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The 39 Clues: Unstoppable: Nowhere to Run: Book 1

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

by Jude Watson

The 39 Clues is a great series written by multiple authors. Siblings, Amy and Dan, find themselves in turmoil as their parents and beloved grandmother, Grace, have been murdered and they are involved in a clue hunt to not only save themselves, but the entire world. This is the first book of the Unstoppable series, a sub-series in the 39 Clues world.

Amy and Dan have just finished another clue hunt to save members of their remarkable family and find out more about themselves, their parents and grandmother. Now, another entity has stolen something no one should possess and he is out to remove Amy and Dan from getting in his way as he attempts to dominate the world. These books are entertaining and educational as the characters travel all over the world, learn about famous people and events in history.

Great for the upper-elementary and middle school age kids. My husband even enjoys them!


You can also find a series of mystery and adventure games on the 39 Clues website.


School is getting back in session

English: Louise Arnold, a writer of Children's...

English: Louise Arnold, a writer of Children’s Literature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Four children reading the book How th...

English: Four children reading the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posts will be coming! I have read a couple of kids books over the summer. Mostly in preparation for the school year and teaching students about the library and its various uses. But, fun reading will ensue. I will plan to do reading club this year. Not like in years past but a real reading club. We will see what happens!

Summer Break

13-Gordon Korman 39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers

13-Gordon Korman 39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers (Photo credit: Scholastic Inc.)

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, folks. This is when I get caught up on my growth up reading! I will not be posting too much for elementary aged children here unless I find something new or unexpected. I did read another 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers (#6), Day of Doom, this week. By David Baldacci.

I have to say I liked the way he wrote this final(?) book of this series. A little darkness but also revelations about the who the characters ultimately are to themselves and to those around them.

Warning; however, there is some sadness. There will be death and redemption in this particular book.

Great job Mr. Baldacci! I look forward to more of your writing in this series (The 39 Clues).

Joy of Being a Children’s Librarian

I can read all the books I want without feeling embarrassed!! When I get funny looks from the checkout clerks in book stores my husband cheerily offers the explanation, “she’s a children’s librarian.” He likes the kids books as much as I do!

As of late he has taken to the 39 Clues series’ of books. We finished the first series in record time! He is reading the second series and is very opinionated about who the Vespers are and their motives! I even use him as an example to other parents as to the greatness of these books because my husband has dyslexia and reading was always difficult. He has a master’s degree in IT so he can read when he must but reading for enjoyment just did not happen. When I tell parents he read the series out of enjoyment for the story lines, the history, biographical information and geography touched upon, they are amazed!

I also get to enjoy the pure silliness of reading! Who doesn’t love Dirty Bertie and Walter the Farting Dog? I get to read silly and sometimes a little inappropriate material and share the fun of saying those forbidden words (stupid, dumb, and well, FART) AT SCHOOL!

No one has as much fun as I. I get to read it all. Prekindergarten level all the way through adult reading material. It is great!

I am currently reading a cozy mystery, a 39 Clues children’s adventure mystery, and a realistic fiction adult book. I have on request from my public library a YA sci-fi. No justification needed but just in case anyone actually asks, I AM A CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN!

The 39 Clues Series 1

Various authors. As an educator and librarian I absolutely love this series. The books are geared toward 4th – 6th grade student reading abilities but older students may enjoy them. Brother and sister are orphaned and placed with a horrible great aunt who detests them. Their grandmother is a kind and gracious woman but dies abruptly, so it seems, and leaves her substantial wealth to a group of relatives who are as foul and scheming as the great aunt. However, there is a catch. Each relative can walk away with a cool two mil OR they can enter the mysterious clue hunt. If they can collect the 39 clues and live to tell about it, the winner will have more power and wealth than they can imagine. Enter grandmother’s lawyer, an odd au pair, and the numerous relatives and descendants of the Cahill clan and you have a chase that leads the children to numerous countries, meeting famous and infamous, diverse, and devious, and sometimes even deadly, relatives who do not mind killing to get what they want.

Cahills vs. Vespers: The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman

So, the 39 Clues are over and I won’t tell you who won, but it will be obvious when you read The Medusa Plot. I won’t spoil it.

The Medusa Plot takes off where the 39 Clues left off. It seems that Amy and Dan Cahill are embroiled in another familial feud. This time is is the Vespers (not a Cahill family clan) and they want something from the Cahills. Members of the various Cahill clans are kidnapped and the siblings must follow the cryptic directions given via text message from Vesper One. Just like in the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan travel all over the world following clues and dodging death at every turn, but this time they have help from their cousins.

Gordon Korman does a great job in twisting the plot and setting up the youngsters to be hunted, threatened, nearly killed and so much more. Yes, there is more. I missed a bit of sleep to finish this book.

I am loving the two series and my students borrow them from my shelves. They are just as excited as I am about watching the kids reunite to fight for their familial clans. Great fun as we watch Amy mature into a young woman, with boyfriend in tow, and Dan becoming a little darker and more introspective. I can’t wait for book two!

The books are for fourth graders and up. A bit too violent (IMO) for younger students without parental involvement. We are talking life or death situations here, some kids are not ready for the emotions the books may bring up.

Teachers, go to for the Educator Network. Great tools to use the books in your teaching. Librarians, the books will stay checked out!

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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