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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Daniel X (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316119695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316119696
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR JAMES PATTERSON:
"Patterson never, and I mean never, disappoints." (USA Today Larry King)

"The Man Who Can't Miss." (Time Lev Grossman)

"James Patterson is king of the bestseller hill." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 260 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Ned Rust has also collaborated with James Patterson on Daniel X: Game Over and Witch & Wizard: The Gift. He lives in Croton, New York with his family.

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I could easily predict what was going to happen and it really didn't motivate me that much.
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I purchased these books for my sons and plan on reading them for myself because I love to read.
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It is classified as young adult book put i am in my 40's andi really enjoyed reading this book.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I came to "Daniel X: Watch The Skies" a relative novice to the genre, or perhaps I should say genres as the story seems to be firmly in the realm of fantasy even as it employs the stuff of science fiction and super heroes. Having never read a James Patterson story before coming to Daniel X, I was more than a bit curious to open the cover of his latest effort in collaboration with Rust, especially since this book, although entertaining enough for a middle aged individual such as myself, is geared to a younger audience, which leads me to the first thing I would like to say about the book.

In the world of Daniel X, anything is possible, anything. So, for example, the fine imaginations of the writers give Daniel an index finger which functions as a gun barrel capable of shooting anything from a spit-wad to, well, anything. The finger is the least of it. Friends, family, an elephant, vehicles, bacon, all sorts of good stuff, so Daniel wills it, so it is done. Cool. And therein lies one of the nice things about this book, since anything is possible, the story can and does function on more than one level. Something for everybody then, and the story is, in some ways, the least of it, at least for older readers.

I was more taken with the writing than I was the story, which, predictable though it was, nevertheless was entertaining. The writing however, was, at times, very clever and very funny. The lists Daniel's imaginary mother creates to excuse his absence from school are but one example of how this story and the writing work on different levels for different readers. So, while having great fun with language, not only do the lists make us laugh, but they give us reason to pause and consider.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A.K. on July 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It sucked me in the pages with just the first chapter. Very fun, though it's sort of predictable at parts.
The action is more spread throughout, Daniel is becoming more one-of-a-kind, since he was a lot like Percy Jackson in the first one.
As I said, predictable, but intriguing. It's not a book I would buy, but a book I would borrow from the library again and again.

I would give the first book a 6.7/10, but this an 8.5/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on March 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Daniel X returns to take on an alien who wants to create the most popular reality show in the galaxy - and in the process, slaughter as many humans as possible (or, in the case of the women, get them to have his offspring - it's not what you think; he does it by passing out free cans of caviar ...).

Daniel, and his friends and family (who are all dead, but who he can create from his imagination whenever he wants) must do whatever is necessary to save the small town of Holliswood, where the alien director has decided he will start filming his new reality series.

Again, a fast, fun read with a hero that will appeal to Young Adult men. This book has a different co-author and you can tell - it has a different feel to it. However, it is still one I'd recommend for anyone who enjoys a fun, light science fiction read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elane Blackwell on December 26, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Ahhhhhh!!!This book was waaayy better than the first much improved Mr. Patterson. Im not saying the the first Daniel X novel sucked or anything, but this one was much better if there was a sixth star id want a freaking seventh star. However I have just expressed how much I freaking LOVED this book there were a few very very VERY strange parts. !SPOILER! For example that the main was making the women of the town where this book takes place were getting pregnant from so called caviar that they ate was really Number 5's kind eggs.!END OF SPOILER! Anyways I would say good for ages 9 & Up. Five stars out of five ten out of ten,however you wanna say it good job Patterson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
this is a book i would reccomend for someone who wants a book that is different but addicting! i loved this book! when i found out about the series i thought it would be dumb but i was proved wrong best alien-book series i have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mardel on April 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Daniel X is a teen-age alien hunter with some special powers of his own. He rides a motorbike and can do wheelies on his front tire. He has four imaginary friends, but unlike most kids, he can materialize them and they often help him out when he needs help, or just keep him company when he needs company.

The town of Holliswood is being taken over by aliens - from outer-space. These particular aliens are able to manipulate the radio waves, and t.v. stations to control humans. They also like to eat humans, after they make them dance around, filming them for entertainment. The head alien is a director. Even though there are some horrific things that happen to humans, the way it's written it's not very graphic or gross. Most teens have watched plenty of movies and shows that contain much worse than is shown in this book.

Daniel X needs to find a way to stop the aliens from taking over the town, and eventually the whole world for the purpose of filming, eating and using the world and it's inhabitants as entertainment for the rest of the universe. But the alien in charge of this epic project, (alien no. 5) seems to always be one step ahead of Daniel X, and in fact is planning to use Daniel in the finale of the series that he's filming. Daniel X meets a young girl and her strange parents. He is has quite a challenge solving this crisis, things go wrong but he perseveres.

I found the narrative of this book interesting, and the dialogue between characters was pretty good. There's some snarky dialogue between aliens and Daniel X, and intelligent dialogue between Daniel X and his friends/family. Though gross things are happening, there isn't over the top descriptions, but there is enough to keep a teen or tween interested in the story.
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