The 39 Clues Series books 1-10

 Amy and Dan never wanted to be powerful. Ever since their parents died, they became very close to their grandmother Grace Cahill. When Grace died and her will was read, they had a choice join the hunt for the 39 clues or take a million dollars each (all the members of the family had the same choice). They would have chosen the million dollars but they realized that Grace really wanted them to do the hunt and that all the time they spend with her, she was training them for the hunt. In each book Amy and Dan Cahill find out that some very famous people are Cahills including Benjamin Franklin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Thomas Edison, Amelia Earhart and William Shakespeare. Soon they find out that the 39 clues isn’t just about clues it’s also very dangerous. They battle fires, poisonous snakes, sharks, ninjas and the most dangerous thing….their realatives!

This series is awesome! Every time I finished a book in the series, I couldn’t wait to pick up the next volume. It’s cool how there are “book clues” which the reader can try to figure out. Some of them are easier than others. A couple of characters die in the books so it may not be great for young kids. It’s also cool that each book in the series is written by different authors and you can actually see some difference in how they write. The books also give you facts about some famous people and places that Dan and Amy travel so you end up learning things. The books come with game cards that you can collect and play an online game. The online game is OK, but the books are better.

The Whole Series get a HUGE 5 out of 5 Book Worms!!

I can’t wait for the next book “The Vespers Rising” to be released on April 5th!


Book 1: The Maze of Bones

Author Rick Riordan

Pages 220 Ages 9+

Published in 2008 By Scholastic

Dan and Amy start the clue hunt in Paris and have to go through the catacombs underneath the city.

Book 2: One False Note

Author Gordon Korman

Pages 174 Ages 9+

Published in 2008 by Scholastic

Dan and Amy go to Vienna Austria and have a run-in with the Benedictine monks!

Book 3: The Sword Thief

Author: Peter Larangis

Pages 156 Ages 9+

Published in 2009 by Scholastic

First Dan and Amy are off to Japan then they get trapped in a cave-in in Seoul, Korea and are double crossed by some nasty relatives.

This is one of my favorite books in the series. The clues that they had to follow were very interesting. I kept telling Dan and Amy not to trust their family…but they did anyway!

Book 4: Beyond the Grave

By Jude Watson

Pages 190 Ages 9+

Published in 2009 by Scholastic

Now it’s off to Egypt and the next clue…..and SUPRISE – Dan and Amy are double-crossed again -this time NOT by a relative!

Book 5: The Black Circle

By Patrick Carman

Pages 168 Ages 9+

Published in 2009 by Scholastic

Dan and Amy go to Russia and team up with unlikely allies.

Book 6: In too Deep

By Jude Watson

Pages 206 Ages 9+

Published in 2009 by Scholastic

G’Day MATE! Dan and Amy find themselves in Australia and meet  up with their Uncle Shep (which Dan and Amy are happy that he’s NOT a Cahill so he’s NOT trying to deceive them).

This is one of my favorite books in the series. It’s really action packed!

Book 7: The Vipers Nest

by Peter Lerangis

Pages 190 Ages 9+

Published in 2010 by Scholastic

Dan and Amy travel to South Africa and start to unravel the biggest mystery -which branch of the family they belong to….

I really like how this book starts exactly where the last book left off.

Book 8: The Emperor’s Code

By Gordon Korman

Pages 190 Ages 9+

Published in 2010 by Scholastic

Dan and Amy have a fight and  are separated in Bejing CHINA!

This book is also one of my favorite books. I liked learning about China and I just really liked the story.

Book 9: Storm Warning

By Linda Sue Park

Pages 190 Ages 9+

Published in 2010 by Scholastic

Dan and Amy go to the Carribean and have to face down the evil Kabra’s and the mysterious Man in Black.

Book 10: Into the Gauntlet

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Pages  327 Ages 9+

Published in 2010 by Scholastic

 The race is near the end. The family branches must somehow learn to work together -but can they? Can Dan and Amy trust anyone?

This was my very favorite book of the series so far. Everyone involved in the clue hunt figured out where the last clue was and it was interesting (to say the least) when they all met up at the same place at the same time!


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29 replies

  1. Do you have to read the books in order for them to make sense?

  2. I’m about to start on The Sword Thief (#3).. I want all the books to be by Rick Riordan! He’s such a good author! 🙂

  3. Thankfully some bloggers can still write. Thank you for this piece

  4. Thanks for the ‘like’. Love your site! Best wishes for continued success.

  5. I love this book the sword thief is the best because ian kabra is sooooo cool!amy and ian make a good couple

  6. I think it’s fantastic that you can differentiate the writing between different authors – and that so many participated. I may have to get the first one out of the library for my daughter (8) and see how she likes it.

    • It’s so cool how each author gets to make the story go however they want! I am going to have an interview with Jude Watson early next month about the second book in the The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series called “A King’s Ransom” which she wrote. I am going to ask her how cool it is to write with other authors like that! Just to caution you that a couple characters die in the series and I know some parents don’t like that, but it wasn’t anything too graphic (I really don’t like to read [too violent books] and I am also not allowed to read anything too violent). Thanks for commenting!!

  7. you must read 1-10 then read the vespers vs. cahills

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog…I’m going to link up with Susannah’s Picture Perfect Book Friday so maybe we will meet there. 🙂
    I’ll be back to visit here again…love blogs that encourage parents to engage with their kids about books!

  9. can you leave facts abou the 39 clues from book 1-10 !!!!

  10. I really like your blog. I just started my first one today and wrote my first book review on 39 Clues! Check it out if you have a second!


  11. I love 39 clues they are so awesome

  12. What are the “book clues”? What are you trying to figure out as you read them? Doesn’t the book give the answer in the end as the main characters solve the clue?

  13. Awesome books. I like how there are different authors because theres always a plot twist!!!!!!!!

  14. My son hasn’t read any of these. I’ll recommend them to him. Thanks!

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