Skulduggery Pleasant #1: Skulduggery Pleasant Award-winning by Derek Landy (author) (UK edition)

Skulduggery Pleasant

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Stephanie’s Uncle Gordon wrote horror fiction. But when he dies and Stephanie inherits his estate, she discovers that though his books may have been horror, they weren’t exactly fiction! Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds herself facing hordes of vampires, demons and baddies. As all hell breaks loose, can the wise-cracking skeleton of a dead magician save Stephanie’s skin? A mesmerising fusion of wit, weirdness and genuine scariness, this horror sensation introduces a truly unforgettable hero: skeletal sleuth Skulduggery Pleasant!

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Skulduggery Pleasant (book 1)





Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.9; Middle years plus; 10.0 points

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  • 368 pages



UK edition

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  1. Bella Flynn
    on 26 November 2013

    Fantastic book!

    Love it so much! Skulduggery is so witty. Derek Landy is the greatist writer EVER!!!

    5 out of 5

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  1. mimism
    on 15 August 2019

    It Was The Best So scary so good :O .. U

  2. sim3212
    on 24 August 2017

    The book is great, excellent characters and plot.

    5 out of 5
  3. WittySkull
    on 18 April 2014

    This book is an absolute masterpiece, the first 100 pages may be a bit boring but it is worth it and is a great start to a truly amazing series, I am currently almost finished the 5th book and have bought all of them, up to 8.My favourite series ever and the final and last book is out in august.HYPE!

    5 out of 5
  4. AngelofDeath
    on 8 March 2014

    I think it’s a nice book.

  5. skulduggerypleasant
    on 15 November 2013

    It is really really awesome! It’s the longest, and first proper book, I’ve ever read (I’m 8)

    5 out of 5
  6. rachyroo72
    on 29 October 2013

    Love this series so much. Haven’t read the last two yet but will soon. There kinda dark but magical which really appeals to me.

    5 out of 5
  7. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    If you liked horror this is the book for you ,if you liked detectives as well I recomend you go buy thisnow an alrightbook not for the soft hearted though!

  8. dashernasher
    on 7 March 2012

    this is the first one after reading the i could not wait to read the next one an absolute page turner.

  9. la1397
    on 4 March 2012

    I read this book through school when I was in year 6, and was amazed at how much i enjoyed it. I thought it would be really boyish, but one of the main characters was a girl, and I was really impressed! Great book.

  10. Diaryofme
    on 4 March 2012

    This book is absolutely stunning it is just a must read. If you like books like Harry potter and Alex rider I pretty much guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy this. This is actually my 4th favourite book.

    5 out of 5
  11. hamy1710
    on 3 March 2012

    very very very good

  12. Anais56
    on 11 August 2011

    This book is AMAZING and I certainly reccomend you read it. Its fun and fast. No blabbing on about what their house looks like and a paragraph on what their ears look like an so on,I love the way Derek Landy just goes straight into the story!

    5 out of 5
  13. donnelly54
    on 25 April 2011

    its my fav book and love it its got a dark ending

    5 out of 5
  14. Missymessy
    on 3 March 2011

    This book was quite confusing from the beginnig, and so I never really got into it. But I have heard from other people that its a great book :)

    2 out of 5
  15. faerievamp
    on 22 January 2011

    One word AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

  16. BethanyBallerina53
    on 21 September 2010

    I absolutely love this book!! it’s so my favourite! The way that Derek Landy portrays Valkyrie, makes me soo want to be like her, great at magic and have Skulduggery, Tanith and Ghastly as companions!

    Anyone and everyone must read this book! it’s really addictive and always gets your heart racing, wondering what will happen next at each turn of the page!

    5/5, fantastic!!! :D

    5 out of 5
  17. videogamebook
    on 30 April 2010

    I am reading it and it has rocked my socks off so far!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  18. thomthom1
    on 26 April 2010

    This book was the most enjoyable book I have ever read

    5 out of 5
  19. ace97
    on 25 November 2009

    this is the best book ever! i finished it in two days. its really addicting and fun,pacey and exciting i would recommend it to anyone.SKULDUGGERY ROCKS!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 5
  20. AGirlWithBrainsxx
    on 7 October 2009

    OMG i think this is the best book in the world!!!!! could not put it down finished it in 3 days thats how addictive it is 5 star all the way and i have also read the other 2 so look out for them they are also 5 star

    5 out of 5
  21. StanboroughH7
    on 10 September 2009

    Books like Skulduggery Pleasant are the best type of books you will ever read. It’s packed with lots of action, fighting, mysteried and adventure, which means if you have not yet read this brilliant book, READ IT NOW!!!

    5 out of 5
  22. humbuggirl
    on 29 July 2009

    This is a brilliant book written by Derek Landy. It is full of fun and adventure and full lof action. I was recomended it by my school library teacher and I am so glad I have read this. Everybody should read this book if they want a really good read. I can’t wait to read the others. GO SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT!

    5 out of 5
  23. Silvertongue
    on 29 January 2009

    Skulduggery is a fast paced. Action-packed book. When Stephanie’s uncle dies, a mysterious stranger who Stephanie has never seen before appears at the funeral. No one seems to know why but this stranger is always around with a black hat, sunglasses, black scarf covering all his face and a black coat as if to hide his body. But when Stephanie’s uncle’s will leaves her his own house, Stephanie knows there is something wrong. People who love magic, mystery and fast flowing combat then you’ll love this book! Out of ten, I give it one hundred!!! :)

    5 out of 5
  24. inest97
    on 12 November 2008

    So good! The second book is fantastic too! THe powers the elementals you WANT to be in that world, you want it to happen! A real page turner and you can’t put it down till you’ve finished and when you do you’ll find it hard to shut it away!

    5 out of 5
  25. manscape
    on 9 April 2008

    This book I is packed full of excitment, horror, fun and odd characters. This is just a book you can’t put down until you’ve fallen asleep.

    5 out of 5
  26. bridgley
    on 9 January 2008

    this looks realy good!