Publisher's Note:  

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

Skulduggery Pleasant

by Derek Landy

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Overall Review:  

Skulduggery Pleasant is a wickedly funny read. The first in an ongoing series, (Book 8 just released!) Skulduggery will appeal to teenagers and their parents. When no-nonsense Stephanie attends the funeral of her uncle, she meets Skulduggery, a charming detective who happens to be a skeleton. Stephanie soon finds herself in the fight of her life, against an evil she never even knew existed. 


It is easy to see why Skulduggery Pleasant is an award-winning novel. Author Derek Landy deftly balances the story's darker scenes with lots of laugh-out-loud humor. While the book isn't overly frightening, the scenes are action-packed and there are a lot of bad guys lurking around every corner. Skulduggery Pleasant is a perfect read to usher in this Halloween season! 

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  6 religious exclamations, 8 mild obscenities.


Violence/Gore:  Several verbal threats; implied occurrence of torture by magic; a character recalls how he and his family were killed and/or tortured; there are several extended scenes of fantasy violence that involve mythical creatures killing, shooting, beheading, and physically fighting. Characters are involved in a car crash and fall from a building, which result in injuries. In non-detailed scenes of violent death, fantasy characters turn to dust or dissolve. A few scenes have intense violence (some fantasy) and blood and gore. 


Sex/Nudity:  A sexual reference is made.

Mature Subject Matter:  

Betrayal, greed, war, death of a loved one

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A retelling of when a character was once drunk

Reviewed By Rachel
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