In an effort to share some of the really great books that are out there for families these days, may I introduce to you: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart!!!
The boys and I first found this series last summer when we listened to the third book in the series, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, on our way up to family camp. We all loved it, surely a sign of a great book (as opposed to, say, the Magic Tree House Books that the kids occasionally like but I find excruciating). This series has it all. Intrigue, mystery, great characters, language that tells the story well without being too dumbed down or too hard to follow, and of course, underdog characters who prevail over the bad guys in the end.
We somehow lost track of the books after we got back from camp, but I remembered them in time to get William the first of the 3 books for Christmas this past year. We read through it together, promptly got the second book in the series from the library, and devoured that too. We then, unfortunately, had a bit of a crisis when we remembered that we had already heard the third in the series and where therefore at the end of the story, before coming across the prequel of sorts, The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict.
Since then, we have been reading this last book any chance we get, and I admit that I am as excited to see what comes next as the kids are.
As much as we are enjoying it, there is a bit of a cloud hanging over us all - that sort of sad, uncomfortable feeling that you get when you get to the end of something really great. I am not sure what we will read together next, but it had better be good!!!!!