It is a pretty action packed book for kids - with double crossing, bombs, traveling the world, and never looking back. From page one I was sucked into the book and couldn't put it down. Even when I was sleeping last night I was thinking about the book - I even had a dream I was trying to solve the clues!
Grace Cahill has kept a very important secret to herself; even her own family doesn't know. For 400 years Cahills all over the world have worked to keep the secret safe until it was ready to be discovered. On her death bed, she knows it is time for the hunt to begin. She also knows what conniving backstabbers her family relations are and can only hope that both Dan and Amy (her grandchildren) will solve the clue - they are her only hope.
Before she dies, she gets her lawyer to take about the top secret will. The will contains the very first clue and who among the family are allowed to get it. At Grace's funeral only 40 of the hundreds of people to show up, are selected to hear the reading of her will. They are invited by the golden tickets found in their pamphlet. (The golden ticket made me think of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - except her funeral is much more subdued than candy land.) When the 40 guests gather in the room, they are told that they can either take the 1 million dollars Grace has bestowed them, or they can go on the greatest race known to man - but there is NO truing back and they only have 5 minutes to decide. Amy and Dan are the last to decide and they decide to join the race - there is no turning back now.
They get their au pair, Nellie to help them by being an adult like figure. With Nellie's help they go to Pairs on their first clue. However their relatives are hot on their trails, trying to hurt Amy and Dan any chance they get. With the first clue solved everyone is rushing to be the first to get the second clue - Amy and Dan already have a lead.
I have to read the second book!!! The 39 Clues is also a real life competition that Scholastic has put together. The books come with 6 'clue' cards of their own, and you can even buy the cards too! I'm not interested in playing the game - I just want to read the books :)
Steve has also reviewed this book which can be found by clicking here. His blog is here Book Reviews and More
Books in this series:
*The books will be written by different kid authors*
1) The 39 Clues: Book 1 The Maze of Bones
2) The 39 Clues: Book 2 One False Note
3) The 39 Clues: Book 3 The Sword Thief
4) The 39 Clues: Book 4 Beyond the Grave
5) The 39 Clues: Book 5 The Black Circle (Aug 11, 2009)
6) The 39 Clues: Book 6 In Too Deep (Nov 3, 2009)
7) The 39 Clues: Book 7 Untitled ( Feb 2, 2010)
8) The 39 Clues: Book 8 Untitled (Apr 6, 2010)
9) The 39 Clues: Book 9 TBA (Jun 2010)
10) The 39 Clues: Book 10 TBA (Sept 2010)
The 39 Clues: Book 1 Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. New York (c) 2008