Tuesday, October 26, 2010

39 Clues - the end?

A quick wrap up of the final two audiobooks in the 39 Clues series - as with all the other titles, David Pittu narrates -

Park, Linda Sue. 2010. The 39 Clues: Storm Warning (Book 9). New York: Scholastic. which Dan and Amy are reunited (finally), the true secrets of the Madrigals are revealed, the hunt moves to Jamaica, and the death of someone not connected to the hunt deeply affects Dan, Amy, and Nellie. Oh yes, and one more thing, most excellent reader, David Pittu, finally finds an accent that's too hard to handle - Jamaican patois.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. 2010. The 39 Clues: Into the Gauntlet. (Book 10). New York: Scholastic.

In this longest of all the 39 Clues titles, the Starlings return to play a major role (remember them from the bomb blast at the Franklin Institute?) and all of the clues are finally revealed as the hunt moves to London. 

The series did not wrap up as I had anticipated and surprisingly, the door has been left open for further adventures.  All in all, it was a good run.  Kids love the series and it keeps them reading.

And a surprise addition -
Due out today 10/26/10 is The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets a full-color, glossy book of the Cahill's deepest secrets by Mallory Kass with a foreword by Rick Riordan. You can read an excerpt here.

I've wondered throughout the entire series about the discipline required to keep all of the authors writing in a cohesive and fluid manner.  The switching of authors from book to book was virtually flawless.  It was interesting to learn that Margaret Peterson Haddix had to ask Linda Sue Park to slightly alter something in book 9 to make all the loose ends fit in book 10. Whatever was altered, it worked. Click this link to watch a round-robin interview with all of the 39 Clues authors. (and to think that all this time I thought Jude Watson was a man - never judge an author by his her name!)  The 39 Clues - a job well done!

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