Synopses & Reviews
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!
"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 (), 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.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
During the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy Cahill learn that their family is one of the world's most powerful--and the source of that power is hidden around the world in the form of 39 Clues. The siblings are soon caught in a dangerous race in this first of a groundbreaking interactive new series.
Let the hunt begin. During the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy Cahill learn that the secrets to their family's power is hidden in the form of 39 Clues around the world. This interactive new series allows readers to collect the cards, win the game, and win the prizes.
The first book in the #1 bestselling phenomenon sends readers around the world on the hunt for the 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.
Now the hunter has become the hunted
Max is just your average kid growing up in Gallows Hill, a small town outside of Bostonwell, except that he lives in a gothic mansion with an old former prizefighter, and his after-school job is carrying on the monster-hunting tradition of his family, the van Helsings.
Despite the bloody legacy hes inherited, Max always tries to be kind and fair to the ghouls, demons, and other creatures he encounters. So hes confused when monsters start attacking him willy-nillyeven those he thought of as friends. Max discovers hes been cursed by an evil Warlock who intends to reclaim the earth for the monsters. To save his life, Max must rely on his gearhead friend Syd, his boy-genius neighbor Wing, and his brand-new puppy for help. But time is running out, and if they cant figure out how to break the Thirteenth Curse, Maxand the world as we know itwill be in deep, deep trouble
About the Author
Curtis Jobling is the author of the Wereworld series, which includes Rise of the Wolf
, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Waterstones Prize, Rage of Lions
, Shadow of the Hawk
, Nest of Serpents
, Storm of Sharks
, and War of the Werelords
. He is also the designer of the worldwide hit childrens television show Bob the Builder
, and the author/illustrator of numerous childrens books. He lives with his family in Cheshire, England. Visit Curtis online at curtisjobling.com.