Playing with Fire: Book summary and reviews of Playing with Fire by Derek Landy

Playing with Fire

Skulduggery Pleasant

By Derek Landy

Playing with Fire
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  • Published in USA  May 2008,
    400 pages.
    Age range: Children


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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant

Ace Detective
Snappy Dresser
Razor–tongued Wit
Crackerjack Sorcerer
and
Walking, Talking,
Fire-throwing Skeleton

—as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old.

These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil.

The end of the world?

Over his dead body.

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"Starred Review. Landy gives the term "deadpan humor" a whole new meaning; readers who prefer their heroes laconic and their action nonstop are in for a wild ride. Ages 11-13." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Landy keeps the action brisk, his characters slightly macabre, and uses humor to take the edge off." - ALA Booklist

"A distinctly Horowitzian humor and verve." - London Times

"This book is a delight. Full of character, black humor, and great fun." - Daily Telegraph (London)

"Fun and quirky with lots of humor." - Locus

"Stephanie and Skulduggery's witty repartee is most enjoyable, and the pacing is fast, with constant action and fight scenes during which the author neither sugarcoats the violence nor revels in it unnecessarily. " - VOYA

"Derek Landy has written a delightful book about a young girl who realizes she's been a heroine waiting to happen all along, as she claims her rightful status as a warrior mage. The following books in the series are sure to be great reads." - Children's Literature

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Derek Landy Author Biography

Derek Landy lives near Dublin, Ireland. Before writing his children's story about a sharply dressed skeleton detective, he wrote the screenplays for a zombie movie and a slasher thriller in which everybody dies. As a black belt in Kenpo Karate, he has taught countless children how to defend themselves, in the hopes of building his own private munchkin army. He firmly believes that they await his call to strike against his enemies (he doesn't actually have any enemies, but he's assuming they'll show up sooner or later). The reason Derek writes his own biographical blurb is so that he can finally refer to himself in the third person without looking pompous or insane.

Derek Landy is far too modest to talk about any awards or accolades his books may have won. He will not, for instance, ...

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