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
Sabrina and Daphne have been sent to live with their mysterious Grandmother, Relda Grimm, a Grandmother they didn’t even know they had. Once they arrive the girls find out they are direct descendants of the Grimm Brothers – the fairy tale guys. They also discover that the Grimm Brother stories actually happened and that the fairy tale characters are alive and well and living in their Grandmother’s town, Ferryport Landing. The Grimm Brother stories are actually a history of all the crimes committed by the fairy tale characters. The girls are part of a long line of detectives from the Grimm family whose job it is to investigate the fairy tale crimes. The girls and their Grandmother are hot on the case of a giant that has been unleashed into Ferryport Landing by one of the fairy tale characters, or Everafters, as they like to be called. Which character set the giant loose…and why? Author: Michael Buckley
Cass and Max-Ernest are back and their new adventure is just as dangerous as it was before. (See The Name of This Book is Secret) Cass discovers a note in her lunch bag - a shopping list from her mom. But there’s something weird about the note: a) Cass’s mom just went to the store the day before b) some of the things on the list they never eat c) the note is signed, “Mother”. It just doesn’t add up and there is a good reason it doesn’t – the note isn’t from Cass’s mom at all, it’s a coded message from the Terces Society, the secret organization Cass and Max-Ernest have joined to keep the world safe from The Midnight Sun and evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais.
The note sets up a meeting place so how can Max-Ernest and Cass resist? Well, there is the small problem that Cass is grounded – but when has that ever stopped a person from saving the world? Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
After being hit by a car, Jack discovers he can see people, people other people can’t see. The question is, who is real, and who is a ghost? While in New York City, Jack meets Euri, an adventurous, fun girl that is excited to show him the city’s sites. Jack soon discovers that Euri is a ghost who agrees to show him the sites of New York’s Underworld, the haunts and ghosts of those people who have died in New York.
Jack’s mother died in New York.
The possibility of seeing her again fuels Jack’s desire to learn all about Euri’s world of the dead. Since Jack is alive touring the Underworld, is it possible for him to find his mother…and bring her back to the world of the living? And if Euri can come to the world of the living and find him, why can’t his mother and why doesn’t Euri go find her own family? Author: Katherine Marsh
Art and Myrtle are looking forward to Christmas on Larklight, their space ship home. They are expecting holiday visitors, space pirate Jack Havock and his merry crew. Like always, when the pirates arrive, adventure is not far behind.
The party is interrupted by a mysterious SOS signal from Georgium Sidus (Uranus), a message from the only two humans known to live there, a missionary named Rev. Cruet and his daughter Charity. The message says, “Great danger – imperative that – ” and then the message cuts off.
Not people to pass up an adventure, the pirates and the Mumby’s immediately set out for Georgium Sidus, racing through space toward a mysterious evil-looking cloud that is closing in on the edges of our universe. The cloud conceals an army of blue lizards and giant moths led by an evil demigod. What does she want? Just Myrtle’s own Queen Victoria and domination of the universe.
Jack and Myrtle continue their awkward romance and this time, Art gets to meet his own kindred spirit – the adventurous and un-ladylike Charity Cruet.
If you haen’t read any of the Larklight books yet, start with the first one. It helps to meet the Mumby’s and understand why they live in space and how they became friends with the space pirate Jack Havock. This is a really original, funny series.