My 9 year old loves to read, but it is so hard to find a series for boys (most of the series books are for girls) that I don't feel I have to pre-read. Finally we stumbled on the Sugar Creek Gang. I pre-read the first 12 and then he passed me, so I let him go for it. Some of the negatives: the "gang" seems to get in quite a few physical fights with other boys, they are a bit disrespectful to their man teacher, and quite a few stories have them talking a lot about ghosts (but they always come around to a Christian viewpoint on this). Each book had a Christian message and most of the negatives get worked out by the end of the story. All in all, this has been a good series for my son. In fact, my 8 year old son has started reading them to find out who and what his older brother is talking about from the books!