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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.


Fairy Tale Read-a-Thon Starting Line and Progress Post

"One of the lovely things about writing i...

“One of the lovely things about writing is you can get revenge.” -Gail Carson Levine (Photo credit: MrSchuReads)

Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite authors. She writes books anyone can read, but what I find wonderful about her books is they show young girls that they can overcome adversity. Her books are so well written that some of my boys, those who are willing to give a “girl’s book” a chance, find they love them and begin recommending them to their peers.
Great for all ages. Great for all genders.

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The Details

  • What: An event to read fairy tales and retellings, with minichallenges almost every day and a Twitter chat on Sept. 6.
  • Where: Debz Bookshelf (Click for details.)
  • When: Sept. 1- Sept. 7

My To-Read List

This is open to change, particularly if I get to the library where I can get other fairy tales, but here are some books I am considering reading for the event.

My Progress

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Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure by Thea Stilton

Read from March 25 to 29, 2013
This was the first Thea Stilton book I have read and there wasn’t much Thea Stilton in it. The story was about the “Thea Sisters” instead. A group of teenage girls who are friends with Thea and admire her so much they call themselves the Thea Sisters. The girls visit a Japanese school where they meet and become best friends with a Japanese student. A kidnapping, a theft and a betrayal set the stage for heartwarming reconciliation between father and daughter. In the end, the kidnapper, the thief and the betrayal are rectified and they all live happily ever after.

I like the Thea Stilton series for the same reasons I like Geronimo Stilton, the books contain cultural information and a wonderful array of vocabulary words. My students love the graphic novel-esque feel to the books. The down side to these books is that they are written in a format method. After a couple of the books I am bored. This Thea Stilton book did not excite me as much as I thought it would. Still, for third and fourth grade reading ability the books will hold the interest and students may actually learn something while they read!

Don’t flog me, please!!!

I have had an eventful summer so my blogging has been limited. However, my reading has not!

I received a wonderful call from the assistant superintendent for our district asking if I could spend some money … FAST! A couple of hours later I had spent about 25K! As a result, I went back to work early and began reorganizing my library to accommodate the new materials and then to process the new materials.

The downsides (yes, plural) are 1) lack of work free summer – I have not had one of those before, and 2) I was asked to process the new textbooks for all of the new materials teachers were receiving. We had enough funding left over to purchase all new materials for every subject and every grade level. AWESOME! Well, except for the processing part.

We officially go back to work on Monday to get ready for the students after labor day. I still have 33 boxes to open and process in two weeks by myself. I don’t mind because the students will be excited!

Now, onto blogging about the books I read this summer!

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