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Grim Tuesday

(The Keys to the Kingdom #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  25,824 ratings  ·  589 reviews
The second incredible book in The Keys to the Kingdom, now in hardcover
Arthur doesn't think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday -- the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur's family and his world. Arthur
Hardcover, 1st Hardcover Edition, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Scholastic Press (first published June 7th 2004)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom #2), Garth Nix
Grim Tuesday is a novel written by Garth Nix in 2004. It is the second book in the Keys to the Kingdom series, and it focuses on Arthur Penhaligon’s quest to regain his place as the rightful heir. Grim Tuesday is afflicted with the deadly sin of greed. Arthur Penhaligon has returned home when the telephone that the first part of the Will (now known as Dame Primus) gave him starts ringing. Dame Primus informs him that in the six months of House
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having defeated Mister Monday, Arthur gets very little rest before Grim Tuesday shows up to bother him. Arthur has another crazy adventure trying to get back into the House, finding the next part of the will, and the second key. It’s highly imaginative and slightly odd. I enjoyed it as an adult but probably would have absolutely loved it as a child.
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Garth Nix just never lets us down, does he?

Grim Tuesday, the second (as one might expect) in the Keys to the Kingdom series, is as solid a fantasy as its predecessor, Mister Monday. It was, in fact, almost better - but unfortunately its primary strength was counterbalanced by a weakness, so it gets the same four as the first.

That strength was this: the first book had little in the way of consequences. No one got seriously injured who didn't deserve it. (view spoiler)
Feb 03, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not as outstanding as Mister Monday, this second volume in the series was nevertheless very well written and satisfyingly exciting. Mr. Nix has created a uniquely deep, imperfect world with peril aplenty and villains dastardly. While this volume seemed stalled for the first-half, it rapidly gained speed and adventure much like the frightening spike-studded train ridden by Tuesday himself. The character of The Captain was absolutely outstanding; I would love to read a whole series about him ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read
I'm really falling in love with this narrator! This was a step up from book 1 because I actually understood what happened this time 😂😂😂

So in this book another Lord of the realm of this house thing Arthur fell into in book 1 is out to get him. Grim Tuesday sends his minions to cause complete financial catastrophe for Arthur's family so of course he must get back to the house and somehow take down the big bad.

Unfortunately when Arthur stumbles into the other world he's sent to the Far Reaches wh
A_ bookbound _soul
4 stars!

Mr. Nix definitely maintained the level of weirdness in this one.

It's Tuesday and it was just yesterday that Arthur defeated mister Monday. He has to return to the house and stop Grim Tuesday before he could destroy Arther's family.

I loved Suzy in this one. She's a bit changed than the last one.
The second part of the Will is far more annoying.
The ending has an awesome cliffhanger as the first.
Definitely recommended to continue with the series.
Tabitha Olson
May 11, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: recent-reviews
After _Mister Monday_, I was hoping the author would take _Grim Tuesday_ a step further and really draw the readers into the story. I wanted to know more about the House and the Will, and see Arthur and Suzy really grow as characters. Unfortunately, none of those things happened. Arthur and Suzy seem exactly the same as before, the drive behind the story is exactly the same (Arthur needs to get the Keys in order to save his family), and that made the story very predictable and boring. Disappoint ...more
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this series back to back is definitely better than the piecemeal way I was reading them when I read them as they came out (briefly as that lasted). There's no space between the books -- minutes at best between the end of Mister Monday and the beginning of Grim Tuesday. So it's nice to read them in one go. (It's also nice to read them on the appropriate days. I'll be greatly amused if I can keep that up all week.)

I didn't remember this book as well as Mister Monday, but I'm pretty sure I
Nov 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, fantasy-sci-fi
Fun and unique series

Such an entertaining series: Steampunk and unusual with great characters and fast-paced plotting. I especially enjoyed meeting the Ancient Mariner.
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kids
This is the second in a series about Arthur. He has inherited this job that he doesn't want and a house that isn't really a house. After his adventures on Monday, he thinks he is free and clear but finds out that Mr. Tuesday won't take no for an answer and insists that Arthur come back to the house. He has the ability to cause bad things to happen to his family so Arthur must go back and confront Tuesday.

This is a very imaginative story and really has a very well developed set of creatures that
Barbara ★
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This series is really cute and especially designed for boys under the teen level. It just has so many creative elements and events that would appeal to the younger set. That being said, I loved it as it's rather different from what I usually read and great for listening in the car.

Arthur Penhaligan, a normal person in the 7th grade, was somehow selected to become the rightful heir to the Keys to the Kingdom (a universe adjacent to Earth that can be accessed through a monstrous house that only Ar
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quarter-one
The book "Grim Tuesday" is a truly amazing I was fortunate enough to find and read after finishing the first book of this amazing series. "Grim Tuesday" is a book like no other, with the features of every fantasy book like magic, and friendship, but still uniquely its own.
The book is about a boy named Arthur who happens to be in an outside gym class one day. He is phsically weak, and gets an asthma attack which proves to be almost fatal. He is abot to die, but a man appears in front of hi and
The second installment in the Keys to the Kingdom series, Grim Tuesday picks up right where Mister Monday left off, mere hours after Arthur has returned home for what he thought would be a five or six-year break. Unfortunately, time in his realm does not equate to time in the House. To top it all off, the phone call warning him of mischief afoot gets cut off, leaving him only half in the know.

When mysterious men appear across the street with a Sold sign, and his father receives a call that he ow
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, middle-grade
I love the characters in this, from Arthur to Suzy Turquoise Blue and Dame Primus. And the new characters for this one: The Second Part of the Will and Captain Tom were great. If these books have a flaw, it's that the title characters (Mr. Monday, and Grim Tuesday in this one) barely have a presence. They are talked about, but only show up briefly in the actual narrative. The books would be more menacing if we had more time with the Days.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying this series so far! I like the characters overall. Arthur can feel a little whiny sometimes... but they are usually very relatable.. or well maybe not relatable but reasonable complaints (who wouldnt want to be freed from the ginormous and overwhelming responsibility of saving the universe?) And I have been happy with his decisions/drive to do the right thing.
M.C. Crocker
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grim Tuesday is the second book in a series of seven known as the Keys to the Kingdom series each book named after a day of the week. The first book Mister Monday was a book I reviewed a long while ago. I had a desire to go through and finish the series but needed to re-read the first two and a half books in order to do so. In my review of Mister Monday I expressed that I was bored and kept tying to remember the events of this book as the events of that book. Coming to this book I knew there was ...more
Angel Kleist
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I really enjoyed this book. Garth Nix did a good job putting it together and making it close to unpredictable. Most of the book just made me not want to put it down. He also did a good job making it visual so it was easy for me to follow it and make a picture of what is going on in my head. I also really enjoyed this book because it’s not slow and it flows nicely. The only thing I didn’t really mind was earlier in the book and a little way through the book it was a little hard ...more
Jun 08, 2010 added it
Shelves: 10th-quarter-4
The second installment in the Keys to the Kingdom series, Grim Tuesday picks up right where Mister Monday left off, mere hours after Arthur has returned home for what he thought would be a five or six-year break. Unfortunately, time in his realm does not equate to time in the House. To top it all off, the phone call warning him of mischief afoot gets cut off, leaving him only half in the know. Talk about a lot of creativity. Garth Nix has loads of imagination in this hero journey. I was tickled ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Arthur Penhaligon is an ordinary boy whose life changes when he has a near-fatal asthma attack while running during PE. Just as he is about to lose consciousness he is given a key by a mysterious man. The man, Mr. Monday, has determined that Arthur is about to die, but with the benefits of modern medicine and his inhaler, Arthur survives and sets off an adventure quest to search for 7 keys of a mysterious house. Each quest involves battling 7 Morrow Days who are the trustees of the house and rep ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
In the midst of a fatal asthma attack, Arthur was given a smidgen of magical power. Using it, he was able to not only survive the attack, but also stage a revolution against the languid Mister Monday. After claiming Monday's powers for his own, Arthur granted them to a Steward so he could return to the mortal world to continue living life as a child. But the second Monday ended, Tuesday began--and Grim Tuesday was fearful that Arthur would do to him what he'd already done to Mister Monday. And s ...more
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another great book in the Series. I like how Garth Nix introduces new characters as each day proceeds and yet there aren't to many characters to keep track of. The stories finish themselves and yet you know that Arthur is going to have to go back to the House to help put it back in order.
Each book builds upon the previous building to a climax that will end with Sunday. The story uses allies, friends and cunning to get the will that has been misused. Can't wait to get into the next book. I am gl
Henry S
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recently I read Grim Tuesday, Book #2 of The Keys to the Kingdom series. It is extremely interesting. First off, Arthur Penhaligon's family is being taxed to the maximum level by Grim's Grotesques, for example, there house is being "sold" to the grotesques. Second of all, Arthur has to go back to the house and defeat Grim Tuesday in order to save his family! Then he gives both keys to the will! If I had to go through the whole story... You would be reading forever!

I am currently reading Drowned
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, bir-2018
a really fun middle grade, creative and a kinda weird haha
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: i-own
i liked the first book better
overall a nice book to read
Kluxorious Kluxces
Reading this the first time, I got confused a lot about the House and of the Far Reaches despite that it is already the second book of the series.

Arthur was yet again hauled into another adventure, with Suzy to help him and this time his enemy was the Grim Tuesday. He bled and broke his legs, he met with the snobbish Will, fought Nothings, defeated the villain but it didn't get through to me emotionally and for that I must say that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped it would

I'm ready fo
Baal Of
Fun and light, but also pretty creative with the worlds and the magic, but not with any kind of coherent magic system. Fairly straightforward and predictable, and very little character development. I was disappointed that Arthur once again gave the key (the second one) over to Dame Primus, which is so obviously going to go very badly at some point. Why doesn't he give it to Suzy, who has been nothing but loyal, smart, and resourceful? Still, it's decent enough fantasy aimed at children, and I pr ...more
Jul 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Arthur is just fine as a character, but the real strength here is in how inventive Nix is with the House and it's weird and wacky settings and denizens. There's a lot going on here, and pacing-wise, things just don't ever let up for poor Arthur, which means lots of exciting adventures (and pedantic bears) for us.

If you have a whole family in the car, these would be just the ticket for a long drive.
Aug 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one less than the first one in the series. It was fast-moving and interesting at times, but quite similar in terms of the story. I don't think I'll be starting the third one.

The author does have a great imagination and I suspect this series will be more appealing to younger readers.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recs-for-sister, vibez, eh
this book always feels kind of transitional to me but there are still some good moments
Nov 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I remember so little of these but they are delightfully weird
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.


Other books in the series

The Keys to the Kingdom (7 books)
  • Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)
  • Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #3)
  • Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #4)
  • Lady Friday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #5)
  • Superior Saturday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #6)
  • Lord Sunday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #7)

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“I suppose you could call me...Soot," said the thing. "Yes...Soot. I have breathed it, lived in it, and eaten it for so long that it is a fitting name."
"Eaten it?" asked Suzy. "Why eat soot?"
"Boredom," said Soot.”
“It is taken care of. Nothing will not break into my Pit or the Far Reaches! I cannot speak for the other parts of the House, but we have Nothing well in hand here. I understand Nothing as no one else does!
- Grim Tuesday”
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