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Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 1) Paperback – May 1, 2018
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Praise for Derek Landy:
‘Landy [has the] ability to craft an engaging story from start to finish.’ Inis
‘Derek Landy has been something of a publishing phenomenon.’ Irish Post
Praise for Skulduggery:
'A gripping debut.' Phil Hogan, Observer
‘Landy's witty style will win him fans of all ages … It's a good job Harry's [Potter] resigning before he's forcibly retired.’ Irish Mail on Sunday
'Hugely enjoyable – a thrill-a-minute adventure.' Jonathan Stroud, author of the BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY
'It's exciting, pacy, nicely handled and fun. I sincerely hope Landy revisits these characters.' Philip Ardagh, Guardian
'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, author of the PERCY JACKSON series
‘A remarkably accomplished debut with wonderful dialogue.’ Robert Dunbar, Irish Times
‘A rip-roaring adventure.’ Irish Sunday Independent
About the Author
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. "I think my career-guidance teacher is spinning in her grave," he says, "or she would be if she were dead."
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Caveat : there are some "damns" and "hells" in here, and there is reference to magic. This didn't offend me, but some may not like that aspect. Personally, the book is a heckuva rollercoaster through Ireland and beyond. If you have a boy or girl around this age and you don't know what to recommend, get this. They will love it.
But mostly I wanted to say if you are looking at this review of a used paperback version of the book "Skulduggery Pleasant", what you'll actually get is the book "Scepter of the Ancients (Skulduggery Pleasant)". They are the same book...the first title was the hardcover edition; the title was changed for the American paperback edition released in 2009. Amazon sells the paperback new. I was mislead into thinking it was a different book (different covers, different titles, one out of print and selling used for premium prices), and thus I ordered both -- and wound up with exactly the same book, one new from Amazon, one used and more expensive from Amazon Marketplace!
It starts out with the death of and uncle and mysterious things happening to our protangonist. I rolled, my eyes, this seemed too much like half of the YA wizard/magical books out on the market, but the style was very readable so I pushed on. Once I got to chapter three, I was hooked. While the first chapter was pretty common, everything else was original. A walking, talking skeleton. This seemed like it was written for TV judging by the banter, but it was funny. This book brought back what I have been looking for, wich was a tight knit group of people that are witty, but do not totally trust ech other, and an orignal take on a fantasy world.
The only thing that bothered me was the fact that some minor characters were very forgettable, and sometimes tjose characters came back to play a big part, causing me to think, "Who the heck are yo...ohhh." The parent-kid relationship wasn't very strong either. And then there was the cheesiness in names. However, if you are looking for a series that is fresh, original, and filled to bursting with all kinds of questionable characters, Go on and try the first one.
In case you are wondering the reading level of these books and the series order - here you go:
Book one - Skulduggery Pleasant - Scepter of the Ancients
Lexile = 760L
Book two - Playing with Fire
Lexile = 700L
Book three - The Faceless Ones
Lexile = 680L
Book Four - Dark Days
Book Five - Mortal Coil
Book six - Death Bringer
Lexile = No info on these last three. I'll fill them in later when they become available.
You can learn more about Lexile Measurements on Lexile . com. To over simplify it, the lower the number, the easier a book is to read. If your son or daughter has taken a standardized test at school, he or she will have a score. You can go up or down from this score. Up to challenge your young reader, down to give positive reading sessions and success.