The Resource Mister Monday, Garth Nix

Mister Monday, Garth Nix

Label
Mister Monday
Title
Mister Monday
Statement of responsibility
Garth Nix
Title variation
Mr. Monday
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Although Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die, he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock, and now some bizarre creatures--including Mister Monday, his avenging messengers, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers--will stop at nothing to get the key
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Storyline
Pace
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Award
Aurealis Awards, Best Children's Long Fiction, 2003.
Review
  • Gr 5-8 –Arthur Penhaligon's school year is not off to a good start. On his first day, he suffers an asthma attack while running cross country and dreams that a mysterious figure hands him a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. However, when he wakes up, he still has the key. That's when strange things begin to happen. Mister Monday dispatches terrifying, dog-faced Fetchers to retrieve it, a bizarre sleeping illness sweeps the city, and only Arthur can see the weird new house that appears in his neighborhood. The seventh grader knows it all has something to do with the key, one of seven elusive fragments of the Will to which he has become heir apparent, and a mysterious atlas. When he ventures inside the house, he meets more strange characters than he could have imagined, none of whom are what they seem. And, of course, he must battle Monday, who will do anything to get the key back. With the help of the key, Arthur must fight his way out. The first in a seven part series for middle graders is every bit as exciting and suspenseful as the author's previous young adult novels. Readers will eagerly anticipate the sequels.–Ginny Collier, Dekalb County Public Library, Chamblee, GA --Ginny Collier (Reviewed December 1, 2003) (School Library Journal, vol 49, issue 12, p158)
  • /* Starred Review */ In this first volume in Nix's (Sabriel ) Mister Monday series, magic splashes across virtually every page. First, a brief, cryptic prelude tells of "the Will" that has been kept under cosmic lock-and-key by generations of Inspectors and their robotic sentries. Next, readers meet seventh-grader Arthur Penhaligon, an asthmatic adoptee who is struggling to fit in at his new school. Nix quickly thrusts Arthur into the heart of the mystery: while recovering from an asthma attack during gym class, Arthur is given a mysterious Key and Atlas from Mister Monday, an ominous wheelchair-bound man (mentioned in the prelude). The Key resembles the minute hand of a clock, and is actually a powerful talisman, tied to the clock-like device that guards the Will. Before long, Fetchers, strange dog-faced creatures, attempt to recover the key, and unleash a disease upon humans that threatens massive casualties. Arthur sets out to stop the Fetchers at the source, and ends up exploring a cavernous house visible only to him (it's 4,000 stories high, a girl inside tells him). Here the surreal story becomes even more puzzle-like and visually ornate—a sort of amalgam of Alice in Wonderland and The Phantom Tollbooth . Nix's grand explanation of the house and key is an original re-imagining of a classic sci-fi theme: the origin and purpose of the universe—and the willingness of man to circumvent that purpose for selfish gain. With a likeable unlikely hero, fast-paced plotting and a plethora of mystical oddities (e.g., Mister Monday only has "dominion over everything" on Mondays), this series is sure to garner a host of fans. Ages 8-12. (July) --Staff (Reviewed July 28, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 30, p95)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
128217
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Nix, Garth
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.N647
LC item number
Mi 2005
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Keys to the kingdom
Series volume
bk. 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic keys
  • Plague
  • Boy heroes
  • Seventh-grade boys
  • Boys with asthma
  • Imaginary creatures
  • Villains
  • Magic
  • Courage in boys
  • Magic houses
  • Quests
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Mister Monday, Garth Nix
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
361 p.
Isbn
9780439551236
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52498186
  • (Sirsi) o52498186
  • (OCoLC)52498186
Label
Mister Monday, Garth Nix
Publication
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
361 p.
Isbn
9780439551236
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52498186
  • (Sirsi) o52498186
  • (OCoLC)52498186

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