A few months ago, OK more than a few... March to be exact, I won some books from Jenn at Juggling Life that I thought Conor might be interested in. They were shipped to me in a very timely manner and I received them... then started the whole moving process so the books got packed away and it took us years, err I mean months to move.
The books I won are the first 2 books in a series called The 39 Clues:
Conor and I started reading the first one Monday night and boy am I hooked. They are aimed towards a bit older of an age group than Conor, but he is enjoying them too. They are definitely books that will appeal to boys, and also girls!
The first night I read it to Conor right before bed time and I didn't want to stop after he fell asleep. I read on a chapter or two telling myself that it would make reading it to him easier if I knew what was happening. I made myself put it down before I got too far ahead.
The second night I read it was last night. I kept reading LONG after Conor fell asleep. Until, ummm 2am actually, when I finished the book.
It has mystery, it has adventure, it has characters you love and characters you hate, and characters you are suspicious of... everything a book / story needs to keep a reader hooked. I had never heard of these books prior to Jenn posting about them, and when I finished the first book I immediately went to look to see how many were in the series and if they were all available yet. There are 10 on Amazon, and they have a nifty little box set of all 10 - which I would totally buy if I didn't already have 1 and 2.
The main characters are a brother and sister duo (Dan 11 and Amy 14) who lost their parents and although they come from a huge, rich family, they have only each other to count on.
So, if you have any kids and want to get them into reading - this is a good series to start them with! Conor is only 7, and I think he is a little on the young side for this book, but he is enjoying it.
And I'm uhhhh, well much older than Conor and I enjoyed the first book enough to sacrifice sleep to finish it. I must say that I am looking forward to the remaining books and finding out what the treasure is at the end of the clues!
Jenn does a book review / giveaway almost every Monday. You should check her out and see if there are any books you are interested in. Since I hadn't even started the books that I won from her, I didn't feel I should enter any more until I did so. I would feel so bad if I won another one and hadn't finished the ones I won before! There are quite a few she has reviewed that I have noted for future reference, though. You know, when I have more time to read. Like in the winter months coming up! :)