Arthur Penhaligon struggles with debilitating asthma attacks, but in the midst of one of his worst attacks Arthur's life is changed. A strange man appears on his school field and gives him a key in the shape of a minute hand. The key strengthens Arthur's lungs and is accompanied by other strange magical happenings. Unfortunately, Mister Monday, the giver of the key, decides he want the key back and will stop at nothing to retrieve it.
As Arthur strives to protect the key, he is swept into an entirely new realm. He meets new friends and many new enemies. Arthur's greatest task is deciding who to trust and what is truly important. In the new realm, Arthur learns more about himself and what he considers most valuable. Garth Nix creates an intriguing world with a physically weak, but mentally strong main character. This first book in the Keys to the Kingdom series introduces fun fantasy with symbolic depth.
Recommended Ages--9 and up