The Gates
The Gates
The Gates
John Connolly
Young 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 strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Avenue. The Abernathys don’t mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld. But when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe. A gap which holds a pair of enormous gates—the gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings determined to get out…? Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith and love to save the world as we know it?? Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, The Gates is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy. It is about a quirky and eccentric boy who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power. Like Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this novel manages to re-create for grownups that magical and scary world of childhood that we’ve all left behind but so love to visit.

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Genre: 

  • Fantasy

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The book, The Gates by John Connolly,is a fantasy book about a young boy, Samuel Johnson, and his dog, Boswell. Not meant to necessarily be comic reading, the author weaves the story with a funny twist, so as to render a laugh or two in the process. Here is the plot of the story. Samuel and his friends (and dog) happen to stumble upon some strange activities going on at a neighbor's house, just a few days before Halloween.

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