The view of Cinderella’s castle by moonlight and three teens chased by a couple of animatronic characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is intriguing enough to pique the interest of tweens and perhaps even teens with an interest in Disney World.

Suggested Reading List: The Way It Could Be (Science Fiction or Fantasy)

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