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

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...more
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

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...more
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
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...more
Nov 24, 2009 Quinn marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishlist
Not coming out till 2010 or 2011!
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....more
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...more
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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...more

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...more
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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.

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The setting is all over the world as the clue hunt l...more
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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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...more
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
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
Evelynn {The Literary Pianist}
Gordon Korman's second contribution to The 39 Clues was much better than his first. The writing was better, and I think the story flowed a little better too.

It was quite a shocker, though, the events that caused Dan's separation from Amy. It was so frustrating that there were so many hit-and-miss scenes. ...Actually, there were only about two hit-and-miss scenes, but it still drove me nuts. And don't tell me that I'm already nuts...

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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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
I liked this book a little better than the previous ones because of the character exposition. Dan grew up quite a bit in this book. When he gets separated from Amy in China, Dan is picked up by Jonah Wizard from the Janus clan. While he first enjoys Jonah's high-life lifestyle, he soon realizes that it can't be fun for long. Dan is also happy at first that he's gotten away from Amy, who is beginning to doubt their parents, whether they were good people. But then he starts to realize some of the...more
Dan, Amy Nellie are in China in search of a clue. It stated when they were on a plane, and everybody was watching the same movie, except for Amy and Dan. They had a special movie, one only that was played for them. In it, they spot something, a sort of secret message, for them, if they saw it, and they did. That lead them to the first clue in China. In the process of solving the clue, it leads them throughout China. Solving the clue is hard, but it's not the hardest thing they have to face. Dan...more
Things are picking up in the race for the 39 clues. Dan and Amy find a clue to their true identity. But is it really who they are? Only time will tell. As they travel through China in search for one another, revelations are made. There are more surprises in store and a true cliffhanger that may cost someones life.

As usual, great story. Continuation is a must!
With this book I have exhausted the 39 Clues selections that I checked out from my school library. I'm not going to give a full review of the book here, my plan is to wait until I've finished the entire series and review it as a whole, but I did want to comment on the code within the novel. I do quite enjoy when novels hide within them secret messages. I planned, at one point, to go back to the Series of Unfortunate Events and see if there were messages hidden within that series too (you know, a...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...more
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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'.” 45 likes
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