Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #2)

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Arthur Penhaligon's magical adventures continue as he faces a new grave danger -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday. More amazing fantasy from best-selling author Garth Nix.

Arthur doesn't think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday -- the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur's family and his world. ...

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Overview


Arthur Penhaligon's magical adventures continue as he faces a new grave danger -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday. More amazing fantasy from best-selling author Garth Nix.

Arthur doesn't think he will ever have to return to the strange house that nearly killed him on Monday -- the house that contains an entire world. But Tuesday brings new challenges -- in the form of an enemy named Grim Tuesday, who threatens the well-being of both Arthur's family and his world. Arthur must retrieve the Second Key from Grim Tuesday in order to save everything -- an adventure that will include stealing a Sunship, surviving a very weird work camp, befriending a bearlike spirit, fighting the voidlike Nithlings, and traveling to the scary Far Reaches for the ultimate showdown.

Seventh-grader Arthur Penhaligon returns to the parallel universe known as the House to fight his latest enemy, Grim Tuesday, whose greed threatens to destroy both the House and the Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The second in Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, Grim Tuesday, brings back Arthur Penhaligon after his defeat of the titular villain in Mister Monday. While a new nemesis, Grim Tuesday, attempts to challenge Arthur for control of his key, the young hero must deal with Nithlings, a shape-changing Scoucher and Grim's band of seven Grotesques. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Garth Nix burst on the literary scene with his riveting Shade's Children, a YA tale of life down under post-apocalypse. Now he is taking his futuristic stories to the middle grades with this new "Keys" series. Book 1 Mister Monday crossed into fantasy when its eleven-year-old hero, Arthur Penhaligon, was chosen to be the leader of another dimension during a near-death experience. Asthma and all, Arthur managed (with a little help) to overcome the amusingly indolent Mister Monday and grasp the keys of the first of the Seven Days that illegally rule The House. In Book 2, Arthur barely has a moment to catch his breath back on earth—a.k.a. The Secondary Realm—before he receives a non-negotiable return summons. This time his adversary is the truly grim lord of the Far Reaches, a kind of self-made hell. Arthur must journey as a slave into this pit, then beyond into the heart of a sun, to find the next paragraphs of the Will that will save the latest threats to his family back home. The young hero is fighting pure blackmail all the way, and surely could not succeed without the help of the sprightly and refreshingly irreverent ex-earthling, Suzy Blue. Arthur is an earnest young hero and his absurd adventures could well become addictive. So what's the pub' date for Book 3? 2004, Scholastic, Ages 10 to 14.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Just 15 minutes after Mister Monday (Scholastic, 2003) ended, with Arthur Penhaligon cleaning up the mess the slothful Mister Monday made of Earth, the asthmatic orphan is summoned again. His new adversary is Grim Tuesday, and once again he finds himself in a battle to the death to get the Second Key. If he gives in to the errant Days or loses the battle against them, he knows they will destroy his own home on Earth as well as the Denizens and inhabitants of the magical House, including his new friend and stalwart companion Suzy Turquoise Blue, one of the children spirited away from plague-ridden Europe by the Pied Piper centuries earlier. Grim Tuesday's weakness is greed, and the themes running through this book all revolve around excesses of manufacturing, copying, and accumulation. As before, Nix creates unusual characters, artifacts, and settings. Once again, Arthur proves himself a worthy hero as he overcomes his fears, weaknesses, and setbacks in order to save the people and the worlds that are depending on him, whether they know it or not. But of course, there will be more challenges to come. The series is aimed at a younger audience than Nix's masterful Sabriel (HarperCollins, 1996) and its sequels. While occasionally longer than they need to be, Arthur Penhaligon's adventures are absorbing and entertaining, with worthy characters and thought-provoking situations.-Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439436557
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/3/2003
  • Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 155,499
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author


Garth Nix is the New York Times best-selling author of the Seventh Tower series, as well as the acclaimed novels SABRIEL, LIRAEL, and ABHORSEN. He lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.
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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Not great, but not bad

    There's certainly one thing to be said about everything Nix writes, and that is that it's rife with original creativity and completely new fantasy stories. However, sometimes the books themselves, although phenomenally imaginative, are hit or miss depending on how much Nix is able to flesh out the story. The Seventh Tower series, for instance, is deftly imagined, a two worlds drawn together through light and shadow, and the ability to use colored gemstones to create light beams that can do all sorts of interesting things. Unfortunately for whatever reason, Nix doesn't explore the world and the story enough. It's much more like eating watery soup than it is like consuming a good meal.

    The Abhorsen Trilogy, on the other hand, is a great work, and although it's not a classic literature sort of story, the world itself is fleshed out well, so that the reader can really imagine the world and lose themselves in it. I feel like the Keys to the Kingdom series is a mixture of both, and I'd love to see the world more fully explored. The first book, especially, seems to move toward that path, but as the books progress, they seem to become more and more formulaic and lacking in substance. Ultimately, Nix's imagination seems to know no bounds, but if he would slow down and put more life into these books, I think they would be much better. Not to say that the books aren't fun to read, but I believe they could be fun to read and rich. Hopefully his next fantasy series will be more like The Abhorsen Trilogy.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    Definitely Better Than The First One!!!

    "Grim Tuesday", the sequel to "Mister Monday, in Garth Nix's spellbinding "Keys to the Kingdom" series, is a wonderfully written book! It is extremely action-packed, completely entertaining, and definitely better than the first one!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

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    Both my daughter & son liked the whole series. I think this

    Both my daughter & son liked the whole series. I think this book
    made a very good progression from the start point in the story line from
    the first book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    There is no reviews for 2011!

    This is a really good book and right after i read monday, i bought this 1!

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Read This Book if You're in a Lobby Waiting for Your Appointment

    I liked Mr. Monday, so I was disappointed with Grim Tuesday. It's not bad but it ain't good either. The pacing of the story felt slow especially when Arthur entered the House which suppose to be the exciting part of the book. The House and its Denizens seem to lose their shine. I'll only recommend this title to people who are trying to kill some time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2009

    Review

    In Garth Nix's books that I read, which are mister Monday and grim Tuesday, can be related to things of the world, universe, and religious things that was once here on earth or long gone and or was never here to begin with.
    In Grim Tuesday the place were Arther has to go to get the second key to the kingdom can be related to the depths of hell, Because it is torture for Arther while traveling to the bottom of the pit in the far reaches, about not even half way down he needs to rest only to wake up to find Suzy coming down the track to help Arther, When they get the second part of the will Arthur ends up getting caught. This is a good book because it puts you in suspense, mind puzzling, and actiony, but for the most part it is confusing if you didn't read Mister Monday.

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    great book! great series! super author!

    fast-paced and entertaining. hard to put down once you start the book. great characters and how he reveals them is wonderful. the author holds back just enough to keep you wanting more and to continue reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Good, but the first book was way better

    Grim Tuesday starts off good, but does not have the sustained action that Mister Monday had. Also, the final battle was lame compared to the first book. I will definitely continue reading the series, but this book will not be one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2008

    A reviewer

    this isnt as good as the other installments but still great. it has sort of an eeriness to it [my opinion].it was a little weird how arthur defeated grim tuesday

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    Too Short

    For some reason this book felt like it was very short, and I think it was too easy for Arthur to defeat Grim Tuesday. Mister Monday was much harder. Overall it had a good plot, and I like how the ending made you want to read book 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Disappointing

    The first third of the book wasn¿t too bad. I forced myself to read the second third and then I finally through the book away. Grim Tuesday was a dismal follow up to Mister Monday. I shall continue to read the series but this is definitely one book everyone should stay away from, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    Bloody Brilliant

    This was a great book, although I enjoy Garth's other works a wee bit more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2005

    great book

    this was a great book. its hard to put down. i definitely liked mister monday better, but this was still good. besides harry potter, i don't really like fantasy books, but it doesn't really matter with this series. its great. im looking forward to reading drowned wednesday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    This book is amazing an excellent peice of work!

    It is amazing i was reading this bok for 1 and a half days and i only read a book if it is good and this one blew me off me feet!The author is a genius to tell you the least i was hanging on to every word in the book read this book people please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    So far, it's a great series.

    Grabbing you from the first book in the series, Mister Monday, you can continue into the second, Grim Tuesday and almost be in the book with Arthur as he fights against Grim Tuesday's minions to attempt the inheritance of the second key. As in the first book, Garth Nix carries you along with Arthur through many dubious events that Arthur can do nothing but suffer through them.Along the way Arthur makes a couple of friends in the Pit Grim Tuesday dug in the foundation of the house. Almost magically and very timely, Suzy Blue shows up to help Arthur out of the mess he gets himself into and saves him to continue farther down the trail of his long journey. As Arthur and Suzy continue they make friends with other characters and they help Arthur along his way. Coming to the end of the road or what Arthur thought to be the end of the road, he seems to find another corner that leads to more fighting and running from the Nithlings made of Nothing. The book had a big impression on me and how the author, Garth Nix, wrote every paragraph to keep you wanting more. In my opinion, I thought that the book was fun to read and I could almost imagine that I was there with Arthur fighting against the Nithlings and Grim Tuesday. I recommended this book to a friend and as he read the first, he wanted to read the second and continue the story. I enjoyed it and thought that it was a great book. It will give you adventure all the way through the book. Read it. That's all I have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    amazing

    Garth Nix has yet again captured my attention and drawn me to another epic adventur. Original but still with the familiar and intensifying feeling of all other books he has written. I was glued to the book for six hours and finished it to my dismay wishing there was more. A truly thrilling and enticing read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    An Awsome read for any age

    Grim tuesday is fun and interesting with so many twist and turns it will keep you turning pages...you can't predict what'll happen next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    Grim Tuesday: Good or Excellent?

    I loved this book. It was so cool. My favorite characters are: Arthur, Japeth, and Suzy. Garth Nix knows how to write books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    A Wonderful Way to Escape Reality

    I absolutely loved reading Grim Tuesday! I bought it, and then stayed up all night reading it. You just can't put it down. Arthur's adventures become your own as you fall into the pages. You feel scared and happy, anxious and excited, just as Arthur does. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a fascinating story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2005

    Totally cool!!!

    I'll never get sick of it!!! (Even if I have read it three times)

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