I Am Number 4 is by Pittacus Lore. The first book in The Lorien Legacies. The planet of Lorien is destroyed for its resources by the evil Mogadorians. They manage to send nine infants and their caretakers to Earth. Once here they must separate and hide until their legacies (powers) appear and they can return and fight the Mogadorians, who can only kill them in numerical order as long as they are separated. The first three are dead. John Smith, a 15-year-old in Paradise, Ohio, is Number 4 and he has just moved to town. He and his "father", Henri, have been hiding for years waiting for his powers to develop; now this is finally beginning. Being the new kid in town isn't easy for humans, but John finds it more difficult. He meets a human girl and begins a relationship with her and even finds a friend - and then the Mogadorians find him. Can his powers develop quickly enough to save him? Can he save his new friend and girlfriend, and maybe Earth? An action-packed science fiction read boys and girls will enjoy.
Ratings: 7th grade - 9 out of 10 - V (violence).