Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue." Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues ...
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue." Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents. The 39 Clues is Scholastic's groundbreaking new series, spanning 10 adrenaline-charged books, 350 trading cards, and an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes. The 39 Clues books set the story, and the cards, website and game allow kids to participate in it. Kids visit the website - www.the39clues.com - and discover they are lost members of the Cahill family. They set up online accounts where they can compete against other kids and against Cahill characters to find all 39 clues. Through the website, kids can track their points and clues, manage their card collections, dig through the Cahill archives for secrets, and "travel" the world to collect Cahill artifacts, interview characters, and hunt down clues. Collecting cards helps: Each card is a piece of evidence containing information on a Cahill, a clue, or a family secret. Every kid is a winner - we'll give away prizes through the books, the website and the cards, including a grand prize of $10,000!
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This book is the great start to a cool series. The plot begins with an old woman named Grace Cahill dying. In her last will, she supplied a huge decision to be made from each of her relatives. The decision? Each person can either take a million dollars... or... they can embark on the quest of a lifetime. No one even knows what is at the end of this quest, whether it would be beneficial to take on the challenge, or to just go home with an easy million.
Brother and sister, Amy and Dan, are Grace Cahill's grandchildren. They are about to experience an adventure like never before, and you're going to join them. "The Maze of Bones" paints a colorful picture of history. I felt like I learned much about Benjamin Franklin, for sure. I think many kids will be surprised how fun history can be when you have a research project in front of you that might end up taking your life. With impending doom at every corner, and sneaky relatives trying to get ahead, there is much at stake as the clues unfold for these children.
There are a couple remarks that the kids made which I didn't "appreciate", but I just laughed it off instead of thinking about it too much.
If you've ever read "The Westing Game", then you'll notice the plot is somewhat similar. I just can't believe that this series is going to stretch across 39 books (or, at least, I'm guessing it will). Can't wait for more!
Mar 18, 2010
not one of my favorites
There is too much going on in this book. It is obvious that the author wants you to continue to buy the next in the series.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-22 Built around a ripe conceit--wealthy matriarch scatters cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune around the globe--this first installment in a projected 10-book series is tons of fun. Lead-off hitter Riordan (The Lightning Thief) mixes just the right proportions of suspense, peril and puzzles in a fast-paced read (Riordan mapped the narrative arc for all 10 volumes, but other high-profile authors will be writing for the series, too). Likable orphans Amy and Dan Cahill have moxie (plus Dan can memorize numbers instantly) and frailties (Amy hates crowds). As the siblings compete with less honorable members of the Cahill clan, all distantly related to Benjamin Franklin, to win the fortune by collecting all 39 clues (only two are found in this first book), they learn about their dead parents, each other and world history. The humor is spot on--one uncle is credited with inventing the microwave burrito. The only flaw? The story does not end so much as drop off a cliff. (The second book, One False Note by Gordon Korman, is set to arrive in December.) While waiting, readers can collect cards, each of which contains evidence, and play the online game (www.the39clues.com), for which Scholastic is offering over $100,000 in prizes. This ought to have as much appeal to parents as it does to kids--it's Webkinz without the stuffed animals, and a rollicking good read. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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