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Mister Monday by Garth Nix
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Mar 09, 2012

really liked it

** spoiler alert ** Garth Nix has become one of my favorite authors his Sabriel has been a special favorite of mine, but his Arthur Penhaligon series The Keys to the Kingdom are also incredible. Mister Monday the first book in this recently concluded series is a fantastical combination of alternate reality and problem solving. “It was Arthur Penhaligon’s first day at his new school and it was not going well.” as asthmatic Arthur collapses then rests outside during a long run in PE he witnesses something very strange.
In addition to the strange doglike person he encounters shortly after his asthma attack he also finds part of a clock, this piece comes to play a role in his increasingly difficult and grand scale of becoming master of the House. In addition to what he must accomplish in this other worldly House a combination of fantasy and Victorian throwback Arthur has to deal with reality and everybody else’s’ perception of what is going on, which sometimes varies with Arthur’s. Part of this perception problem is an aspect of his large busy family while the other part is due to his being the only one in the family that can see the denizens of the House.
For anyone who enjoyed the first book I would strongly recommend completing the adventure with Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday, and Lord Sunday. These are not hard to read and will appeal to boys or girls pretty evenly from 5th grade up. Each of these books contains a very different level or part of the House its own unique world unto itself with very different masters to combat. Though very different Garth Nix’s earlier Seventh Tower series is great for 4th grade readers and up either of these might appeal to reluctant readers.
Garth Nix is a prolific Australian author and his many 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) as well as being translated into many languages.
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