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39 Clues

Okay, I read the first one and liked it, a lot; however, I never finished the series for various reasons. So, I began reading The Medusa Plot this week and realized I need to finish the 39 Clues first! I went to Books-A-Million tonight and spent a few bucks and bought book two in the series. I will post the review of book one soon and as soon as I finish book two the review will follow. I am still reading The Medusa Plot because it is intriguing and I can’t stop!

We (husband too) bought the next few books in the series. After reading Cahills vs Vespers my husband was hooked. While he read book one (Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan) I read book two (One False Note by Gordon Korman). The series is made up of eleven books written by eight different children’s authors. That is one of the great things about the series. Each book has its own ‘flavor’ or ‘feel’ about it. The authors have different styles but are writing about the same characters. The manner in which the characters are revealed makes them more well rounded and full. Much more like real people than characters in a book.

Amy and Dan Cahill are orphans, they live with a horrible relative, and have a wealthy, but mysterious, grandmother. Upon her death the children learn about their other relatives and some crazy familial history. Their grandmother left a challenge behind for the entire family that could make the winner wealthier than Amy or Dan could ever imagine, if they won. They could opt out of the challenge and still walk away quite wealthy but stuck in their same situation with someone else controlling their lives. With the help of their au pair the Cahill children run away and begin an adventure of a lifetime as they find the 39 Clues.

Amy and Dan are hunted and hindered by the crazy array of relatives who also want to find the clues. Some of those relatives are willing to do anything, even kill each other, to figure out what the clues lead them to.

Maze of Bones (book 1) begins the journey in the US and leads them to France with information about Ben Franklin – Cahill relative, One False Note (book 2) takes them Italy and connects them to famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – another Cahill ancestor with connections to Ben Franklin and Marie Antoinette. Book 3, The Sword Thief (by Peter Lerangis), leads the siblings to Japan where they face down the Yakuza … HOWEVER, I am not done with book three so you will have to wait for my review!

Finished book 4, Beyond the Grave (by Jude Watson aka Judy Blundell) and book 5, The Black Circle (by Patrick Carman).

Okay, here is the update. Both hubby and I have read books 1 through 5. First, I need to state that my husband is dyslexic and has adult ADHD. As we read, he stayed on my six the entire time. I would finish a book and an hour later he picked it up and began. If I can get him to read something other than computer manuals and magazines I think that is an accomplishment but to keep his attention for 5 books in a series? THAT is a real accomplishment.

The only negative he had to say was that the books were “too fantastic” and “need more history.” Another shocker, he wanted more history and less fantasy?! I tried to explain that most kids reading these books would prefer less history.

The 39 Clues are a wonderful series for children and adults. The series is fun, funny, interesting, educational, and I can honestly say adults will love reading them as much as children.

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Comments on: "39 Clues" (3)

  1. Shawn Weisser said:

    Just finished book 6 in the series, In Too Deep by Jude Watson, and it is answering some great questions…or at least providing more tangible clues as to who killed the parents of Amy and Dan. Another clue to the Cahill mystery, a sad demise, distrusting a loved one, and a new family member make this book pivotal in the series. A trip to Australia opens another door while a trip to Jakarta closes one.

    So loving the history and geography lessons in these books. They are done in an interesting and entertaining way so students (children) and adults will love reading them. Yes, I do know how the story ends (I read book 10 and the new Cahills vs Vespers book 1) but it is still interesting all the same!

  2. Shawn Weisser said:

    Book 7, The Viper’s Nest by Peter Lerangis. To quote my husband, “These are great kids’ books. I liked the different ending in this one. Very interesting.”

    Yay! I thought so too. Amy, Dan, and Nellie are adding to the clues they have collected but still no understanding of what the clues add up to or why it is so important. They just know THEY have to be the ones to solve the mystery and keep the secret from the other Cahill clans. Their duplicitous Uncle Alistair Oh, the evil Isabel Kabra, and the muscle-bound Holts with as much brain-power combined as the family cat.

    The young Cahills and their au pair still do not know which clan they belong to, for certain, but are starting to find clues. Could they belong to the ones they are racing against? Could they be a part of the mysterious Madrigals everyone fears? Book 7 puts them one step closer to answering the mysteries about themselves, their parents, and their beloved grandmother, Grace.

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