The first book in the Septimus Heap series, Magyk (Lexile: 640L; Interest Level: Grades 3-5) was an interesting story full of twists and turns. The point in which I was extremely hooked into this book was when Septimus Heap, seventh son of a seventh son (and the character the whole series is named after) dies on page 2. What in the world can this mean? And his dad discovers a baby girl lying next to the road and takes her home, before knowing that his baby son had died? Sounds crazy, I know.
Jenna (the baby girl) often wishes she were magykal like the rest of her family, even if it isn't popular to use magyk. But when she turns 10, she find out that not being magykal has some problems of her own, especially for her. This story follows Jenna and her family through a strange adventure in which they (and the reader) discover that not everyone is as they seem, not all that appears evil is bad, and not all that seems right is good.
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.