Skulduggery Pleasant: Scepter of the Ancients by Derek Landy is free today from the Amazon Kindle store, and has received an average user rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 49 customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/qOMnUX into your computer’s web browser. As many of the “customers who bought this item also bought” references on the Amazon Kindle page show Rick Riordan books, I know my junior high and elementary school children will want this one on their Kindle’s.
Category: Children / Young Adult, Science Fiction
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Grade 5–8—When 12-year-old Stephanie’s eccentric Uncle Gordon dies, a mysterious man bundled in an overcoat, scarf, sunglasses, and a hat shows up at both the funeral and the reading of the will. This man, as it turns out, is Skulduggery Pleasant, a walking, talking skeleton who rescues Stephanie when she is attacked while alone in the house that she has just inherited. It seems that a particularly evil person named Serpine is trying to obtain a scepter that will allow him to rule the world. Stephanie is swept into a world of magic, secrets, power, and intrigue as she and Skulduggery try to keep one step ahead of Serpine and various other nefarious folk. Deadly hand-to-hand combat, nasty villains, magical derring-do, and traitorous allies will keep readers turning the pages, but it is the dynamic duo of Stephanie and Skulduggery who provide the real magic. The girl eagerly jumps into this new, dangerous, action-packed life, but she isn’t sure that she has the guts or the power to pull it off. Skulduggery Pleasant lives up to his name, performing amazing feats with such self-effacing drollness that readers will wish they had a similar skeletal friend. Give this one to fans of Eoin Colfer’s “Artemis Fowl” books (Hyperion) or to anyone who likes a dash of violence and danger served up with the magic.
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