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The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
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Nov 10, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: 4-6grade, mystery
Read in November, 2008

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 have gotten reports saying that "it's not that great".
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Laura That mimics what I'm hearing from my students. In addition, I'm wondering how much sustained interest there will be in the books if 29 of the 39 clues are only found on-line? Will too much of the action take place "off stage", thus excluding those readers that don't have ready access/high speed connection/time & patience (I hear the site takes a while to load and is not intuitive) to follow the in-between stuff.

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