Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp, and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri's Quill Award and inducted into that state's Writers Hall of Fame. As a "full time dad and husband," Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO.
The Kingdom Keepers travel back in time to the beginning of Walt Disney's parks in this series opener linked to Pearson's popular Kingdom Keepers books. With the Overtakers supposedly defeated, the five members of the Kingdom Keepers are focused on their futures. Yet Finn isn't so sure that the parks are safe and believes that Wayne left a final message for them, which will be critical to the future of the parks. But the other Keepers are not convinced and urge Finn to give it up. Putting his relationship with the other Keepers at stake, Finn begins to explore Wayne's final message on his own. Meanwhile, Amanda and Jess are finding their own way at the Disney School of Imagineering. Jess is recruited to a new service where she learns disturbing news about the future of the Keepers. In this first, fast-paced installment packed with quick-fire chapters, multiple story lines and mysteries are introduced but few are resolved, whetting readers' appetites for future books in the series. Hand to fans of Pearson's other Disney-centric series. Eve Gaus Booklist"