Stephanie leads a very ordinary life until the death of her novel-writing uncle Gordon. In his will, Uncle Gordon leaves Stephanie his mansion and everything in it. She also inherits Uncle Gordon’s mysterious friend, Skulduggery Pleasant, who just happens to be a wise-cracking, classic car driving detective, an impeccable dresser…and a skeleton with magical abilities!
When a crazed stranger tries to break into Stephanie’s house, it’s Skulduggery who comes to her rescue and reveals a world within her world…a world with magic and vampires and and a slew of creepy villains bent on taking over the world. This is about as perfect a Halloween adventure as you can get – action packed creature combat, a little magic and very funny. Stephanie doesn’t have to worry, Skulduggery’s watching her back…even if he doesn’t have one! The sequel just came out. It’s called Playing with Fire and it’s just as good! Author: Derek Landy
You can pick up some dead on detective/spy tips from Kiki Strike, her book jacket says it all, “Five delinquent Girl Scouts, a million hungry rats, one secret city beneath Manhattan, and a butt-kicking girl superspy- welcome to the world of Kiki Strike”. I love it.
Kiki Strike is the story of the Irregulars, a group of girls brought together by the mysterious, the skilled, the top secret Kiki Strike. She’s fluent in a dozen languages. Breaking and entering? No problem. Kiki has recruited a group of gifted former Girl Scouts for a top secret mission – exploring and protecting underground tunnels that make up a secret city below Manhattan. If the secret city gets into the wrong hands, we’re ALL doomed! As the author says, “Some girls are more spice than sugar.” That’s Kiki Strike. That’s the Irregulars.
Each chapter ends with a guide to “essential skills” like”How to Be a Master of Disguise”, “How to Foil a Kidnapping” and “How to take Advantage of Being a Girl.” When you want answers, get them from a pro. Author: Kirsten Miller
Kendra and Seth are back in book 4 of the Fablehaven series and this time the stakes are greater than ever before. The kids are officially memebers of the Knights of Dawn, a group that is committed to keeping all the magical creature preserves in the world secret, and therefore safe.
The Society of the Evening Star, the bad guys, led by the mysterious Sphinx, are on a mission to collect artifacts hidden in the preserves that will give them the key to the demon prison and power over the whole world.
The Knights of Dawn decide that their best defense is a good offense. They decide to steal the hidden artifacts first to keep them out of the hands of the Society of the Evening Star.
By reading the journals of the original caretaker, Patton, Kendra discovers the location of one of the hidden artifacts. The problem is, it is hidden in the middle of a dragon sanctuary and guarded by an unknown number of dragons.
Kendra and other members of the Knights of Dawn set out for the sanctuary hoping that they know enough and have skill enough to find the artifact…and stay alive. As usual, Seth follows his instincts instead of the rules and manages to stow away on the trip. And it’s a good thing. What makes each of them strong is made even stronger when they are together, a fact that really becomes clear this time around. I can’t wait for number 5.
Dandelion Fire picks up the adventure begun in 100 Cupboards. Henry York is back in his Kansas bedroom sleeping next to his wall of 99 cupboard doors that lead to other worlds. Henry can’t sleep and he can’t stop thinking about what lies behind the doors.
When Henry discovers that he and uncle Frank actually come from one of the other worlds behind the magic cupboards, Henry can’t resist exploring in the cupboards again. Henry’s cousin Henrietta also can’t resist and is soon caught up in her own adventure. When uncle Frank goes after them, the family becomes hopelessly separated – scattered in different parts of the magical world Henry and uncle Frank come from. And there is evil there waiting for them – the Witch of Endor and her evil accomplice. Will it be divide and conquer? Or will Henry’s family overcome the evil forces that are out to destroy them?
If you haven’t already, I think you’ll want to read 100 Cupboards first so that you understand how the magical doors work. These are imaginative and original – who wouldn’t want to be able to adventure through magical doors? It’s like the door in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe…only 98 more! Author: N.D. Wilson
Timothy Freshwater, a cool smart-aleck with a bad attitude, purposely does things to annoy his teachers and his parents. His favorite word: “Whatever.” As the story opens, he has just been expelled from school…again. Too old for a babysitter and too much trouble to be left at home alone, Timothy goes to work with his Dad and finds himself put to work as an intern. There he meets the mail clerk, Mr. Shen…who is really a dragon in human form that is required to obey whoever owns a mystical dragon key. Timothy acquires the key and is suddenly hotly pursued by ninja assassins, pirates and other villains who want to own Mr. Shen for themselves. Timothy and Mr. Shen set out to do the impossible…travel to China so that Mr. Shen can get to the Dragon’s Gate in time to free himself from the curse of the dragon key. Non-stop action with attitude. And Timothy gets some unexpected help – the crew from Alex and the Ironic Gentleman. If you haven’t read that one yet it’s another great adventure from Adrienne Kress. Author: Adrienne Kress