First Pages of ‘Kingdom Keepers 3′ by Ridley Pearson Available Online

On his official blog, Ridley Pearson, popular author of young adult novels, has made the first several pages of his upcoming title Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney in Shadow (April 6, 2010; Disney Hyperion) available for download (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). The newest book in the series has our heroes back in the theme parks of Walt Disney World with a new challenge, obstacles and enemies to overcome.

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‘Kingdom Keepers’ Online Game Now Accepting Applications for Beta Testers

Through his twitter, Kingdom Keepers author Ridley Pearson has announced that the developers of the Kingdom Keepers online game are now accepting applications for beta testing. The only requirement for applicants is that they are at least 13 years of age.

To apply for beta access to the game, fill out the application here.

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Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Announce Winners in ‘Flat Stanley’ Contest

Adventures by Disney and HarperCollins Children’s Books today announced three winners from “The Search for Flat Stanley’s Next BIG Adventure” contest. Children, ages 7 to 12, had the opportunity to win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially-themed Flat Stanley and a 150-word story describing his “Next BIG Adventure.”

Following hundreds of creative entries crafted from all sorts of material, including glitter, sand, yarn, construction paper and even jeweled stickers, three winners have been chosen from the following age groups:

  • 7-8 yr-old winner Lauren Shepard from Tennessee sent Flat Stanley to Australia for a great adventure “Down Under”
  • 9-10 yr-old winner Adia Chaney of Maryland designed a European-style Flat Stanley; her story highlighted the Queen of England
  • 11-12 yr-old winner Destiny White from Texas captured her win with an Asian-inspired Flat Stanley and an unforgettable adventure to the Great Wall of China

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BOOM! Studios Releases Hardcover Collection of Classic Disney Valentine’s Day Comics

Love stories from the world’s most famous couples — Mickey and Minnie and Donald and Daisy — in some of the greatest (and most painful) romances ever told!  Romantic, suave, debonair- all these words and more have never been used to describe Donald Duck!  Check out how many humiliating ways he can ruin a nice night out with Daisy!  Mickey has better luck, but he’s a hopeless romantic at heart, and everyone knows that’s nothing but trouble…  Featuring the industry’s greatest all-time talents like Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Daan Jippes, and more on the world’s most well-known characters!

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Hyperion Launches Book’s Companion Site to Battle Teen Suicide and Bullying

Earlier this month, By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead Julie Anne Peters was released by Disney’s Hyperion publishing.

In the book, teenager Daelyn Rice, who has faced a life of bullying, decides once and for all that her next suicide attempt will be the last. To ensure success, she turns to a fictitious online website, http://www.through-the-light.com which helps its readers become ‘completers.’

With the pseudo-site obviously bound to gain attention from the web-curious, Peters and Hyperion have debuted a site today under the fictious name, opting instead to use it as a means of invoking discussions in addition to providing information and resources on teen suicides and bullying.

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David Tutera Helps Bring A Touch of Disney to Weddings Everywhere in New Book from Disney Editions

Disney plays host to over two-thousand weddings each year, with ceremonies occurring at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. And in February of 2007, Disney launched a Fairytale Wedding Collection by master party planner David Tutera, bringing celebrity style and cache to Disney Weddings. Then in April 2007, Disney partnered with Kirstie Kelly to create wedding dresses inspired by the Disney princesses.

However, for many couples, a wedding on Disney property is not a possibility because of high demand and travel or cost constraints. And with the Disney weddings website getting 60,000 visitors every month, it’s clear that many brides would love to bring a little Disney magic to their weddings, even if they can’t say ‘I do’ in Anaheim or Orlando.

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Richard Castle to Pen ‘Heat Wave’ Sequel for Release in September

HEAT WAVE by Richard Castle, star of the hit ABC series “Castle” (Mondays, 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), has been a successful cross-platform collaboration between ABC and Hyperion. Published at the end of September 2009, HEAT WAVE has spent 14 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover bestsellers list, currently holding the #32 position for Sunday, January 17, 2010. Hyperion has gone back to press eight times and now has over 170,000 copies in print. With this great success, a second book from Richard Castle will be published at the end of September 2010.

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New Limited Edition Book Pays Tribute to First Female Imagineer, Harriet Burns

Walt Disney's First Lady Imagineer, Harriet BurnsAfter Harriet Burns — the first female Walt Disney Imagineer — passed away in July 2008, daughter Pam Burns-Clair received such an outpouring of love complete with colorful stories of her mother from family and friends, both personal and professional, that she decided to create a tribute book. Together with co-author Don Peri, they solicited and received many more stories about Harriet and they all are gathered in Walt Disney’s First Lady of Imagineering, Harriet Burns along with many photos of Harriet not yet seen by the public.

Through this limited edition hard cover, coffee-table style book, you will discover the range and depth of Harriet’s impact on those lives she touched whether as a mother, grandmother, relative, mentor, co-worker or friend. The stories will bring a smile or a tear (or more likely both) and will contribute to an understanding and appreciation of this tiny woman with a heart as big as her native Texas.

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Disney Digital Books Expands Its Vast Library with Enchanting New Books from ‘The Princess and the Frog’

Princess Tiana and the Royal BallWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Tiana and Naveen, the royal duo from the upcoming “Princess and the Frog” feature film, will make their debut today in a series of delightful story and picture books on the newly-launched Disney Digital Books.com. The Princess and Frog titles that will be released today include:

Princess Tiana and the Royal Ball
For as long as she can remember, Tiana has dreamed about just one thing: having her own restaurant. But after she fell in love with Prince Naveen, she not only got her restaurant, she became a princess, too. Now it’s time for her first royal ball—and her first appearance as a princess. Featuring lilting text and gorgeous illustrations by one of the film’s animators, this picture book picks up where the movie leaves off with an enchanting new princess story that little girls will love.

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Disney Book Group Announces New Series by Best-Selling Author Rick Riordan: The Kane Chronicles

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Rick Riordan, creator of the 7 million copy-selling blockbuster Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, introduces readers to The Kane Chronicles, a new fantasy bringing ancient Egyptian mythology to life in a vivid modern-day setting.

On May 4, 2010, the eagerly-awaited new series from Disney Book Group’s Disney-Hyperion imprint launches with The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid (ISBN: 9781423113386; ages 10 and up) and a simultaneously released audio edition. When a magical accident unleashes the Egyptian gods on the modern world, siblings Carter and Sadie Kane discover that they are the only ones who can put things right. As descendants of the greatest Egyptian magicians, they must find a way to defeat the evil god Set before he can destroy them.

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