39 Clues: Maze of Bones

cover image for The Maze of BonesRiordan, R. (2008) 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones.  New York, NY: Scholastic.




Dan and Amy Cahill have been orphans for so long that Dan barely remembers their parents.  Now they have lost their grandmother as well, the only person left in the world that actually cared about them.   In her will Grace Cahill leaves them a choice, they can each have one million dollars, or between them they can share a clue to the greatest mystery and treasure the world has ever known.  Dan and Amy would be more than content with a couple million between them, but as minors their money would be controlled by their guardian, Aunt Beatrice, and for all they know there would be none left by they time they are old enough to spend it.  So Dan and Amy take the clue – and set off on a dangerous adventure to uncover the truth about their parents and the rest of the Cahill clan.

An adventure story that is part The Westing Game, part National Treasure, and part The Eleventh Hour?  Yeah, I was pretty much hooked from the first page.  Lots of tweens will be to – and already are, judging by how often this book is requested at my library.

Aside form the mystery, the part I like best was that Dan and Amy are quite believable as siblings.  They both annoy and love each other and each has different strengths and weaknesses.  The mystery itself is more than a little farfetched, but that’s part of what makes it so much fun, and the interesting and true historical facts that Amy and Dan so often use to take them to their next clue are in fact interesting and might even inspire a little bit of interest in history, science, and all those other supposedly boring scholarly subjects.

Best for ages 8-12


Series website: http://www.the39clues.com/


Author website: http://www.rickriordan.com/home.aspx


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