John Connolly: The Gates

Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be proactive. Just ask Samuel, a small, very smart boy who had the bad luck to live next door to 666 Croley Road. Hoping to snag some early Halloween candy, Samuel and his very smart dog Boswell started trick-or-treating on October 28, three days before everyone else. That's how he happened to be on the Abernathys' porch just as they opened the gates to Hell in their basement. And why the demon that came through the gates caught a glimpse of Samuel as he ran away. In John Connolly's newest young adult title, The Gates, things don't look good for Samuel - besides the whole gates of Hell thing, he has a distracted mom, a bossy babysitter and a teacher who wishes the tiny hero wasn't so smart. With delightfully fresh and imaginative writing, Connolly draws the 11-year-old Samuel as both wise and innocent, perfect traits for a boy who has to save the world. Connolly will read from The Gates and sign copies of both Gates and his new adult thriller, The Lovers, today at 6:30 p.m. Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-524-8597 or visit www.murderbooks.com. Free.
Tue., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2009
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