The Gates

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Hodder & Stoughton, 2010 - Boys - 320 pages

A strange novel for strange young people.

Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund Boswell are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Hallowe'en. Which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue.

The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with Satanism. But it just happens to coincide with a malfunction in the Large Hadron Collider that creates a gap in the universe. A gap in which there is a pair of enormous gates. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out . . .

Can Samuel persuade anyone to take this seriously? Can he harness the power of science to save the world as we know it?

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User Review  - Inky_Fingers - www.librarything.com

Personally not a fan of so many viewpoints, or the snarky voice. But for the style he's chosen, he handles it very well. Not sure I'll every finish it, though. Read full review

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User Review  - Arkrayder - www.librarything.com

This book cute in a way. The story was fairly good and the humor was great. I had quite a few laugh out loud moments. The horror element was really well done. If a young reader reads the book they can ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, the co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders, as well as The Book of Lost Things and other works.

John Connolly's debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers.

In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.

Before becoming a novelist, he spent five years working as a journalist for The Irish Times, to which he continues to contribute. You can learn more from John's website, www.johnconnollybooks.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jconnollybooks.

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