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The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #1)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  20,446 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Are you ready to save the world? The bestselling series returns with an adventure spanning 6 explosive books, 2 secret-filled card packs, and a website that places readers right in the action.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world's most powerful family. They thought the hunt for 39 Clues leading to the source of that pow
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Hardcover, Special Library Edition, 222 pages
Published August 30th 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published July 5th 2011)
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Bookworm007
OHMYGODOHMYGOD OHMYGOD!!


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Oh lordy, after finishing the first series, I STILL don't get why it's soooo good! Especially with it being a kiddie series and...well, I'm not a kiddie...

This book was a GREAT and FANTASTIC start-off for "Cahills vs Vespers".

Things I love about it:
1) The Cahills are getting along in a "family" manner without the possibility of unexpectedly stabbing each other in the back.
2) The Vespers are delightfully sinister! I love them! They add more suspense a
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Maythin Kyi
It said about 2 siblings who are the members of the most powerful family in the world, the Cahill family.
When 7 of their relatives are kidnapped they got to do whatever Vesper One say to get them back. One mistake, one will die.
Cyndy
I CANNOT WAIT THIS LONG!!!!!!
Mith
2.5 stars. The extra half star to round it up to 3 is for the sheer fun the previous books were.

Not quite the page turner I was expecting. Oh, it was action-packed alright, but it somehow felt a bit lackluster compared to the previous 39 clues books. Where's Riordan when you need him?!

Amy and Dan are, once again, racing against time - this time trying to save the lives of seven of their lot who have been kidnapped by the mysterious Vesper One. He/she needs Amy and Dan to steal certain priceless
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Dempse Kb
Such a good book! Loved the previous series, this one is so far even more exciting. My son was worried about Gordon Korman being the author because his school MADE him read "Schooled" this summer, and he felt that was extremely preachy. He hates preachy. No time for preaching in this book... it moves really fast! I read it on a plane so it had my undivided attention (except for the soda my daughter spilled, and then my son... and then ME... Yes, we have the klutzy gene.).

GK did a great job desc
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Achala
Dan Brown meets Spy Kids. For something aimed at teens or tweens, it was interesting. A quick, breezy read. I'll probably catch up with the rest of the series in between bigger, weightier books.
Denisa
Apr 25, 2011 Denisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just read the synopsis. Dan is 13? Two years passes eh? Doesn't that mean Amy is 17? Whoas, hard to imagine man. can't wait to read... though I have to read Vespers Rising first ^.^
Jo
Jun 21, 2011 Jo marked it as to-read
August?!?!?!?! I HAVE TONWAIT TILL AUGUST?!?!?!?
Mary Jo Garcia
I just finished listening to this first book in the second 39 Clues series on the way back from a trip to Pennsylvania this weekend. I find audiobooks are a wonderful way to pass the time in the car, and books that are action-packed like the 39 Clues are especially riveting. The story kept me awake as I drove six hours in the dark.

That said, I'm losing some of my enthusiasm for this storyline. Now Dan and Amy Cahill are having to band together with some of the very relatives who were trying to
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Cathy
You never quite know with this series what you're going to get book to book because the authors change, but I thought this was one of the better installments. I liked the slightly more mature tone, it was appropriate after everything these kids have been through to acknowledge that they're pretty traumatized and to deal with that. But it's still simple enough for younger readers as well. it's still a bit silly, the idea that these kids could rob a major museum with a day of preparation is just r ...more
Jennifer
The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot

by: Gordon Korman

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545298391
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 8/30/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 478
Age range: 9 – 12 Years
Lexile: 730L (what’s this?)
Series: 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series, #1

By: Gordon Korman

Summary: The clue hunt is over, two years have passed and Dan and Amy are back in school. Their au pair, Nellie is away at school in France (for culinary lessons, of course), Uncle Fiske
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Get ready for another action packed installment of the famous 39 Clues series. You thought our heroes Amy and Dan were done after discovering the secret of the 39 clues? Well guess again. This new series is very exciting, with loads of suspense and mystery thrown in. Cahills are being kidnapped by an evil organization called the Vespers. Amy and Dan have to follow the Vespers demands or the unthinkable will happen.

Amy, now seventeen, is stronger and smarter than ever. Amy is amazing as she quick
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Markus
The Medusa Plot was a weird read. I liked the story, and I really enjoyed most of the characters, but I didn't understand what was going on. It seemed like this book had a very cool concept behind it, but nothing was explained throughout the whole book. I loved the concept of different families with different powers, but I just didn't know who was what. Maybe I skipped that page by accident? I liked that it had kids with special abilities in it, the story was not as serious thanks to that. I did ...more
Barb Middleton
Dan and Amy have to rescue seven Cahills who have been kidnapped by the Vespers. The two travel to Italy where they have to steal a Caravaggio painting called, Medusa, from the Uffizi Museum. The clues lead them next to the Colosseum in Rome.

Book one is vague on plot. It isn’t clear why the Vespers kidnapped that many people. I found this novel less funny, less believable, and more violent. Amy has a boyfriend and Dan is more serious. Dan also betrays his good friend which I thought was out of c
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Ginny
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Garrett M
Once again, Amy and Dan are off on another adventure. Many of their crazy relatives, who have now become friends, have been kidnapped by the mysterious group the Vespers. The leader of the group have sent Amy and Dan on a dangerous mission, threatening to hurt or kill the hostages. Join Amy and Dan as they do crazy things in this book following the 39 clues.

I gave this book a 4 star rating because even though it had and excellent idea for a plot, I did not like how much the characters have chang
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Karsyn
Typical Amy & Dan. Enjoyable.
Priyanka
Just posted this review on my blog http://www.PriyankaReads.com - check out this and many more young adult book reviews and recommendations there.

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Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Genre: Adventure

Age Recommended: 9 and up

The Medusa Plot is the first book of The 39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers series. The book is by far my favorite book of the series because it is so action- packed.

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Dan and Amy thought that as soon as they completed the Clue hunt, they could live n
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John Prosper
This book is AMAZING!!! It takes place after the first series. Amy and Dan thought they won the clue hunt and that their lives would be normal. But they were wrong. Now 7 Cahills have been kidnapped worldwide. Amy and Dan have received a package that contains a cell phone with one text message. "We have hostages. Do what we want or they die". This book keeps you reading until the end. I recommend this book to people who love mystery/detective fiction stories.
Taylor Groom
My book"The 39 Clues The Minnesota Plot'' is is about a 13-year-old boy named Daniel is older sister, Amy, they thought they belong to the most powerful Family in the world. In that other series 39 clues they were looking the 39 clues to reveal a secret that they're dead grandmother get them and in this series of 39 clues Cahills vs Vespers all of the Cahill's I've been kidnapped by the Vespers.
Cassandra Lê
It was a good book.... Will write my full review later. Just bought it from the book store. No, not in Vietnam, they don't sell that, in Australia, exactly.
I must said that I have always like the 39 clues series. They were hilarious, full with action and adventures, a little bit romance, and classified secrets.
But the medusa plot was a little disappointed. I don't know why....
Angie
The kids & I listen to this series in the car, and we thoroughly enjoyed the previous books. We were so excited to find this on and 2 others on CD at the library this week! As I've said before, it's DaVinci Code for kids. Even 'Mom' enjoys listening!! :)
Bradley
Gordon Korman starts off the next story in the 39 Clues series. A new threat arises, and it has everything planned out. First, 7 of the Cahill family are kidnapped from all around the world, all at the same time. Amy and Dan Cahill have been training for when another threat arrived, but we're never ready for this. They receive a phone from the kidnapper, Vesper One, asking for them to steal a priceless painting as ransom. They decide that it's best to do what the kidnappers want until other Cahi ...more
Savita
Have I mentioned how much I love this series? And, admittedly, this was defintely one of the best books--Korman is one of my favorite authors as it is.
Alex Smythe
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Dan and Amy have to rescue seven Cahills who have been kidnapped by the Vespers. The two travel to Italy where they have to steal a Caravaggio painting called, Medusa, from the Uffizi Museum. The clues lead them next to the Colosseum in Rome.

This book was really good and I really liked the 39 clues, but this book doesn't explain a lot. For example, why did the Vespers capture that many people? In some parts it doesn't make much sense.

You definitely need to be at least
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Katie
IT WAS SO EPIC! I'M A REALLY BAD REVIEWER WHEN IT COMES TO SERIES BOOKS THAT I LOVE, BUT THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! TOTALLY WORTH WAITING FOR!!!
Isabel
This book is great! I recommend reading all of the 39 Clues books!
Alexa
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

If you can't tell from my series review of the 39 Clues, I absolutely adore it - and the fact that there's this little spin-off makes me so, so happy. THE MEDUSA PLOT still has the elements I loved from the 39 Clues - adventure and action, exotic locations and the amazing Cahill family, but with a twist - the introduction of a completely new villain (the Vespers).

As with any 39 Clues book, we get to go an incredible, heart-pounding adventure along w
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Bethany
As much as I enjoy the 39 Clues, this one felt a little off and I think it's because of Dan. I just wasn't feeling his attitude or his "desire" now (I won't spoil it for those who want to read it). I understand the unsettling feeling of doing the 39 clues and then coming back to a life of normalcy is just not possible for some (re: Frodo), but I think it was his "desire" that kind of started to grate on me. I do think Amy returned to normalcy a little too well, but I suppose it makes sense since ...more
Kadbury(Young Readers)
*4.5 STARS*

OMG! The people who have Read The Maze of Bones(39 Clues Book #1) know how epic that book was but unfortunately the sequels did not live upto the EPICNESS that was the first book!

This book is AS Epic as Rick Riordan's Maze of Bones! I hope the rest of the spin off series is AS good as this book!

The author doesn't waste time trying to remind us of everything that has happened in the past and we get to meet Amy and Dan again! New characters are introduced but the focus is still on Amy
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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  • The Dead of Night (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #3)
  • Shatterproof (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #4)
  • Trust No One (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #5)
  • Day of Doom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, #6)
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