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Shell Game (Kingdom Keepers #5)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,857 ratings  ·  231 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
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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J.
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
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
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
Flew Flewelling
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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Handan
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Denae Christine
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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Drew Graham
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
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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Oceangirlie15
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!
Marshal
Man, that was ROUGH! Worst in the series BY FAR. Very disappointed.
Chris
Oct 25, 2014 Chris rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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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Melissa
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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Alexandra
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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1pace_emma
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
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
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
Jessica
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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Lauren Asuncion
The novel Kingdom Keepers: Shell Game by Ridley Pearson is filled with adventure and Disney magic. This story takes place on the Disney Cruise Line boat, the Dream. The main characters of this novel are Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Charlene, and Philby. Some of the minor characters include King Triton, Storey Ming, Wayne, and Ursula. In this story, Finn, Willa, Maybeck, Charlene, and Philby, also known as the Kingdom Keepers, have to face many challenges while trying to prevent the Overtakers, or Disne ...more
Eden
This is the frikin best book series!! (Besides Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Selection) I'm obsessed! I love disney and these books are so accurate and amazing!! 27 stars! (I wish I could) I love all the characters and the conflict with the OTs. I hate Storey, but she just adds to the- well- the story. I love Philla (Ship name) and i want more Amanda and Jess. Ugh! #thestruggle Anyhoo, i loved this book. Its such good fantasy read and I keep wanting more. I love how good sized it is too. ...more
Annette
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
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.
Lauren B
This book takes place n the Disney dream where the five Kingdom Keepers are taking a not so vacay. Finn meets this mysteriously pretty girl maned Storey Ming, who helps the keepers along the newest mystery. When Wayne tells Finn to go to Typhoon Lagoon water park, Finn does what he is told. While he is there, he meets King Triton, Ariel's father, and learns that when ever he says Tritons enemy (Ursula)'s name, she gets summones her. King Triton teaches Finn his emergency help code 'Starfish wis ...more
Anna Swinson
Another exciting adventure with the Kingdom Keepers! I can't wait to start reading the next one.

The excitement continues as Flinn and the other DHIs once again fight to save and maintain the magic of Disney. Battling the unknown and always on the defense, the DHIs are becoming growing physically, mentally, as well as technically.

I just discovered the Kingdom Keepers this summer, and have been singing its praises since. This is a series that I highly recommend for middle students to adults of a
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Brett
The Kingdom Keepers find themselves newly minted High School freshmen in this, their fifth adventure to date, as well as facing down the usual suspects, but this time with a twist - they're doing the fighting back at sea, as the action takes place on board the newest ship of the Disney Cruise Line, heading from Port Canaveral through the Panama Canal & around to the West Coast. Although the story ends approximately halfway through the voyage, I predict that things are going to wind up in Dis ...more
Shannon
I learned a few things about myself this week. One, I don't like sagas and two, I don't like TV shows which extend beyond the second season. Once the novelty is gone I just lose interest. The main reason to get involved in suspense is to SOLVE THE MYSTERY. And if the producers continue to 'tease' me and stretch out the all important 'reveal', I get bored.

So, here I am in chapter 6 of this book and I'm stopping. Why? Is it well written? Yes. The characters? Solid as ever. Filled with suspense? Y
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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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Sarah
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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Kathy Davie
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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Justin
For the 5th time, the Kingdom Keeper quintet has to defeat the Overtakers, a group of Disney villains that want to do exactly what their name says... taking over Disney and turn it into a world of darkness. Finn, Charlene, Philby, Maybeck, and Willa must now set sail for the seven seas on the Disney cruise called "The Dream." Many challenges await them in this unforgiving world of evil.

Now I'm going to tell you why i like the book. First, this book is the 5th edition of the Kingdom Keepers serie
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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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Kingdom Keepers (10 books)
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