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Ridley Pearson Working on Kingdom Keepers 5

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  1. Jon

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    Fans of author Ridley Pearson's Kingom Keepers series might be pleased to know that a fifth book is in the works, despite the next installment, 'Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play' not having hit shelves yet.
    No details as yet on plot, title or release date but good to know Finn and co will be back for another adventure.
     
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    Are these books good? I saw a couple in a second hand book shop in town, and I was considering getting one.
     
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    I've only read the first one so far, intend to work my way through them eventually. Its a fun story even though its aimed at a younger audience.
     
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    DS loves these and has read them all! All I know is that they're about a group of kids who are left in MK at night when the park has closed and they have great adventures. DS bought the first one in the Virgin Mega Store a couple of years ago and it kept him quiet for the whole return flight so it must have been an entertaining story!
     
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    Its been revealed that that KK V will be set on one of the Disney Cruise ships, so perhaps Finn and Co will run into one or two of the nautical villans such as Cpt Hook.

    Ridley is going to be around WDW next week launching the latest installment in the series KK IV: Power Play.
     
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    I also have the first edition bout half way through it . Perhaps, I'll be able to buy the 2nd edition next time .
     
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    What age for kids? I have never heard of these books. I think my son would be interested in something like this, but I am not sure if he is too young or not.
     
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    I would say its best suited to the 7-14 age bracket.
    I’ve only read KK1 (got a copy of KK2 last trip) but assume the others are of a similar complexity and theme. On a par with Enid Blyton Famous Five/Secret 7 really.
     
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    I have personally read this series and it is one of my favorites. The whole story is one of magic, adventure, and thrills.

    Finn, Philby, Maybeck, Charlene, and Willa are known as the Kingdom Keepers. They are actors who were hired by Disney to be DHIs (Daylight Hologragh Imaging or Disney Host Interactive) they started out in the Magic Kingdom, but have grown in popularity throughout the books to be throughout Walt Disney World.

    The program was designed with an alternate purpose. There is a group of Disney villians that want to take control of the Parks and of the other characters. They are known as the Overtakers. Headed by Malificent, it includes the Evil Queen, Cruella De Vil, Ursalla, Frollo, and manipulated animals, robots, and people. The Imagineers wanted the Overtakers stopped so the kids were "enlisted".

    At night, the kids wake up inside the parks and work to defeat the Overtakers in various ways.

    The readers watch these characters grow up and help solve the problems the Keepers face. It doesn't matter what age you are, if you are a fan of Disney, these books are perfect.
     
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    My son loves them. We had the opportunity to attend a presentation and meet Ridley Pearson on the Disney Dream in January. What a nice man. We ended up running into him and his family many times during the cruise and ended up sitting next to them at Castaway Cay. He gave away and signed books for everyone that attended the presentation. He did say the next one will be based on the panama canal cruise and then two more books that will be based on California. One in Disneyland park and one in California Adventure. My son says I should read them as he things I would love them since they are based on the disney theme parks
     
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    Ridley is a great man! I have a signed copy of the original Kingdom Keepers before it was made into a series. Ridley really cares for his fans. He has put so much effort into writting each book and allowing his fans to see how everything is progressing.

    The books would be great for you to read. There is inside information used in the books. Ridley was allowed backstage access throughout Disney by the Disney Company. The detail that is in the books is astonishing and the way he blends in the Disney magic is perfect. He has Disney villans and a plethora of popular attractions scattered throughout the books. You are in the Magic Kingdom for most of KK1, the Animal Kingdom for most of KK2, Epcot and some of Hollywood Studios for most of KK3, and Hollywood Studios for most of KK4.

    The Panama Canal sounds right. There had to be a way to get the main characters from Florida to California after the cruise, and this works perfectly. The series is supposed to end at Disneyland Resort, so it will be interesting to see how it's done since it will be very hard to say goodbye to the Keepers at the end of KK7.
     
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    I've read 1 thru 3 and have enjoyed them all. You learn a lot about some of unseen area's within the parks. Overall its just fun to have an adventure play out in locations we (as Disney fans) know so well.

    Ridley definately seems to have a lot of time for his readers, and keeps everyone updated on how progress is going on both the next KK book aswell as his other novels.
     
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    The fourth book is probably my favorite. It is really well written and seeing the progress with the characters is really nice.
     
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    Yeah, by end of the third book we begin to understand the role each character has to play and what their individual strengths are within the Kingdom Keepers. Willa perhaps less so than the others though. Ill be ordering the fourth book once I’ve cleared the back log of other books I’ve not yet read :hehe:
     
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    Do you think they would be good stories for me to read to DDs who are now 4 & 5. We are almost at the end of the Rohld Dahl books and I was looking for my next lot. I was going to read the CS lewis ones to them but not sure.
    They keep begging me to read Harry Potter but I think they are a little young yet or Percy Jackson which I want to read first to see if they are suitable.
     
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    Definately too young for Percy Jackson. I don't know if I would let my 7 year old read it yet. Harry Potter maybe by next year. That is a hard one, but there is still a lot of little violent things happening.
     
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    OK thanks, I was planning on reading Percy Jackson first because I have only seen the movie. (oops theres another americanism lol)

    There is no way I am reading them Harry Potter yet, they have seen the first movie but I wont let them watch any of the others yet. I think the book goes into a lot more detail though, especially around Harry's parents which I think they are just too young to completly understand and not get overly upset by.

    I havn't yead the narnia books since I was a kid so I think I might want to read those first again, We are currently reading the BFG and I didn't realise how graphic that was. Gabriella now keeps crying saying she is scared of Turkey because she remembers thats where one of the giants likes to go.

    I have been reading some older stories to see if they were suitable (currently Treasure Island) and I just think they would get bored. I was struggleing to keep going with it at some points so I think i might give that a miss (plus I dont think I could read it again lol)
     
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    I'm like that at the minute. I decided to download 1001 books for my iPhone and there are so many I haven't read but always wanted to I htink it is going to take me a while to get through them lol
     
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    I started reading Narnia to my kids 7 & 5, but we didn't get very far. The youngest got bored and the oldest is now into the Magic Treehouse books. So it got put down and never picked up again. I think Percy is worse then Harry, but I didn't even consider Harry's parents. oops forgot all about that part. Good luck.
     
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    The Kingdom Keepers books might have a few sections that are a little too instense for younger kids. I think it just depends on how they react to Disney villains dying in the movies. If they are fine there, they should be fine for the books.
     

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