My whole family LOVE this series. I got book 1 for my 8 year old daughter. I always read any new author/book before I let my kids read them just to make sure it is appropriate, and right away I knew both of my daughters would like it. My oldest daughter is 13 and also liked the first and second book in the series. Of coarse part of the appeal is being able to go online and do missions on the 39 clues website.
The two main characters in the book are Dan and Amy Cahill, they are both involved in a kind of a treasure hunt to find the 39 clues that will lead them to find out more about their family's history and of coarse it leads them to adventure and danger as they go up against their own distantly related relatives in a race to who can get to the treasure first. Although there are clues and hints that what is at the end of the treasure hunt is not necessarily a monetary reward, but yet something much bigger that if it falls into the wrong hands could be very bad for all humanity. What ever the treasure is it has made the Cahill family rich, powerful, and talented......
Reviewed by Karin Librarian for TeensReadToo.com
Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died. For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event. They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace's past adventures and exploring the many rooms.
After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will. Amy and Dan are included. Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be. No one expects what happens. Everyone is given a choice - take one million dollars or give it up for a clue. A clue that will lead to a deep family secret. The one who follows all 39 clues and uncovers the secret will become the most powerful Cahill in the world.
Amy and Dan are 1 of 7 teams competing for the clues. The other teams may be made up of family members, but that doesn't mean they aren't dangerous.
Everyone wants Amy and Dan out of the way. They think they have inside information since they were Grace's favorites. The problem is, Amy and Dan know even less than everyone else. They were never told how much influence the Cahill family has had in the world throughout the years. Because of their lack of knowledge and kind natures, Amy and Dan's lives are put in danger several times as they fly to Paris and search for Clue #2.
THE MAZE OF BONES is a fast-paced, adventure-filled mystery. Each book comes with a set of clue cards. You are encouraged to visit the website, create an account, and begin solving the puzzle. You can win over $100,000 in prizes.
The second book in the series, called ONE FALSE NOTE, is written by Gordon Korman and will be released December 2, 2008. Book Three is THE SWORD THIEF by Peter Lerangis and will be available on March 3, 2009. Seven more books are planned and the series will be completed in 2010.
OH - and if the clue cards and interactive website aren't enough, the books have already been optioned for a movie. Word has it, Steven Spielberg is going to direct. WOW!