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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Published by HarperCollins Children's Books, 2007  

Stephanie's uncle Gordon wrote horror fiction. At least that's what Stephanie thought until he died and left her his estate. Then she discovered that though his books may have been horror, they weren't exactly … fiction.

Stephanie was just contemplating how boring life was, when suddenly it gets a lot more exciting. Plunged into a terrifying world of vampires, evil villains and hollow men, she finds help from an unusual source: Skulduggery Pleasant, the wise-cracking skeleton of a dead magician.

After one night in Skulduggery's world she cannot go on pretending not to know what she does. Bad guys are after her, trying to get their hands on something that belonged to her uncle. When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Stephanie that she's not your average twelve-year-old girl ' and it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead.

Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to save the world? One thing's for sure: the bad guys won't know what's hit them.

This book has been hailed as the natural successor to Harry Potter.

A very cool and quirky story that involves a singing and dancing skeleton. It will win everyone's heart" The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide, Jan 2007.

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