Tuesday, June 15, 2010

39 Clues: In Too Deep

Watson, Jude. 2009. The 39 Clues: In Too Deep. Read by David Pittu. Scholastic Audio.

The 39 Clues Book 9, Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park is out and I'm struggling to catch up, just finishing Book 6, In Too Deep, in which:

Irina Spasky gets a conscience, Nellie reveals some mysterious abilities, Dan and Amy travel to Australia and Indonesia, Alistair Oh turns up unexpectedly, Amy has flashbacks from the night her parents died, Isabel Kabra joins the story, and the first of the clue hunters perishes (or appears to).

As with the other audiobook versions, bonus material follows the final chapter. In this case, a recorded interview with Isabel Kabra.

I continue to be amazed at the seamless manner in which so many well-known authors can maintain the character and voice of the series.  I would love to know what guidelines each author is given and how much latitude each is allowed in making his/her mark on The 39 Clues brand. I'm looking forward to checking out a woman's touch in Books 9 & 10 by Linda Sue Park and Margaret Peterson Haddix.  David Pittu is the reader for all the books in the series and does well with the many accents and characters he must portray.  He even does Nellie's Hispanic accent mimicking an Aussie accent.  Try that!

Listen to a sample from the Barnes and Noble site, or download the audiobook free from your public library.

If readers are interested in more information about the famed Krakatao Volcano (featured in the book), point them to the fascinating nonfiction title, The Day the World Exploded.

Check out all things 39 Clues related at The 39 Clues official site.

On to Book 7, The Viper's Nest.  I can't stop now!

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