The Dragon Whistler

The Dragon Whistler
Now available in paperback.


The Dangerous days of Daniel X by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

James Patterson has found YA success with his Maximum Ride series, and now he (and co-author Ledwidge) delve into sci-fi with a wonderful teenage boy named Daniel. He's no ordinary boy. He's an alien hunter. After witnessing aliens kill his parents at age 3, he now has taken over the list of aliens on Earth that his father kept and is hunting them down one by one, working his way up to public enemy #1 -- the alien who killed his parents.

As I said, though, Daniel is not an ordinary boy. He has powers, extraordinary powers. He's a very creative young man, and i mean that literally. He can not only manipulate objects and animals with his mind (which is pretty funny sometimes), and recreate himself in any shape he chooses (which I don't know why he doesn't use more often to get out of tight spots), but he can also create friends for himself, and his dead family, and pretty much any other living being he chooses. He lives a solitary life, hunting down aliens, except for these created counterparts, and they help him survive, emotionally and physically.

This is a great adventure that middle school boys will enjoy -- and true to Patterson's pledge to become "king of the great page-turners, he has, in my opinion, delivered in spades on this series. I look forward to reading more about Daniel (because we really need to know exactly how he survived at 3 after his parents died....) The book is also now available in graphic novel version for those who like their novels in frames. I give this 3 1/2 bookmarks, leaning toward 4.

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