Friday, August 22, 2008

Daniel X- a great read for adolescent boys!

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

By James Patterson
Little, Brown & Co.
272 pages

The greatest superpower of all isn't to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells.  The greatest power is to create.  Daniel X has that power.   Daniel's secret abilities- like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses- have helped him survive.  Daniel does not have a normal life.  He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond any one's imagining!

Although Daniel X is not the typical book that I would choose to read for myself, any teenage boy will not be able to put this book down!  It is action packed- think Men in Black with Will Smith.  Although the aliens that Daniel faces are "out of this world,"  he is still very much like any young man trying to find his way to adulthood.

Daniel is very likable and someone that teenage boys will identify with.  He has fears, wishes for a girlfriend, counts on his friends for support, and teases his little sister.  All the while, Daniel is saving the earth from alien invasion!

I found myself looking for free moments during the day to steal away and see what was around the corner for Daniel X!  Be cautioned, though, the content is intended for teenagers.  I would not recommend this for an elementary or middle school boy.  

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