July 29, 2011

For the Guys - I Am Number Four Series

On Friday's I like to highlight great books for boys.  I see tons of YA/MG books for girls, so I think it's important to showcase books for boys too!

Today it's the I Am Number Four series.  I know that most of you know of I Am Number Four especially since it was made into a movie, but if you don't here's the summary:
In the beginning they were a group of nine. Nine aliens who left their home planet of Lorien when it fell under attack by the evil Mogadorian. Nine aliens who scattered on Earth. Nine aliens who look like ordinary teenagers living ordinary lives, but who have extraordinary, paranormal skills. Nine aliens who might be sitting next to you now. 
The Nine had to separate and go into hiding. The Mogadorian caught Number One in Malaysia, Number Two in England, and Number Three in Kenya. All of them were killed. John Smith, of Paradise, Ohio, is Number Four. He knows that he is next. 
I Am Number Four is the thrilling launch of a series about an exceptional group of teens as they struggle to outrun their past, discover their future—and live a normal life on Earth. 
I had a bunch of boys (yes and girls) read this book and really enjoy it.  The fact they made it into a movie really really helped!  What? You didn't see the trailer for the movie.  Here is it :)

What I always like with boys' books is when they are part of a series.  I Am Number Four is!  Coming in Aug 23rd is the sequel:
 The Power of Six!!!!

Here's the summary for that one!
 I've seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he's a mystery. But to me . . . he's one of us. 
Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We're hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we'll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I've been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together? 
 Now if that wasn't enough, they've also released a novella!
 It's titled: I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy. 

It's available now exclusively as an ebook! 

Number Six—when John meets her in I Am Number Four she’s strong, powerful, and ready to fight. But who is she? Where has she been living? How has she been training? When did she develop her legacies? And how does she know so much about the Mogadorians?In I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six’s Legacy, discover the story behind Six. Before Paradise, Ohio, before John Smith, Six was traveling through West Texas with her CÊpan, Katarina. What happened there would change Six forever….

So glad there is this series for boys.  I know the boys I teach were interested in I Am Number Four because the main character is a boy - and a seemingly strong confident boy.  And they could tell it was going to be full of action, and they liked that.  I'm hoping The Power of Six delivers as well!


  1. I was just thinking of starting the first one. Did you see the movie?

  2. No I haven't yet. I plan to but the book is always more interesting to me.

  3. My son makes fun of me for watching I Am Number Four over and over and over....Can't wait to read the Power of Six!

  4. This sounds like a great book, I have not gotten a chance to read it yet. I knew the made it into a movie, but if there is any chance I may read it I steer clear of the movie.

  5. I may have to break down and read this one. I've been resisting because of all the idiocy with the author, but if boys will read it... SIGH.