April 2, 2013

New Book For Disney Lovers – Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage


Disney Kingdom Keepers

Just before her 7th birthday, the coming together of our love for Disney and quality reading suitable for an advanced reader hit the shelves. Ridley Pearson launched the Kingdom Keepers (affiliate link) series. With 5 teens tasked with saving the Magic Kingdom, Ridley Pearson takes readers along this journey. For the first time there was a book for kids who love Disney, a good story, and good writing.

I keep coming back to this idea of good writing. With a very advanced reader, one of the biggest challenges is finding books where the reading level, vocabulary and storyline are all in harmony. This is no easy feat, and one often missing from tween literature. So finding the first Kingdom Keepers book (Disney After Dark) was an exciting moment. Also, it’s Disney! And if you have a kid who knows pretty much everything about Disney, they’ll love these books.

This past summer, BabyGirl participated in a VIP experience for the Kingdom Keepers Quest at Magic Kingdom in Orlando. She really enjoyed it, but would have had more fun if there were other kids who knew the books as well as she did. So when she heard a new book was coming out, I knew I’d get it as soon as it was available.

If you have a tween or teen who loves Disney, mysteries, adventures, and fun stories then get them involved with the Kingdom Keepers series. I you already have a Kingdom Keepers fanatic then grab the newest book in the series – Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passages (affiliate link).

The Kingdom Keepers (young teens who were tapped as models for holographic Disney theme park “guides”) and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed—and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.

Now, for the first time, readers get the chance to help write the seventh and final book in the series (there was much excitement and sadness over this) via the Kingdom Keepers Insider app, launching April 2nd! Available on all mobile devices, e-readers and online, the app provides an interactive fan experience for readers of the Kingdom Keepers series, following along as Ridley Pearson writes, voting on plot points, character involvement, and locations—even contributing ideas for dialogue! Plus, there will be writing contests based on the previous book in the series and judged by Ridley Pearson, promoting writing and literacy in a safe environment with characters readers already know and love!

Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage is written for kids ages 10-14. If you have a Kingdom Keepers fan in your home, check the tour stops to see if Ridley Pearson is heading to a city near you.


  • April 2: 7:00 PM event at Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
  • April 3: 7:00 PM event at Barnes & Noble, Paramus, NJ
  • April 4: 7:00 PM event at Book Revue Huntington, NY
  • April 6: 2:00 PM event at St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
  • April 7: 2:00 PM event at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
  • April 9: 7:00 PM event at Books-A-Million, Brandon, FL
  • April 10: 4:00-6:00 PM signing at Once Upon a Toy in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
  • April 11: 9:30-11:30 AM signing at Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL
  • April 19: 6:30 PM event at Poisoned Pen, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 20: 2:00 PM “Sagas and Series” panel at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA

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