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Farrar, Straus & Giroux Complete Catalogue Oct 2016

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The Deadly 7
Who Needs Friends When You've Got Monsters?
By (author): Garth Jennings
9781250052759 Hardcover, Paper over boards English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic Apr 05, 2016 Print Run: 40000
$15.99 CAD
Active 5.4 x 7.81 x 1.14 in 352 pages black & white illustrations Farrar Straus & Giroux Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
When eleven-year-old Nelson's beloved older sister goes missing, he is devastated. She's his only friend and means the world to him. Then his parents join the search and leave Nelson in the care of his crazy uncle Pogo, a plumber who is working at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. There in a dusty crypt Nelson stumbles across an ancient machine that accidentally extracts the so-called seven deadly sins from his soul. The machine turns them into ugly, cantankerous, and embarrassing creatures who follow him everywhere. But there is more to these monsters than meets the eye, and in this off-the-wall debut novel about making friends and taking courage, Nelson finds that these strange newcomers are just the companions he needs for a quest across the globe to rescue his big sister.

Garth Jennings has directed many music videos and commercials as one third of the production company Hammer and Tongs. His work includes videos for Blur, Radiohead, Beck, Fatboy Slim and Vampire Weekend. He is the director of two feature films:The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) andSon of Rambow (2007) for which he also wrote the screenplay.The Deadly 7 is his first novel.

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“Delightful and inventive, this original story entertains at every turn . . . Hilarious, madcap action combined with rich language will keep readers rapidly turning pages. Pen-and-ink sketches supplement this highly imaginative book that is part mystery, part adventure, and total fun.” —School Library Journal

“Hilariously hectic . . . Notably subversive.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Off-the-wall humor . . . Silliness prevails in Jennings’ debut, but Nelson’s genuine concern for his sister gives it heart.” —Booklist

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