The Gates

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2010 - Children's stories - 310 pages
Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness the Abernathys unknowingly call forth Satan himself, creating a gap in the universe through with the gates to Hell are visible. There are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out and Samuel must harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world and defeat evil. Suggested level: intermediate, secondary.

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User Review  - dmturner - LibraryThing

Delightful, funny book about a young boy who thwarts all the demons of Hell. He is the first to notice the invaders when they try to enter our world through a dimensional portal opened by a supercollider. He makes friends with Nurd, who plays an important part in the victory. Read full review

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User Review  - bookishtexpat - LibraryThing

This book was absolutely hilarious. The story was fairly predictable, but the tone of it was so different than I expected, it was great. Connolly does a fantastic job of taking the very scary scene of ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

John Connolly is the author of "Every Dead Thing" which was a bestseller in Britain and Ireland. He is a regular contributor to "The Irish Times," and has traveled extensively in the United States. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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