I am a fan of Michael Vey. Richard Paul Evans has written a nail-biter. This is a book that you will want to flip to the last chapter just to make sure it all works out ok, but don't do it! The plot unfolds at just the perfect rate and you will be pleased with the ending. But the ending leaves you anxious to read the next book. And there will be a next book.
If you're a homeschooling parent, or older student, there is a great homeschool packet (57-page PDF) at http://michaelvey.com/ But this book totally stands alone as a good read and is not a homeschool-based book. This is just a neat supplement that can allow you to use the novel as a learning experience.
So, if you know me at all, you know I'm a quote collector from everything I read. I collected four from Michael Vey, but I'm going to share two with you now:
page 260: "You don't really nave to be smart to get good grades. Just good at what they tell you to do."
page 279, my favorite quote: "I was filled with gratitude for my unseen friends and I learned that harboring an emotion as powerful as gratitude has power of its own."
Michael Vey The Prisoner of Cell 25 is available at all major booksellers. Get a copy and read it with your pre-teens or teens. It will get you talking. It will get you reading. It will get you together. There's nothing better than that.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of "Michael Vey the Prisoner of Cell 25" in order to review it here on my website. I did not have to give a positive review. This is my true opinion. We all loved this book.