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The Deadly 7

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Who needs friends when you've got MONSTERS?

Everything was happening so fast and it was all so . . . mad. It was as if someone had taken reality, made it into a jigsaw, thrown the jigsaw on to the floor and then said, "Now, hurry up and put it all together!" as they danced all over the jigsaw pieces in a clown suit, blowing a trumpet.

When Nelson's beloved big sister goes
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Sarah Churchill
It's nice to read a middlegrade that's not overrun with poo and fart jokes. I mean, there is a fart joke, but just the one. And it actually has a place in the story. So... yeah.

Nelson accidentally extracts the 7 Deadly Sins from his soul with a machine made by Christopher Wren in St Paul's Cathedral. A little history there for the kids. And even though this is about the sins, and of course each one is the epitome of Gluttony, Wrath, Pride and all the rest, they're still friendly, and nice, and
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, I'll admit it. I'm often drawn to a book because of its cover. There's nothing wrong with that. Why else would they hire people to make them attractive and spend so much time designing them to be eye-catching? And then there's the blurb on the back of the book. These can range from evocative, cringeworthy, perplexing, or in some cases spoiler-y. Even after reading the back of the book jacket of today's book and seeing the title and looking at the cover image I was still surprised to ...more

Ugh! I didn't get to finish this book I was on like the Chapter where Nelson net Uncle Pogo (Well the book has no chapters.)

This book was in class so One Day, I came into school and realised that it was Quiet Reading Time, so I picked it up and started ready it. There was already a mystery surprise waiting at the start of the book for me.

I came into school one day I was furious to find another student reading my favorite class book.

IDC why I just loved the book ^•^

But I went to my local
A great rollicking story! Kids will love this hilarious adventure of a boy and his unpredictable, crazy, weird monster friends. And that's what they are, friends. They begin as a bother, a necessary nuisance for finding his sister, but grow into something more. Since the seven monsters are all part of his soul and miss his sister passionately, they feel a pull towards wherever she is like a compass where his sister is the North. Unfortunately, where she is is halfway around the world! How can an ...more
Ro Menendez
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
The story of Nelson and how he comes about having his very own seven monsters, The Deadly Seven, feels like something Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, would write if he wrote a MG novel. Nelson's monsters, are the seven deadly sins mentioned in the Bible, which were accidentally extracted from Nelson's soul when he falls over a contraption created by Sir Christopher Wren in his secret laboratory hidden in St. Paul's Cathedral. These monsters are not as scary as their backstory might have ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The deadly 7 is a good book based on the seven sins coming out of your body.I like the war the author wrote the monsters as sins but didn’t do it in a to religious way.In the book a boy with no friends named Nelson sister disappears in Spain so when Nelson is with his uncle in St.Pauls Cathedral looking for leaks he comes across a machine that extracted his seven sins but the fault was that once extracted they became real life monsters.With these smelly monsters Nelson travels the globe in ...more
Claudia  -
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you think your life is going to be if your new best mates are seven monsters?
Nice and quiet is not the answer.
This is an exciting and fast-paced book, funny, a little bit scary but always surprising. It is told in a very lively, visual way, with lots of funny drawings, yucky stuff and plenty of great slap-stick gags. Perfect for fans of David Walliams and Pixar movies.
Buckle-up, you’re in for a wild ride.
The was interesting and mysterious as the main character's (Nelson Brown) sister, Christine disappears in a boat trip and Nelson stumbles across a machine that releases his seven deadly sins. Together, they find his sister and save her from the monster that gets her.
Ms. QMS Roberson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mysterious adventure for intermediate readers! I loved the sketches and lovable monsters.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
When I go book shopping, I mostly know what I'm going to buy before I step into the shop. Not because I am a control freak with a tendency to meticulous planning (who, me?), but because I pretty much know what the new releases are already. That's why I like it when my boyfriend comes along. He'll disappear into the children's section for a few minutes and then return brandishing books about evil mastermind cats, pirates that moonlight as ballet dancers, or - as in this case - seven little ...more
Tim Roast
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Deadly 7" is a book of two halves. The first half introduces all the characters and ideas that are essential to the very fast-paced, exciting and adventurous second-half of the book.

The ideas in this book are multiple. There is the "lost chamber of St Paul's", a hidden room that main character Nelson Green finds within St Paul's Cathedral where Christopher Wren has stored many of his as-yet-undiscovered inventions, one of which Nelson accidentally ends up using when he creates the Deadly 7
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really brings back that old-vibe style. The cover is quite what hooks readers into the book, nothing special, just something to entertain yourself while you are in the bathroom or something like that.
A. Hunt
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My son, Joshua!!

Hello! My name is Joshua and my mom is the owner of this website. Since I am homeschooled, I have to read a lot. A lot. When she got this book, she said I would like it. She was right but I did not know I would be blogging on it. No pressure.

Everything in this review will come from me. I am even typing it, but Mom, Alyssa Hunt, will be putting in the links and the fancy stuff. I am the brains and she's the back up.

The Deadly 7 is by Garth Jennings (he has a
Heather Lawson
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. Originally posted here:
A charming tale about an unlikely group of heroes, strange creatures, and an epic journey to save a sister.

The Deadly 7 is a fun, wacky adventure story that is sure to grip kids tight and take them on a fantastic ride. The illustrations really bring the characters to life and make the story even more fun to
In this import from Great Britain, eleven-year-old Nelson Green is understandably distraught when his beloved older sister Celeste disappears while on a school field trip. While his parents fly to her last known sighting, Nelson is packed off to stay with his eccentric inventor relative, Uncle Pogo, in London. But while Nelson and his uncle are looking for leaks in St. Paul's Cathedral, he accidentally sets into motion events that result in seven monsters, representing the seven deadly sins, ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Jennings, Garth The Deadly 7, 340 pages. Giroux Books for Young Readers 2016.
$13.99. Language: PG (6 swears, 0 "f"); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

Nelson Green's life will never be the same. While hiding in a box to avoid performing in his schools theatrical, Nelson overhears the worst news ever. His sister Celeste has gone missing while on a class trip. With authorities scouring the area for clues, Nelson decides to take matters into his own hands. Determined to find his sister and save her
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The Seven Deadly Sins have come to life for Nelson in this story. Through a sad and strange set of circumstances Nelson finds himself working with his uncle in the tombs of a London cathedral. There he finds mysterious vials of ancient liquid. He is injected and his own 7 Deadly manifest and follow him. These monsters can only be seen by Nelson, and they are quite loyal to him. Their mission is to help Nelson find his missing sister. Many wicked plot twists and turns develop as something evil ...more
Nelson's older sister Celeste disappears on a class trip to Spain, so Nelson is sent to stay in London with his eccentric Uncle Pogo while his parents go to Spain. Uncle Pogo is a plumber and is working on fixing a leak at St. Paul's cathedral and he enlists Nelson to help him. During their work, Nelson discovers a hidden workshop that had belonged to Christopher Wren and he also inadvertently sets loose his own 7 deadly sins.

While this sounds quite serious so far, this book has a lot of humor,
Brenda A
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-awareness
This is such an amazing book for young readers. Seriously. I kind of wish I had kids to give this to, because it's perfect. It has monsters. It was a garden of Eden. It has comedy. It has a lot of heart. It has a love of family. So many great aspects all tied together to create a very fun and clever novel.

I love Uncle Pogo. I love that there's a family fairytale. I love that Nelson and Celeste had a great sibling relationship. I love that the seven deadly sins are represented as monsters,
Paper Clippers
When eleven-year-old Nelson's beloved older sister goes missing, he is devastated. She's his only friend and means the world to him. Then his parents join the search and leave Nelson in the care of his crazy uncle Pogo, a plumber who is working at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. There in a dusty crypt Nelson stumbles across an ancient machine that accidentally extracts the so-called seven deadly sins from his soul. The machine turns them into ugly, cantankerous, and embarrassing creatures who ...more
Kathryn Bigelow
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads contest. I thought this was a really cute chapter book. The chapters were an easy length for quick reading and the story as a whole was interesting, fun and sometimes even funny. I feel like the ending was a little open ended so I wonder if there will be a follow up to this book. Even with the open nature of the ending, the story as a whole felt complete and fulfilling to read. I actually can't wait until my kids are old enough to read this story, I feel they will ...more
Jackie Rogers
This novel is geared to children but enjoyed the read. Like anything that brings laughter. This is Nelson's tale of the abduction of his sister and his hunt to find her. Nelson is only 11 years old and lefy in the care of his nutty uncle. He and uncle come upon an ancient lab in a church and the deadly 7 are unleashed. They are drawn to Nelson as he is the unleasher and proceed to help him find lost sister, Celeste. Of course, these are the 7 deadly sins and come in very handy in Nelson's ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
This was a free Good Reads giveaway book that I totally loved. It is intended for young readers but I enjoyed the drawings, the action, the fantasy and like me, an adult can really enjoy this as well. Nelson is a boy without friends, but his sister goes missing and is feared dead on her school trip. Nelson finds a secret chamber in a huge London cathedral, while his crazy Uncle Pogo tries to fix a massive roof leak. After that, weird and wacky monsters appear. They help young Nelson with his ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fantastic children's book full of adventure, quirky happenings and even quirkier characters. This tale follows Nelson and his seven deadly sins as they go in search of his missing (presumed dead) older half sister. It deals sensitively with the feelings of the 11 year old protagonist and the sins are presented in an interesting yet seemingly accurate way (if you can imagine sins being presented as strange little monsters). I originally bought this for my 10 year old nephew but liked the look ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you are 9-12 years old or young at heart this is a great read. Rapid storyline tumbles and trips you along a great adventure.
Nelson's sister has disappeared abroad and his parents leave him with Uncle Pogo who is ' nuttier than squirrel pop'
Discovering an old machine made by Christopher WREN Nelson unwittingly extracts 7 monsters who are hellbent on finding Celeste, his sister.
Travel with them as they leave a path of mayhem in their search. For fans of The Map To Everywhere and Percy
Ms. Yingling
My students are somewhat interested in monsters, and I thought that they would be the next big trend, but there aren't that many books about monsters. Apparently, there are only monsters in the UK, where this book is set. Unfortunately, it was a bit too British and quirky, and I don't think it would go over well with my students. I kind of liked it, and it did have some pictures in it, but there was a lot of background knowledge that is necessary for this to make sense, and I fear my students ...more
Alice Kuhn
Nelson's best friend is kidnapped. It is up to Nelson and his new friends (really monsters) to find his best friend (his sister) before it is too late. A little slow in the beginning but it picks up.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book was a fun read! I especially loved the pictures with the clever captions. This book is geared for a younger crowd but I believe all ages will enjoy this fast pace book.
I was so glad to win this from Goodreads giveaways!
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This rating is based on my 10 year old son's reaction to the book. He seemed to never be able to put it down and spoke of it enthusiastically. He complained a bit that it took too long for the monsters to appear but once they did he was off to the races!
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