Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1) by Rick Riordan

I loved this book.  It was a fun, fast paced action story with lots of surprises.

Minutes after their grandmother's funeral, siblings Amy and Dan are invited to the reading of her will, where they learn that to inherit her fortune they must undertake a difficult challenge.  They will be competing with a number of their relatives to find the secret that will make him or her the most powerful person in the world.  They are given  just one clue to start them on their way.

Amy and Dan seem fairly normal, but some of their far flung cousins and aunts and uncles appear rather extreme.  I rather like their older uncle Alistair Oh.  Time will tell whether he is genuine about wanting to help the siblings and if he really does have information to share about their deceased parents.  Their au pair Nellie promises to be an asset throughout this search as she has untold skills that she sparingly reveals.

Not only is this book entertaining, it is educational.  I enjoyed learning about an important American historical figure.  I hope that this angle continues in the future books in this series.  This book is recommended for ages 8-12.

For more fun, visit the 39 Clues website where you can embark on your own quest.

Cover image courtesy Scholastic Books.


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