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Recommended books for grades 5-8

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT: Playing with Fire, by Derek Landy

Look out, Percy Jackson!  Skulduggery Pleasant is on the loose!

Look out, Percy Jackson! Skulduggery Pleasant is on the loose!

Playing with Fire is the second of Valkyrie Cain’s adventures with Skulduggery Pleasant, a well-dressed, wisecracking skeleton detective who knows what happened to her murdered uncle.  This time around, bad guys from ancient worlds are on the loose and after a certain set of armor and a kind of Frankenstein’s monster.  Mixed with just a dash of blood from a descendant of the Ancient Ones (who just happens to be Valkyrie, not surprisingly), the armor and the monster will open the portal and allow the return of the bad old gods and the bad old days.  It’s a good thing Stephanie has been working on her magical abilities!

 

Skulduggery always has a snide comment or wisecrack, there’s always an explosion or car crash just a page or two away, and there’s lots of magic and adventure here.  Move over, Percy Jackson – Skulduggery Pleasant is about to arrive in his Bentley!

 

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