#1 Eragon (Inheritance Cycle, Book 1) by Christopher Paolini
This is a four book fantasy series about a boy, a dragon, and a land of magic and war. I haven't read it because it is 528 pages long. And they just keep getting longer. Book 2, Eldest, is 704 pages. I pass. But Boy Reader gives it five smiley faces, and keeps trying to wear me down. This book is marketed to the 10-14 year old crowd.
#2 Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout
A teenage programming genius uses his skills to find his missing brother. I just never got around to it when we had it from the library. Boy Genius adores sciences, computers and programming, which appear to be the main themes of the book. Marketed to teens.
#3 Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
This dystopian science fiction book from the '80's depicts a boy who is conscripted into a leadership role where he becomes Earth's last hope. Boy Reader confesses that he was probably too young to read it when he did (@ age 11). The age of the protagonist made me think it was MG, but this is marketed as YA. I haven't read it because I saw the movie first, and have trouble going from movie to book. (Book to movie = no problem!)
Five (or six) of the best middle grade first lines ever:
5. "Andrew Marcus wanted freckles. Nicky Lane had freckles. He had a million of them. They covered his face, his ears and the back of his neck. Andrew didn't have any freckles. He had two warts on his finger. But they didn't do him any good at all." - Judy Blume, Freckle Juice
4. "My name is India Opal Buloni, and last summer my daddy, the preacher, sent me to the store for a box of macaroni-and-cheese, some white rice, and two tomatoes and I came back with a dog. -Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie
3. "The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow, moonlit lane. For a second they stood quite still, wands directed at each other's chests; then, recognizing each other, they stowed their wands beneath their cloaks and started walking briskly in the same direction." -JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2. "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." - Roald Dahl, Matilda
1. Two Rick Riordan hooks tie for the top spot:
"Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day." - Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero
"The Friday before winter break, my mom packed me an overnight bag and a few deadly weapons and took me to a new boarding school." - Rick Riordan, The Titan's Curse