Category Archives: The 39 Clues

May 3, 2013

The 39 Clues Cahill Files

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As a relatively new clue hunter, I've spent a lot of time reading up on Amy and Dan's adventures. So it didn't take me long to realize that they are ALL THAT. Here are a few reasons why I can't get enough of the Cahills:

When they miss school, it's because they're saving the world. I don't know about you, but I remember spending most of my sick days watching bad TV, trying to fall asleep, and just waiting to feel better. Every now and then, I'd get a burst of energy and make my way to the kitchen for a snack. And sometimes (maybe), I'd do homework. All in all, I think we can agree that I've just described a less than thrilling Monday. But when Amy and Dan take the day off, they're out fighting Vespers, traveling the world, and hunting for capital-C Clues. So yeah, while I was watching America's Funniest Home Videos with a fever of 101, Dan was escaping a deadly yakuza in Japan…NOT fair!

Even when they hate each other, they, you know, love each other. Like all siblings, Amy and Dan may resist the urge to smack each other every chance they get, but they're always looking out for the other. And after their grandmother, Grace, leaves them to embark on the Clue hunt, they realize just how important family truly is. Even through the hiccups—like, for instance, their own relatives' attempts to KILL them–Amy and Dan never lose faith in family. And take it from me (the annoying little sister to two brothers) when I say that’s admirable.

Girl power. Have you ever played that game in which you have to pick the cartoon character that best resembles your personality? It can take a while to find your perfect TV match, but that’s half the fun of it. Long ago, after much deliberation, I chose Kimpossible, the ultimate symbol of girl power . . . UNTIL, that is, Amy Cahill rocked the world with her awesome moves and no-fuss style. Over the course of The 39 Clues, Amy transforms from this shy and frightened kid into the charismatic, brave leader of the Cahills. She voluntarily (VOLUNTARILY!) undergoes INTENSE physical and mental training and leads her entire family through the worst of times—all with a flick of her hair and words that leave boys drooling. Sorry, guys, but Amy’s my homegirl.

For all these reasons and more, I’m beyond excited for the newest Cahill Files book in hardcover. I’m pretty old-fashioned when it comes to e-readers, so I can’t wait to get my hands on SPYMASTERS. It’s a collection of THREE previously published e-book adventures that explore the secret lives and histories of Cahill members you might be surprised you already know . . . And if these people paved the way for Amy and Dan, then I’m game.

Click here for an explosive excerpt.
Find out more about the Cahill Files.

Leave a Comment tellling us why YOU love the Cahills.

—Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer

April 30, 2013

The 39 Clues Guess the Book Trivia Quiz Answers

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Last week, I challenged you to figure out the book titles from just the itty-bitty pieces of these 39 Clues covers. Did you get them all? Read on for the answers.

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  1. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #5: Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
    Read Chapter 1.
  2. The 39 Clues: Unstoppable Book #1: Nowhere to Run by Jude Watson
    OK, this was kind of a trick because the book is not out yet, but it is the first book in the brand new 39 Clues series Unstoppable! Look for it to come out in October, 2013.
  3. The 39 Clues Book #1: The Maze of Bones
    The book that started it all, written by Percy Jackson author, Rick Riordan. . .
  4. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs.Vespers Book #6:Day of Doom by David Baldacci
    This is the 6th and final book in the Cahills vs. Vespers series. Read Chapter 1.
  5. The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #2: A King’s Ransom by Jude Watson
    Read Chapter 1.

Did you get them all? If you did, including Unstoppable, then you are a 39 Clues superfan and legend!

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March 27, 2013

The 39 Clues: Day of Doom

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Greetings, Clue-hunters!

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 . . .)

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July 25, 2012

SPONSORED POST Travel Adventures

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Imagine that you’re a member of the Cahill family and you’re suddenly on the hunt for the 39 Clues! Using this story starter, write a 200-word essay.

Story Starter:
You wake up in a hotel room. You look around you. The room is empty. On the mirror is a note written in thick black marker. It says, “The final clue is just around the corner. Be careful!!” You hear a knock on the door. Your heart is thumping in your chest. You look through the peephole. What happens next?

July 11, 2012

The 39 Clues Readalikes

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You know when you find an amazing book, and you never want it to end? How do you find another book to read after that? Our answer: Readalikes to the rescue! We hope our Readalikes will rescue you from the what-to-read-next question, and help you find lots of new amazing books.

Today’s Readalikes are for The 39 Clues series. When their grandmother dies, Amy and Dan Cahill find out that they are members of the most powerful family in the history of the world, descendants of people like Thomas Jefferson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! But the secret to that power lies in 39 clues hidden around the world, and Amy and Dan must find them — before they fall into the wrong hands.
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There are a bunch of books in that seriesBut once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other adventure books about secret agents, danger, and intrigue for ages 9-12.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
16 different people are invited to a mansion to solve the death of the eccentric millionaire Sam Westing. Whoever can solve the mystery will inherit Westing’s 200-million dollar prize!

Missile Mouse Book #1: The Star Crusher by Jake Parker
Missile Mouse is an agent for the Galactic Security Agency and has a new partner. Can he learn to work with somebody else in order to save the universe? See also the other books in the Missile Mouse series.

Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Ben has been recruited by the CIA to join their elite academy. As long as he survives the numerous attempts on his life, he may turn out to be a good spy!

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four children are selected for a secret undercover mission while attending the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. See also the other books in the Mysterious Benedict Society series.

Mudshark by Gary Paulsen
Principal Wagner is always in control of his school, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help infamous 12-year-old detective Mudshark.

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
If you have a problem, and you can pay him, 6th-grader Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys’ bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

The Genius Files Book #1: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
13-year-old twins, Coke and Pepsi McDonald, discover they are on the list of YAGs (Young American Geniuses), and must work with other YAGs to solve the nation’s problems.  See also the other books in the Genius Files series.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
When Gregor and his sister travel through a grate in their New York City laundry room, they discover an underworld inching towards war beneath the city. The ancient prophecy foretells that Gregor has an important role to play, and it’s up to him to meet the challenge. See also the other books in the Underland Chronicles.

Mysterious Messages: A History of Codes and Ciphers by Gary Blackwood
People have been sending secret messages and cracking codes since the dawn of mankind. Take a look at puzzling communication of the past and learn how to do it yourself.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember was supposed to be the last refuge for humans, but now it seems to be falling apart. 12-year-old Linda finds part of an ancient message that might just tell her exactly how to save her city. See also the other books in the Ember series.

The Clockwork Three by Matthew J. Kirby
Frederick, Giuseppe, and Hannah all live completely different lives. They are brought together by strange circumstances, and they must work together to solve each other’s mysteries.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius mastermind who is trying to steal their gold. But he has no idea what he is up against!

The Ring of Five Book 1: The Ring of Five by Eoin McNamee
After a cab driver drops Danny off at the wrong boarding school, he learns that he is destined to be the only spy that can prevent an evil world from conquering the good world.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes!

—Emily, Scholastic Booktalker

November 16, 2011

The 39 Clues News

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July 13, 2011

Sneek Peak: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers #2

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SneakPeekThe 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book #2: A King's Ransom by Jude Watson

That's right. Book #2! I know The Medusa Plot (Book #1 by Gordon Korman) is not coming out until August 30, but we have a sneak peek look at the cover of Book 2. Feast your eyes on this! Kingsransom

Isn't it beautiful? Mark your calendar because it's coming to stores on December 6, 2011!

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer