Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Garth Nix
     
 

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Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world—where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.  See more details below

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Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world—where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.

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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:
9780613709699
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
12/01/2003
Series:
Keys to the Kingdom Series, #2
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Grim Tuesday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
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
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"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!!!
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TenorLady77 More than 1 year ago
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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This is a really good book and right after i read monday, i bought this 1!
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J3v0n More than 1 year ago
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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