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Disney at Dawn (Kingdom Keepers #2)

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It's supposed to be a happy day at the Magic Kingdom-the return of the teenaged holographic hosts. But things go very wrong when a sudden lightning storm disrupts the celebration, and Amanda's mysterious sister, Jez, disappears. The only clue is the sighting of a wild monkey in the Magic Kingdom during the storm. The mystery deepens as Finn is contacted by Wayne, an old ma ...more
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Published November 29th 2010 by Disney Press (first published August 26th 2008)
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Darth J
May 13, 2014 Darth J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Review originally posted at My Bookshelf is Ready.

This one was less traditionally Disney than the last one. The kids spend most of the time at the Animal Kingdom park.

And then the majority of the book seems like an overt advertisement for the Nintendo DS. The reasoning behind is this so that the kids can text and there is free wifi in the park, and that the kids don't have cell phones. Since the kids are all about 14 and this was published in 2008, I find fault in that argument. I was 14 in 2002
Johnny Mark
May 02, 2013 Johnny Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Pearson has done it again, for the 2nd time in this series. (this is the 2nd book) He has written another disaster. I was disappointed in how un-magical the first Kingdom Keepers was. This is one is actually worse. I am sorry to say, but this book is not for die-hard Disney fans. After reading the first one, I was hoping the second book would be so much better. I am disappointed to report that it was not.

This book is the sequel to The Kingdom Keepers, which was released in 2005. It is a story ab
Jun 24, 2010 MissM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010

I still wish I could like the series but it still continues to just be so very badly written.

And, I can handle the kids turning into holograms; I can believe Disney villains are trying to take over the parks - those things are supposed to be fiction and they're part of the fantasy of the story. But when you get basic, simple real-world facts wrong, it's SO aggravating.

For example, a huge part of the plot requires that they stay in communication. And they opt to use Nintendo DS systems. But
Mar 16, 2013 07LindsayS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I find that the book Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn is an excellent book. The novel is intended for young adults and is written by the talented author, Ridley Pearson. This book is filled with excitement as you once again follow Finn, Maybeck, Willa, Charlene, and Philby (aka the Kingdom Keepers) into the world of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As you read this book, the main issue that keeps appearing is the struggle between good and evil.
As I was reading this
Lydia Presley
Again, if I wasn't such a Disney fan, my liking for this book would not be this much.

In some ways this book was better than Disney at Dark (Kingdom Keepers #1). The mystery was more interesting and the information given was fascinating (as far as how the parks run etc). It definitely was action-packed but it still lacked something.

Still, I'm struggling with the portrayal of the kids in these stories. They just.. act like what an adult would envision a kid to be like (if that makes sense?) Everyt
Dec 26, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-library
I joked while reading this book that it was lowering my IQ as I read it - that's probably unfair. It cetainly didn't increase my brain power, however.

My primary interest in the story is the setting (Walt Disney World & the Animal Kingdom) and the plot... sadly, I think the books would be difficult to follow if I didn't have a working knowledge of the parks. And the plot? While there's some great twists (Pearson actually gives Dave Barry credit for coming up with some of the plotting), as a w
Richard Kelly
Overall this is a fine book for kids. I am guessing somewhere around 8 to 10 years old. It is kind of fun, not much different than the first without the anti-disney stuff that was all over the first book.

I thought the technology was a little confusing and a bit tough to follow, but overall no big deal. It is not a great book, it isn't a horrible book, it is alright. It had one part of the book that had a cool attraction at Disney World, but unfortunately it does not really exist.

I read it becau
This was better then the first book, I'm going with Pearson's writing is improving and he's not set on making teens or YA readers out to be dummies like the first book he wrote.

The book is still very unbelievable as far as how the kids act, I know of no 14 year old that acts like these kids do. That aside it was an alright book, I won't be waiting with baited breath for the next one.

OH! and the ending, if the only way to get readers to read your next book is just to END with no conclusion? You
Sep 24, 2010 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. I had picked up the first two books at the same time, so despite my disappointment with the first one, I read the second. It was even more disappointing - the sequence of events is illogical, there is a great deal of attention to plot elements that are never resolved, but inadequate attention to the primary story. So again, unless you are a hardcore Walt Disney World fan who wants to be able to say you have read EVERYTHING that has ever come out about the parks, skip it.
Jan 04, 2014 Annette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was really hard to get into this book. The characters fell flat for me. Other than the girl with blonde hair and the kid who f bombs I can't describe any of them. There is no imagery, no character development and nothing memorable. The editing was horrible. I'm not sure if this is just the library kindle version or not but it was just as bad as if I had written it myself. Ha. There were many scenes that could have been so much more and I would start to get excited and then just say "What?" At ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
In spite of the mixed reviews on here I went ahead and read the second book in the Kingdom Keeper series and I enjoyed it. I am not one of those people who read a book to just find out what is wrong with it so I enjoyed it. If you are one of those people who will get hung up on the fact that Finn has a sister even though the author didn't tell us that he did in the first book (nor did he tell us that Finn didn't have one) or the fact that the park doesn't have free wi-fi (seriously, are you real ...more
Apr 03, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this aloud with my 10 year old son, same as the first book, Disney at Dark. I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one. It did not hold our attention and took much longer to read. The story line is good, full of adventure and leaves you wondering what is next. I did not like the constant references to the first book. It seemed out of place and just thrown in there. It was not necessary to the plot. Throughout the whole book, I kept thinking this looks and feels like a movie coming. It m ...more
Aug 03, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While still recovering from their first overnight adventures in the Magic Kingdom. Finn, the unelected leader, is join by techie Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck when they are once again forced to use their surprising talents. These skills came about after they became DHIs, or digital hosts for Disney World. It seems that when they go to sleep in the real world, they appear as holograms in various locations in Disney World.

In the first book, they had to fight of Maleficent and the pirates fr
Sep 19, 2008 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 28, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic. A mysterious and engaging plot that manages to improve on the previous book. This one was mainly set in the Animal Kingdom, which I found to be an interesting setting, and the authors certainly used it to his advantage. These books are better than any I've ever read on setting detail, and they really manage to use every little bit of Disney World to their advantage. The characters got deeper and the real world and the Disney universe combined further, and many characters ...more
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian)
Sep 12, 2008 Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Disney
Disney before Dawn, along with its predecessor, Disney after Dark, are an amazing wealth of information about the on-goings of behind-the-scenes life at the Disney Parks. Author Ridley Pearson does an amazing job of bringing these parks to life--literally! The plot of the books brings the Disney villains to life inside the parks and its up to a group of kids, known as the Kingdom Keepers to stop them. These kids get to go into the inner workings of the Magic Kingdom in the first book, and to the ...more
Glad to finish reading the series during/right after our recent trip to Disney Land. Overall, I only gave it a 3 as the plot is too easily "fixed," and there is not much depth within either of the two books I have read. I will continue to read book 3 (as I already purchased it), and then will consider whether or not to read any further. I do absolutely adore the descriptions of Disney World and their parks, as it brings up many fond memories.
Dec 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Disney lovers
Recommended to Rebecca by: Kristi
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I read this a lot faster than I expected. It was fun and adventurous. Definitely not as good as the first one, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was warned that the ending was highly unsatisfactory, and I completely agree. I am forced to read the next one to find out what happens. The plot line is very creative though, and it makes me wonder about Disney Resorts and its magic. If you enjoyed the first one, you will enjoy this one.
Apr 19, 2009 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I guess it's because I love Disney World and I have been to all these places and it makes the book so real. So I might be a touch biased. But I found them entertaining anyway.
Mar 18, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like adventure stories
Recommended to Beth by: I found the first book in the library, and waited for this one w
Shelves: kids
This book jumps right into the action, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I hated having to put the book down to do other things. It really brings the Disney parks to life.
I thought this was a very fun read. Especially because we were at Disney World while I was reading the book.
Theresa Kauffman
Okay, the series has me hooked. Much more action in the second book, and I love finding out Disney secrets!
Samantha Powell
Jan 27, 2014 Samantha Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the second book in the series, Disney at Dawn was able to start in the middle of heightened action. Though the first book left readers with a sense that something had been accomplished, the setting in the first pages of the second book assure readers that the situation has only gotten worse since the last time they were in the park. We learn that the program has been patched so the Keepers can no longer cross over at night. This was seen as a glitch in the programming by those that were not i ...more
Oct 06, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disney
"Disney at Dawn" is the second of Ridley Pearson's clever Kingdom Keepers series. In this outing the Disney Host Interactive (DHI) kids are participating in a celebration at Orlando's Magic Kingdom when they start noticing animals in the park. Animals belong at Animal Kingdom, of course ... and that's the beginning of the troubles.

It seems that the Overtakers, a crew of Disney villains from the first book, have a new plan for taking over the parks ... and it involves the animals.

The next thing t
Jun 06, 2011 Natalie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
The series continues as the Kingdom Keepers, our famous five DHI’s, find themselves once again thrown into a world of adventure and intrigue. Magic Kingdom throws a parade to celebrate the re-release of the Disney Holograms, the five youth guides of the park. The DHI’s lead the parade and their originals, now a little older and more filled out, follow behind on the closing float. But during the middle of the parade a great storm starts brewing leading to the release of the Disney villain they ha ...more
Izzy Lightfleur ~ ON HIATUS
O.M.G. Give me!!!

This book is the second in the Kingdom Keepers series. It takes place in Orlando, Florida. The home Disney World and its Animal Kingdom.
Compared to the first book, this one is second. The first one had a sense of still figuring it out that made it exciting, but it was close. This one, the second book, the Keepers were still figuring some stuff out, but knew what they were doing.

I liked that it had some good conflicts and surprises. I loved that there were a good few different p
Sean Camoni
Same complaints as in my review of the first in the series. Again, interesting concept, but wasted potential. And if continuity errors drive you nuts, this book will make you yell at the pages. On one page the character puts the blackberry in his pocket. A beat later, as you turn the page, he is seeing something "by the light of the blackberry." Almost everything taking place inside the "Virtual Magic Kingdom," an online MMOG, made me crazy. We're told the game was taken offline, the public is n ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disney At Dawn is the second of the soon to be seven book series, Kingdom Keepers.

The book's setting starts out at the Magic Kingdom, but for the majority of the book it takes place at the Animal Kingdom.
The beginning of the story takes place during the DHI day parade at Magic Kingdom. Finn and the other DHI's are riding on their float when Philby notices a gray balloon next to the Cinderella Castle. Due to the growing thunderstorm, though, it disappears in the crowd. They also realize that
Brenten Gilbert
This is a sequel to the first Kingdom Keeper book and it was, as I understand, a few years later. It was also something of a disappointment... or the one where Pearson got a little lazy. Not that I want to pick apart a kid's book, but there are a handful (or two) of inconsistencies that raise flags and take the reader out of this adventure. Many are minor, like confusing which character did what and whether or not clues would mean anything to characters who weren't privy to certain conversations ...more
Glenn Whelan
The first Kingdom Keepers book introduced the potential of telling a story with the Disney theme parks as a backdrop. Even with the size of that story, it only touched a small portion of the sights that children and young adults will recognize. Most fans of the parks will see things that stimulate their curiosity. Author Ridley Pearson deftly crafts that curiosity into a series of books.

This second offering feels like a true sequel. Most of the characters were introduced in the first book, so th
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