The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot

Hardcover | August 30, 2011

byGordon Korman

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An explosive new series from the bestselling 39 Clues franchise - the adventure is just beginning!

The Clue hunt is over, but Amy and Dan's adventures have just begun. Cahills across the globe have been kidnapped by a new enemy, the Vespers, and it's up to Amy and Dan to perform a dangerous ransom-a race that will take them from the hidden tunnels of the Roman Coliseum to the ancient city of Timbuktu. If Amy and Dan can't stop the Vespers...the whole world will pay.

With more than 9 million copies in print and 1.3 million online users, The 39 Clues is a global phenomenon. The adventure continues in The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, with six books, two card packs, and a powerhouse lineup of authors.

The enemy is coming. Are you ready to save the world?

After the mysterious Vespers kidnap a number of Cahills, they order Amy and Dan to steal a priceless painting in exchange for the hostages. The siblings then rush to Italy where they arrange a heist that rivals the most famous art thefts in history. There's just one problem-the painting they steal is a fake. With the clock ticking, Amy and Dan have to track down the real painting before one of the Cahill hostages is lost forever.

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An explosive new series from the bestselling 39 Clues franchise - the adventure is just beginning! The Clue hunt is over, but Amy and Dan's adventures have just begun. Cahills across the globe have been kidnapped by a new enemy, the Vespers, and it's up to Amy and Dan to perform a dangerous ransom-a race that will take them from the...

GORDON KORMAN is the author of two 39 Clues books, One False Note and The Emperor's Code, and Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. He lives on Long Island.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 7.5 × 5.25 × 0.6 inPublished:August 30, 2011Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545298393

ISBN - 13:9780545298391

Appropriate for ages: 8

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spin-Off Series Still Successful After a really long wait between this book and the red transition book, Cahills vs. Vespers, I am happy to say that this series continues to delight my students and me. Scholastic has found a really great formula in combining physical books, card collecting, and online interaction. Where one student may not be so strong in reading, he/she finds delight in excelling in the online games and missions. Indeed, Arena 39 is a "vicious" a battleground as any when it comes to my 39 Clues students! This book starts off with a bang as Korman wastes no time putting his characters in danger. The opening chapter will leave readers eager to figure out how Amy and Dan can work with other Cahills to save the ones they love. Forced to snatch a priceless piece of history, the siblings have to find follow clues and figure out a way to steal a heavily guarded painting or else one of their friends dies. It is a lot of fun to watch characters who have developed over a 10-book arc find themselves in new territory. Amy and Dan are a couple of years older now with a clue-hunt win under their belts, a rebuilt mansion, a newly built command centre, and all sorts of combat training. I can't help but feel like a proud parent with the strides these characters have made in keeping the Madeleine's wishes in tact. POTENTIAL TEACHABLES: the myth of Medusa and the other Gorgons; Caravaggio; the Roman Coliseum; character development -- changes in Amy and Dan over the skipped two years; basic knowledge of serum ingredients.
Date published: 2012-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good We picked this one up when we were looking for The Children of The Others by A. Dragonblood. It was a good read and like the last series of the 39 Clues it was a little predictable, that is not to say that it wasn't a good read. I consider anything that my daughter reads more than once a good read.
Date published: 2011-09-05

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Praise for The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot

"An excellent start to an epic, new hunt." - Quill & Quire

"[A] lean, easy-to-like thrill ride with guaranteed crowd-pleasing elements like secret societies, art heists, and heroes with unlimited cash and connections to fuel their around-the-world intrigue." - Booklist