As a homeschooling Mom, I'm always looking for books for my son, who reads about as avidly as I do. When I found this book, I bought the whole series for my son for Christmas 2 years ago. I read them myself right away, and found them a bit weak in the writing, but the story was fairly good. (No Harry Potter, to be sure)
But then this summer, my son, now 11 read them. HE LOVED THEM! He read the whole series straight through in about a week. He couldn't get enough of them, liking them better than Harry Potter.
Well, there's no accounting for taste, but it is what it is.