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The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1)

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The first book in this groundbreaking multimedia series sends readers around the world on the hunt for the 39 Clues. Written by #1 NYT bestseller Rick Riordan!

Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue."

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most p
ebook, 139 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published January 1st 2008)
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Evelyn I love this book!!! And there's 10 in the series so you can keep reading.
Sarah Carpenter I haven't read the series yet but from what I can tell from the research I have done about it each book in the series is written by a different…moreI haven't read the series yet but from what I can tell from the research I have done about it each book in the series is written by a different author. This one, by Rick Riordan, is the first in the series. I have heard that you don't absolutely have to read the books in order but it is recommended because they do relate to each other. I hope this answers your question!(less)
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Dec 10, 2015 Jim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book one of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, by author Rick Riordan, is an exciting young readers adventure book that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat; your toilet seat. That's because the only place worth reading this book is while you've got a few minutes of privacy on the porcelain throne.

Amy and Dan Cahill are typical squabbling siblings who believe one another are the most annoying brother and sister in the world. However, that all changes when they get summoned to their mega
Cindy Dobrez
Sep 19, 2008 Cindy Dobrez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've signed up for an online account, and am told I am a Lucien. Let the hunt begin. One of my 7th grade teachers read aloud the first chapter to her 130 students on Friday. Guess how many requests I have for the book now?

I finished the book last night, have entered one set of cards and unlocked my first clue, and have mastered the first five tasks the online game has presented to me. I wanted to be able to answer student questions about how to play or what was required. I plan to raffle off (fo
Sep 17, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died. For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event. They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace’s past adventures and exploring the many rooms.

After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will. Amy and Dan are included. Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be. No one expects what happens. Everyone is given a choice
Angel Koychev
Sep 26, 2016 Angel Koychev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an easy read, very nice, refreshing and relaxing! certainly not a difficult book but nonetheless enjoyable. I am already starting the second one.
Jessica Olson
Sep 04, 2016 Jessica Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read.
Sep 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
Reads like Luke W. was the ghostwriter. (Which means it's really good!) Starts with a bang!

I read this one pretty quickly, as it is definitely a page-turner. My expectations may have been excessively high, due to the fact that I like Rick Riordan and I've heard so much buzz about Scholastic's hope to keep themselves big in the post-Harry Potter market with this new "multi-platform" series (books, trading cards, internet game, and cash prizes). I'm giving this four stars and not five for the fact
Oct 03, 2010 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In Which Rick Riordan Attempts Another Harry Potteresque Cash Cow.

Good God, is this man the most shameless author currently working in children's literature? First the highly derivative (but at least marginally entertaining) Percy Jackson, and now this - a hokey National Treasure meets Amazing Race mash-up? 10 books, each written by a different author, that follow a sibling duo as they globetrot, attempting to piece together the titular clues in order to reveal a single earth-shattering prize
I really don't plan on ever reading this series again I'm just not a big fan anymore
Monica Edinger
Well, I've read MOST of it. The ARC is missing the ending. Scholastic did that on purpose because it is all part of the game, the cards, etc.

What I read was fun, but not amazing. It appears to be an Amazing Race sort of book --- a bunch of different groups all chasing around the world for clues that will solve a big mystery. This first one sets things up. Two kids (younger boy is a gaming/computer guy while the older sister is a shy bookworm) and their au pair (just happens to know the right la
Isa Cantos (Crónicas de una Merodeadora)
Pues para ser el primer libro de una serie de 11 no está taaaan mal. Aunque creo que se hace un poco lento porque sabes que la historia no va a avanzar mucho, precisamente porque la serie es taaaan larga. Pero no estoy diciendo que la premisa no sea interesante, es decir, ¿que un libro empiece con la muerte de una persona, la lectura de su testamento y una decisión entre un millón de dólares o la posibilidad de participar en una carrera que puede resultar mortal para buscar un tesoro gigante? Es ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Noella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Cahill has left behind her will and she has given those on the list a choice to take one million dollars or to be given a clue. That clue is one of 39 keys to unlocking the Cahills' greatest secret. Her grandson and granddaughter Dan and Amy are surprised their grandma gave them no warning given how close they were to her. Pitted against distant relatives, the siblings embark on the clue hunt which proves to be dangerous as they are seen as the prime contenders to solving the whole mystery ...more
Oct 23, 2008 Jessie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you liked The Westing Game, Chasing Vermeer and enjoyed the movie National Treasure, this book will at the very least not put you to sleep. But if you're looking for a piece of kids' fiction that will knock your socks off the way Harry Potter knocked most of our socks off, this ain't it.

This is the first in a series that publishing house Scholastic hopes will buoy its financial success along after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. If only this book were nearly as complex, well-writt
Eva Mitnick
My review copy of The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (Scholastic, 2008) came with 6 game cards embedded in the cover. After musing about how this would work in the public library, it occurred to me to read John Mason’s accompanying letter – library editions, of course, will feature reinforced binding and NO game cards.

Game cards? Yes, this is one of those “it’s a book! And a trading-card game! And an online game!” multi-platform series thingies. There will be ten books (outlined by Rick Riordan a
Kian.R {¥}
Oct 21, 2016 Kian.R {¥} rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I have been wanting to read this book since fifth grade, but I just never got to it. I always was reading 'I survived' back then.

The book starts of boring then gets better and better. It is about two kids and when they go to there grandma's funeral. They get invited to a 'scavenger hunt' to be the most powerful cahill ever. Benjamin Franklin was a cahill, and the two kids have to go around finding his clues to the thirty-nine clues. It is actually a very good story, authors take turns writi
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Well this is practically the 2nd time i've read this book. The 1st time i read it, it wasn't actually pleasent. I mean the charecters, the plot, the puzzle solving everything was okay but the writing style!!! It was awful!!! But wait! i've read it in Bengali then, the translated one! It made all the differences. No one write like uncle rick actually. The humor he writes with, the wits, the detailing everything is just awesome when HE writes it. No one can translate that i guess :).
Now the book
I was impressed with the first book in the "39 Clues" series.
I thought that it was going to just be a non-stop action adventure book for boys but it turns out to be something more.
The first book in the series "The Maze of Bones" is written by Rick Riordan, the author of the very popular Lightening Thief series. And each book following will be written by an acclaimed junior fiction author; Gordon Korman has penned the second in the series.
What I enjoyed is the amount of history, archaeology and
adrian (a slew of snicket)
Well, I used to loooove this book, primarily when i first read it, which was sometime around when i was ten years old. Now? Lets just say would rather read To Kill a Mockingbird, or Independence Hall, or re-attempt Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics, or......many other books ;-). But it is OK i guess...

This is a review for the whole of the first series.
Anastasia Antonova
Ну вот, я начала читать эту серию. В книжном где я работаю, мой взгляд часто останавливался на этих книгах, но читать я не решалась из-за объема. Пятнадцать книг, и то, это только те, что есть в переводе. Вообще их там штук тридцать. Слишком много ответвлений как по мне. Впрочем, посмотрим. Может быть, меня захватит на столько, что я буду молиться на них.
Первая книга мне понравилась. Риордан хорошо начал серию, читать было интересно. Люблю я как он пишет. Правда мне никогда не приходилось читат
Read this one a few times now, and still enjoy it every time :) I've just never gotten around to finishing the series, and I hope to this time. Sometimes I find it quite childish, like with the Holts, but I love the whole mystery aspect, and the suspense with the other teams and the danger and it's all so exciting!
I always figured I'd enjoy these books - I love solving puzzles, and I love reading, so what a delightful combination!

I was not disappointed. This books follows Amy and Dan Cahill, sister and brother (14 and 11 respectively) who accept the challenge to hunt down the 39 Clues of the Cahill family. They don't know what the clues will lead them into, or even what awaits them at the end, only that the whatever is there will make them quite powerful (and possibly save the world).

But, Amy and Dan are
I can't decide fully how much I liked this book. It really depends on the rest of the series. It was fun to read. It was very much like National Treasure though, which I do love.

These relatives of a deceased woman are put up to a challenge that could make them the most powerful of their family...or of the world...

It was a bit annoying...and this could be a little bit of a spoiler (so sorry if this bugs you...but I don't think it gives much away) how often when Amy and Dan found clues anot
Dec 09, 2008 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Supposedly the next "Harry Potter" according to the publishers, I got the book at the book fair and began reading it to my 4th graders. It definately reads like it is written as a screen play, not a novel. I hear a movie, action figures, etc. are in the works. The characters are flat and unlikeable, the plot was difficult to follow, and the clues weren't even remotely close to anything a grade school kid could figure out. Add to the fact that the first few clues were in France with tons of Frenc ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Since this one comes with games and such and I anticipate a lot of students reading it, I feel obligated to read it. Not that there isn't some interesting stuff in the book -- some of the history can lead to further interest from the readers, but there are also so many issues: full of cliches, flat/cardboard characters, easy-ways-out without intricate patterns, and remarkably draggy for this type of supposedly fast-paced, action-packed thriller. So far, some kids really enjoyed it and yet I also ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My expectations for The Maze of Bones were high, considering the author is Rick Riordan. I can trust him to deliver a crazy, fun and educational story. The events in this book were borderline ridiculous but were what made the story extremely enjoyable. I loved the protagonists Amy and Dan who are very different siblings. One always has her nose in a book and who I'd call the brains of the operation, the other who's not so bright but possesses a photographic memory and loves to collect rubbings o ...more
Eliza fuller
Feb 22, 2010 Eliza fuller is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i am on chapter twelve and i am at the part where they are following iriana in paris and they have found the headquarters of one of the branches in there family.
Marija *Whoever You're Mixing Your Drinks With Is Dying To Go To Town On You*
Another Rick Riordan book?! It must be great! Yeah, no. This book could have easily been written by any other writer out there. There was no humor or witty remarks as in PJO series or any other series by him. I think he did it because other books are written by different authors so he didn't want for characters to be different from author to author. But that's what made this book boring. Amy and Dan are so plain and predictable. Amy has social skills problems and Dan has photographic memory and ...more
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At A Glance

Young Adult; Mystery
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: nope.
Cliff Hanger: Kinda.
Rating: 3 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Plot: 5
Characters: 6
World Building: 5
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 4
Ending: 6

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
Worst Part: Copy cats everywhere.
Overall Feels Felt: Poor old lady!; I'd take the money!


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: For younger children yes

Short Review: Well this is pretty much National Treasure meets Ama
Sofia Teixeira
Jun 21, 2010 Sofia Teixeira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Riordan está, provavelmente, a tornar-se um dos meus autores preferidos de literatura juvenil/Young-Adult.
Depois de ter lido o primeiro livro da saga de Percy Jackson, fiquei rendida à escrita creativa e divertidíssima do escritor. Quando este livro me chegou às mãos, a vontade de o ler foi intantânea e em nada me desiludi.

O Labirinto de Ossos traz-nos uma competiação entre várias equipas formadas por pessoas dos vários clãs da família Cahill. Grace, a avó dos dois personagens principais Da
Kristine Hansen
This is another of those books that I really had wanted to like, but had a hard time with. I never really connected to the main characters, there were too many teams to keep track of decently (and you never got to know any of the bad guys all that well). I loved the bits of history all over the place, but every time they figured something out someone snuck up behind them to steal it. Which honestly had me at some point wanting to throw the book across the room and scream, "Can you at least post ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Lo terminé al fin! la vida de adulto no deja espacio para la lectura...
Bueno puedo decir que me gustó la historia aunque no fuese nada espectacular, pero segun los ratings este no es el mejor asi que tal vez lea el segundo a ver que tal.
La trama y los personajes son algo simples pero se entiende por la demográfica, y las pistas! Por Dios! me cuesta un poco creer que todas esas personas tan diferentes logren descubrir lo que significan casi al mismo tiempo, y la mitad son niños ... o sea no se...
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

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Other Books in the Series

The 39 Clues (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)
  • The Sword Thief (The 39 Clues, #3)
  • Beyond the Grave (The 39 Clues #4)
  • The Black Circle (The 39 Clues, #5)
  • In Too Deep (The 39 Clues, #6)
  • The Viper's Nest (39 Clues, #7)
  • The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues, #8)
  • Storm Warning (The 39 Clues, #9)
  • Into the Gauntlet (The 39 Clues, #10)
  • Vespers Rising (The 39 Clues, #11)

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“She led the way. Eyeless sockets of the dead seemed to stare at them as they passed.
"These are cool," Dan decided. "Maybe I could-"
"No, Dan," Amy said. "You can't collect human bones."
“I've got a few ideas," (Amy) admitted. "But I don't know where we're going in the long term. I mean - have you ever thought about what this ultimate treasure could be?"
"Something cool." (Dan)
"Oh, that's real helpful. I mean, what could make somebody the most powerful Cahill in history? And why thirty-nine clues?"
Dan shrugged. "Thirty-nine is a sweet number. It's thirteen times three. It's also the sum of five prime numbers in a row - 3,5,7,11,13. And if you add the first three powers of three, 3 to the first, 3 to the second, and s to the third, you get thirty-nine."
Amy stared at him. "How did you know that?"
"What do you mean? It's obvious.”
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