Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant book 1) by Derek Landy was just released in paperback in the U.S.
Description: Gordon Edgley recently died and young Stephanie, his niece, got a surprise when she came to the reading of his will, when almost his entire cast of possesions and property are left to HER rather then her weaselly uncle or her two delightfully snobbish and impolite cousins, or perhaps the odd friend of Gordon Edgley's, Skulduggery Pleasant who speaks in phrases like "Good luck with whatever you decide to do with your life." It was altogether shocking. Shortly afterward, chance brings her to her Uncle Gordon's house, a man breaks in with intent to kill, but is stopped by Skulduggery Pleasant, who appears to be a fire throwing skeleton. Soon, strange events begin to unfold around Stephanie and Skulduggery Pleasant, and in the end, they are the only ones that can stop a dark magic from being unleashed on the worlds.
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