Mister Monday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 1 by Garth NixMister Monday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 1 by Garth Nix

Mister Monday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 1

byGarth Nix

Paperback | July 1, 2003

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Bestselling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this blockbuster new 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 bestselling author of The Seventh Tower, Sabriel, and Lirael.

GARTH NIX is the New York Times bestselling 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. Visit him online at www.garthnix.com.
Title:Mister Monday: Keys to the Kingdom Book 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.59 × 5.25 × 0.91 inPublished:July 1, 2003Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439551234

ISBN - 13:9780439551236

Appropriate for ages: 7

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was recommended to me and I enjoyed it! I have finished the entire series as I just had to find out how it ends. It is an easy read for an adult.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked I really enjoyed this series. This first book was a bit slow but by the end I was really into it and I wanted to keep reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The tale begins Great intro to a suspenseful series of adventures
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Childhood Favourites I fell in love with this series after I received this book as a present as a child. Will be re-reading them soon.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kinda meh Not my favourite book. It was written in a pretty pretentious way. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Kes to the Kingdom #1;Mister Monday Garth Nix What do or can you say about a book that pulls you in the first few pages even though its make believe. The next 9 books will be fun with Authers adventure in this hug house that doesn't seem to end with top subjects loarding it over people the think are benieth them.Use Humans have enough plegs without getting them for another world outside of our .
Date published: 2015-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mister Monday Fantastic book! Second time reading it and can't get enough! The whole series is epic and gripping and I can't wait to red the rest of them a second time
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Garth Nix is the Young Reader King Forget about Harry Potter - in Goblet of Fire, it took the story over a hundred pages to get going. INDULGENT! Mr. Nix is old school. Get the party started right away and bring your readers along for the ride. This novel is full of suspense and you will be reading it right through in very short order. Nix use of alternate dimensions and interesting backgrounds add even more zest to the already great story. His characters are charismatic and you will be rooting for them throughout the book. Another gem by Nix. I can't wait to read the next book.
Date published: 2010-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got Me Interested in Sci-Fi Reviewed by Grade 5 student Jack L. I like this book a lot. It started my interest in sci-fi books. Garth Nix has some amazing ideas for a new generation of sci-fi books . If anyone out there is in need of a new sci-fi book with some new ideas. I highly recommend this fabulous book.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chronicles of Narnia meets Alice in Wonderland Mister Monday is the first in a series of seven books called "The Keys to the Kingdom". Mister Monday details the adventure of a schoolboy, Arthur Penhaligon, who, during an asthma attack is entrusted with a key by Mister Monday, a strange man from a place called the House (or the Epicenter of the Universe). After Mister Monday's henchmen, the Fetchers, release a plague amongst the occupants of Arthur's hometown, Arthur must use the key to enter the House and fight off stranger creatures to find a cure, and ultimately save the day. The best way to describe this series is that it is a cross between The Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland. The story is set in two realms. There is Arthur's hometown, which is depicted to be modern-day Earth and is called the Secondary Realm, and there is the House, the Epicenter of the Universe. His descriptions of the House are so vivid and real, and enthrall readers within the first few chapters. The fantastical characters of the House are wonderful depicted, and become more interesting as the story progresses. Arthur's relationship with Mister Monday, is one of classic good versus evil, that never seems to be boring, and there are many laughs from the Will, as it tries to show its superiority over Arthur's mortal-ness. Mister Monday is full of historical references that gives the series more realism than most young-adult fantasy novels. Firstly there is Arthur's name, Arthur Penhaligon, which most certainly must be a play on Arthur Pendragon, otherwise known as King Arthur. As the series develops the reader can see that each day of the week is matched with one of the seven deadly sins, which is a really neat concept that Garth Nix has latched on to. With Mister Monday comes "Sloth". So much so that his dayroom is a large bath! This first novel in the series was really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to following it up with Grim Tuesday.
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever!!~~!!` I loved this book, it was so amazing, exceitng, suspenseful, and wonderful, all put together!! I enjoyed the book because it was such like a fantasy, i couldn't put it down, literally, i spent 3 and 1/2 hours reading it!! Honestly, well, for all the people who want to read this book, i would strongly encaurage that idea, It would be a wonderful pastime, and after, you could write a review about it just like me! The only unfortunate thing about this series is that there is only seven books, to bad there isn't more days of the week, oh well. My favourite part was when Arthur... wait a minute what am I doing, I can't give the book away (ha) I guess you'll just have to read it for yourself!
Date published: 2005-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mister Monday I thought that this book was wonderful! It reminded me very much of what would happen if Alice in Wonderland colided with The Chronicles of Narnia . The quirks and easy goings of strange events was in a word, sublime.
Date published: 2005-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keys To The Kingdom #1: Mister Monday This is the best fiction I've ever read. It talks about a boy called Arthur, who fell on a track on his first day of school due to asthma. There he hears two people, Mr.Monday and Sneezer gives him a small notebook and a key shaped like a minute hand of a clock. He will encounter many dangers, and will go to a house that only he can see. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings fans, this book is for you!
Date published: 2005-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mister Monday Mister Monday: The Keys to the Kingdom Series is excellent start to and excellent series. Garth Nix's writing is magical and enchanting. Each page is full of excitment and surprises. I would recommend it for young and old. Almost everyone can enjoy this book.
Date published: 2005-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Truth This book was quite boring and very predictable. The only reason I kept reading it is because Nix's last triliogy was excellent.
Date published: 2004-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keys To The Kingdom #1: Mister Monday It was a great story and plot. I think it's amazing how Grath Nix's mind works and can creat such an adventure!
Date published: 2003-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from read this book An excellent adventure. Nix has outdone himself on this one. One of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2003-08-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Keys to the Kingdom series

"One of the most original fantasy series of the past decade." -Voice of Youth Advocates

"The author's gift for creating off-kilter magic kingdoms and his love of the absurd are as strong as ever." -Sunday Sun Times