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Skulduggery Pleasant - Signed Copies Available!* : The Skulduggery Pleasant Series : Book 1 - Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant - Signed Copies Available!*

The Skulduggery Pleasant Series : Book 1

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Published: January 2008
For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
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Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course). Oh yeah. And dead. Then there's his sidekick, Stephanie. She's... well, she's a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out...

"So you won't keep anything from me again?" He put his hand to his chest.

"Cross my heart and hope to die."

"Okay then. Though you don't actually have a heart," she said.

"I know."

"And technically, you've already died."

"I know that too."

"Just so we're clear."


Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction. Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source - the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard. When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture...

Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.

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      4.0

      Bought as a gift for my grandson

      By lovequilts

      from Adelaide

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        4.0

        A modern magical mystery

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          A great imaginative read that mum found for me. Good character descriptions that capture the audience and keeps us interested in the whole journey into a hidden and modern magical fantasy.

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          5.0

          Fast-paced YA Fantasy Thriller

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            My son put this book on my bedside table some months ago, saying, 'You must read this, mum!' I finally picked it up and enjoyed it immensely. The pace is extra-fast, the characters extra-cartoonish, and the denouement just what I expected, but all done with so much wit, verve and dry humour that I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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            Hugely enjoyable - a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud 'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian 'A gripping debut.' Phil Hogan, Observer 'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skullduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan "A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue." Robert Dunbar, Irish Times "[Landy's] fight scenes are perfectly pitched. His characters are exceptionally well drawn and delightfully colourful... Reading [this book] is like riding a rollercoaster." Irish Independent "Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages... With writing of this standard, a rattling plot and definite potential for cross-over appeal, it's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired." Irish Mail on Sunday "Humour and magic combine in this thrilling adventure." Waterstone's Books Quarterly "...people in the book world are raving about this book." Glasgow Herald "It's pacy, it's funny, it's irreverent. The relationship between Skulduggery and Stephanie is tremendously strong. Stephanie is a splendid character - blunt, logical and outspoken... We enjoyed Skulduggery Pleasant. Muchly. Roll on volume two!" The Book Bag "A rip-roaring adventure." Irish Sunday Independent "Full of black humour, super powers, mysteries, murder and mayhem." Carousel

            Derek Landy

            Derek Landy lives near Dublin. Before writing his children's story about a sharply-dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a murderous horror film.


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            ISBN: 9780007241620
            ISBN-10: 0007241623
            Series: Skulduggery Pleasant
            Audience: Children
            For Ages: 10 - 13 years old
            For Grades: 5 - 8
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 398
            Published: January 2008
            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
            Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 2.4
            Weight (kg): 0.27