The Maze of Bones

The Maze of Bones

Book rating: 04 Hardback 39 Clues

By (author) Rick Riordan

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  • Publisher: Scholastic US
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 191mm x 20mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0545060397
  • ISBN 13: 9780545060394
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 3,109

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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 that allows you to play a part in the story and compete for 100s of prizes, totalling over U50,000.

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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre series for adults. His books have won many accolades including a mention on the 2005 New York Times Notable list for The Lightning Thief. Rick lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.

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By Tarissa 06 Oct 2014 4

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!

By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010 5

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!