THE RED PYRAMID- Rick Riordan
The Percy Jackson series, Egyptian God style.
As a Reader:
I was told this book was more serious than the Greek god series, but I found that the lighter, entertaining tone of the first series still prevails in this one. I do think this one has more backstory/history in it. I'd be curious to know if it holds the young reader's interest. I wanted to be an archeologist in fifth grade, so all the Egyptian stuff worked fine for me.
As a Writer:
I loved the sister character (Sadie), but I wish he would have done more to make the brother (Carter) a little less Percy-esque.
If you like this you might also like:
Crocodile on the Sandbank- The Amelia Peabody Series- Elizabeth Peters (for older teens and adults...nothing too racy, but the reading level is probably up there)
As for the Givaway:
I have a signed Mp3 CD (you can listen to it through the computer or any Mp3 capable stereo or boombox) for someone who comments here about which fascinates you more, Greek or Egyptian history and why.