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Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5)
     

Lady Friday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #5)

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by Garth Nix
 

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The fifth book in Garth Nix's New York Times-bestselling series!

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she

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The fifth book in Garth Nix's New York Times-bestselling series!

Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and their Keys taken, but for Arthur, the week is still getting worse. Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, and his New Nithling army still controls most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing trouble wherever she can, including turning off all the elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door.
Amidst all this trouble, Arthur must weigh an offer from Lady Friday that is either a cunning trap for the Rightful Heir or a golden opportunity he must seize--before he's beaten to it!

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Could it be worse? Four of the seven Trustees have been defeated and stripped of their keys; Suzy Blue and Fred Gold Numbers have been captured by the Piper, whose New Nithling brigades control most of the Great Maze. Meanwhile, Superior Saturday is raising havoc wherever she can, turning off elevators and blocking the front door. In the midst of this depressing chaos, Arthur must weigh a suspicious offer from Lady Friday. No doubt about it: The race to find the secret of the Middle House is on!
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
After having defeated Sir Thursday, Arthur Penhaligon, reluctant Rightful Heir to all the Houses of the Architect, is barely given time to sleep—and none to return to his family on Earth—when he is literally cast into the fray against his next opponent. Lady Friday is a bit quirkier than former enemies: it seems she has developed a taste for the memory-laden souls of Earthlings. While Arthur's old friend Leaf single-handedly faces these horrors, our hero must first search for the next bit of the Will. This endeavor has Nix's imagination working at full speed. His Denizen Paper Pushers and their canal fueled by words is an amusing conceit. And it is a relief to learn that the new Will extract is both civilized and rational. As for the Pied Piper and his children . . . . Well, readers already hooked on the series will have to plow into Book Five to find out more. And they most certainly will, because Arthur is an attractive hero. He is honest and faithful, and as he grows into his otherworldly role, one can only cheer him on in hopes that he will somehow manage to retain his sympathetic mortal nature.
VOYA - Michael Levy
Young Arthur Penhaligon has bested four of the renegade trustees of the Will left by the great Architect, the missing creator of both the House and the secondary universes that are dependent on the House. Now, though, in this fifth installment of the wonderful and extremely complex Keys to the Kingdom series, he must defeat both the wicked Lady Friday and the mysterious Piper if he is to have any hope of gaining his due as Rightful Heir. Lady Friday, the fifth trustee, claims that she is prepared to abdicate and insists that she has left her segment of the Will up for grabs. As Arthur, aided by his friends Suzy and Fred, journeys through the dangerous Middle House in an attempt to beat the Piper and also Superior Saturday to the fifth part of the Will, he must deal with both Lady Friday's treachery and a variety of dangerous Denizens of the House. Meanwhile his friend Leaf, having been captured by Lady Friday, must defeat her plan to "experience" the memories of thousands of human beings, stolen from the current world, leaving them as little more than empty husks. Although Nix's latest volume might not stand well on its own, it continues the enormous inventiveness that has been the hallmark of the series. Eccentric characters, wonderfully literalized metaphors, and difficult moral decisions abound here, and the book should further delight Nix's many fans.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9
Arthur Penhaligon is having a bad week. Of course he is now "Lord Arthur, Rightful Heir to the Architect, Commander of the Army of the Architect, and a whole lot of other stuff" since defeating Sir Thursday, but his job certainly isn't any easier. Lady Friday has supposedly abandoned her claim to the Middle House, and she has challenged Arthur, the Piper, and Superior Saturday to find the Fifth Key and gain control of the Middle. Meanwhile, Arthur's friend Leaf has been captured by Lady Friday and is being used to lure Arthur into her trap. She has become obsessed with "Experiencing" mortal memories and is bent on taking as many humans as she can. As with other books in the series, this story is replete with characters that are good, bad, and ambiguous. The plot is complex, and readers need to read the four previous books to have any sense of what is going on in this one. As always, Nix's writing is witty and the plays on words are entertaining. The author gives just enough new information to keep the series' fans coming back for more, but he doesn't answer many questions.
—Cheri DobbsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439436588
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Series:
Keys to the Kingdom Series , #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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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Lady Friday 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Garth Nix is one of my favorite fantasy writers. I first discovered him through his Abhorsen trilogy-a richly written set of fantasy books for a young adult audience. Those books are on the long side and are what I would consider YA if not adult literature. Nix's more recent writing endeavor, a series of seven books entitled The Keys to the Kingdom, began in 2003 with the publication Mister Monday. As you might have guessed, each book is titled for a different day of the week. Lady Friday is the fifth book in the series (first published in 2007) with the next installment due out in August 2008. Before saying anything else, I have to say that this is not a stand alone book. If anything is going to make sense, you have to read the series starting at the beginning. If you can also read them close together, even better. For my part, I had to wait over a year before I procured a copy of this book. As a result, some of the details were a bit fuzzy until I remembered what was happening in the story. This series takes place in the course of one week (one day for each title). And, for Arthur Penhaligon our twelve-year-old hero, it has been a very long week. Arthur is the Rightful Heir of the Architect (the creator of Earth and everything else). Over the course of the first four books, Arthur has worked to free parts of the will of the Architect in order to gain help while battling the treacherous Trustees who decided to imprison the Will and steal the Architect's power for themselves. Four trustees have been defeated, their keys taken, but that doesn't mean Arthur has time to rest on his laurels. Arthur's friends, Suzy and Fred, are still imprisoned by the Piper whose New Nithling army has taken over the Great Maze in the House. Superior Saturday, in an attempt to cripple Arthur's efforts to consolidate power, is cutting off phone and elevator service to and from the House. To make matters worse, Arthur still isn't sure when he'll be able to go home or if he will be able to at all. Meanwhile, Lady Friday sends Arthur an offer that he might not be able to refuse. Even if it might also be a trap. This novel moves the action from the Lower House to the new territory of the Middle House. The descriptions here are really fun. Lady Friday is in charge of all the House's record keeping and book making, so there are a lot of book references in terms of places and characters. Nix also incorporates a lot of information about Arthur's military training during Sir Thursday to good effect. As Arthur races to find the Will and Lady Friday's key, the story also follows Leaf's own difficulties with Lady Friday. This part of the story is interesting and does eventually tie in with Arthur's story, but at the same time it made for a slow start. (The books prologue begins with Leaf.) In the early chapters, Nix alternates between Leaf and Arthur which I guess integrates the stories but it also made for some really frustrating cliffhangers at chapter ends. Lady Friday had a bit of a slow start compared to earlier novels in the series, but the dramatic ending makes up for it. A fine addition to a fine series.
TAaisl35 More than 1 year ago
Lady Friday is the 5th installment in the Keys to the Kingdom Series. It is a fantasy book in which the reader is hurled head first into the trials and tribulations of Arthur Penhaligon. This book is ideal for people of all ages as it is a typical childhood story but is also mixed with the trials and realistic feel of an adult novel. This book is a definite read for any lover of the fantasy genre. Arthur Penhaligon is the rightful, but reluctant heir to all the Houses of the Architect. After defeating Sir Thursday, Arthur is instantly flung into the fray against his next adversary, Lady Friday. The Piper and his army still occupy most of the Great Maze. Superior Saturday is causing a nuisance, turning off elevators in the House and blocking the Front Door. Then Arthur receives an offer from Lady Friday, which is either a Machiavellian trap or an opportunity he can't afford to miss. I am critiquing this book based on the inventiveness of the author, how the book engrosses you into the story line, the correct use of suspense in the book, the author's writing form, and of course the subject matter within the book. Garth Nix is the author of many well-known series such as: The Abhorsen Trilogy, and The Seventh Tower Series. He is also the author of many books such as: Shade's Children, The Abhorsen Chronicles, and The Ragwitch. I think this book is wonderful for any enthusiast of fantasy. If you like an action-fantasy book this is the one for you, this book will excite you and leave you yearning for more, and more.
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