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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1ST edition (January 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439700884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439700887
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 11.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6–9—Arthur Penhaligon is having a bad week. Of course he is now "Lord Arthur, Rightful Heir to the Architect, Commander of the Army of the Architect, and a whole lot of other stuff" since defeating Sir Thursday, but his job certainly isn't any easier. Lady Friday has supposedly abandoned her claim to the Middle House, and she has challenged Arthur, the Piper, and Superior Saturday to find the Fifth Key and gain control of the Middle. Meanwhile, Arthur's friend Leaf has been captured by Lady Friday and is being used to lure Arthur into her trap. She has become obsessed with "Experiencing" mortal memories and is bent on taking as many humans as she can. As with other books in the series, this story is replete with characters that are good, bad, and ambiguous. The plot is complex, and readers need to read the four previous books to have any sense of what is going on in this one. As always, Nix's writing is witty and the plays on words are entertaining. The author gives just enough new information to keep the series' fans coming back for more, but he doesn't answer many questions.—Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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"[Garth Nix is] the coolest read in the playground." Amanda Craig --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Garth Nix has worked as a bookseller, book sales representative, publicist, editor, marketing consultant and literary agent. He also spent five years as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. A full-time writer since 2001, more than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world and his work has been translated into 40 languages. Garth's books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly (US), The Bookseller(UK), The Australian and The Sunday Times (UK). He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.

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This was yet another great book in this series.
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This wonderful novel is full of suspenseful action and a brilliant ending.
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I loved this series from the firs time I read the first book.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Don't even try to start this book
Without reading the rest
Friday's very near the end
With so much to digest

Monday ruled the Lower House
Tuesday, the Far Reaches
Wednesday had the Border Sea
With its expanding beaches

Thursday moved around the Maze
And in this one we see
Friday's left the Middle House
And given up her key

The Fifth Key is now up for grabs
And so the race is on
Arthur, Piper, Saturday,
The battle lines are drawn

At once they learn the shiny prize
Won't fall into their laps
Cunning Friday's paved the way
With lots of booby traps

Though not as gripping as book four
Book five is still a must
You'll read how Friday satisfies
Her deadly sin of lust

With Suzy Blue and Fred and Leaf
The Mariner and Will
This fighting, flying adventure
Is certainly a thrill

With only two more books to go
The tension level's rising
If they don't make a film of this
It'll be very surprising

Amanda Richards, March 10, 2007

Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)

Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 2)

Drowned Wednesday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 3)

Sir Thursday (The Keys To The Kingdom, Book 4)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Edwards on February 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
its been a long week for Arthur Penhaligan and unfortunatly for him, its not getting easier. only a few days after the defeat of Sir Thursday and Arthur gets a message from Lady Friday, ruler of the Middle House. it appears that she has left her domain and is seemingly handing it over, her domain, the key, and the Will. but Arthur is not alone, Superior Saturday and the Piper have received the same message and now it is a fight to the finish. meanwhile, Leaf has problems of her own. taken by Lady Friday, she must now escape from the Denizen's evil intentions and find her way back to Arthur before its to late. once again, Nix provides another enjoyable read. the characters are originall and the settings are as exotic as ever. i just hate that i'll have to wait another year for the next installment in the series. so if you love the Keys to the Kingdom series, Lady Friday will not dissapoint.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mo on February 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is quiet different from the others of this series so far. For example, Arthur is not totally helpless for he has the Fourth Key and some useful allies at his side to protect him. I'm very impressed by this book and personally thinks it's the best of the series so far. This wonderful novel is full of suspenseful action and a brilliant ending. I am, however, furious that I have to wait at least another year for the next book and terribly sorrowful that there are probably only two more books to read from this and outstanding series.

(I think there was several mistakes in the book too.)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The week is close to its end, and for Arthur Penhaligon, it can't happen soon enough.

At least, that's how it seems in "Lady Friday," the next-to-penultimate book of the Keys To The Kingdom series. Garth Nix's latest suffers from a bit of middle-book syndrome, but he keeps things interesting with a brewing three-way battle, a New Nithling ally, and a vampiric Trustee who sucks the experiences from her victims.

Arthur is struggling with a bunch of new problems, when he is given Lady Friday's resignation... and a transfer plate. The next thing, he's been transported to Lady Friday's frozen, mountainous realm. And unknown to him, Leaf has followed thousands of senior citizens (including her disabled aunt) into Friday's realm.

Arthur's dire situation becomes even more difficult when he learns that his friends Suzy and Fred have been forcibly drafted into the Piper's army (they're only allowed out with a New Nithling accompanying them). And Superior Saturday is claiming control over Friday's realm. Time is growing short for Arthur to find the fifth piece of the Will... but that can't stop Saturday and the Piper.

"Lady Friday" suffers from the "middle book" syndrome -- it's building up to the battle between Saturday, Arthur and the Piper, but not quite there yet. By the cliffhanger ending, Nix has spun up the beginnings of an epic conflict, which only promises to get nastier when Superior Saturday finally makes an appearance. And who knows what's going to arrive with Lord Sunday?

The plot is slower-moving and darker than the previous books, with lots of ruthless Denizens who want Arthur stopped, not to mention the haughty, cruel Friday stealing the good experiences from elderly mortals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina Drucker on March 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The long awaited Lady Friday is not a dissapointment! Filled with Garth Nix's usual humor, intriguing fantasy settings, and wonderful characters, anyone who loves his other works will enjoy the 5th book in The Keys to the Kingdom series.

This book flips back and forth between two perspectives, Arthur's and Leaf's. At Arthur's end, he is battling many problems: His conflicting emotions, (his desire to stay human vs. his desire to fulfill his duties as the Rightful Heir to the House.) The sly Lady Friday and her thirst for mortal experiences, The Piper and Superior Saturday, who are both equally determined to reach the Fifth Key and Part Five of the Will, and on top of all of that, he's not even sure who he can trust. Leaf's not having an easy time either! Caught up in Lady Friday's weird world in The Secondary Realms, she's got to be clever enough to evade Friday's minions, and try to save Friday's victims, one of which is a relative of hers.

While possibly not the most exciting of the books in the series, this book is certainly NOT a disapointment, and it promises good things to come in the next two books. Garth Nix has done it again!!!!!
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