The gates of Hell are about to open. Mind the gap.
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 hole in the universe, a hole through which can be glimpsed a pair of enormous gates.
The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out...
"With its endearing protagonist, rollicking plot, and dollops of weird but mostly true science, The Gates has a shot at becoming a middle-school Halloween classic." —Los Angeles Times (read the full review)
"The plot appeals to all of us who, on occasion, hear 'tentacles being folded' under our beds. But it's the tone, the details and the allusions Connolly layers into the story that make it such a delight." —Minneapolis Star Tribune (read the full review)
"Grownups can enjoy it too, as I did. It reminded me of my own childhood fantasy favorites, like Edward Eager's Half Magic, Edward Ormondroyd's David and the Phoenix, and the Chronicles of Narnia of CS Lewis.
Although The Gates is in that vein of magical adventure, it's more of a tongue-in-cheek romp through horror. It also has a smattering of fascinating facts about science and religion throughout." —Writer's Voice (read the full review)
Atria Books, US & Canada hardcover, October 2009, ISBN: 9781439172636 Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, US & Canada paperback, August 2011, ISBN: 9781442429338 Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, October 2009, ISBN: 9780340995792 Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, April 2010, ISBN: 9781444706741