Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer It was above average as far as fantasy series for younger readers go, but I think I may have read it about 10 years too late to really be compelled to read further into the series. It's a solid start to a series though, I can completely see it being grouped in with Narnia/HP/His Dark Materials etc as quintessential middle grade fantasy.

Currently reading

Jonathan Franzen
Witches Abroad (Discworld, #12)
Terry Pratchett