Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Book Reviews: Mister Monday

By Garth Nix
Reviewed by Blake V., age 10, California
Published by Scholastic Paperbacks
Recommended for ages 9 and up


Arthur is a new kid. He has just arrived at his new school, and is already getting bullied. On his first day, Arthur has a bad asthma attack, blacks out, and dreams that he is given a magic key shaped like the minute hand of a clock by a total stranger. When he wakes up, he realizes he is actually holding the key. Tough first day, huh?

In this book, which is the first of seven in “The Keys to the Kingdom” series, Arthur has a big adventure with a girl, a butler, and some dog-faced guys called “Fetchers” who are trying to steal the key from him to give it back to Mister Monday! Along the way, Arthur realizes that the key has magical powers, and kept him from dying when he collapsed from his asthma attack. When a strange sleeping virus makes everyone in town sick, Arthur thinks that his magical key may hold the answer. He ends up in a strange house, visible only to him, where a magic frog-like character and others help him understand that he must find the other hand of the clock in order to find his way back out of the house. All the while, he is trying to defeat the mysterious Mister Monday and his men.

This is a great book for people who like suspense. If you do, boy, are you in for a treat!