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Skulduggery Pleasant (Hardcover)

Author:  Derek Landy
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0061231150
ISBN-13: 9780061231155
Sku: 203383425
Publish Date: 4/1/2007
Pages:  392
Age Range:  12 to 16
 
Sidesplittingly funny, nail-bitingly spooky, and thrillingly original, this breakneck tale of magic and adventure marks the debut of a pair of heroes unlike any other before--a 12-year-old girl and an animated skeleton--who must save the world from an ancient evil. HarperCollins Childrens
From the Publisher:

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
and
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

Annotation:
The death of a horror writer leads to apocalyptic intrigue, action-packed madness, and not a little grossness, all centering around a wily skeleton and daring 12-year-old girl. When Stephanie Edgely's uncle leaves her his creepy house, she's saved from a frightening attack by Skulduggery Pleasant, a detective and living skeleton. Soon, the two are fighting a crazed megalomaniac who seeks a world-controlling scepter that belonged to Stephanie's uncle. Who will win?
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Books 1-3 by Derek Landy - Book Review
By: Jake Thomas Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 1/6/2010 6:30 PM
One of the newer kids on the YA Fantasy block is Derek Landy, whose Skulduggery Pleasant books have begun to accumulate a following stateside after appearing in their country of origin, Ireland. The premise is simple: When Stephanie Edgely's uncle, renowned horror writer Gordon Edgely, dies, Stephanie suddenly finds out that Gordon's stories were real, and a world of magic and intrigue lies just outside of our everyday reality. Her guide through this world of enchantment and horrors is Skulduggery Pleasant, a living skeleton who also happens to be a class A gumshoe. ...read the full review

Praise

"Landy offers a sizable cast of characters, all of whom have impressive depth...The result is a rich fantasy that is as engaging in its creative protagonists and villains as it is in the lightning-paced plot and sharp humor." 6/1/2007

"Deadly hand-to-hand combat, nasty villains, magical derring-do, and traitorous allies will keep readers turning the pages, but it is the dynamic duo of Stephanie and Skulduggery who provide the real magic. The girl eagerly jumps into this new, dangerous, action-packed life, but she isn't sure that she has the guts or the power to pull it off. Skulduggery Pleasant lives up to his name, performing amazing feats with such self-effacing drollness that readers will wish they had a similar skeletal friend. : 6/1/2007

"The book may be hefty but it moves at warp speed. An utterly charming debut, perfect for the Potter crowd." 2/5/2007

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   08
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0392
Product attributePublisher:   HarperCollins Academic
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