Pendragon Book One: The Merchant of Death, by D.J. MacHale, is about a 14-year-old boy, Bobby Pendragon, who is thrust into a life he's unfamiliar with. The book starts off with Bobby leading a normal life, kissing a girl, playing in the basketball play-offs, and loving his dog. Until his Uncle Press shows up unexpectedly and convinces Bobby to go on an unknown adventure.
Bobby travels to another dimension and saves a world. He learns that he is a Traveler and has a responsibility to fight evil throughout the universe and other alternate dimensions. He's not sure he wants that life, but after his family disappears, he's has no choice but to continue being a Traveler with his Uncle Press.
The story is delivered in a unique way. Bobby writes journals to his friends back on Earth. We read the journals along with his friends.
This book is the first in a series of books. The plot is set up well to carry on for many books. With alternate dimensions and other worlds, the possibilities for Bobby Pendragon are endless.
This series of books is geared toward junior high boys. There's lots of action, a small bit of language, and cute girls.