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The Keys to the Kingdom #6: Superior Saturday Hardcover – August 1, 2008

Book 6 of 7 in the Keys to the Kingdom Series

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In the sixth adventure of a seven-book series beginning with Mister Monday (2003), Arthur tries to hide his powers, his identity, and his body’s gradual shift toward immortality as he explores the enormous, fantastically constructed House in search of the Sixth Key. Loyal to his friends yet driven by the urgency of his quest, he relentlessly pursues his goal. The cliff-hanger ending will leave fans hungry for the final volume in this fast-paced adventure series. The complex, imaginative framework story of the Keys to the Kingdom series will confound those who have not read the earlier books. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Keys To The Kingdom (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439700892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439700894
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 a good book but the ending left me puzzled.
K. Eckert
It is a great continuation of the Keys to the Kingdom series and I can honestly say I am eagerly awaiting the next in the series.
Christopher Gregory
As I already have the first 5 books, it brought my series to completion at the time.
Alan F. McMullen

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 19, 2008
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"Now that it's raining more than ever
Know that we'll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella
(Ella ella eh eh eh)"
- Rihanna

Book Six of the series "The Keys to the Kingdom" has the young hero Arthur Penhaligon taking on the oldest Trustee and first Denizen who just happens to be the third oldest entity in the Universe. Superior Saturday is a powerful sorceress who rules the Upper House with the help of thousands upon thousands of lesser sorcerers who do her bidding while stacked in iron framed cubicles with wire meshed floors and no ceilings.

Working conditions suck big time, what with the perpetual rainfall and all, and the job is even tougher for the "grease monkeys" who have to keep the chains and gears in working order. Promotions and demotions are physical moves, sometimes accompanied by projectiles and heckling, and job perks usually mean not much more than a different colored umbrella (ella, ella, eh eh eh)

Superior Saturday is afflicted with the sin of envy, and her sole ambition is to infiltrate the domain of Lord Sunday, through the "Incomparable Gardens". It's up to Arthur, with a little help from his friends, to rise to the top of her Babel-like Tower and secure the Sixth Key.

With this series, you need to read the books in order so as to understand what's going on. This one is very short, but is one of the least complicated as far as the convoluted links that exist between the House and its parts, namely The Lower House, The Far Reaches, The Border Sea, The Great Maze, The Middle House, The Upper House and the Incomparable Gardens.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Arthur Penhaligan's week is almost over, but unfortunately it's not getting any better. Not for him, and not for the House.

In fact, just about everything is tumbling down in the penultimate book of Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, "Superior Saturday," in which Arthur finally encounters the malevolent sorceress who's been messing things up throughout the series. It's a suitably chaotic and haunting story, and Arthur's internal struggles and new discoveries are a pretty fascinating read -- but don't expect it to really end on anything but a massive cliffhanger.

Arthur receives an emergency call from his brother, who warns him that the Army is about to nuke their entire town. Desperate, Arthur tries to shield the town, but instead ends up slowing time. Unfortunately that is only one of his worries: the magic of the Keys is transforming Arthur's body and mind into something inhuman, and Nothing is eroding away the very foundations of the House. To stop it, he must somehow steal away Superior Saturday's power, and he has to rely on one of the less reliable forces in the House to smuggle himself and Suzy into Saturday's domain.

While Leaf and her pal struggle to save Friday's sleeping victims, Arthur explores Saturday's realm. Turns out Saturday is building a vast tower built by Piper's Children and overseen by sorcerers, so she can reach the Incomparable Gardens that Lord Sunday rules -- and what's more, Arthur is having a lot of trouble locating the Will. His only hope is to climb the tower with Saturday's sorcerous army -- but what awaits them at the top?

"Superior Saturday" is not just saturated in rain, but in desperation.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jarrod T Thompson VINE VOICE on July 18, 2008
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Every book in this series takes a while to get into. However, I was extremely disappointed with the dud of an ending this book had. Either Nix was pressured to finish this book before he was ready, or the publisher got too used to the one book for every denizen Monday-Sunday in the series.

This book seemed rushed, half-hearted and not at all as satisfying as the others in the series. If you don't want to be disappointed, buy Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday together (when it comes out) and read them together as they should have been one book from the start. I really like this author and feel that there must be too much pressure to meet deadlines and follow formulas, a combination of which has stifled Nix's creativity in his latest installment of The Keys to the Kingdom series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Garth Nix makes a good, but exciting story with Superior Saturday. Garth Nix does one cruel thing to the reader, which is the end. I will list some of the bad guys and good guys of this book. 1. The Piper, an evil person that has brought back children from the secondary realms (earth). 2. The Will of the Architect, a sly, but serious, incomplete document that's become human, and only cares about itself and the house. 3. Arthur Penhaligan, a boy who's not supposed to be a hero, but soon will become the ruler of the universe, and just wants to get the keys and get over with this. 4. Susie Turquoise Blue (a Piper's child) has been friends with Arthur since the beginning of his journeys, and always wants to be in the thick of the journeys, and has always been loyal to Arthur. 5. Fred (Piper's child)who we know little about, but you will just have to read books #5 and #4 to know more.

Cyrus Ogle, age 9
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