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Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers #5)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,952 Ratings  ·  271 Reviews
As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew.

Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live.
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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Ginnie W
Mar 14, 2012 Ginnie W rated it it was amazing
The ending went like this:
First, I stared at the words in shock.
Second, I went, "Huh?"
Third, I screamed.
Fourth, I ran downstairs, cursing (well, more like complaining loudly and with emotion, no actual swears) Ridley as I went.

I HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER YEAR???!!!!!

Other than that, I did enjoy it. Although I ended up walking away with more questions then I started with (Storey Ming, Tia Dalma's role, that Fairlie girl), I know that originally there was only going to be one book on the ships so most
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Darth J
Jul 15, 2014 Darth J rated it did not like it
Alright, I've had it with this series. Not because the writing is bad or there are errors. The books are just dull and repetitive.


I don't know how he does it, but Mr. Pearson is somehow capable to writing action scenes that are incredibly boring. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of action but somehow it's as much fun as sitting in a three hour Saturday morning lecture on Geology. Kudos to him for finding a way to take entertainment out of a kid's book about Disney characters.


And that's anothe
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Kanechroncilesrules
Apr 03, 2012 Kanechroncilesrules rated it it was amazing
Here's what happened at the end:
I yelled, Di immortalis!!!
Then I screamed.
Then I almost burst into tears
Then I yelled, WILLA!!!!
Anyway, it was the best book in the series so far! I LOVED IT! Storey kept annoying me, though. It was pure GENIUS!!!! It was well written and I even had to take out the old dictionary a few times. Not that I have a small vocabulary, mind you. I like to compartmentalize my inquiries in files in my intellect-filled brain.
Andrew
Jun 03, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Did you ever wonder what happens at Disney at night? The Kingdom Keepers, or The DHIs, know. DHI are Disney Host Interactives, aka Holagrams who tour people around the parks. In this book fantasy adventure, Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game by Ridely Pearson there is a war for the base in Disney World. The base is what controls the parks and the whole of Disney World. The original Kingdom Keepers (Finn, Charlene, Maybeck, Phibily, and Willa) are back to stop the Overtakers from taking over the base. ...more
Handan
Aug 12, 2012 Handan rated it really liked it
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Flew Flewelling
Jul 22, 2012 Flew Flewelling rated it it was ok
Shelves: adolescent
There was so much that Pearson could have done with these books. The idea was solid. The first book was great.

Unfortunately the farther into them we go, the more they don't seem planned at all, but just a haphazard mixture of experiences the Kingdom Keepers have. Each book doesn't really give any knew information, it just strings you along. For instance, why has it taken so long to see any of Disney's good guys? I mean we're in the fifth book and we only have a glimpse Mickey and half a chapter
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Drew Graham
May 21, 2012 Drew Graham rated it it was ok
Shelves: me
DISCLAIMER: I admit this review is kind of overlong and rambly, but considering the book I'm reviewing, it seems quite fitting indeed.

Those rascally kids known as the Kingdom Keepers are at it again, and this time their mission to defend Walt Disney's theme park world from the Overtakers leads them to a two-week cruise on the Disney Dream. Danger apparently lurks around every corner, and it seems the kids are no longer really kids, and are facing at once the threat of puberty and also annihilati
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Rebekah
May 07, 2012 Rebekah rated it really liked it
I started reading the Kingdom Keeper series because I wanted to make sure they were okay for my niece to read and I got hooked. I had the privilege of meeting author Ridley Pearson in March of this year and getting Shell Game autographed. It will make a wonderful gift for my niece this Christmas.

Each book in the series is better than the last and Shell Game is no exception. The characters are definitely progressing into their teen years and the conflicts developing between the Keepers reflects
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Marshal
Apr 16, 2012 Marshal rated it it was ok
Man, that was ROUGH! Worst in the series BY FAR. Very disappointed.
Denae Christine
Apr 23, 2015 Denae Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, listened-to
These are hard to rate. There are moments of cleverness (stopped by a hair, electricity's effects) and always a neat idea or two, but they are overall bland to me. The same things keep happening over and over (OTs taking over, KKs keeping the kingdom, OTs plan a trap, KKs get trapped or trap them back).

The magic/science has been inconsistent from the beginning, and now it is even more so. "Why don't we fall through the floor?" Me: this was brought up in book 1; holograms don't have weight. Sadly
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Oceangirlie17
Apr 05, 2015 Oceangirlie17 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book, now that I read the book for the second time. IT really surprised me how much more information and secrets I have gathered from the story that I didn't notice the first time that I read it. Overall, really awesome action packed story!
Chris
Jun 10, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: i-own
In Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers Book 5), the crew are celebrity guests on an inaugural sail of a new ship traveling from Florida to California via the Panama Canal. Their presence also means that a new DHI server is being unveiled that will have their hologram counterparts working the crowd on the cruise ship and on some of the shore excursions.

Prior to the trip, we learn that the Overtakers have been mounting an assault in Florida at the site of the main DHI headquarters. The Keepers have recrui
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Alexandra
May 17, 2012 Alexandra rated it really liked it
I've been reading The Kingdom Keepers since the first book was released, before the series was even a series, and I've always loved the stories. And this book, the newest edition to the series, for the most part, didn't disappoint.

The plot thickens even more in this new volume, and I was both surprised and delighted by the new plot twists. Having the Keepers on the cruise was a great way to put new tidbits into the story that weren't there before, and to give the story room to expand away from t
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Jessica
Sep 08, 2014 Jessica rated it did not like it
The biggest problem with the Kingdom Keepers Series is that it is too long. If Ridley Pearson had kept it to three or four books, he could have done what he wanted to do with it but would not have run out of plot devices.
This book dragged on and on with the same things happening over and over again from the previous books but set on a ship which somehow made it more boring than interesting.
The characters never learned anything and just made me annoyed. I used to like some of the characters but
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Melissa
Jun 07, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Book 5 in the on-going series...the Keepers are in high school now and about to take part in a Disney Cruise!

"As the Disney Fantasy joins the cruise fleet, a special treat is in store for guests aboard its inaugural sail from Cape Canaveral to Los Angeles: the Disney Host Interactive teenage guides will be part of the Fantasy crew. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby are to attend the cruise as celebrity guests, and to perform a ribbon cutting for the DHI server to go live. The Fantasy is
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1pace_emma
Dec 28, 2012 1pace_emma rated it liked it
I thought that this book was good. This is the fifth book in this series and has been able to hold my attention and keep my interest for the next book. Overall this would have to be my least favorite of the series so far. It was dull and difficult to get through at times which was difficult from its polar opposite of the last book, leaving the reader in suspense throughout the entire book. I did think it was a slight let down from the last book but good all the same. Shell Games takes place in a ...more
Redfox5
Apr 24, 2012 Redfox5 rated it it was amazing
Ah! Can't belive I'll have to wait another year for the next one! What a cliffhanger! You jump straight into the action with this one. Two new locations. Typhoon Lagoon, which I thought Ridley could have done more with and The Disney Dream. Which dispite all the things that happen to the kids there, I still really want to go on a cruise. Lots of new characters, lots of distrust. Everyone seems to be disliking Philby in this one, I didn't like that to much and that it was mentioned about a millio ...more
Irene
Dec 30, 2013 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like it. I really did. Unfortunately, I could only (in good conscience) give it 2 stars. For me, there was too much going on - as if Pearson threw any plot idea into the book and forgot to finish them. Yes, they were eventually brought up again in the end (WAYYYY end of the book) but not enough to explain anything for me or give me an "a-ha!" moment. The story only started to pick up for me a few chapters before the end of the book. At least some of the character story lines w ...more
Carrie
Aug 19, 2016 Carrie rated it really liked it
Nothing is quite as simple for the Keepers as it once was. Their relationships are changing and danger lurks around every corner. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks is under attack as the Keepers leave on a Disney cruise ship, but they aren't safe either. Overtakers are replacing their Cast Member selves and the Kingdom Keepers don't know exactly what they're planning. Everything is about to change.
Annette
Apr 12, 2012 Annette rated it really liked it
To start off ahh a cliffhanger at the end, i can't wait for the next one! I love this series but do far this is my least favorite book in it. It wasn't as smooth as the others, there were times I felt liked I'd skipped pages when in fact I hadn't but I love this series! The idea behind the whole story is just amazing!
Elizabeth
Apr 04, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
just from reading the description of how it's on the maiden voyage of the Dream, but it's going to LA (instead of just the Bahamas, like it actually did) is going to bother the heck out of me the entire time.
Alyssa Helvar ♡
Jun 20, 2016 Alyssa Helvar ♡ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, 2015-reads
Review to come.
Kathy Davie
Jun 01, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
Fifth in the Kingdom Keepers fantasy series for kids set in Disney World in Florida and revolving around a core group of five middle schoolers whose images are being used in three-dimensional holograms, DHIs, to serve as guides at the Disney Parks. In this installment, the majority of the action takes place aboard the Dream, a Disney cruise ship sailing through the Panama Canal on a two-week cruise.


My Take
Pearson is working at creating drama with the new fears he's given Finn about being replace
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Benjamin
Oct 05, 2016 Benjamin is currently reading it
This book is awesome. With its twists and turns it will leave you breathless. Ridley pearson really connects you with the characters of the book. Finn, philby, maybeck, charelene, and willa are the main characters of the book. He makes you agree and disagree with the charcters. He will also make you hate the villians. In this book the main chracters have to fight the villians in order to keep the disney parks safe. That is why i love this book, its good vs. evil. Ridley makes it so real it feels ...more
Merin
Apr 17, 2012 Merin rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
The Kingdom Keepers are back, this time set to join the launch of the Disney Dream, the newest edition of their cruise line. But all is not right: a journal that belonged to the Disney Imagineers has been stolen by the Overtakers, and more and more teens have joined the ranks of the villains. Finn and the others know that the Dream is the perfect place for the Overtakers to spring a trap, and know that they are sitting ducks. It's a shell game: who can you trust when no one seems trustworthy?

Fir
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Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS
Two words(Well four if you count the two before). Awesome. Cliffhanger.

This book is the fourth in the Kingdom Keepers series, written by Ridley Pearson. It takes place on the Disney cruise ship, The Dream and The Fantasy. Kingdom Keepers are now traveling from Orlando, Florida and across the Panama Canal to California.

The Keepers, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Philby, and Charlene along with their two friend Jes and Amanda, have a new adventure on their hands.

The book had amazing conflict and twists tha
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Dan
Apr 23, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-hate
The Kingdom Keepers tricked me! I started the series a couple of weeks ago when the sixth (and supposedly FINAL) book was published. If you've read my reviews, you know I never start a series until I can read the whole series at once....a rule I established after enduring the torture of waiting for each new Harry Potter book. So you can imagine my surprise when I arrived at the end of book 6 of The Kingdom Keepers to find there is still more story left! And not just a little! Oh, and book 7--the ...more
Hannah Avery
Jun 02, 2012 Hannah Avery rated it really liked it
Ahhhh! The ending! One of the worst cliffhangers ever! Honestly, I found the book quite predictable. I'm not saying it wasn't good, it was awesome, but the main storyline was predictable. ( the details weren't though). Anyways, Shell Game is easily one of the best books in the series. I'm glad that Pearson is attempting to grow with his readers a little and not just keep it on a fourth grade level, which is probably what at least the first three, at least, are.
One thing that I didn't like was
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Emily Ellison
Apr 11, 2013 Emily Ellison rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-on-audible
I loved this book! I am so glad that I picked up this series right as this book was being released. I actually found out about the series from a commercial on the Disney Channel! I have really enjoyed the first four books in the series. This book exceeded my expectations. As I did before I mention each Disney character that makes an appearance in the book (Potential Spoiler):

*Maleficent (of course)
*The Evil Queen from Snow White
*Cruella De Vil
*Walt Disney
*Hyenas from The Lion King
*Minnie
*Pluto
*G
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Sarah
Apr 26, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
As The Five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change.
The maintenance base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack
by the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains determined to change Disney forever. Relationship's
between the keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was and that is what the overtakers want.
The Kingdom keepers find themselves on the Disney Dream leaving Port Canaveral on an historic cru
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Ridley Pearson is the author of more than twenty novels, including the New York Times bestseller KILLER WEEKEND; the Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers, including the award-winning children's novels PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS, PETER AND THE SHADOW THIEVES, and PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, which he cowrote with Dave Barry. Pearson lives with his wife and two daughters, div ...more
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