Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

80%

8 Critic Reviews

This is a book for anyone who has ever walked through the winding, twisting house of a relative and imagined hidden passages tucked around the corners.
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Synopsis

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.

 

About Derek Landy

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Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any accolades his books may have garnered. He will not, for instance, mention that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients, was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association, or appeared on Oprah's Book Club Kids Reading List, or indeed was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Similarly, he gets downright embarrassed when he has to admit to the awards won by the follow-up Skulduggery novels- Playing with Fire and The Faceless Ones. It's simply all too much for a simple lad from Ireland. Derek lives in Dublin with a variety of cats, a German Shepherd, and two arthritic Bull Terriers who keep peeing on his floor because they think it's funny.
 
Published February 22, 2011 by HarperCollins. 410 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Skulduggery Pleasant
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

Artemis Fowl fans, will be skipping meals and sleep to get to the end. Expect sequels.

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Guardian

Good
on Apr 07 2007

The balance between humour and danger is well handled in Derek Landy's fun, fast-paced fantasy, Skulduggery Pleasant

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Blog Critics

Good
on May 09 2010

This is a book for anyone who has ever walked through the winding, twisting house of a relative and imagined hidden passages tucked around the corners.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
on Jan 06 2010

Landy may have a true winner on his hands.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jul 04 2008

Skulduggery Pleasant is a terrific read-aloud that can be shared.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jun 27 2007

A fun and enjoyable read, Skulduggery Pleasant has something for everyone.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by Jill Murphy on Apr 01 2007

The plotting is a little bit loose. The villain isn't really much more than a cardboad cut out. But the humour, the high-spiritedness and the wonderful interaction between the two main characters more than make up for it. We enjoyed Skulduggery Pleasant. Muchly.

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KidsReads

Good
on Apr 03 2007

It delivers just the right amount of witty dialogue, sarcasm and humor --- mixed with equal portions of fright, horror and imagery --- to keep children laughing and cringing from one page to the next.

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