Have you ever wondered what Disney World looks like at night with only the stars for lights? Ever thought about where all of the characters go at night, and what they do when their day is over? Or what happens when all of the cheerful kids and their parents leave the park, leaving nothing but dead silence for miles and miles? If you thought that Disney World was the same happy place at night like it was in the morning, you thought wrong. After reading Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game, everything you once thought about Disney after dark will change.
Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game, by Ridley Pearson, is a fantastic fantasy novel that takes place in one of the most well-known places in the USA, Disney World. In this book, the seven Kingdom Keepers, Fin, Amanda, Phibly, Willa, Maybek, Charlene, and Jess have been chosen to become DHI’s (Disney Host Interactive). This allows them to cross over into Disney World as a hologram when they fall asleep at night. Their mission is to stop the Over Takers and their leaders, Maleficent and Chernobog, from destroying Disney World from all of its happiness and making it a terrible place for kids to be. However, when the Kingdom Keepers start to defeat them, the Over Takers realize that they are going to need someone or something to stop them. Maleficent, the evil queen, starts sending people into the normal lives of the kids to try to trap them in SBS (Sleeping Beauty Syndrome) so they will not be able to wake up. While Fin was sleeping, Maleficent sent three kids to try to make him drown in his sleep by pouring alcohol down his throat. She even sent teenagers to try and taze Maybeks’ mom. After this, the Kingdom Keepers realize that they need to get an even better plan then they had before. They added a few extra people to help out and know that they can trust. Then, Fin and Amanda are stuck in a situation. As they are in the lagoon, something bad happens. They do not even know if they will make it out alive. It was all just a flash before Fins’ eyes. But, what is it? This could jeopardize the Kingdom Keepers by losing one of their best fighters, or even failing to beat the Over Takers at last.
Overall, I thought that this was a well-described action novel that kept you guessing from the minute you started reading it! The way that the author described each chapter as if it was a movie playing in the back of your mind made you able to understand each part as if it were really a movie. Also, the author put a lot of suspense in each fighting and action scenes - like when the mop and the broom come to life and try to spill a bucket of acid all over two of the Kingdom Keepers. This really made you want to keep reading and never stop. Lastly, the author also used a lot of extended vocabulary, such as exquisite or flabbergasting, that really makes all the more difference in how much I personally enjoyed the novel and made a difference in descriptions. I would really recommend this book to anyone that came to me and asked my opinion on a book that they should read! It’s a great series!
Izzy S., EMS Blogger