I'm writing to you from the Command Center, the secret stronghold hidden inside the Scholastic headquarters. At least, that's what I call it. Some of my non-Cahill colleagues might refer to it as a "desk," but I know better. They have no idea that I have poison antidotes hidden in my pencil sharpener, or that my stapler is protected by fingerprint recognition. (That'll teach Peter Lerangis to hide my office supplies . . .)
As a member of the 39 Clues editorial team, I’ve spent the past five years working with your favorite author agents, planning missions, hiding codes in the cards, and helping Amy and Dan fight the Vespers. I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world. I can’t think of anything more fun than reading great books and helping to cook up new adventures for the Cahills.
Recently, we had the privilege of working with superstar author David Baldacci whose book Day of Doom came out March 5.
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, the Scholastic Cahills joined forces with our allies at the Smithsonian Institute to create a virtual field trip to the National Museum of American History. Yet, while watching David Baldacci investigate priceless Cahill artifacts was undeniably awesome, even that’s not the coolest part of my job.
No, the absolute best part of my day is checking out The 39 Clues message boards! Not only is it rewarding to see how many of you love the books, it’s incredibly fun to read your great stories, watch you crack codes like expert cryptographers, and review all your brilliant theories. Even when we think we’re being really sneaky by posting a super difficult code, it doesn’t take you guys more than a few minutes to get to the bottom of it. And your theories are even better! While I can’t talk too much about the Vespers (I know all too well what happens when you cross them), I will say that I was amazed by how much you figured out on your own.
In Day of Doom, Amy and Dan uncover the identity of Vesper One, which means you’ll finally learn whether your speculations were right. I’m already looking forward to reading the message boards! Thanks for all of your enthusiasm and creativity. Not only have you played a crucial role in the fight against the Vespers, you make every day feel fun and exciting . . . even when they run out of coffee in the cafeteria. (I suspect Vesper sabotage, but for some reason, security won’t let me install a retina scanner in the lobby. Go figure.)
Thanks for visiting us on Ink Splot 26, and be sure to check out Day of Doom, the explosive finale to The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers. Happy reading!
–Mallory, Scholastic Editor