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Meet Skulduggery Pleasant with Derek Landy

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Our author of the week is Derek Landy!

This week you can listen to the dead famous bestselling story of Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy! You can also watch a video with Derek, find out his top three children's books and read a Q&A!

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Derek Landy - Author of the week

Derek Landy's recommended reads

Abarat by Clive Barker

Just an astonishing example of a wonderful imagination at work, as a young girl travels to an archipelago where each island is a different hour of the day.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Rich, thrilling, and deeply rewarding. These are the kind of books I wish I could write.

The Three Investigators series by Robert Arthur, Jr

An obscure one, this — a trio of American boys solving mysteries out of a junkyard. I ADORED these books when I was a kid.

Q&A with Derek Landy

If you could be a storybook character, who would you be?

Encyclopaedia Brown, who is a crime-solving kid from books I read when I was growing up. You can keep your magic and your destinies, thank you very much - I choose a mind that can't be beaten.

What is the best thing about reading?

Everyone says this, but they say it because it's true: reading transports you. You get to become other people, you get to sample their lives, share their experiences, go on their adventures. You get to find out what it's like to be someone that isn't you. Right now, all over the world, people are building up walls around who they are and what they think and what they believe — but reading lets you slip past those walls, and it opens you up to the possibility that your view might not be the only view worth considering.

What is your all-time favourite book?

This changes with every day and every mood, but right now, my favourite book featuring younger people is probably... Geek Girl by Holly Smale. It takes an immense skill to write hysterically funny books featuring characters you actually care about.

What can you do to get better at reading?

Read comics. When I was in school, I was so far ahead in terms of reading ability because of the sheer amount of comics I read. Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Judge Dredd — they all grouped together to not only improve my vocabulary but also to make me realise that reading was fun. That's the key. So thanks, Spidey.