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Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

by Ridley Pearson
Series: Kingdom Keepers #1
336 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Knight of Narnia

A great young adult page-turner, with fantasy violence and some implied languge.

Plot

A new program has just started at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World: five kids have been chosen to model for new holographic hosts that will show people around the park. But when Finn Whitman, one of the hologram models, goes to sleep one night, he wakes up as his hologram inside the Magic Kingdom. And the Happiest Place on Earth is in big danger: Disney villains are wreaking havoc in the Park.

Morality

The DHIs (aka Kingdom Keepers) are not allowed to enter the Parks without a disguise and permission from Disney, but often break this rule, lying to their parents about where they are. However, the Kingdom Keepers are a great example of teamwork and loyalty. The bad guys are very Disney-ish: evil but not vulgar.

Spiritual Content

Maleficent, the main villain, delivers spells and incantations. Maybeck, a Kingdom Keeper, is said to be a Baptist, but does not act extremely Christlike, especially in his language.

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence, but little blood or gore.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Finn lies to his mother regarding a burn on his shoulder, saying it was from a cigarette.

Sexual Content

Finn clearly has a crush on Amanda, a non-DHI kid who helps the Kingdom Keepers. Charlene, one of the DHIs, is said to be extremely attractive.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Maybeck uses some bad language, but it is only implied, not written out.

Conclusion

Ridley Pearson deliver a great Disney World-themed pre- and early teen thriller. Nonstop action drives you through the plot, and the characters are believable and dimensional. A must read for any fans of Disney World.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 11-12

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