Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson books, is just one of the authors that teamed up with Scholastic, Inc. for a new series, The 39 Clues, aimed at kids ages 9-12, that combines books, clues, and an Internet game. Riordan wrote the first intriguing book, The Maze of Bones.
Just before she died, Grace Cahill changed her will. After her funeral, certain members of the large family were called together, and offered one million dollars, or the chance to surrender the money, and take on a challenge with 39 clues, a dangerous challenge that would leave only one team standing. Amy and Dan Cahill, Grace's orphaned grandchildren, always felt they were special to her. Now, they only feel lost and deserted, so, despite their guardian's wishes, they sign on for the challenge. They had no idea the Cahill family was so powerful in world history. But, it didn't take them long to find out how dangerous the challenge is, as they find themselves targets, escaping from fires and bombs, and racing around the country, and across the world.
The Maze of Bones has everything to capture a reader's attention. Who wouldn't want to read a book with a quest, clues, exotic locations, historical stories and family connections to historical figures? Then there are the explosions, fires, adventure, and the mysterious man in black. Add in the two orphaned children, fourteen-year-old Amy, who is a shy bookworm, and eleven-year-old Dan, who has a mathematical mind, collects everything, and is quick on his feet. And, this is only the first book in the series. Gordon Korman's contribution, the second book, One False Note, is due out on December 2. I can't wait!
The website for the game is www.the39clues.com
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan. Scholastic, Inc., ©2008. ISBN 9780545060394 (hardcover), 224p.