By Grady Salas Hecht, age 11
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
This book has an interesting plot and likable characters. I also like all the magic in these books. I started reading these when I was eight years old and just finished book seven last year. My favorite parts of the series are the Quidditch matches and when all the action starts.
Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger
This series is very funny and serious at the same time. I also learned how to do different Star Wars origami because of these books. I was inspired to create my own instructions for an origami that was not in the book (Boba Fett—my favorite character ever. He’s awesome!).
I Funny series by James Patterson
If you like funny books, you’ll like this series because the main character is in sixth grade, in a wheelchair, and also a “stand-up” comedian.
Middle School series by James Patterson
This series is a comfort read for me. It’s kind of an easy read for me (and long) and I like the plot because Rafe Khatchadorian (the main character) tries to break all of the rules at his new middle school.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
One of the best series I have ever read in my entire life! It’s all about Greek Gods and their children in the real world. Other characters include his good friend, Grover, a satyr in disguise and Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena. There is a lot of action and mythology in this series.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
I met Jeff Kinney at a book signing at Copperfield’s Bookstore in Petaluma last Spring. All of his books are good and always have been funny. I think most kids have read this series and would probably agree. Greg Heffley (the main character) likes to write and draw—kind of like me.
Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan
This series is about Egyptian mythology and all the Gods coming back into the real world. The brother and sister in the book are sort of possessed by Egyptian Gods, which helps them on their mission to defeat the Evil God Set.
Wildwood Chronicles series by Colin Meloy
I read this with my mother and we had to use the dictionary quite often (but not in a bad way!). I learned a lot of new interesting words like akimbo, melee and pacifist. The main characters, Prue and Curtis, go into the Impassable Wilderness (a place where nobody else can go) and meet many creatures from birds to coyotes. The struggle for good and evil made this book absolutely amazing. The author, Colin Meloy, is the lead singer of the Decemberists and his wife, Carson Ellis, is the illustrator. We’re reading book two in this series this Summer.
Nicholas series by Rene Goscinny (translated by Anthea Bell)
Nicholas is a french schoolboy who gets into trouble a lot with his gang of friends at school. The plots eventually turn into fighting and problem-solving for Nicholas and the gang.
Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs
This author visited my elementary school last year. He has very funny books that are mostly mysteries and finding out solutions to problems for kids.