Greetings from sunny Los Angeles! I had an amazing time in the Bay Area (that’s San Francisco and vicinity, for all you non-Californians). As you know, The Sword Thief is now in bookstores everywhere, and I’m so happy to hear that the book is on several national bestseller lists including The New York Times and USA Today. All over the country, kids are on the hunt for The 39 Clues! My son, Nick, even found the book on sale in a supermarket (and of course sent me a cell phone photo)!
Whew. Dan and Amy’s quest is really going viral. Well, I talked about The 39 Clues EVERYWHERE — school visits, bookstores, conferences, radio and magazine interviews. I talked to thousands of kids of all clue-hunting persuasions — Janus, Tomas, Ekats, AND Lucians. I also went jogging along the Monterey Coast, had pizza with pineapple, and hung off the side of a cable car, screaming “BEWARE THE MADRIGALS!,” to the chagrin of the driver (an Ekat!).
But I never EVER forgot about my top-secret diamond hunt. And I have some good news about that! I did reach my code-cracking-expert friend, a former government official who is now a Janus operative. For security, she operates in very mysterious ways — but I managed to locate her people and hand over the coded telegram found by my jeweler friend, Rupert, in San Francisco. Watch the video blog VERY carefully — but before you do, make sure you have a pen or pencil in hand!
Aggh! The further I get, the more questions I find! What do YOU think? Can you help me, before I get to Chicago? I hope to get a little closer there, and then it will be off to Philadelphia. (Hey, what a progression: The City of Angels –> The Windy City –> The City of Brotherly Love. Maybe there’s something in that . . . )
I’ll report back to you from Chicago in a few days. In the meantime, if you want to sharpen your clue-hunting skills, try playing the game LABRAT at The 39 Clues headquarters on THE STACKS!
See you in the Windy City!
Peter Lerangis, Author