"The Invasion" by K. A. Applegate was my second favourite Animorphs book. The series revolves around five normal teens who suddenly aren't so normal, when they look up and see an Andalite Dome ship touching down on Earth. They learn of the Yeerks' presence on the Earth, and then are left on their own, expected to defend the human race against aliens with unimaginable power.
The fact that the group is almost evenly split between boys and girls shows that both males and females can be heroic, and writing this book from Jake's point of view is a stunning change from the many books about teenage girls with boyfriend problems that we've all seen too many of. As one of my teachers at Keswick Valley Memorial School would put it, "it builds in suspense and emotion."
The Animorphs' actions do not give away their age, and the author does not stick the kids in some situation and pile false bravado onto them as many writers have done with young adults, and the fact that they are scared like any of us would be makes them very realistic and befriending. Even though the reading level is set at a younger age level than mine, I feel that the Animorphs series is in a way like Disney cartoons, and many fans would agree; you just don't grow out of them.
My mother bought this book at our school book fair in June of my sixth grade year, originally for my brother and I to share. My younger brother, then in Grade Four, beat the book all up and then decided he didn't like it. I sat and read the whole book in the living room on the couch that afternoon, and later on had to explain why I had a pillow over my face: to muffle my laughter and hide my tears. The part about Tom being left in the Yeerk pit gave me chills, and I nearly bit my fingernails clean off at the end of the book. Keep up the good work, K. A.!
--Emily Merrithew, Burtt's Corner, N.B., Canada