Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include: the YA fantasy Old Kingdom series, including Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade's Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt's Emerald. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch, the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence, The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series and the forthcoming Have Sword, Will Travel. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book, Frogkisser!, is now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation. www.garthnix.com facebook.com/garthnix Twitter @garthnix
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.
"A complete and utter masterpiece, one of the best books I have ever read. I fully recommend it to readers of all ages. If you have not read this book you have not begun to read. I can't wait for the next one. A must have." David, 14"Put on your Brightcoats, Starhoods and Immaterial Boots (better bring your Stickit Fingers and Ascension wings, too) as we leap into the secod book of the Keys to the Kingdomadventure fantasy series, which is just as action-packed and fast-paced as it's predecessor... Exciting, engrossing, humourous and deliciously creepy in parts." Magpies
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.