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Mister Monday
Nix, Garth.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2003]

Physical Description:
361 pages ; 20 cm.
Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.
Reading Level:


800 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 12.0 70137.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.9 16 Quiz: 33569 Guided reading level: T.

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Collins Library X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult
Clarence Library Y FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult
Crane Branch Library Y FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Open Shelf
Hamburg Library Y FICTION Young Adult Fiction Young Adult
Lackawanna Library Y FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult
Newstead Library Y FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult
Anna M. Reinstein Library Y FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult
Clearfield Library Y FICTION Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Young Adult

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Bestselling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this blockbuster new series.

Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world - where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.

This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the bestselling author of The Seventh Tower , Sabriel , and Lirael .

Author Notes

Garth Nix was born in Melbourne, Australia on July 19, 1963. He graduated from the University of Canberra in 1986 and worked various jobs within the publishing industry until 1994. After a stint in public relations, he returned to books and took up writing as a career. He is the author of Blood Ties, Clariel, Newt's Emerald, the Old Kingdom series, The Seventh Tower series, and The Keys to the Kingdom series. In 1999, he received a Golden Duck Award for Australian Contribution to Children's Science Fiction. To Hold the Bridge was named Best Collection by the 2015 Aurealis Awards. His novella, By Frogsled and Lizardback to Outcast Venusian Lepers, was named Best Science Fiction Novella by the 2015 Aurealis Awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this first volume in Nix's (Sabriel) Mister Monday series, magic splashes across virtually every page. First, a brief, cryptic prelude tells of "the Will" that has been kept under cosmic lock-and-key by generations of Inspectors and their robotic sentries. Next, readers meet seventh-grader Arthur Penhaligon, an asthmatic adoptee who is struggling to fit in at his new school. Nix quickly thrusts Arthur into the heart of the mystery: while recovering from an asthma attack during gym class, Arthur is given a mysterious Key and Atlas from Mister Monday, an ominous wheelchair-bound man (mentioned in the prelude). The Key resembles the minute hand of a clock, and is actually a powerful talisman, tied to the clock-like device that guards the Will. Before long, Fetchers, strange dog-faced creatures, attempt to recover the key, and unleash a disease upon humans that threatens massive casualties. Arthur sets out to stop the Fetchers at the source, and ends up exploring a cavernous house visible only to him (it's 4,000 stories high, a girl inside tells him). Here the surreal story becomes even more puzzle-like and visually ornate-a sort of amalgam of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth. Nix's grand explanation of the house and key is an original re-imagining of a classic sci-fi theme: the origin and purpose of the universe-and the willingness of man to circumvent that purpose for selfish gain. With a likeable unlikely hero, fast-paced plotting and a plethora of mystical oddities (e.g., Mister Monday only has "dominion over everything" on Mondays), this series is sure to garner a host of fans. Ages 8-12. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-This exciting and gripping reading of Garth Nix's fantasy novel (Scholastic, 2003) is filled with lots of dramatic action. During a running exercise at school, Arthur Penhaligon collapses from an asthma attack. Upon awakening, he meets a stranger, Mister Monday. Monday hands Arthur an unusual key which begins a wild adventure. Using the powers of the key, Arthur travels to another realm and battles many evil creatures in a struggle to save his world from a mysterious disease. There are several violent episodes, and the fast-moving and imaginative plot and strong characterizations capture listeners' attention. The text is rich in descriptive language. Background music begins and concludes the reading. While there are no sound effects, Allan Corduner's dramatic narration splendidly brings the book to life with his many character voices. The story concludes with a lead in to the next book in the series and leaves listeners wanting more. This dynamic recording will be popular with fantasy fans.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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