Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #1)

Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #1)

by Garth Nix, Garth Nixon

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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 Nix, the best-selling author of THE SEVENTH TOWER, SABRIEL, and LIRAEL.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439551236
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2003
Series: Keys to the Kingdom Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About 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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Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 227 reviews.
Jillo725 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
BookLover5698 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Monday was a good buy. It's interesting although you have to think carefully over everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not good and i couldent get in to it
J3v0n More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligon is just a normal kid, until the day he has an asthma attack during a school run, and two mysterious men pop out to give him a key and a book. Then Arthur starts seeing a huge house that's never been there before, and dog-like men that want his key start chasing him. But he doesn't even know what the key is for, or what he's supposed to do.I wanted to reread the Keys to the Kingdom series so that I can remember the story before I read Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday now that the series is complete. Having listened to the audiobook read by Allan Corduner the first time, it was interesting comparing what stood out to me the first time versus my experience reading now. I remembered Arthur as a reluctant hero, and while that's still true, his character is much stronger than I remembered in doing what he has to do and making decisions about his life. The setting seems to be our world just a little in the future, after a pandemic of some sort, in which Arthur's birth parents died. Now twelve, he's asthmatic and should have died before the Will with a mind of its own chose him as the Rightful Heir. The House and the world created by the Architect out of Nothing make for an inventive fantasy world, and I found I'd forgotten a lot of the clever details like "washing between the ears," and that there was more symbolism than I noticed the first time through. I look forward to revisiting the rest of the series, but I remembered the audiobooks so fondly that I may go back to that format for the rest.
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A precicious youth who loves fantasy and lots of action would like this book. I get bored of skirmish after skirmish, so I soon lost interest in this book (somewhere on the 4th disk). Could be that it's just not a good book to listen to while driving, too many little details and dozens of characters to straighten out.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligon starts an unusual adventure when after an asthma attack in the schoolyard he is confronted by Mister Monday and presented with a peculiar key which not only eases his health problems but leads him to an alternative world where he must defeat Mister Monday and his minions to find a cure for a plague attacking those in his home world. Arthur is assisted by Suzy Turquoise Blue and a portion of the Architect's will.I thought that the beginning was a bit confusing, but once clarification was achieved, the story was exciting, entertaining and well-worth the effort to hang in. It's no Harry Potter but definitely a keeper for the kids.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Listened to this in the car and it was pretty good. I gave it four stars instead of five because it didn't really capture my interest all the time and it seemed to drag on a little bit at times. Overall, it seems like a great start to a new series and leaves a great cliffhanger.. guess I'll have to start listening to the second book tomorrow.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A "regular" teenager at my library has been bugging me about this series for a long time. I finally got it on tape and listened to it in the car. It was pretty good. I think kids who need something after reading Harry Potter or other fantasy books will really enjoy it.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading this book for the first time was like stepping onto some of my childhood favourites and experiencing them again for the first time. Arthur is incapacitated by an asthma attack when two odd men appear, thrust a metal object into his had and then vanish. Soon, he is being hunted by creatures that few others can even see. When his hunters cause a deadly plague, and the area is quarantined, Arthur must venture into the mysterious House to determine what he's been given and who wants it.This was wonderful. The world of the house is constructed from familiar images in entirely original shapes. I had that same feeling of awe I experienced when I read Momo, or Archer's Goon for the first time. I expect that this series will be a rich additional to my mythology. I would recommend this to younger readers who enjoy a challenge, there are some sophisticated words. The main characters are young (Arthur is just starting grade 7) and easy to relate to.I realy look forward to meeting the Morrow Days!
ctmsbrba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligon, being an asthmatic, and with both of his birth parents being dead, is struggling to live a normal life in the first place. He is adopted, and has many brothers and sisters of different ages (most of them are also adopted). His adopted mother works in a medical lab, and his father was (and kind of still is) a musician. He had just got out of the hospital from a severe asthma attack, and moved to a new school, when his first day there, his life changes.Arthur got to his new school, and just got his schedule, when he learned he had P.E. that Monday, which was the day he arrived. His teacher clearly told them that day there were no exceptions, every Monday, they ran a mile. He went to tell his teacher he was a severe asthmatic, and just came out of the hospital a few days before. He makes him run, unless he can come up with a doctors¿ note, which he doesn¿t have.He begins the run, and just as the field goes out of sight, his lungs begin to tighten up, and he can¿t breathe. He pushes himself until he can barely draw in a breath, so he collapses. He reaches for his inhaler, but it isn¿t in his pocket. He lays on the ground for a minute or two until some more people who had been walking catch up to him. They pick up his inhaler and give it to him. He uses it, and it saves his breathing momentarily.While they go and get the teacher, something mysterious happens. Two weird looking men appear, and hand to him, what appears to be the minute hand of an old clock, and a small book. They talk for a few seconds, and then, as fast as they came they were gone. This is what changes Arthur¿s life forever.Then, these weird men in bowler hats with faces like dogs start appearing everywhere. Arthur¿s newly met friends can see them. Arthur can see them fine, too, but no matter who else he asks, nobody can see anything. The men keep showing up and following Arthur, like they want something. He can¿t help but think it¿s because of the key. On his way home from the hospital for the second time, he notices something else weird. A weird house, that looks like it¿s centuries old, and made of multiple different house styles put together. He asks his dad if he sees it, and he doesn¿t. Arthur then knows, he must enter the house, but he has no clue how to do so. He also has no clue what things await him. The book, Mister Monday, which is the first book in the series of The Keys to the Kingdom books by Garth Nix is a good book. I enjoyed reading it! It kept me interested and served its purpose as a book.The plot of this book is very interesting. It starts off very mysterious, and ends with some small action and events that make you think. It was good, but around the early middle of the book, it got a little boring. Some of the parts just didn¿t move along fast enough. They were stretched out into boring pieces where nothing happened, and it made it seem like it took forever.This book also had a lot of variety and some good description. Some parts were foreboding, while in other, you couldn¿t tell what was going to happen, and how it was going to happen was a complete mystery, too. The description wasn¿t amazing, but it was fairly good. You could get a good picture in your head of what was happening, but it didn¿t tell you too much, and there wasn¿t so little that it was just dialogue either.Overall, this is a good choice for any young reader. It has all of the components that make a book a good one, and it can keep you interested when you¿re bored. It has some mystery, a little action, and an interesting plotline. I¿d give this book three and a half stars to anyone who wants an interesting book that will keep them interested.
jessinfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The whole series is good, though the ending wasn't completely satisfying for me. Imaginative and interesting.
fatlamb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was difficult to get through this book, I would say that it deals in part not being a fan of many fantasy/science fiction books and that it was difficult for me to follow. The novel does have many of the fantasy elements that are common across many fantasy novels; the teen hero (not the character you would think is the hero), the parallel universe, many evil enemies, and the figure of time and sense of being. I had problems with the story in that the author had to explain every event (the main character had no idea what was going on and the reader being me had no idea what was going on, a bit too far out for me). I would have to say that the plot is original and ingenious but with some fault not knowing much of this genre I truly can not say if the story is original but from my reading experience i have yet to come across a story such as this one. But the notion of using magic to rid evil is a bit old, it has been done before. Not sure how there can be more books to this series, I see how it can go to Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday etc... but I believe a students must really like the fantasy, unforseen hero to really finish this series. Not a horrible book but it did not do it for me, I do not see my self continue on with the series.Ages 11 - 15
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
12-year-old asthmatic Arthur Penhaligon was supposed to die that Monday. That¿s why the unfulfilled Will¿created by the Architect, broken by insubordinates¿managed to infiltrate the body of Mister Monday¿s butler and convince his master to hand half of his clock-hand-shaped key to Arthur. Mister Monday does so, believing that he will be able to quickly retrieve the key back after Arthur dies and thus fulfilling the Will.However, once Arthur accepts the key, he is mysteriously tied to it as the rightful heir to the Will. The key heals him and gives him powers, but throws him into a frightening strop with Mister Monday, who infiltrates the world as we know it with a deadly plague and scary dog-faced Nithlings. In order to save the human race and discover the answers to his many questions, Arthur enters a House that only he can see.This brings him to another world, one whose main object is to keep records of everything that is happening in our universe. There, he befriends Suzy Blue and the Will, who is in the shape of a frog in this world. Monday and his cronies are determined to take the key back from Arthur, though, and so Arthur must endure many trying episodes on his journey to claim the other half of the key from Mister Monday.MISTER MONDAY begins a series that looks to be extremely interesting. Fans of high fantasy or science fiction will appreciate this book.
Aridy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligon is the new kid who suddenly finds himself in over his head, and stuck with the responsibility of many lives resting on his shoulders, along with a destiny he is not sure he is ready for. Arthur thinks it¿s bad enough being the new kid, having to start a full two weeks late into the school year, and having to start it off with a mandatory cross country run, even though he¿s a severe asthmatic (to get out of it his parents would have had to make special arrangements in advance). But when he goes into a major asthmatic attack, things get even worse and strange. Instead of dying, like he was apparently supposed to do, he is saved by a strange key, shaped like a minute hand and he soon starts to see things that no one else can see, like a strange, huge, impossible house sitting in the middle of town, and creepy, dog-faced Fetchers who are trying to kill him and take the key back to its previous owner, Mister Monday, though he is not the true heir to the keys. If this wasn¿t bad enough a strange sleepy plague has broken out in his town, brought by the Fetchers, and everything is on quarantine lock down. Now instead of being just a regular kid, he has to become a hero, finding a way into the house so that he can not only find out what is going on, but to save his family, new friends Rob and Leaf, and the rest of the town. Once inside, he will find out that by accepting the minute hand key he not only saved his life, but took on a responsibility and destiny that he definitely did not want nor is ready for.
Squishy133 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
`Mister Monday¿ is the first book in Garth Nix¿s `Keys to the Kingdom¿ series, which features seven books. All seven book are now available.I found that `Mister Monday¿ was a simple, but interesting read. The whole concept wasn¿t exactly new (main character finds out that they are connected with some otherworldly place and must battle the evil people within said place, facing several personal challenges on the way), but I found that with the use of interesting characters and a very innovative and original premise this was a fairly good book.I loved the way that the House (which is where most of the book is set) was sort of chaotic and you never knew where the characters were going to end up in it. There were some fantastic descriptions and this was one of my favourite parts of reading the novel. I just loved all the different ideas that had been thrown into the book. Nix made this chaos work perfectly, if that is at all possible. I felt that sometimes during the action scenes the writing was a little bit confusing and I had to read over some things several times to understand what the exact details of, for example, one of the fight scenes were. They weren¿t necessary details, but I prefer books that clearly explain what is happening during action scenes, and they are the type of scene that a lot of people tend to skim through very quickly without reading the smaller details because they are caught up in the space. What I¿m trying to say is that emphasis needs to be put into simplicity during fast paced actions scenes or things can get a little hairy in terms of following what is going on. `Mister Monday¿ presented a few problems in this respect for me, though it wasn¿t a major book-killer by any standards.The book contained a few historical events at one stage, and these were clearly explained for those who didn¿t know what they were, but they also had a few deeper details that only those who knew about the historical detail would have picked up ¿ for example, the Battle of Marathon (in the Persian war) is mentioned, and I had previously studied this in Ancient history, so it was interesting to have this written about especially since I knew what was going on.Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was the use of symbols. There was quite a lot of symbolism in the book, such as the days of the week being used and the idea of the seven sins being used (Having been told about the books previously from a friend I know these things crop up a lot more later in the series, though they aren¿t all entirely straightforward or evident from the first book). And perhaps my favourite part of the book was the use of times and days of the week to name characters such as Dusk, Mister Monday, Dawn, Noon etc.I liked the characters of the book, including Mister Monday though my favourite character would have to be dusk.Overall, `Mister Monday¿ was an interesting book though it was fairly easy to read. There were sufficient unanswered questions and a few minor cliffhangers at the end that do make me want to read the other books in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a lighter read with supernatural elements.
Crewman_Number_6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first introduction to Garth Nix was his Abhorsen series. It was so engrossing that I couldn't wait to read more from him. I was really disappointed in this series. It just didn't engage me, and I found myself putting the book down and not picking it up again for days. I tried to give it a fair shot and picked up the second book, but this too fell flat and I abandoned the rest of the series.
fmadar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, The Keys to the Kingdom: Mister Monday by Garth Nix encompassses the main theme of responsibility. In the beginning, Arthur Penahligon struggles with what his role had become after being entrusted with the Monday Key and also what the will has to do with him. Through out the middle, Arthur perseveres through the various rooms of Mister Monday's lower portion of the house by figuring out the uses of the Monday Key and how the key is able to be devided into two pieces. By the end, Arthur will learn that his responsibility turns out to be gaining full control of all the seven houses.
desislc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the type of book where the beginning is so confusing that once you finish reading it you have to reread the first few chapters to see what exactly happened there (and even then you're not sure!). The overarching mystery of these books make the series highly addicting.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur Penhaligon nearly dies from an asthma attack on a run at his new school, but while he is gasping out his last breaths, he is given a key, the minute hand of a very special clock, and suddenly everything changes. His asthma retreats, he starts being followed around by strange, dangerous creatures wearing bowler hats, and a deadly sleeping plague starts sweeping across his town. Arthur soon finds himself in a different world where a man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. This was a compelling and, well, bizarre story. Arthur enters this mansion of a house that he can only see after he has the key, and he soon discovers that his quest is to gain the hour hand key to go with his minute hand one and defeat Mister Monday who has allowed the House to become corrupt. He goes along with the quest in order to find a cure for the plague that is sweeping his world. He meets many unusual characters and has some mind-twisting adventures, but it all comes together in a fascinating plot. One of the elements of the story that I really liked was the way that Arthur never knew who to really trust. I'll be moving on to the next in the series, Grim Tuesday ,soon.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is not as wonderful as the Abhorsen books are, and this is the weakest of the volumes (at least up through "Friday"). Still, Mr. Nix continues to show his ability to create fantasy that isn't a clone of something already written, and which is quite enjoyable.
slater48 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book for free a few years ago at my local library. It took me a while but I decided to read it. I was amazed! This is another great series to start reading. I believe that the rest of the series is interesting and is worth reading.
Anduril85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was a pretty short read for me but still good none the less, Arthur is a very good role model for a young reader to look up to. He's honest, brave and virtuous he never abuses his power and uses it only for good, if you haven't read this already then I definitely advise you to pick it up right away, it's truly one of best series I have come across.