The Keys to the Kingdom (1) - Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom S.)

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Strange things begin happening after Arthur Pengaligon dreams of a strange figure who hands him a key shaped like a minute hand. A winged man-dog tries to invade his house. A sleeping sickness falls over the city. And then there's the weird new house that only Arthur can see. . .

Before long, Arthur realizes he's stumbled into a strange new universe of moving staircases and gigantic clocks – and it's up to him to set things right in a literal race against time.

Full of adventure and mystery, Mister Monday is the first book of seven in the Keys to the Kingdom series.


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The first in an ambitious seven-book sequence, Mister Monday is surely the publication that will prove that Garth Nix is one of the best fantasy writers at work today. In turn, imaginative, spellbinding and hugely original, this award-winning author from Australia begins an expansive multi-volume work that is sure to stand the test of time if this first episode is anything to go by.

Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die and he almost does on a school run when he collapses because of his chronic asthma. In his dreams he is visited by the enigmatic Mister Monday, who gives him a mysterious atlas and a magic key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. But Arthur wakes up and Mister Monday wants everything back. With these "gifts", Arthur suddenly assumes new powers and with them frightening responsibilities. Arthur's family and friends are under threat from a sudden outbreak of drug-resistant influenza and it seems the cure to this curious rash of afflictions can only be found inside a vast house that only Arthur can see.

Arthur has no option but to step inside and in doing so becomes the world's most unlikely hero and champion. Battling obstacles such as dog-faced Fetchers and people with Wings, robots and unbreakable chains, Arthur fights to stay intact and for meaning to this crazy world he has tumbled upon.

There's something about the way Nix tells stories that is strangely compelling. His mix of magic and fantasy, history and future visions, are truly unique. It's difficult to guess what will follow in further volumes, but that's half the fun of reading an author like this. It could be said that Nix is in many ways the heir to Philip Pullman's throne. Suitable for readers aged 10 and over. --John McLay

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puzzle-like and visually ornate an original re-imagining of a classic sci-fi theme' - US Publishers Weeklyan epic journey of the imagination' AB&P9/03bursting with fascinatingly original characters and concepts has the potential to take the young adult fantasy crown from Harry Potter', ACYL newsletter No. 3 Sept 2003.captivating from the start has the lively inventiveness, breathtaking suspense, and intriguing use of the ordinary that are characteristic of Nix's previous work.' Viewpoint Vol 11 No 4 Summer 2003

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