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

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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
Today i will be reviewing the great 39 Clues Series Book 8.

Summary...
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
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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
Kristine Lopez
AS ALWAYS...THE BOOK IS TOTALLY AWESOME! AS IN, TO THE HIGHEST LEVEL!

DAN!!!!! IS HE KIDNAPPED OR WENT OFF ON HIS OWN WILL? WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM?!?
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 friendsorfoe.com for that. LOL)
AMY! What is she thinking?!? Really? WHY did she ever thought about her parents that way just because she's a
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Cathy
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
Justin Santana
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
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Juan Pantoja
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
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Thomas
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
Tarissa
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
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Quinn
Nov 24, 2009 Quinn marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
Not coming out till 2010 or 2011!
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Salma Saif.
all the 39 Clues books are filled with adventure and mystery.
Dade Ulmen
Down-right AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
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.
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Laura
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
Beaulah Pragg
Oh my... I say it every time, but this was my favourite in the series thus far. The stakes just keep getting higher and higher and breaking Amy and Dan up in the impossible massiveness of China was certainly a heart pounding development.

I enjoyed the locations and history (from the Great Wall to the Shaolin Monk's temple) the people (like the Last Emperor of China) and the ever twisting story.

Something I really love about the 39 Clues is how much the characters develop as the books progress, esp
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Dj
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Zaira
I love this book. Fantastic lines, emotion, Jonah. There were a couple of flaws which I will outline in a sec, but otherwise, one of my favorite books in the series!

I think there was actually just one flaw that I could pick out in this book. Alistair Oh. In the past books, he seemed old, tired, but helpful and loving. In this one, he just seemed fake with a Korean accent. His dialogue seemed forced and I just didn't really like how he was portrayed.

Luckily, that was the only flaw that really st
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Jenn
***NOTE MY REVIEWS OFTEN CONTAIN SPOILERS***


With no other direction than the knowledge that their parents had traveled there, Amy and Dan decide to search for the next clue in China. But apparently outside forces think they need a little more direction for on the flight there someone tampers with their in flight movie, so instead of watching Terminator Salvation like every other passenger on the plane, Amy and Dan’s screens play The Last Emperor, in which they find the Janus Crest and a starting
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Jeremiah
Entry 1-

Amy and Dan Cahill are the protagonists and they are all on their own in the hunt for the 39 Clues started by their grandmother, Grace Cahill. They must depend on their own instincts to beat their wealthy cousins to the final product, the serum including all of the 39 Clues, which makes whoever drinks it the most powerful person in the world. The antagonists are the other Cahill members taking part in the hunt for the 39 Clues.

Entry 2-

The setting is all over the world as the clue hunt l
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Heather
I'm going to give a generic review of the series. Basically because I'm lazy and don't want to write 39 reviews. Okay, 11.

We finally read Book 1. And then because we liked it so well, the entire series. One son (age 12) has read them all, the second son (also age 12) is on Book 2. And son #3 (age 8) will be starting as soon as he finishes his current book.

I thought the premise of this book very interesting. I loved how they integrated history and geography along with problem-solving skills and c
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Amy and Dan head for China without a firm plan; however, their in-flight movie provides them with a clue, leading them to the Forbidden City. While in the city, they hear about the last emperor, who perks their interest. Dan decides to search for the movie clue while Amy creates a distraction.

After they're asked to leave the city, the siblings launch into a huge argument. Amy can't help but wonder what their family lines really mean and if their pa
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J.c. Drost
Instead of writing a synopsis of the book, which so many others have done before, I'll go straight onto my review. My favorite thing about this book has to be that we see some of the thoughts going through the heads of the other 39 clues contestants. Jonah Wizard, specifically, gets page time and his thoughts and feelings about being a part of the clue hunt and part of the Cahill family are revealed. What makes this so interesting is that he becomes less of a two-dimensional bad guy who does hor ...more
Jennifer
I have really enjoyed this series so far. I am sad that I am now caught up and have to wait for the next book to come out. I have particularly enjoyed listening to these books. David Piitu (sorry if I spelled his name wrong), is an excellent reader. He has kept me captivated with his voices and narration. I wish I had had time to review each book individually, but I have gone through them so quickly. In the last few books, we have begun to learn more background information about the crazy Cahill ...more
Ker Malkin Gesulga
Imagine yourself being lost, OR losing your sibling in the 4th largest and most populated country in the world; China. Well, I find it really unnerving; and I would've break down perpetually until the fiasco's finally drawn to closure. But to these obviously smart and strong-willed young fellas, Amy and Dan Cahill, their temporary separation surely didn't stop them from finding the rest of the 39 clues. Also, since it's the only sensible and most likely possible thing that could bring them back ...more
Heidi Olivia
This is nice, if for no other reason than the locale: Beijing with the Forbidden City (and the Emperor Puyi a Cahill) and the Great Wall of China, also Xian and the terracotta warriors and Dan gets a tour of the home of kungfu - the Shaolin Temple, and then winding up on the pinnacle of the world - Mt Everest.
Dan and Amy's superstar cousin Jonah Wizard shows his humanity but cracks soon after. And then his powerful mother enters the scene - a woman not dissimilar from Isabel Kabra, Ian and Nata
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Lady Knight
Another brilliant installment! As I've said in past reviews, this is a fantastic series filled with adventure, danger and mystery. It is well-written and highly enjoyable for those of any age! This volume was just as good as what's come before it!

Amy and Dan are still realing from the knowledge that they are Madrigals and are trying to reconcile their view of their parents (loving and devoted to their children or trained killers obsessed with the clue hunt?). They find themselves in China, home
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Samantha
It was really cool to get a look into some of the methods of the other Cahills in this book... And although it pained me to see Dan and Amy so at odds with each other, it was also really cool to get to consider them as characters wholly -- literally -- separated from each other. I've gleaned a new respect for Dan and his abilities, and for Amy and her determination. They're both such logical kids, and so talented, but seeing them in separate situations was really interesting, indeed. I was able ...more
Sary
Many things happened in this book. Specially with Amy freaking out every 5 minutes. That's the only reason of why I don't really like this book so much. She is quite annoying....sorry but true :D. Anyways, she and Dan start arguing because of their newly found branch.....THE MADRIGALS. Who are supposed to be the "evil" ones in the clue hunt. They are mysterious, always hiding and trying to mess up the branches' goals of winning the clue hunt. At least, that is what everyone says. Amy and Dan do ...more
Mary:)
I finished the eighth book of the 39 Clues series and it became a fandom of mine due to THIS book.I ❤ the plotline although it kind of pissed meh off that some pages were missing.I still can't find the riddle but I fell in love with the book.Totally the best in the series till now.By the way,I DON'T ship Amy and Ian,I ship Amy and HamXDXDI'll go on to the other two...I totally recommend it if you've read the rest of course (If you don't,you won't understand a freaking thing)
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Continuing with the great adventure of finding the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan find themselves divided and separated in China. For the first time Amy and Dan find themselves at odds over the belief of who their parents really are, which leads to a rash decision as one of them runs away.

I like that no matter which author writes the next book, the voices stay the same and the adventures keep getting better and better. The clues are just as well hide and putting the puzzle pieces together is just as frus
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Katieb (MundieMoms)
Continuing with the great adventure of finding the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan find themselves divided and separated in China. For the first time Amy and Dan find themselves at odds over the belief of who their parents really are, which leads to a rash decision as one of them runs away.

I like that no matter which author writes the next book, the voices stay the same and the adventures keep getting better and better. The clues are just as well hide and putting the puzzle pieces together is just as frus
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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'.” 48 likes
“In our family, you don't get a childhood. We're too busy trying to dominate the world.” 44 likes
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