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The Deadly 7

The Deadly 7

Who Needs Friends When You've Got Monsters?

Garth Jennings

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


When eleven-year-old Nelson's beloved older sister goes missing, he is devastated. She's his only friend and means the world to him. Then his parents join the search and leave Nelson in the care of his crazy uncle Pogo, a plumber who is working at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. There in a dusty crypt Nelson stumbles across an ancient machine that accidentally extracts the so-called seven deadly sins from his soul. The machine turns them into ugly, cantankerous, and embarrassing creatures who follow him everywhere. But there is more to these monsters than meets the eye, and in this off-the-wall debut novel about making friends and taking courage, Nelson finds that these strange newcomers are just the companions he needs for a quest across the globe to rescue his big sister.


Before you begin reading this book I must offer you a word of warning.

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You know there will be monsters, you’ve already seen...

Praise for The Deadly 7

“Delightful and inventive, this original story entertains at every turn . . . Hilarious, madcap action combined with rich language will keep readers rapidly turning pages. Pen-and-ink sketches supplement this highly imaginative book that is part mystery, part adventure, and total fun.” —School Library Journal

“Hilariously hectic . . . Notably subversive.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Off-the-wall humor . . . Silliness prevails in Jennings’ debut, but Nelson’s genuine concern for his sister gives it heart.” —Booklist

Reviews from Goodreads

Garth Jennings

Garth Jennings has directed many music videos and commercials as one third of the production company Hammer and Tongs. His work includes videos for Blur, Radiohead, Beck, Fatboy Slim and Vampire Weekend. He is the director of two feature films: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Son of Rambow (2007) for which he also wrote the screenplay. The Deadly 7 is his first novel.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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