Mister Monday is the first book in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. Arthur Penhaligon is asthmatic, just getting used to his new school when Mister Monday and his butler, Sneezer, appear. They believe that Arthur is ready to die (which is more true than he realizes) and give him the minute hand of the first Key.
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Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then he is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock. Arthur is safe - but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging messengers with blood-stained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back - even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house - a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key - and discover his true fate.
Mister Monday is the first installment in the 'Keys to the Kingdom' series of novels, written by Garth Nix, which take place in a strange realm known as the House.It also introduces Arthur Penhaligon, the Rightful Heir to the House and main character of the series.