Sunday, March 18, 2012
The 39 Clues: Cahillls vs. Vespers, Book 3: The Dead of Night by Peter Lerangis
Readers can catch up with them in Turkey, as they attempt to rescue Dan's best friend, Atticus Rosenbloom, a genius who is the last of the Guardians. Like the Cahills, the Guardians have fought the Vespers. Dan and Amy are Madrigals, the elite branch of the world's most powerful family, the Cahills. However, seven family members have been kidnapped, including their guardian, Nellie. In order to ransom them, Dan and Amy have had to perform tasks, many of the illegal, such as breaking into museums. They race around in response to orders from Vesper One, usually trying to beat the clock in order to keep their family members alive. Now, they're responsible for the safety of Atticus as well.
Younger readers will be caught up in the puzzles and history as the Cahills race around the world. Older readers will be intrigued by Amy's responsibility as head of the family, and the mystery involving Dan's messages from his father. Amy and Dan have always been there for each other, but Dan has often resented Amy's memories of their parents, memories he didn't share since he was so young when their parents were killed.
As always, this series is entertaining and educational, as well as suspenseful. Lerangis keeps the action and story moving quickly in The Dead of Night. It's a fun addition to the successful series.
The website for this series is www.the39clues.com
The Dead of Night, Book Three in The 39 Clues series, Cahills vs. Vespers by Peter Lerangis. Scholastic. 2012. ISBN 9780545298414 (hardcover), 190p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.