By Derek Landy
(HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780061231155, 392pp.)
Publication Date: April 2007
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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant
—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.
These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.
The end of the world?
Over his dead body.
As a blackbelt in Kenpo Karate, he has taught countless children how to defend themselves, in the hopes of one day building his own private munchkin army. He firmly believes that they await his call to strike against his enemies (he doesn't actually have any enemies but he's assuming they'll show up sooner or later).
The reason Derek writes his own biographical blurb is so that he can finally refer to himself in the third person without looking pompous or insane.
“An utterly charming debut, perfect for the Potter crowd.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Landy keeps the action brisk, his characters slightly macabre, and uses humor to take the edge off.”
“Fun and quirky with lots of humor.”
“A distinctly Horowitzian humor and verve.”
“This book is a delight. Full of character, black humor, and great fun.”
-Daily Telegraph (London)
“Expected to take over Harry Potter’s place.”