We found a new book series for our tweens. The only drawback has been the carnage that it’s caused.
As you know, we’re big Disney World fanatics. Fiddledaddy learned that there was a book series written, called the Kingdom Keepers. The high tech story line follows a group of teens who are tapped as models for theme park “guides” but find themselves battling Disney villains who threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the world outside. It speaks to every child who has ever wondered what it would be like to sneak into WDW after hours, and what really goes on there after dark.
To date, there are 5 books in the series. I was able to procure the first book of the series from our library. I found both girls battling over who would get to read it first. Please note that these are two very different children who only share DNA in common. Yet they were both enamored with this story line.
After a good deal of tug of war and hours individually locked away in a bathroom, they both were able to finish at roughly the same time. Right about the moment that the 2nd installment became available at our library. I suspect this was only possible because I caught the oldest child up reading IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
As I was checking out our stack of books, there was a daughter stationed on either side of me. As soon as the librarian began to hand Kingdom Keepers – Disney at Dawn (book 2) to me, both girls DOVE across the counter to be the first to touch it. They may have frightened the gentle librarian.
In their feeble grasp of reality, whoever touches the book first lays claim to it.
I quickly dismantled this notion.
I was in fear that they were nearing fisticuffs right there at the circulation desk. If we didn’t get permanently kicked out of the library after Jensen’s public nudity episode some years back, I was certain that this incident would be the catalyst to the revoking of our library card.
Somehow I managed to get all the children out to the van with only minor bloodshed. Uncharacteristically, Jensen stayed out of the fray as he hung onto a beloved Henry & Mudge book. No one is willing to fight him for Henry & Mudge.
After two days of non-stop bickering and argument, Fiddledaddy finally put his size 10 foot down. He declared that Emme could have the book during even hours of the day, and Cailey would have it during the odd.
They both wear watches now and have a firm grasp on the time at any given hour of the day.
In an effort to ward off further strife, I’ve ordered the e-book version of the 2nd book from the library. I’m on hold for it. For an e-book. I don’t understand that. But whatever.
I have hidden books 3 & 4 and will figure out how to dispense them when the time comes. We are something like #17 in line for book 5. So that argument may take care of itself.
Two siblings fighting over A BOOK. TO READ. I suppose I could have worse issues. Like the ones that this college English professor sees every day.