It's been a very long time since I was a kid but I can still remember what it was like to experience growing up and making some good choices as well as some bad ones. Jake and his friends -- and enemies -- are not perfect kids but they learn from their mistakes. Their adventures are exciting, fun and well plotted and written. BONUS: You learn some history and geography as you share their experiences.
I would encourage anyone new to E G Foley books to start with Book 1 and read them all in order. And don't miss the Gingerbread book for Christmas!
Whoops, I almost forgot to mention, per the authors' request, that I received a free copy of the book for signing up as an early reader/reviewer. But I would have bought it anyway, and in fact did purchase the Kindle edition.