The Kane Chronicles #1: The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanAdolescent Fantasy
Carter Kane and his sister Sadie only have one thing in common: they have the same parents....that, and they are fiercely jealous of one another.
They have so many differences: Carter resembles his African-American father; Sadie, their white mother. Carter is careful and thoughtful; Sadie, impulsive and outspoken. Carter lives with his father, flying all over the world on wild archaeological digs; Sadie, in London with her grandparents and only sees her father and brother one day a year.
Combine all that with a family mystery steeped in ancient Egyptain myth and you have a brand new series full of fun.
Like all Riordan's teen novels, this one focuses on mythology but Egyptian mythology rather than Greek or Roman. I found the mythology fascinating but much more intricate and harder to understand (that, or I am clueless about this brand of mythology). This series has all the earmarks of other good Riordan reads--adventures, mystery, teens who must save the world with their own wit and bravery.
What's not to love? I can't wait for the next installment.