The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones by Rick RiordanThe 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones

byRick Riordan

Hardcover | September 9, 2008

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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 New York Times bestseller Rick Riordan, and backed by $100,000 in prizes!

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 powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.

RICK RIORDAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre series for adults. His books have won many accolades including a mention on the 2005 New York Times Notable list for The Lightning Thief. Rick lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.
Title:The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of BonesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.71 × 5.22 × 0.87 inPublished:September 9, 2008Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545060397

ISBN - 13:9780545060394

Appropriate for ages: 8


Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from engaging I loved this series! The entire race to find the 39 clues was very well thought through by the authors and well written.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it got this book a couple years ago now own almost all the 39 clues books. even read some of the other books by the authors that got me to try this series then I couldn't put it down. has Adventure, action, and some history since they travel the world.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Book Very interesting and exciting to read.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book I read all the 39 clues books and they were so good. The dynamic between Dan and Amy and the overall characters is amazing!! The start of the series shows just how good the next books are!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Very interesting plot with a good history lesson. Keeps you guessing. I was SO happy that I didn't have to wait for the second one in this case.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Maze of Bones A wonderful start to another exciting series! Great adventure, good introduction to the different players, lovely plot.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start to the Series I loved this book. It was a fun, fast paced action story with lots of surprises. Minutes after their grandmother's funeral, siblings Amy and Dan are invited to the reading of her will, where they learn that to inherit her fortune they must undertake a difficult challenge. They will be competing with a number of their relatives to find the secret that will make him or her the most powerful person in the world. They are given just one clue to start them on their way. Amy and Dan seem fairly normal, but some of their far flung cousins and aunts and uncles appear rather extreme. I rather like their older uncle Alistair Oh. Time will tell whether he is genuine about wanting to help the siblings and if he really does have information to share about their deceased parents. Their au pair Nellie promises to be an asset throughout this search as she has untold skills that she sparingly reveals. Not only is this book entertaining, it is educational. I enjoyed learning about an important American historical figure. I hope that this angle continues in the future books in this series. This book is recommended for ages 8-12. For more fun, visit the 39 Clues website where you can embark on your own quest.
Date published: 2016-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Enough!! To be honest, I'm a fan of Riordan. I love his humour and the story is really interesting and will definitely continue reading the Book Two.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Enough!! This is an awesome series, and I think this book is the perfect way to start is off. The plot is very suspenseful, and the story is all historical and realistic fiction. Great for kids in 4th grade and up. The plot is appropriate an has no bad language and sexual content. This series is made and put together by several different authors, so I recommend you search 39 clues when at the library. P.S. The second book is called The Sword Thief, by Peter Lerangis!
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Book I Need To Call "Alright" Rick, you are the author of a fantastic children's author and I found that this series wasn't very good. The Maze of Bones felt believable, but the story needed more background details. Rick, Gordon, both you guys should make a new series completely unrelated to the 39 Clues. I don't think that the Maze of Bones is worth buying, but you should take it out from a library or something. I'm not being mean, I am just saying this because I want you to save money to buy other books. TheBookReviewer
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 39 Clues Maze of Bones I love this book! I't one of the best books i have ever read!...Now i'm reading second 39 Clues book and it's just as good!...A good book for 3-12 year olds.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic concept and beginning This is the first book in an amazing new series. In it the Cahill's family matriarch passes away. In her will she leaves one million dollars to each family member, or they can trade that money-order for a clue that will lead to the treasure that will lead them to become the greatest Cahill of all time. There are four branches in the family: Janus, Ekaterina, Lucian and Thomas. Each branch has its own strengths and weaknesses. Our story follows Amy and Dan Cahill, orphans who choose to take the quest. The adventure crosses continents and has clues hidden in art, architecture, music and more. This series will be unique in a number of ways. First, even though there will be 10 books in the series telling a continuous story, it will be told by seven different authors. Second, the website linked to the games has specific puzzles and games to play linked to each book. These games and puzzles are available only for a certain period of time. Third, each book comes with 6 clue cards; these cards unlock different things on the website. There are also supplemental card packs that can be purchased to supplement your clues. Scholastic is also giving away over $100,000 dollars to youth who solve the puzzles. The story begins with Grace Cahill changing her will and dying. Then at her funeral the challenge is set to discover the 39 clues. After that things get interesting, with Grace's mansion burning down, family members threatening each other, bombs - and that is just the beginning of the adventure. They will travel across continents, through catacombs, museums and much more. Dan and Amy are at a distinct disadvantage, for unlike the rest of their relatives, they are not rich, famous, or experienced. Yet they were also Grace's favorites and she may have been grooming them for just such a challenge. Yet you have to read to find out. This is a great book and a wonderful beginning of a new series. It is better than the Da Vinci Code, and will be a great read for people of all ages. It has great adventure, interesting scenes, places and puzzles. It is an absolute page- turner. I cannot wait to see what will happen next. The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones - Book 1 - Rick Riordan One False Note - Book 2 - Gordon Korman The Sword Thief - Book 3 - Peter Lerangis Beyond the Grave - Book 4 - Jude Watson (June 2009) Book 5 - Patrick Carman (August 2009) Book 6 - Jude Watson (November 2009) Book 7 - Peter Lerangis (February 2010) Book 8 - Gordon Korman (April 2010) Book 9 - Linda Sue Park (June 2010) Book 10 - Margaret Peterson Haddix (September 2010) Card Pack #1 - Books 1-3 Card Pack #2 - Books 4-6 (June 2009) Card Pack #3 - Books 7-9 (February 2010) Rare Card Pack (June 2010) (First Published in Imprint 2009-03-20.)
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool book for anyone The 39 Clues series is a marketting dream. The main characters allow for both girls and boys to connect, while providing buying opportunities every which way. This series is a really good read. I think that any 9-12 year old would like it. I know I did, and I'm 19. Parents should be warned that if a child gets into this series, parents may be forced to fork over bunches of cash - in addition to the ten books that the series is supposed to have, card packs are being released for the game.
Date published: 2009-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Read Scholastic Canada selected my Grade 6 class to be a part of The 39 Clues adventure last November. Before this, I had never heard of the series. They sent each student a copy of this book and we read it in 3 days. The students were hooked immediately to the characters and the fast-paced adventure. We were a part of the podcast Whoopi Goldberg did with the author of the second book, Gordon Korman. We read that book in the same amount of time. I would compare the books in this series to The Da Vinci Code for kids. There is so much historical facts and events connected to fictional characters, that the reader is immediately searching for answers along side Amy and Dan. A great read!
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clue in Imagine being sent on a race around the world to discover and decipher 39 clues to the most important secret in the history of humanity. Then realize that all of your family is trying to find the same clues, and stop you from doing so. Fast, fun, and you can really win a prize if you are one of the first to solve the clues. Great book, Riordan is a truly great voice in youth fiction!
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome interactive mystery I started reading this book with my grade 2/3 class. We are loving every minute. They tell me what to write down and in what colour so "we won't forget anything". We have almost filled a complete chart paper. The children try to piece everything together so they can beat Dan and Amy. They have made teams and some teams play the game at recess. One boy told me what clue they were working on where they found the solution "under the pile of snow in the corner of the yard." Each child tells me what branch they hope they are a member of. Many of them have gone on the website to find out. As a teacher, I am thrilled to find a book that is so consuming to my children. They would like to spend the entire day trying to solve the mystery. I am astounded at the connections they make to things that they have already heard and their own knowledge. This is a very well done series. It is amazing how interconnected the book, website and trading cards all are. As an adult, it is also very exciting to try to break the many codes and solve mini mysteries. Bravo!
Date published: 2009-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interactive and Fun! This book is considered to be for ages 9-13, but honestly, it’s a book everyone can enjoy. The fate of the world is resting on young Dan and Amy Cahill as they travel the world on a quest to find the secrets of their family history. They are up against several other Cahill teams, and have a few enemies outside the family as well. There are 39 clues to solve, and they are only given the first. Each clue leads them to more hints and they struggle to identify what exactly is a clue, and what is just a clue to the next clue. It’s bad enough that they are the youngest team, with absolutely no money and no ideas on how to proceed, but it appears everyone in the family is against them. All want to find the most powerful treasure and they are all certain that Dan and Amy hold the answers. They are told to trust no one. Amy has a phobia of crowds and she hides from people. She must gain strength and overcome her fears, and this is just the challenge to help her to do so. Her younger brother Dan, doesn’t always grasp what he’s supposed to be doing in this quest, but he’s great with numbers, puzzles and locks, he likes to collect things that seem useless but always come in handy later in the game. The two siblings are able to read each other’s minds. Well not really, but they are able to read expressions and communicate with ease, never having to open their mouths. I wish they’d use this talent more often though, you’ll see why once you read the book. The best part about this story, is how interactive it is. It comes with trading cards and a link to the website. Once you register, you are able to collect clues and solve the puzzle and ultimately have a chance to win a prize. Read more at:
Date published: 2008-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 39 Clues I love it and can't wait for more. In total there will be 10 books. Amy and Dan Cahill have faced much tragedy in their lives. Now they are on a search to find the secret of the Cahill family, the largest most powerful family in history. Amazing companion website that will entertain and educate while you wait for the next book!. The books and website are sure to give you endless hours of fun!
Date published: 2008-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! This is one of the best books I have ever read! I read it to see if it would be a good book for the library at my kids school and it was amazing. I couldn't put it down. Kids of all ages will enjoy it and it's a great history lesson for older kids as well. I definitely recommend it. I am hoping the next book does not take too long to come out because I can' t wait to read it.
Date published: 2008-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great this book is the best i already read the first few pages and I already like it.
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Many girls will identify with Amy Dan and Amy Cahill belong to one of the most powerful families in history, but they don’t know it – yet. When their beloved Grandmother dies, they believe she will leave them some sort of inheritance. Instead, she leaves them and their extended family a choice – take $1 million now and walk away, or receive the first of 39 clues that lead to the source of their family’s power. The Maze of Bones is an exciting start to what looks to be a great interactive adventure series for kids and teens. Many girls will be able to identify with the heroine, Amy – she is a shy bookworm and not prone to taking risks. By the end of the book she has grown as a character and I hope that she will continue to develop into a confident young woman throughout the series. Most of the family members searching for the clues decide to work with each other. They recognize that families should stick together. Although they have the worst of intentions, especially when it comes to stopping Amy and Dan from figuring out the clues, it is still a nice message. The Maze of Bones is the first in a ten book series. Each subsequent book will be written by other well known children’s and young adult authors. Readers will be able to collect their own clues through the card game tie-in for a chance to solve the mystery and win prizes from Scholastic through the website Recommended for: Brownies , Guides
Date published: 2008-09-15