The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor’s Code is here, and time is running out to read it before our live chat with the author, Gordon Korman!
WHO: Gordon Korman, author of The 39 Clues Book #2: One False Note and Book #8: The Emperor’s Code
WHEN: Thursday April 8, 2010 6-7 p.m. ET (3-4 p.m. PT)
WHERE: THE STACKS
TOPIC: The 39 Clues!
And if you don’t have Book 8 yet, here is a video preview from Gordon Korman. We have fun Live Chats here every month.
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— STACKS Staffers
This chat already happened, but you can enjoy reading the transcript.
Good news for fans of The 39 Clues! Book #7: The Viper’s Nest is out! I haven’t read it yet, so you don’t have to worry about me giving away any spoilers. But I do have some treats for you from The 39 Clues website. First the summary:
Shaken by a shocking loss, Amy and Dan flee to an exotic land and trace the footsteps of their most formidable ancestor yet: a military leader of mythic proportions. Yet just as the siblings begin to master the art of ancient warfare, they confront a dangerous enemy — the truth. With the stakes higher than ever, Amy and Dan uncover a devastating secret about the Cahill family that changes everything.
Now check out the video sneak peek read by the author, Peter Lerangis.
Finally, if you want a sneak peak of Chapter 1, you can download the pdf here.
What do you think? Let me know in the Comments.
Oh, and the wait for Book #8 is not too long. I can’t tell you the title, but I can tell you the author: Gordon Korman (who also wrote Book# 2: One False Note), and the release date is April 6, 2010!
Thanks to all the fans of The 39 Clues, and congratulations on being top-level Clue-hunters! World domination doesn't come easy, does it? That's one of the first lessons Amy and Dan learn.
You may not have all 39 Clues yet, but you can still showcase your Clue-hunting prowess by designing your very own agent card on www.the39Clues.com. Check out my card right here.
First you have to create a Cahill alias. That's me – Desert Squall1. Then it's time to show off your skills.
There are tons of cool images to add to your card – background designs, animals, weapons, characters from the series, etc. And of course, a little bragging never hurts. You get to display all your Clue-hunting accomplishments. But the coolest part is this: your card will have a unique code. So when you send the code to your friends (and rivals?!) your card will be added to their card galleries. My code is P2DTMN4WXP.
Risky? Perhaps. There's no guarantee that your card won't fall into Madrigal hands. But let's face it – no guts, no glory. The Clue hunt is no place for wimps.
So when you create your agent card, rest assured I'll be watching. The bigger question is: Who else will be?
See you on the hunt! And if you haven't joined the hunt for the Clues yet, it's never too late to join!
— The 39 Clues Author, Gordon Korman (aka Desert Squall1, Card Code: P2DTMN4WXP)
It was a great day at the Scholastic headquarters on Monday because five of The 39 Clues authors joined together for the Advanced Agent Training Webcast. (If you missed it, it's not too late. You can watch the video here.)
First, each author described some true facts discovered while researching the books. For example:
- The Catacombs are a real place in Paris and were really used to store the bones of dead bodies when the graveyards got too full. EWW!
- Gordon Korman wanted a car chase in One False Note, but there are no cars in Venice so he detailed it a boat chase instead!
- Australia contains more things that can kill you than anywhere else in the world. (I bet that's going to make Book 6 really exciting!)
Then the Advanced Agent Training began. The authors asked questions to Clue-hunters across the country who had 2 1/2 minutes to come up with the answers. You can still download the questions if you want play along at home. Some of the questions were hard!
Finally, each author gave away a little piece of top secret info. To find out what, you'll have to watch the video. Oh, okay, here are some hints . . .
- Have you noticed that some pages in the books have little symbols instead of page numbers? Rick Riordan explained what they mean.
- Peter Lerangis, the author of Book 7 revealed the title and cover. That got the studio audience ooh-ing and aah-ing!
- Book 6 author, Jude Watson, announced that a major character dies in In Too Deep. She doesn't say who, but you can find out by reading the book. It's available now!
If you have been reading the books, playing the game, and collecting the clues, then you probably know a lot more clues than I do. I know some of you have gathered tons of clues already because there is huge discussion about the other clues on The 39 Clues Message Boards. I have only read the books (1-5 so far) so I only know the first five clues.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't yet gotten the first five clues, then don't read any more of this blog post! I'm about to give them away!
It's an exciting week for The 39 Clues fans. Book 6, In Too Deep by Jude Watson will be in stores on Wednesday November 3. Book 5 author, Patrick Carman, revealed the next location when he was here for the August Live Chat on THE STACKS. (It's Australia in case you missed it.) But that's all we know about the new book! I can't wait to read it!
AND today at 1:30PM (ET), there will be a live webcast with ALL 5 authors. It will be an intense 1-hour Advanced Agent Training with puzzles, codes and challenges to test your skills.
1:30-2:30pm (ET) today — The 39 Clues Advanced Agent Training Webcast
(I know it's during the school day, but try to convince your teacher to participate. It's totally educational with worksheets and everything!)
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
I’m Sam, producer of The 39 Clues Madrigal Maze App for the iPhone™ or iPod touch®! We know a lot of Ink Splot 26 readers who are 39 Clues fans so this blog will give you a sneak peek into the new app. When we started working on The 39 Clues app, we knew we wanted to tell a different side of The 39 Clues story. If you read the books, you know about the Madrigals — the shadowy group that thwarts the Cahills in their search for the clues. But what is it like to actually be a Madrigal? Our app explores the idea of becoming part of this secret organization.
The app puts you through a recruitment test to become a Madrigal. As you’d expect, it’s not easy. You get locked inside a labyrinthine Aztec pyramid and have to survive all kinds of perils in order to get out. The game is a test of wits and strategy as you attempt to successfully navigate a series of 39 mazes inside the pyramid. As you progress, each maze gets more challenging.
We wanted a combination of pulse-pounding action and brain-teasing puzzles, just like the books. You know how Amy and Dan are racing speedboats through the canals of Venice one minute, then solving an elaborate puzzle the next? Our game has the same feel. On one level you’re weaving through a pack of guard dogs, and on the next, you’re figuring out the right path that won’t trigger deadly boulder traps in the maze. You’ll have to be very quick and very smart to make it all the way through. Some mazes even have time limits on top of all these obstacles.
But how hard is too hard? When the game was almost done, we tested it with kids and adults and adjusted a lot of the levels. We wanted to make sure that the early and middle levels were fun and not too hard for the casual gamer. We won’t lie to you, though – some of the final levels are very tough. We’ll be interested to see how many players make it all the way through!
The final ingredient of any great 39 Clues story is secrecy, and we worked with the books’ editors to work in some good secrets. If you make it to a certain level of the game, you’ll unlock a secret Madrigal Encryption Key on www.the39clues.com. We don’t want to say too much, but if you’re interested in the Madrigals, you’ll definitely want to get that Key before you finish the game!
— Sam, Scholastic Interactive Staffer
Live Chat Transcript
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Special Guest: Patrick Carman
6-7 P.M. (ET)
Breaking News about The 39 Clues — the next live chat will be with Patrick Carman, author of Book 5: The Black Circle!
WHEN: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 6-7 p.m. ET
TOPIC: The 39 Clues!
The worldwide hunt continues. And to celebrate August’s release of Book 5, we’ll have the author of that book, Patrick Carman, as a special guest! Join in the chat to get the latest intelligence on Amy and Dan’s quest to unlock the most powerful secret the world has ever known. Who knows what Clue leads will be revealed!
And if you’re new to the race for The 39 Clues, it’s never too late to join the hunt!
UPDATE: 8/31 Check out the transcript here, and find out where Book 6 will take place!