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The Return: Disney Lands, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

New Kingdom Keepers series best for fans of previous one.

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Readers who haven't caught up on the Kingdom Keepers series will be a bit confused. A crash course in holograms and the badness of the Overtakers would have been welcome. But still, it's a strange leap to someone getting poisoned in the first few pages and Walt's pen needing to be put in a special place. Then the reader is thrown into Finn as a hologram and time travel and a chance that the Overtakers are back -- but why? And how? -- and a whole side story of Amanda and Jess at a special academy stealing files with the narrator barely wondering why they're doing it. Even in a mystery, the clues have to be carefully laid out and the stakes for not solving them explained. And borrowing a plot point -- Walt's pen -- not only from a previous book but from a previous series hardly seems like the start to a fresh new series at all.

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