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Skulduggery Pleasant
by Derek Landy
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 760L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children's Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2007
NO. PAGES: 400
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: Skulduggery Pleasant
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults
ISBN: 0061231150
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Skulduggery Pleasant—Book Review

When twelve-year-old Stephanie's beloved uncle dies, she finds herself the benefactor of his sizable fortune. What she is most surprised to inherit is her uncle's dear friend Skulduggery Pleasant, ace detective and sorcerer extraordinaire. Once she learns about Skulduggery's magical world, Stephanie realizes that she can never go back to her own ordinary existence. After some convincing, Stephanie teams up with Skulduggery to uncover the truth behind her uncle's death -- and save the world while they're at it.
The Scoop
Skulduggery Pleasant—Book Review
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In this light-hearted action fantasy, magic meets detective story. The humorous tone and witty banter between Stephanie and Skulduggery serve to diffuse what otherwise could be dark subject matter (murder, end-of-the world, vampire type of stuff). Stephanie is attacked on several occasions and there is violence with weapons (guns, swords, scythes) but the context is pure fantasy. Language is very mild (d-mn) and infrequent. Stephanie is a fiercely independent and self-reliant character. Her parents provide a positive message after she inherits her uncle's huge fortune, reminding her that she needs to continue with her education plans so that she can be independent and successful on her own merits. Fans can read more about these magical detectives in the next installment of the series, Playing with Fire.
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