Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Ok, I know I've said it on here before that I don't like fantasy boy book. I think I've changed my mind. I love these books. We listened to the first three books via audio while traveling cross country. I found myself laughing out loud, and looking forward to getting back in the car so I could hear more! The eight book series, the eighth book just coming out this year, is about a boy-genius who continues in the family business of ill-gotten gains. But there is a fantastical element. It all starts when he decides to kidnap a faery for the ransom and starts a relationship with the Underground World of magical beings. His writing is crisp, clever, and hilarious. Check him out!