The Maze Of Bones by Rick Riordan

May 11th, 2013 by

The_Maze_of_BonesSubmitted by Kyle, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

I just finished the 1st book of the 39 Clues series called The Maze Of Bones. This is an action packed, fiction book that has lots of mind blowing events! Amy and Dan Cahill’s grandmother,Grace, just died and Amy and Dan get invited to her funioral. After the funioral, one of there relatives,Mr. McIntyre, gathers all the Cahills for a choice. They could either get 1 million dollars,or get a clue that leads to a treasure that could make them the most powerful Cahill that ever lived. Amy and Dan choose the clue which could take them all around the world. People could die in the adventure. Will Amy and Dan find there family’s secret, or die trying? My favorite part of the book is when Amy and Dan discover a secret library in there grandmothers mansion. I reccomend this book to anyone who likes mysteries and adventures.

The Maze of Bones (39 Clues #1) by Rick Riordan

April 6th, 2013 by

The_Maze_of_BonesSubmitted by Shelby, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

Loved this book. I can’t wait to read the rest of them. The way Amy and Dan go on all these great adventures, to all the exciting betrayals I’ve read so far. Awesome book.

Infinity Ring: New Series News!

May 18th, 2012 by

infinity-ring-logoFrom the people who brought you The 39 Clues… get ready for a new book-plus-online-game series! Coming on August 28th, Infinity Ring will turn our reality on its head with an adventure spanning multiple continents AND historical eras.

Full disclosure: I actually work for Scholastic — aka the people who brought you The 39 Clues and now Infinity Ring. But unfortunately, I’m completely uninvolved in the series. I wish! So… for a hint about what’s coming in August, I turn to the official publicly-released description:

History is broken, and a long-feared Cataclysm seems imminent. The capital of the United States is Boston. Lincoln’s face is nowhere to be seen on Mount Rushmore. Everyone’s buzzing about the French royal wedding. And an international group of men and women known as the SQ is more powerful than kings, richer than nations, and more fearsome than armies. When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the key to time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind.

OMG, sounds so good!

And recently, USA Today revealed the covers for the first two books in the series:


PLUS, check out an excerpt from Book 1!

Did I say “OMG” before — based just on the series description? Well, now allow me to say: OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!

Are you as excited about Infinity Ring as I am? And if you’re a 39 Clues fan, how do you think this will compare? Tell me in the comments!

— Karen

Karen wouldn’t mind if Boston were the capital of the US. Boston has delicious lobster! Then again, DC has delicious crab. Hmm, tough to pick a favorite…

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Sneak Peek at Upcoming 39 Clues Book: Cahills vs. Vespers #1

April 6th, 2011 by

First things first: I need to tell you that I work at Scholastic, which is the company that publishes The 39 Clues. But here’s something else: I don’t work on The 39 Clues at all.

And here’s the proof: Yesterday was the big release of Book 11: Vespers Rising, and my friend, Carly, brought in homemade ice cream to celebrate — BUT SHE DIDN’T SAVE ANY FOR ME! That’s right, the entire tub of Chocolate Pop Rocks ice cream was gobbled up by the people who actually do work on The 39 Clues. And that is not me.

Further proof: Just like the rest of the world, I’ve had zero access to any details about the new 39 Clues series… until now! Unbeknownst to me, some breaking book news was in the works at Scholastic, involving Cahills vs. Vespers Book 1: The Medusa Plot. And finally, that news is out there: As of yesterday, the cover and the prologue are available to the masses  (unlike that darn homemade ice cream that I’ll never be able to taste). Check out the crazy-looking cover and the sneak peek on the official 39 Clues site!

Btw, I mean “crazy-looking” in the best possible way. Those Medusa hair-snakes seem like they’re about to leap off the cover, don’t they? And don’t even get me started on her creepy jaggedy-teeth mouth — yikes!

The sneak peek at the prologue is also pretty intriguing. I didn’t think it was possible to fit so many kidnappings into 11 pages! It definitely reads like a good spy novel.

Unfortunately, the world will have to wait until August 30th to actually read this particular spy novel. Good thing I have some other kid-as-spy books on my To Be Read list:

Have you read any of those other books? Are you a 39 Clues fan? What are your thoughts on The Medusa Plot? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Karen definitely is not cut out for the spy life. She’d sing like a canary if the enemy just offered her some Chocolate Pop Rocks ice cream.

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Breaking Book News: New 39 Clues Series

September 26th, 2010 by


You probably thought the saga of The 39 Clues ended with Book 10: Into the Gauntlet, which came out last month. But guess what — you thought totally wrong! Don’t feel bad. In fact, if you’re a fan of the 39 Clues series, then you should probably rejoice, because what I’m trying to say is: there’s a new 39 Clues series coming up! (And yes, I do work for the company that publishes the books, but believe me, I didn’t know any of the details until they were announced to the rest of the world. I guess I don’t have high enough clearance at my rank…)

The 39 Clues Part 2: Cahills vs. Vespers, will launch on April 5, 2011. The new series will kick off with Vespers Rising, written by four familiar authors from the original 39 Clues series: Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson. There will be six books in total, with the final installment coming out in March 2013.

Obviously, 2013 is pretty far away. So the question is: will the new series be intriguing enough to keep you interested until the end? If you’re a dedicated Cahill agent, then I’m pretty sure the answer is: YES! Of course, I haven’t read the series, so I can’t say for sure, but check out the details from the official announcement:

Within the world of The 39 Clues, the Cahills are the most powerful family the world has ever known, secretly dominating every area of human endeavor over the past 500 years. The source of their power has been lost, hidden in 39 Clues scattered around the world. In The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, the Cahills discover they’re not the only ones who have been searching for the Clues. The Vespers, a ruthless cabal lurking in the shadows for their turn to stomp across the world stage, have also been hunting for the source of ultimate power. The Cahill family must unite to protect the Clues, and the world, against the Vespers, who have sinister plans darker than the Cahills could ever imagine, dating back to the mysteries of ancient times.

Come on, if you’re a 39 Clues fan and that doesn’t make you curious, well, you clearly left your sense of adventure back in a Cahill branch stronghold somewhere!

Unfortunately, the world will have to wait until April for Book 1: Vespers Rising. But in the meantime, you can prepare yourself for the Cahills vs. Vespers fight by studying The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets, a guidebook to the world of The 39 Clues with an introduction by Rick Riordan — it comes out in October.

So… are you ready to rumble? If you’re a 39 Clues fan, I want to hear your thoughts on this big news! Are you looking forward to the new series? And what did you think of the end of The 39 Clues Part 1? Leave a comment and let me know!

— Karen

Karen kept her hat prop from the Mystery Book Theater video about The 39 Clues. She’s trying to figure out how to use it in a Halloween costume this year.

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Kidsmomo Podcast #27: “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer”

June 14th, 2010 by

If we had our way, Karen would be spending the summer in Australia and Nancy would be on the beach. But alas, we’re stuck at home for the season. At least we can escape into some awesome book series! From a global adventure to a medieval warzone to superhero headquarters hidden in a school — we do ’em all in our latest podcast, all about summer series:

    Download the MP3 (5.4 MB)

  • One family, two kids, 39 clues — aka our mystery book series revealed
  • Battles past, present, and whimsical — aka our summer series picks, plus a kid rec (Ranger’s Apprentice, Lunch Lady, and the Mysterious Benedict Society)
  • Our dream summer vacations… and the realization that we’re really not beach people (that’s normal, right?)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books about cats! So send us a review of your favorite cat book and check out these purr-fect cat books.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The 39 Clues

June 8th, 2010 by

This book trailer for the 39 Clues series was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Summer Series theme. For more on The 39 Clues, check out our “Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer” podcast.

Summer vacation is the perfect time to make your way through a good series — unless you’re one of the kids in the 39 Clues book series. For these two, it doesn’t matter what the season is because instead of sitting at desks in a classroom, they spend their time traveling the world on a high-pressure hunt. Watch our video to get the lowdown on their whereabouts…

Thanks to our friend Agent M. for his assistance on this video!

The 39 Clues Series

November 25th, 2009 by

39_clues_seriesReviewed by: Halli, Age 11, from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is filled with adventures and road trips around the world i wish that my family would make a test around the to try to find clues. It sounds so much fun to go around the world to find clues to find more clues around the world!!!