By Royce Buckingham
(Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780399246494, 240pp.)
Publication Date: May 10, 2007
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Demons are all around us--most of them are relatively harmless, like the ones that go bump in the night or make you stub your toe. But some are dangerous--some can kill. Since he was orphaned as a boy, Nat has been trained by his aged mentor Daliwahl to be a demonkeeper, controlling a menagerie of demons in their old, rickety house in Seattle. But now Dahliwahl is gone and Nat is on his own.
Keeping demons isn't a very social activity, and when Nat goes on a date with Sandy, a junior librarian's assistant, it's a disaster in more ways that one--while Nat's out, a very scary demon called the Beast escapes. Can Nat get the Beast back to the house and make things right with Sandy--and do it all by himself?
With its fast-paced action, slapstick humor, and a winning, unlikely hero, Demonkeeper is a high-spirited romp that will keep readers glued to the page.