At the moment I'm reading several books - depending upon the lighting situation where I'm reading. Let me explain ... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Kindle - I love that I can read it on whatever device I happen to have at hand. I love that if I'm going somewhere I can stick it in my purse and off I go. I love that if I'm trying to read in bed at night I can use it on my iPad and it's backlit. I love that if I take the kids to the orthodontist I have my phone available to read as well.
Fast foward to me starting the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. More on that in another post - I promise! - but the 2nd book I bought on Kindle and it's formatted horribly. I mean so bad that I couldn't read it so I ended up - gasp! - buying it in paperback to read. So I can't read it when it's dark (like in the mornings when I get the kids out the door to the bus).
So to give myself something to read this morning I started Ridley Pearson's Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark (yes, on my Kindle on the iPad). I had originally bought it for my 10 year old to read but he's not big on reading anything he's not familiar with (Star Wars? Sure! Pokemon? Sure! Anything else? No, thank you).
I'm 41% into it now and have to say it's keeping my interest. I'd recommend this for a quick read (adult-wise) - but really it would appeal to kids in the 5th - 8th grade range. Here's the publisher's description:
- In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls.
- Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI—which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging—Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park.
- The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming?
- Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more.
- This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours, and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed.
And here's his website if you want to check it out: Ridley Pearson - Young Adult Books.