Ah, the first 'manga' I ever read.
I first read the Maximum Ride series when I was 10 or 11, and it's what first got me into anime. I then moved on to Death Note and Naruto.
This series will always be close to my heart, its the perfect series for a young teen. I had the biggest crush on Fang as a kid, and I always wanted to be just like Max. I still sometimes pick up the books I still own, and it is still very good and the art is beautiful. I wish they made it into an anime! (Let's pretend the movie never came to be...)