The Lightning Thief (and the whole Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan “It is Greek mythology with new adventure.” We went to Barnes & Noble twice and stood in line to get his books signed by the author. That was so fun and memorable for Alex. Go to the website and find out more.
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau “It’s about an underground city that is going to die.” A movie based on the book came out, but we haven’t seen it yet. He really wants to so we will probably rent the DVD soon. There are also other books in the series that he wants to read soon.
The Giver by Lois Lowry “It’s about a boy in a world that is black and white. It’s weird because nobody can have memories about anything, everyone is the same and there are no wars because nobody knows what a war is.” He was so into this book they were reading at school. He came home and told me about it all the time. Now I want to read the book and look forward to discussing it with him. It seems like an interesting story with profound themes.
Scorpia by Anthony Horowitz is the fifth in the Alex Rider series. "I like reading about spies." He just started reading this one, but is enjoying it so far.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo “It is about a mouse who saves a princess who is about 700x his size.” This is the first hardback book he saved his money for and bought several years ago, but still loves. He didn't like the movie though.
“Artemis Fowl is cool because it’s about mythological creatures and has a creepy language, the Gnomish language.” I bought the first book in this series when Alex was in 1st grade and he was quite bored with it when I was trying to read it to him. But now that he is older and since his friend Jared likes it, he has decided to read them and decided they are cool.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. “You basically get to read the journal of his funny life.” This comedy has been the top-selling book in America, is part of a series, and now there is a movie in the works. They are even looking for the main lead right now! I did think it was sad, though, that the description of the actor they are looking for includes "not overly cute or precious" and requires the parents to submit their child for the role. :(