Ideally, you would read this before you dive head first into the series. I didn’t, but I’m still glad I read it. It’s the prequel to the series and answers some of the question I had throughout the first 10 books. I really like these two kids, and I love the series. I can’t imagine anyone, no matter what age or background, not enjoying the books. These kids are awesome, and the author, Maggie Dana, does a fantastic job keeping each new book fresh and amazing.