Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #1)

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Best-selling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this new blockbuster series.

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.
This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth ...

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Overview


Best-selling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this new blockbuster series.

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.
This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the best-selling author of THE SEVENTH TOWER, SABRIEL, and LIRAEL.

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. This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the best-selling author of The Seventh Tower, Sabriel, and Lirael.

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Fantasy master Garth Nix dreams up a world where time mixes with place -- and one boy must enter it to recover one of seven all-powerful keys -- in this first mind-bending installment of The Keys to the Kingdom.

Arthur Penhaligon's first days at his new school don't go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog-faced goons to chase Arthur around and get it back. But when the confused and curious boy discovers that a mysterious virus is spreading through town, he decides to enter an otherworldly house to stop it. After meeting Suzy Blue and the first part of "the Will" (a frog-looking entity that knows everything about the House), Arthur learns that he's been selected as Rightful Heir to the House and must get the other part of the clock hand in order to defeat Monday. That means getting past Monday's henchmen and journeying to the Dayroom itself. Thankfully, Arthur is up to the challenge, but as he finds out, his fight seems to be only one-seventh over.

With a weapon-wielding hero and a villain who doesn't make Mondays any nicer, Nix's Keys to the Kingdom launch is imaginative and gripping. After an action-packed crescendo to the book's middle -- when Arthur finally learns his destiny -- Nix keeps the drama going and doesn't let it fall. By the end, you might be winded from all the fantastic explanation, but you'll definitely be salivating for what's to come. Matt Warner

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Voice of Youth Advocates
(February 1, 2004; 0-439-55123-4)

Arthur Penhaligon's first day at a new school is marked by a nearly fatal asthma attack. In fact, the attack should have been fatal, but a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock that somehow helps him to breathe saves Arthur. Shortly after, strange-looking people pursue Arthur as a mysterious plague breaks out. As Arthur enters a huge house that only he can see, searching for a cure for this plague and for the mysterious Mister Monday, the adventure is launched. Nix's creativity spills over in the fast-paced engrossing plot. The House is a massive universe populated by Ink Fillers, giants, eerie and evil mechanical creatures, the robot-like Commissionaires, and Mister Monday's attendants, Dawn, Noon, and Dusk. The characters are interesting and complicated, particularly those in the House; Arthur is never sure whom he can trust, and the various quirks will keep readers guessing. Arthur seems a bit aloof at times or else impatient with his task, but he is clever, resourceful, and resilient, and he truly proves his heroism. The opening prologue is a bit on the obscure side, but encourage any dubious readers to get beyond it because this novel is a fresh, original start to an exciting new fantasy series.-Donna Scanlon.

School Library Journal
(December 1, 2003; 0-439-55123-4)

Gr 5-8-Arthur Penhaligon's school year is not off to a good start. On his first day, he suffers an asthma attack while running cross country and dreams that a mysterious figure hands him a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. However, when he wakes up, he still has the key. That's when strange things begin to happen. Mister Monday dispatches terrifying, dog-faced Fetchers to retrieve it, a bizarre sleeping illness sweeps the city, and only Arthur can see the weird new house that appears in his neighborhood. The seventh grader knows it all has something to do with the key, one of seven elusive fragments of the Will to which he has become heir apparent, and a mysterious atlas. When he ventures inside the house, he meets more strange characters than he could have imagined, none of whom are what they seem. And, of course, he must battle Monday, who will do anything to get the key back. With the help of the key, Arthur must fight his way out. The first in a seven part series for middle graders is every bit as exciting and suspenseful as the author's previous young adult novels. Readers will eagerly anticipate the sequels.-Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly starred (July 28, 2003; 0-439-55123-4)

In this first volume in Nix's (Sabriel) Mister Monday series, magic splashes across virtually every page. First, a brief, cryptic prelude tells of "the Will" that has been kept under cosmic lock-and-key by generations of Inspectors and their robotic sentries. Next, readers meet seventh-grader Arthur Penhaligon, an asthmatic adoptee who is struggling to fit in at his new school. Nix quickly thrusts Arthur into the heart of the mystery: while recovering from an asthma attack during gym class, Arthur is given a mysterious Key and Atlas from Mister Monday, an ominous wheelchair-bound man (mentioned in the prelude). The Key resembles the minute hand of a clock, and is actually a powerful talisman, tied to the clock-like device that guards the Will. Before long, Fetchers, strange dog-faced creatures, attempt to recover the key, and unleash a disease upon humans that threatens massive casualties. Arthur sets out to stop the Fetchers at the source, and ends up exploring a cavernous house visible only to him (it's 4,000 stories high, a girl inside tells him). Here the surreal story becomes even more puzzle-like and visually ornate-a sort of amalgam of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth. Nix's grand explan

Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This exciting and gripping reading of Garth Nix's fantasy novel (Scholastic, 2003) is filled with lots of dramatic action. During a running exercise at school, Arthur Penhaligon collapses from an asthma attack. Upon awakening, he meets a stranger, Mister Monday. Monday hands Arthur an unusual key which begins a wild adventure. Using the powers of the key, Arthur travels to another realm and battles many evil creatures in a struggle to save his world from a mysterious disease. There are several violent episodes, and the fast-moving and imaginative plot and strong characterizations capture listeners' attention. The text is rich in descriptive language. Background music begins and concludes the reading. While there are no sound effects, Allan Corduner's dramatic narration splendidly brings the book to life with his many character voices. The story concludes with a lead in to the next book in the series and leaves listeners wanting more. This dynamic recording will be popular with fantasy fans.-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439551236
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 134,097
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.89 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    Mr. Monday

    Arthur Penhaligon an asthmatic middle schooler has an asthma attack in the center of a field at his middle school he was suppose to die that day, but he was given a key by a man named Mr. Monday and his butler Mondays Noon. Noon was influenced by a Will to trick Mr. Monday into giving it up. Then the will gave Arthur an atlas. By the time they were gone the ambulance was here. He hid the key in the grass so the people in the ambulance would not take it from him. When he woke up the atlas was in his shirt pocket and the key was under his pillow. He is released from the hospital a few days later and on his way to school he sees a house a house that was not there before and only he can see it. The next day at school Mr. Monday was there and he wanted the key back, but he could only stay here fore an hour after 12 on Monday. And the time ran out and Mr. Monday disappeared. The Will lead him to an entrance to the house and in the house he finds a door way that leads to the lower house. The lower house is a town. There he discovers why he was given the key by the Will, and what he must do with it. This book is very well organized and is very descriptive. The vocabulary is not very difficult and is great for young readers. The book has some very exiting parts especially in the lower house he encounters the many different creatures Mr. Monday controls. Mr. Monday is a great book and it is appropriate for all ages though I recommend it for young adult readers. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    'Mister Monday' is one of the best books that I have ever read! The mind that can come up with such a story, and such characters, deserves a pat on the back! A book too good to pass up!!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    Good

    I found the book very good. But you should be at least ten years old to read this.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Really Good

    this book is so good. you should read it if you get the chance.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Start of an Imaginative Series

    Engaging begining to a very good series. Inspired more by Lewis Carroll's Alice than Harry Potter. Nix has created an engaging wonderful world that I would recommend to any reader. The fate of the universe is at stake, but that doesn't mean the series isn't fun and incredibly funny. It is Rowling's Harry Potter, but with more protagonist activity.

    Through its strengths and weaknesses, The Keys to the Kingdom series is an engrossing tale full of memorable characters, exaggerated realities, and a boy struggling to remain human.

    The best part of the series is the imaginative arc that never becomes predictable or stale. Similar stakes occur, but the journey is different each time.

    I love Suzy Blue, Fred Gold, and the Will's parts.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    You have to get this!

    My sister itroduced me to to these books and l will always remember them, this is the perfect series for any reader

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    What all viking warriors read!

    This is a VIKING AWESOME BOOK THAT EVERYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MINDS SHOULD READ! Such an awesome book. For me I could not read.it untill about 6 months from when I first bought the book because.of the long first chapter( don't you dare laugh), but omce you get past that you usually pee your viking pants off because of the amazingness of the book. It is very complex with the world ideas but hey I was 11 when I read it and I had a basic understanding. Read it, try it out, become a viking, and look up Robbaz on youtube. Thank you come again.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    WHAT ALL VIKINGS NEED, TO READ!!!!!!!!

    SUCH A VIKING AWESOME BOOK! I started reading this book when I was around 10 years old but it took me about 6 months before I actually started just because of the long 1st chapter but once you cross that bridge you don't have to again. I recommend this book to all viking warriors. So here is my list 1.Get book 2.Read book 3.Pee your pants from the awesomeness 4.Buy other books and read them 5.Go to youtube and type in Robbaz and watch the videos 6.Become a viking!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Mr.Monday by:Nix,Garth

    I think nix did an explit job on his book Mr.Monday. also i think that it is a bit creapy so i recomend is that ur younger then 7 do not read it.otherwise it is an amazing book!!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Good

    Soooooooo good!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    horrible

    Admittedly, i stopped this book about midway through, but I just couldn't take anymore (and this is only the third book i have ever done that to.) Truly, it has beautiful descriptions, but when i'm actually skipping paragraphs that include action, I know i need a new book. If you want a long, languorous book with a beautifully depicted world, and that's all? then this is the book for you. Otherwise, find another good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

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    Not as great as Nix's others

    I picked up the Keys to the Kingdom series because I absolutely love Nix's Abhorsen series. The Keys to the Kingdom was good, and his integration of the seven deadly sins with a very unique other-world was great, but it certainly did not stand up to the rest of his work. I would suggest this book to pre-teens or early teens, but not much later. As an adult, it was definitely a "meh" experience.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    an experienced reader

    What a terribly written book, it's full of implied meanings that add up to nothing (like most of the books in this world), all in all terribly written. It just irritates me although i couldn't help but finish it, pretty much any book can keep a person interested no matter how awful it is. The writing resembles a middle schoolers work.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Mr. Monday Review

    Mr. Monday was a good buy.
    It's interesting although you have to think carefully over everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Badddddd

    This book is not good and i couldent get in to it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    GREAT BOOK!

    ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I EVER READ

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Just So-So

    I enjoyed reading Mr. Monday, but def not Garth Nix's greatest.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Amazing

    Imaginative and intracate Garth nix created a master piece in this series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    I Had a Fun TIME Reading Mr. Monday

    Better than average, Mr. Monday will appeal to fans who are into fantasy fiction that features kids leaving the real world to go adventuring in a magical world. Arthur and Suzy are likeable enough characters and the House and its inhabitants (or Denizens as they are referred to) are fascinating and quirky. To say "Time" is a recurring theme in this book would be the understatement of the YEAR. Almost every part of this story is saturated with some aspect of time: the lead character, Arthur, always feel time is against him in his attempt to save everyone from the Sleepy Plague; the passage of time differs between the real world and the House; the Denizens have temporal names - Mr. Monday, Grim Tuesday, Noon, Dawn, Dusk, The Old One, etc; the Improbable Stairs open into differnt points of Earth's history; everything started from Nothing and in time will return to Nothing. As a Christian I question whether the Atheism element is appropriate for kids who are the intended target audience. Still, Mr. Monday is a good story. If only I can trick my friends into buying the rest of the series for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2006

    The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday

    The book The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix did not pertain to my likings as a reader. To me it was a very confusing book that did not make any sense until the end. I felt that the authors writing style was very confusing, therefore making the book very hard to understand. It was hard to relate to the book and understand where the characters were because the author did not really explain or elaborate on these topics. In the beginning of the book though, I was lost because of how much the author did explain, but as the book progressed I could not understand it because the author did not elaborate enough on these topics. As the book progressed I found that the author elaborated more on the action and seemed to forget about the settings and characters. The part of the book that I found most confusing was how all of the characters traveled. The time that confused me the most was when the main character, Arthur, was cornered by some of the ¿evil¿ people. They say that they are going to take him to the deepest coal cellar in the House, the place where they are. Then suddenly Arthur is going down the hole to the cellar with a pair of wings on his back. Overall, though, I though that this fantasy book was o.k. I think that the book, The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday, would appeal to young teens from ages 11-14. I think it is a good book for an adventure, but would appeal most to people who are patient readers, and will ¿wade¿ through the boring and confusing parts

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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