by Derek Landy
On an ordinary day, in an ordinary town, an ordinary girl is about to make an extraordinary acquaintance…
She turned. When his hat had come off, his hair had come off, too. In the confusion, all she had seen was a chalk-white scalp, so she turned expecting to see a bald albino, maybe. But, no. With his sunglasses gone and his scarf hanging down, there was no denying the fact that he had no flesh, he had no skin, he had no eyes, and he had no face. All he had was a skull for a head.
When Stephanie inherits her eccentric uncle’s estate, little does she know she’s inheriting something along with it: a life-or-death battle between good and evil. Fortunately for Stephanie, she also inherits a friend and ally that just might help her make it out of this alive--Skullduggery Pleasant. With his dashing fashion sense, snappy wit, and fire-throwing abilities, Skullduggery is just the guy to have along in fight--so who cares if underneath the designer clothes, he’s just a skeleton—?!
(Booktalk by Nancy Keane, Booktalks Quick and Simple)
by Derek Landy
See this guy [point to Skulduggery on the cover of the book] He’s Skulduggery Pleasant. Long ago an evil sorcerer tortured him to death, stripping the flesh from his living body. Did that stop the man? Hardly! Skulduggery returned from the grave to bring his Nemesis down. Nowadays he continues to fight crime, bringing hardened thugs and ne’er do wells from the secret world of magic to justice. When his good friend, Gordon Edgely is murdered, Skulduggery is on the case—and the last thing he needs on the job is a tag-along human apprentice.
Stephanie is a smart aleck teenager with a taste for trouble and an entirely unsuspected talent for magic. Unsuspected, that is, until her eccentric Uncle Gordon Edgely leaves his entire estate—house, property, the whole shebang to Stephanie, and the inheritance includes a one way ticket to the magical underworld. She can use all the help she can get and Skulduggery looks like just the perfect companion on the ride.
Together they’ll solve Gordon’s murder—and maybe save the world a time or two as well.
(Booktalk by Kirsten Edwards, King County Library System)
Last Updated: April 10, 2009