Thursday, March 26, 2009

Middle-Grade/Teen Fiction Review: Pendragon

Pendragon, by D.J. MacHale, is a fantasy adventure series so compelling that my husband and I are as hooked on it as our 14-year old son, Jamie (who began reading the series when he was 12). I sat down to read the first book several years ago so that I could review the series for Family Fun magazine, and I ended up tearing through the first four books!

Bobby Pendragon is an ordinary 14-year old until his Uncle Press leads him to a secret tunnel that moves them through time and space. Bobby’s life is never the same again as he learns that he and his uncle are Travelers, representatives of Earth who work with Travelers from other territories to fight the evil Saint Dane. Instead of worrying about his next basketball game, Bobby is suddenly responsible for nothing less than the fate of the universe.

Each of the ten Pendragon books (nine so far; the final book in the series will be released on May 12) takes Bobby to a different territory, where he and other Travelers try to thwart Saint Dane’s latest scheme to create chaos and rule the world. I recently finished reading Book 6: The Rivers of Zadaa and Book 7: The Quillan Games, and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

With fast-paced plots, extraordinary locales, and a touch of humor, these books will keep kids (and adults!) captivated.

BOOK 1: BOXED SET:

BOOK 10:

1 comment:

janflora said...

The other week, my nearly 13 yo said he had nothing to read [having finished the week's library stack already], so I sent him back to his bookshelf b/c I knew there was something in there he could read. So, he found the copy of Pendragon #1 that I had picked up at a thrift last summer. Two days later he wanted to go get #2...Now he is on #4 or 5...so I can vouch for them as an engrossing teen series! I may have to read them too!