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Skulduggery Pleasant

Written by Derek Landy

Part of the Skulduggery Pleasant Series

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LoveReading View on Skulduggery Pleasant

This is, according to the worldwide publishers the biggest new publishing phenomenon of 2007. Well, that’s quite a statement, and although we don’t go quite that far yet, mainly because it is only published in the fourth month of the year, Skulduggery Pleasant is something that’s more than just a bit different from anything else on the market. Yes it has a weird, you could say warped, storyline but it will have you in a vice-like grip from page one and keep you there until the final page. See below for what one of our children's reading panel thought of it.

One of the best novels I have read. With the witty catchphrases and punchy action scenes, it had me glued to every page. My favourite part was when they rescue Skulduggery and he says ‘well it’s going rather fabulously so far’. It reminded me of my friend, saying completely the wrong thing for that time. You discover so much about all of their characters: Stephanie tries to be brave but she is really scared of all the magic, Skulduggery just wants revenge on Serpine for what he did to him in life. You become such close friends and they are inside your head all day and you in theirs.

I am really looking forward to the sequel and finding out about Stephanie’s new powers. It was a brilliant read and I loved every minute of it.

Hugh (11)

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Skulduggery Pleasant Synopsis

Get ready for the biggest NEW publishing phenomenon of 2007! ‘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.




Skulduggery Pleasant Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Adi Mehta, age 8 - 'I love this stunning book. The surprises are waiting for you!' Read full review >
  • Harvey Jones, age 12 - 'This is a funny book. It was very enjoyable, fast paced and exciting.' Read full review >
  • Joseph Harris-Hart, age 11 - 'This book is about Skulduggery Pleasant who is a skeleton and Stephanie a twelve year old girl,who are the main characters in the story.' Read full review >
  • Alina Wraith, age 9 - 'Skulduggery Pleasant is a really good book.  I am so glad I have discovered it as there are plenty more in the series to read and I’m off to buy them as soon as I can.' Read full review >
  • Tom Greenan, age 8 - 'It was a very good book that I didn't want to put down. 10/10' Read full review >
  • Raj Bunet, age 12 - 'This book is filled with action every page you turn. At one point I was unable to put this book down. I can not wait until the next books in the Skulduggery Pleasant series are released.' Read full review >
  • Callum, age 10 - 'This book is about murder, mystery, magic and trickery. This is a must read book.  It is well written and punctuated.'Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 9 - 'This is the first book in a series of seven about a skeleton magician and detective...It is a story with lots of action and adventure in it which makes you keep reading the next chapter.' Read full review >
  • Tom Corbett, age 10 - 'You don't know what happens next. So that's good. I would reccomend it to everybody. It was great.' Read full review >
  • Thomas Heaney age 15 - 'I really enjoyed this book by Derek Landy, he is a brilliant author and this story was a great read.' Read full review >
  • Toby Slocombe, age 10 - 'This book is a great, descriptive book . It, only by using description, strikes fear into you at certain moments. Derek Landy created fabulous character and plot.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9780007241620
Publication date: 03/09/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 02/04/2007
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007241613
Publication date: 2nd April 2007
Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Derek Landy

Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, mention the fact that his first book, Skulduggery Pleasant, won the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Decade Award AND the Red House Children's Book Award, or that his second, Playing With Fire, won an Irish Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, or that his third, The Faceless Ones, is his mother's personal favourite. He could go on, all the way to The End of the World, which is the title of the story ...

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