Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Next Great Installment in 39 Clues Series

The 39 Clues: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
(Middle Grade Reader and Up)

This series is just wonderful and gets better with each new installment.  39 Clues was written and directed towards middle grade readers but I have to admit I love them and eagerly await each one that comes out (I always give my game cards away to a student which makes me quite popular!)

39 Clues is about two siblings, Amy and Dan Cahill, who were left a challenge in their grandmother's will: accept $1 million and walk away now or take no money but embark on a quest for the 39 clues.  Only one family member can win but whoever does will have more money, fame, power and knowledge that can be dreamt of.  What would you choose?

Naturally, Amy and Dan chose the challenge.  This book, the 9th in the series, takes them to Jamaica on the trails of famous pirates and leads them to the next clue in the race.  Telling anymore would give away too much but the author, Linda Sue Park, does a great job carrying on the adventure.

There are a lot of reasons to love this series.  I find it fascinating that a different author writes each book and can only imagine what those meetings are like!  I also love how each author weaves in such interesting historical details.  Each book has me racing to Wikipedia to verify the fact.  Overall, a fun, light read that just keeps getting better.  A word of warning:  you must read them in order and you have to read the whole series before you come to the conclusion.

I know good books and this is definitely one of them!

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