Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues) by Gordon Korman

The hunt for the 39 Clues is coming down towards the end for Dan and Amy Cahill. Gordon Korman tells the story of their hunt in China in book eight in the juvenile series, The Emperor's Code.

It hasn't been easy for Dan and Amy to travel around the world on a mad chase for power and the 39 Clues. They've been accompanied by their au pair, Nellie Gomez, and their cat, Saladin. Now, in China, while visiting the Forbidden City, they find a clue left by the last Emperor, Puyi. But, the two youngsters let their emotions get the best of them. During an argument about their parents, Dan runs away. Before getting far, he's kidnapped by one of the other families in the competition. It will take all of his ingenuity to escape, and then make his way to an unknown meeting place to find Amy.

Korman's addition to the 39 Clues series is a fast-paced, riveting one. With Dan and Amy on separate paths, the author has the opportunity to introduce readers to the Great Wall of China, the terracotta warriors, Mount Everest, and other points of Chinese history and geography. In this story, Dan's adventures are ones that boys will appreciate.

The next two books will bring this series to a close. The 39 Clues have been aimed at an audience of fourth grade and up as they introduce readers to history, geography and famous people. It's been a fun chase, and Korman's contribution, The Emperor's Code, won't disappoint any followers. It's one of the best in the series. The ninth book, Linda Sue Park's Storm Warning, has just been released. Let's hope she can keep up the pace.

Readers can join the hunt at

The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues Series #8) by Gordon Korman. Scholastic,Inc., ©2010.
ISBN 9780545060486 (hardcover), 176p.

FTC Full Disclosure: Scholastic sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.


cassandrajade said...

Sounds like an interesting concept and an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing this.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Cassandra. This was one of the best in the series, so far.