Here is more info on the Philip Pullman series, His Dark Materials.
We saw The Seeker: The Dark is Rising over the weekend, and we were all disappointed. Why, oh why must they differ from the book so much and so needlessly? I am happy to support Walden Media and any media company that is trying to put out a better product than Hollywood normally generates. I just wish they would do it a little better.
I also began the Bartimaeus Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud. In The Amulet of Samarkand, Chapter One, a boy summons a djinni. The djinni then plots to disturb the boy's mind by showing him pictures of naked women. That's as far as I got. Not Recommended.
Midnight for Charlie Bone, from The Children of the Red King series by Jenny Nimmo is a fantasy book about a boy who discovers he has a special power, gets sent to a special school, and is trying to discover what happened to his father. Nimmo has some interesting twists on what could be a formulaic series. Recommended.