I've jumped on the "Alchemyst" series bandwagon, thanks to Ms. Martinez' urging. The series is centered around real life alchemist Nicholas Flamel (Harry Potter fans should recognize the name) and author, Michael Scott, brings him and his wife into the modern world and creates a fantastical account of the almost 600 years since his recorded death.
I'm only a few chapters into the first book, "The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel," but I'm enjoying it. I love that the story and history of the characters refers to actual historical events, such as the great fire of London and the Irish Famine. I can tell I'm only scratching the surface of what this book and series has to offer and I can't wait to emerge myself in it.
Also, as many of my students know I have a fraternal twin brother, so I love that our protagonist is a set of boy/girl fraternal twins!
Visit Michael Scott's website (www.dillionscott.com) to read or listen to the first chapter of the book.