Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What is the Maze of Bones?

Dan and Amy Cahill are stunned when their grandmother’s will is read, and there's a twist. Many relatives have come from near and far to find out what Grace Cahill left them. What the relatives get instead is a challenge- they may either take the money she left them and move on with their lives, or they may forfeit the money and begin a dangerous adventure in which they must try to uncover a series of clues to a secret that will make them the most powerful person on Earth. Most of Dan and Amy’s relatives don’t like them, and they act like they're out to get them. Without much time to decide, Dan and Amy agree to take the challenge, after all, they don’t have any family left who they can live with, and they are annoyed that other family members think they don’t have what it takes to win. The game is on! Figuring out the first clue isn’t easy, and along the way they have to decide out who to trust. They must rely on their instincts and hope for the best. Of course, having some special talents and skills will also go a long way. Will Dan and Amy be able to solve the first clue? Where will it take them, and how will two kids be able to travel on a small budget? Where in the world will they find a maze of bones? Can Dan and Amy uncover the second clue before another relative snatches it up? Begin this adventure with the Cahills and see if you can figure out the clues!

I recommend The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, Book 1) by Rick Riordan to kids in third grade and up. If you like trying to figure out mysteries, then this is a story you'll certainly enjoy. Dan and Amy have opposite personalities, which gives the reader the chance to relate to at least one of them, if not both. I like that the siblings get to test themselves, and I learned a lot about history and an important historical figure. There is lots of humor and enough suspense to make you not want to put this book down. I know this is the first in a very long series, each written by a different author (sometimes the same author might write another book in the series). I think it is exciting that there is a real challenge for readers to solve the cases and win a real prize. I don’t think all the books are out yet, so there's still time to get in on the adventure. One this is certain, I'm hooked and need to read the next book!

Has anyone else read The Maze of Bones (39 Clues, Book 1)? Have you read another book by Rick Riordan? Or have you read another book in the 39 Clues series? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~L

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31 comments:

  1. I liked the first book in the series too. But I didn't go on. There are just too many books in the series for all the other books I want to read. But a great series for kids in elementary school.

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    1. Natalie- I can understand why you didn't read on since the series is so large. Definitely a great read though. :) ~L

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  2. Interesting premise! I think it would be more realistic, though, if they had to complete the adventures in order to get the money. Most of us would just take the money! Who wants to be the most powerful person in the world anyway?

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    1. Stephanie- When they were given the challenge that is what I was thinking too! I would have taken the money because I don't want power. The author did a great job giving Dan and Amy a reason to pursue the challenge. :) ~L

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  3. I read and really enjoyed the first 2 in the series when they first came out. Many of my students have enjoyed them too :)

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    1. Jemi- How awesome that you read the first two in the series! I bet there are kids everywhere enjoying the series. :) ~L

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  4. What an intriguing plot. Mysteries are so much fun. I haven't read any of these books, but may have to change that.

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    1. Beverly- I really enjoyed the first book in the series. Great mystery! :) ~L

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  5. I haven't read any in this series, although I've read many of his other books. Intriguing premise.

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    1. Barbara- I have read other books by Riordan too- so it was great to read something else by him. Thanks for visiting. :) ~L

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  6. Ooh, this sounds like an adventure with a difference.

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  7. Haven't read it, but I enjoy Rick Riordan's writing style. :-)

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    1. Misha- I like his style too- and he did a great job with this one! :) ~L

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  8. My son has read this one. In fact, he's read the entire series. He told me I should read it too, but I'm not sure I could handle all the different authors for the same series. He said it threw him a little bit too.

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    1. Crystal- How cool that your son read the entire series. I am curious to see how all the different authors work out. :) ~L

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  9. I have not read any of his books but growing up my sibling have. He is a great author.

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    1. Lady Lilith- He is a great author and I definitely recommend his books. :) ~L

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  10. Love the title. What a cool plot!

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    1. M. Pax- I love the title too and the plot was awesome. :) ~L

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  11. Exactly how long is this series? I keep seeing the books around.

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    1. There are 11 books in the original series (The Clue Hunt) - 6 books in the Cahills Vs Vespers series and 3 books so far in the Unstoppable series (planned to have 4 books).

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    2. Heidi and Erik- So glad Erik was able to chime in and help out with your question. Plus- now I feel like the series is doable. I can read the first 11 without a problem! :) ~L

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  12. I've read ALL of the 39 Clues books in all of the series and I've read all of Rick Riordan's (children's) books. Riordan's books are AWESOME! The 39 Clues series is wonderful. Most of the books are awesome - a couple of them are - MEH, not so great but good. Jude Watson is one of my favorite 39 Clues authors. She is an awesome writer!

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    1. Erik- You are a reading machine! I love that you read them all! I agree with you that Riordan's books are awesome! :) Thanks for your input about the series. ~L

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  13. I'm sure this is a plot that will intrigue children who think being the most powerful person in the world would be cool. Sounds like a wining series.

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    1. Anna- Definitely intriguing! I am curious to know more and to find out what happens. :) ~L

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  14. +JMJ+

    I've read the first five books in the 39 Clues series, but I prefer Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books. =) I guess I'm okay with rewriting mythology, but not too cool with the conspiracy theory of history! LOL!

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    1. Enbrethiliel- I love that you read the first 5 in this series! I love Riordan's Percy Jackson series too- so I can understand why you enjoy his rewriting of mythology. :) ~L

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  15. I haven't read Riordan yet, but this sounds good, both for myself and in my classroom library.

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    1. Medeia- Definitely a great addition to your classroom library. I hope you get to read some Riordan soon! SOOOO good! :) ~L

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