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The Gates by John Connolly

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The Gates by John Connolly
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 2009

Subtitled, a strange novel for strange young people, John Connolly’s The Gates tells the story about a rather “odd” schoolboy, Samuel Johnson, and his dog Boswell.

A pre-Halloween trick-or-treating venture opens the door for Samuel to some strange goings on at 666 Crowley Avenue. On discovering the bizarre satanic actions of his neighbours, he is catapulted into an unreal situation of saving the entire population from a serious catastrophe if the Gates of Hell are to be opened.

Samuel’s job is to convince the adults in his life of imminent danger in the face of adversity from a wide variety of demons and monsters that he must also contend with.

The Gates has been likened to the books of Eoin Colfer, Lemony Snicket and Stephen King and is sure to provide as good read for young teens interested in comic fantasy with a generous helping of horror adventure.

It has been shortlisted for the Bisto Book of the Year Award, which will be announced later this month.