What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away ...or get the first clue and begin the search? At the reading of ...
What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world in the form of 39 clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away ...or get the first clue and begin the search? At the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy are given this choice - and they take the clue. Immediately, they are caught in a dangerous race against their own family members. The hunt is on. Think you've gone everywhere books can take you? Think again. Books are going to a new place, but you have to follow the clues to get there. Join Amy and Dan as they begin the hunt for the 39 Clues in "Book One: The Maze of Bones". The high-octane adventures will continue for a total of ten exhilarating books written by well-known authors over two years. The 39 Clues also encompasses hundreds of game cards and an online world that allows you to play a part in the story and compete for 100s of prizes, totalling over GBP50,000.
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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