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Disney Talk – Read On

January 30, 2009

Starcatchers, Disney teens, and crime stoppers are all back in a new collection of Ridley Pearson novels, set to be released soon.

By Blake

Originally posted January 29, 2009.

Regular readers of BlakeOnline probably notice that when I occasionally write book reviews, they’re usually concerning a new Ridley Pearson novel written for Disney Editions. Compelling and intriguing for readers of any age and great for Disney fans, I really enjoy them.

I was certainly surprised today when I checked out Ridley Pearson’s official website and looked on his schedule of upcoming events to see that three new sequels to different series will be released on bookshelves soon.

The first is a title that I had no idea about until now: Kingdom Keepers 3. I am thrilled that another installment is being written about the group of middle schoolers who get trapped inside the Disney theme parks. The first two volumes were excellent and mainly focused on the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom, so I am certainly excited to see what’s going to happen in round three. It will be released in August 2009.

Returning for fourths is the superb Peter and the Starcatchers series (pictured above). Written by both Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, these novels tell the story of what happened before the original Peter Pan tale by J.M. Barrie. Matching my likability of the Harry Potter series, the Starcatchers stories really are full of Disney magic with plenty of fun and humor. I am a bit curious to see how the fourth book, currently titled Peter and the Sword of Mercy, will be done, however, because the third book seemed to cap off the series nicely and didn’t appear to leave any room for continuation other than the original Peter Pan itself. Though I’m sure we have nothing to fear where that’s concerned, as the first three were just so great that I’m more than happy that we’ll get to read another installment. It will be released in October 2009.

Concluding the round of new Ridley Pearson novels is Steel Trapp 2, to be released in January 2010. The first book (which was released last spring) told the story of a boy named Steel Trapp who has a photographic memory and can recall anything he’s set his eyes on. This eventually led him in an epic pursuit involving criminals. The first book was full of suspense, and it will be wonderful to read the sequel.

I hope you’re as excited for Kingdom Keepers 3, Peter and the Sword of Mercy, and Steel Trapp 2 as I am! They are all sure to be very entertaining reads. If you haven’t already done so, you may want to pick up the previous volumes in each of those three different series, as well as the new book Science Fair, which is written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. I highly recommend them, especially for Disney fans. Also, if you’re in the area and are interested, Peter and the Starcatchers the musical debuts at La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California on February 13, 2009.

Happy reading (or play watching)!

By Blake; originally posted January 29, 2009. All images (C) Disney.