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The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues #8)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  32,081 Ratings  ·  469 Reviews
As the race to find the 39 Clues builds to its explosive finish, Amy and Dan must explore an ancient culture and steal a Clue guarded by thousands of the world's best-trained soldiers. It's the most dangerous Clue search yet. As their enemies crowd in, Amy and Dan find themselves separated for the first time ever. The choice lies before them - find the next Clue, or find t ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Scholastic Inc. (first published 2010)
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Chris R
Feb 05, 2013 Chris R rated it it was amazing
Today i will be reviewing the great 39 Clues Series Book 8.

In Amy and Dans Journey they have their Au-Pa Nelly help them along the way. As they Journey through they find the difference between trusting in someone or hoping in someone like when Dan teamed up with their rival Jonah Wizard when he and his sister get mad and search for clues on their own, but Dan finds out soon enough that people can't be trusted when Jonah turnes on Dan but realizes it a mistake...
(Pg 129 "You were sup
Luke!GO LSU!
Dan has been kidnaped by the Kabras! They try to get infermation about the clue in China but get none at all, so they dump him at a lolipop factory. The reason Dan isnt with Amy is becasue they got mad at each other ( Amy was talking rudly about their parents). Since they have found out they were Madgrgals they have changed alot.... I think so far that this book has been very boring and almost no adventure at all. Even though the writer puts a picture in my mind its not one thats very exicting.. ...more
Dione Basseri
Feb 04, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-done
After the bit of a cop-out ending of the previous book, we finally get to see the fallout of Dan and Amy's Cahill branch revelation. And it's...pretty angsty, for no real reason, so far. They're convinced that, as Madrigals, they're some sort of monsters. And, just when they really need each other the most, they're split up, Amy and Nellie together, and Dan alone in Shanghai.

Until he runs into Jonah Wizard.

Every few books seems to focus on humanizing a Cahill member, and this time we see Jonah a
Kristine Lopez
Feb 08, 2011 Kristine Lopez rated it it was amazing

NELLIE. She's a very very confusing character. On the first 7 books, it made you doubt her and then the doubt turned into trust again. Here, she admits it herself! IS SHE A FRIED OR A FOE??? (better check out the for that. LOL)
AMY! What is she thinking?!? Really? WHY did she ever thought about her parents that way just because she's a
It was about average for the series, better than a few but not one of the most amazing. I enjoyed the way this book used history, weaving it into the story more than lecturing. There were just a few too many coincidences, even based on the scale of this juvenile/YA series. I was especially annoyed by the way Dan found a clue at the beginning, it was just too too easy. Also, some of the language was just not how kids think or speak; at one point Dan muses about the unstoppable juggernaut that kil ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Nya added it
Dan was awesome in this!!!
Lady Flo
Jul 08, 2015 Lady Flo rated it it was amazing
A journey to the east! Again. But this time to China. Without knowing where to go and what to look for, Amy and Dan headed for China with a simple and indefinite lead. On top of that, they've got separated in the most populated country, and been deceived by Jonah Wizard to get what he want. The only way to find each other was to follow the clue hunt.
But what I most liked in the book was The Great Wall of China being described. A structure with thousands of years' history. The place where I want
Jun 18, 2015 DaRealSam.U.El rated it it was amazing
A good book.
Pms Student
Oct 20, 2015 Pms Student rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-1-2
I had many connections with this book. One connection is when Amy and Dan argue together, and that reminded me of when my brother and I argue and fight. Then something happens to Dan and Nellie, and Amy get really worried. They go all over China and travel many places, and that reminded me of all of the family trips I have taken with my family. In the end, Amy and Dan find a huge clue for the clue hunt. You have to read it to know where they will go next. I really liked this book because it remi ...more
Feb 12, 2015 Mackenzie rated it liked it
I still have two more to go, but this was definitely one of the better books in the series. However, it's sad that one of the best parts also served to highlight one of the series' main flaws.

I enjoyed when the past authors chose to develop Ian and Hamilton's characters a little more, but I think I liked the character development of Jonah in this book even more. ...You know... Once I remembered who Jonah was. And that's the thing... The Holts and the Kabras are a little more consistent, but with
Kristian Rigdon
Mar 01, 2015 Kristian Rigdon rated it it was amazing
If I had to pick 3 of these books, this would be one of them, for these reasons. Guess, A-G choice!

A.Dan gets kidnapped by Kabras!
B.Amy and Nellie have to find him!
C.Clue or Dan!
D.Johan and Dan, Trustworthy or not?

Answer (E)

Now anyway's lets explain this, Ian and Natalie kidnapped Dan after an argument happened, Amy and Nellie looked everywhere for him. But for some reason, he's in a machine that puts wrappers on candy. And what is the best choice?
Oct 07, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
There is an attention grabber that might get everyones attention "Why would only two seats be showing something different?" that happened on the airplane and felt kinda weird. Although the book is a Mystery book so probably if anyone likes Mystery books you might want to get the first book. I really love the book there are so many interesting clues and funny moments with Amy and Dan this would seem like a really good book for some people.

The book starts in an airplane with Amy, Dan, Nellie, an
Jan 21, 2016 J.D.Staton rated it really liked it
In this edition of the 39 Clues series, Amy and Dan spend nearly all of the book separated from each other and struggling to reunite, again, by following the clue information they manage to gather, all across China. The description of the lifestyles encountered there felt realistic and well-informed. The educational and historical focus of these stories continues to enlighten YA and adult readers, alike. The identity crises both Amy and Dan are forced to struggle with, as they learn more about t ...more
Juan Pantoja
Jan 17, 2014 Juan Pantoja rated it it was amazing
Finally a book came out that is so interesting that I had to get new eye's for not blinking.***SPOILER ALERT***. In this book Dan gets lost in China, a country with over 1 billion people! The genre is Realistic Fiction.

The setting of The Emperor's Code is in China. Amy and Dan went to China to find clues to become the smartest and most powerful people in the world, but Amy said that tere parents were madrigals so maybe they should hate their parents, but Dan got so mad at what she said that Dan
Dec 15, 2014 Thomas rated it it was amazing
In the book series the 39 clues it is one of few series that have joint authors in all the books. In the book the emperor code the author is written by gordman Korman. The 39 clues is about the Cahill family the Cahill family has been every body important since the 1400s. Now in the early 21st century two kids Amy and Dan Cahill have to solve the mystery of the 39 clues or else another one of their power hungry backstabbing relatives will get it first. In this book their are daring escapes, feat ...more
Jeremy Juarez
May 26, 2015 Jeremy Juarez rated it it was amazing
Amy and Dan look for there next clue but don't know where it is.Amy and Dan go to a museum to go get hint for the clue and finds it.Amy and Dan got into a fight at the museum and Dan ran away.When Dan was running from Amy he got kidnapped by Ian and Natalie cobra and put Dan to sleep.When Dan wakes up he finds himself in Jonah's factory and Jonah said he will help Dan find Amy and his babysitter.Dan is wondering around somewhere and finds Amy.Amy and Dan figure out that the clue is on top of Mou ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Sue rated it really liked it
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Oct 18, 2014 Tarissa rated it it was amazing
The Cahill family hits China for the next clue in the worldwide hunt, encountering the famous terracotta warriors. A rift between the siblings ensues and secrets spill out. The Cahills won't ever be the same after realizing a new discovery about what the 39 Clues signify.

Not to give away one of the big landmarks in the story, but I absolutely loved the adventure Amy and Dan had after leaving China. (For those of you who have read it >>> The mini-adventure makes me excited to read Korma
Tendril Zam
I love this book..... They even go up on top of the mount everest. When and amy and dan get back together, it is to get the clue on top of the Mountain. when they get the clue it is another vial of chemical but they cannot escape with it as the holts and the kabras are behind them. On that cold mountain Ian slips as well as the clue he is holding, amy manages to get hold of the clue but ian is about to fall so amy chooses to let the clue go and save Ian. Dan has told the wizard family that they ...more
Nov 24, 2009 Quinn marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
Not coming out till 2010 or 2011!
Salma Saif.
Feb 04, 2010 Salma Saif. rated it it was amazing
all the 39 Clues books are filled with adventure and mystery.
Jan 20, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
The eighth installment sees Amy and Dan, still trying to come to grips with recent revelations about their identities, separated in China. Dan is rescued by his famous cousin Jonah and thoroughly enjoys his taste of the high life while Amy and Nellie try desperately to reconnect. Both Cahill siblings find new leads and renewed appreciation for each other. Dan’s independent stretch seems to do him a great deal of good; it helps him mature and discover a sense of purpose, much as Amy’s recollectio ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Mandy rated it liked it
The Cahills are in China in this book. After a big fight between the siblings, Dan takes off and is kidnapped. Jonah Wizard makes a big appearance in this book and he and Dan are off on an adventure that takes them into the depths of the terracotta warriors.

This one was a pretty good book. I liked how they split apart in this one and finally come back together to reach the ultimate heights.

It was also a bit more far-fetched than some of the previous books, which wasn't a bad thing, but it still
May 14, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Amy, Dan and Nellie find themselves searching for clues in China. They are visiting the Forbidden City when the kids have an argument. Dan takes off in anger and is kidnapped by the Kabras, then inadvertently "rescued" by Jonah Wizard -- who later puts him in danger while seeking a clue in the Terracotta Army archeological site -- while Amy and Nellie are searching for him. They eventually connect again at an ultralight helicopter at the foot of Mt Everest.

Good story. I especially like the hist
Apr 03, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wouldn't say the best but it was good.
Dade Ulmen
Feb 16, 2013 Dade Ulmen rated it it was amazing
Down-right AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 09, 2015 Bradley rated it really liked it
Gordon Korman makes a return to the 39 Clues series as well with the eighth book, the Emperor's Code. In this book, Dan and Amy travel to China. They make it to their first lead quickly, but after an argument, Dan runs away. After being kidnapped and released by the Kabras, he tags along with Jonah Wizard in hopes to find his sister.Meanwhile Amy and Nellie are trying to find Dan on the search for the clues.I recommend this book to people that enjoy the series so far and like mystery and/or adve ...more
Julie Carpenter
I just absolutely LOVE this series. I highly recommend it to everyone wether you are old or young. My children love to listen to them. It's become tradition for long car rides to check one out at the library and listen while we drive. They beg for us to turn it on and listen nonstop.

The narrator does an amazing job if you choose to listen or reading it is just as good. Great group of authors that came together to write this series. There are several times where we all just laugh out loud at the
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Mar 06, 2012 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Still hot on the trail of the 39 Clues Dan and Amy Cahill find themselves in China hoping that the trail will continue to lead them to treasure beyond their wildest dreams.

At The Forbidden City in Beijing, Dan and Amy get an up close tour of the famous Terra Cotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di. He was the first Chinese Emperor. (A Cahill of course!) He is well known for unifying China and for building The Great Wall of China. He is also famous for the statue army that was placed in his tomb.
Jul 15, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
And so the hunt for the 39 clues continues, culminating in another revelation at the end of this book with enough unanswered questions to leave the reader anxious to read the next book. For the first time, 11 year-old Dan Cahill gets separated from his 14 year-old sister Amy Cahill and their au pair Nellie Gomez in China, a country with a population of over one billion people. Dan inadvertently joins Jonah Wizard and we learn more about this character, the Janus branch, and his role in the searc ...more
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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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“Oh, no-" They weren't even on the runway, and Jonah's father was already immersed in his BlackBerry. "Remember those 'Live Large with the Wiz Generation' posters? Well, guess how that translates into Chinese- 'Jonah Wizard Makes Your Ancestors Fat'.” 49 likes
“In our family, you don't get a childhood. We're too busy trying to dominate the world.” 47 likes
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