When asked by a friend about books that boys will enjoy, I decided to do a little research. I began by asking a co-worker who is reading the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. She is in her early twenties and has been devouring the series. Yesterday we had our lunch breaks at the same time and she was immersed in the third book, laughing out loud, she shared a couple pages with me that I admit were funny and enticed me to learn more. Thus, I visited James Patterson's site to read about Maximum Ride.
The series consists of seven books, with the eighth to be released this August. Six kids, 98 percent human and two percent bird, were brought up in a lab, living like rats, until they got free. Now they are on a mission. That mission: to save the world!
The books are as follows:
Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment
Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever
Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
Maximum Ride: the Final Warning
Nevermore (to be released August 6, 2012)
My co-worker suggested children as young as 9-12 would enjoy these, though they are located in the Teen Section of the bookstore. Of course, saving the world is not without violence, but it is not graphic nor morbid.