Book One: Flight of the Phoenix
By R.L. LaFevers
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009
Nathaniel Fludd’s life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin—the world’s last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world’s only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
Will he be able to see the phoenix safely hatched, keep his accidental pet gremlin out of trouble, and rescue his guardian from the Bedouin? If he fails, nothing will stand between the world’s mythical creatures and extinction.
Too bad Nate’s not the sort of boy who enjoys adventure . . .yet.
Nate has lived a bit sheltered - compared to the rest of his family. His parents wouldn’t let him go with them on a project they had, and unfortunately, they are considered gone. When he gets to his new place to live, he finds out that he was supposed to start Beastologist training when he was 8! So he gets thrown into more action and adventure than he ever thought possible. The story was very fun and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Also, I hope that his parents are still alive. BUT - this happens often in children’s literature. That made me think - does it give some children false hope if their parents are considered gone? I suppose that wouldn’t happen to many kids - most parents aren’t considered “lost at sea,” I suppose. It definitely made me think - a good sign that a book is well-written! I recommend this one.