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Author: Derek Landy

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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: Cameron Light is dead. Everyone can see that, so why did Bliss call Skulduggery and Valkyrie? Because Light is the fourth teleporter to be murdered, and Bliss wants their help. He is going to ask the Grand Mage to bring them back to the Sanctuary. Thanks, but no thanks ... and who cares? These are dangerous times. Far be it from Skulduggery to shy away from danger ... or a chance to outwit evil. This is the third title in this middle grade fantasy ghost series.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 and Up; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 4.8

Age of Child: Read with a 9-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter preferred to have us read Faceless Ones, even though she can read it herself. It took a bit to sort the characters and that distracted her from immediately loving the story. That said, it didn't take long before she was totally hooked.

Adult Reader Reaction: I can see why our 9-year-old wanted us to read the book to her. The number of characters and the speed of the scene changes can be overwhelming. This is an exceptional read-aloud selection, and the cliffhanger at the end is brilliant.

Pros: Fast-paced action, ghosts, magic, and a sophisticated quest that transcends two worlds will grab readers of all ages and interest.

Cons: There are a lot of characters and scene changes. Although some characters come and go quickly ("cameos"), they play a part in the story and may be too much for some readers.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book you are likely to read aloud with your kids, and they are likely to read themselves later. It would be a perfect choice for a vacation read around the campfire.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SCEPTER OF THE ANCIENTS, Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1   VAMPIRATES: DEMONS OF THE OCEAN   THE MAGIC THIEF (Book 1)

Educational Themes: Enjoy this book as a read-aloud to be shared.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - mystery, crime, humor, middle grade series

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

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