39 Clues “The Dead of Night” Book Review and AWESOME Giveaway!


 I AM SUPER EXCITED to tell you I have some great giveaway things that the AWESOME people at Scholastic Books sent me to give away on my blog in honor of Book 3 – Cahills vs. Vespers “The Dead of Night” by Peter Lerangis.

 Read on to the bottom of the review to see how you can enter to win some great prizes!

But first, my review!

39 Clues Cahills vs. Vespers, Book 3 – The Dead of Night Book

By Peter Lerangis

190 pages – ages 9+

Published  by Scholastic Inc. March 6th 2012

Dan and Amy Cahill didn’t want to be criminals. They didn’t want to steal priceless works of art and valuable historical objects. They just wanted to be “normal” kids, but they were Cahills and that meant they weren’t just like other kids. They were now the head of the most powerful family in the world and they are now facing their worst enemy, the Vespers. The Vespers have kidnapped seven of the Cahill family members and bad things will happen if Dan and Amy don’t do what Vesper 1 wants. In the last book, “A King’s Ransom” (read my review HERE), Dan and Amy were left in The Czech Republic just as one of their allies is being kidnapped by a couple of Vespers. Vesper 1 sends instructions to steal ANOTHER priceless artifact in a riddle. Now the Cahill kids have to figure out the riddle, get to Uzbekistan, steal the artifact, rescue their ally in Turkey and all before time runs out. What makes matters WORSE is that INTERPOL is after them too! Will Dan and Amy complete the mission, or will time run out?

I think this book is totally AWESOME! In case you don’t get the idea, I really like the 39 Clues series. It is a great action / adventure series for younger kids. Besides all the action, it takes place all over the world so you learn about geography and different cultures and you also learn some history. In this book I really liked Nellie, even though she was barely in the book, she did something that was VERY important to the plot so you know she is super smart. Mr. Lerangis made the book very exciting and left the book in a cliff hanger – **NOTE OFFICIAL PROTEST – Mr. Lerangis, I have to wait until AUGUST to find out what happens next 😉  One thing that worries me about the Cahill vs. Vespers series is Dan. He was always goofy and funny and in the new series he is being more serious because he is obsessed with the 39 Clues formula. So far it’s been OK but I am finding that I don’t like Dan as much as in the first series. I hope he doesn’t get too weird. I want to say more of what I liked about the book, but I don’t want to give too much away 🙂

I recommend this book and series to kids 9+ because of some non-graphic violence and some tense situations. There isn’t any bad language in the books. To learn more about Mr. Lerangis, please visit his website HERE. To learn more about The 39 Clues and the online game (it’s a cool kid friendly game) please check out the 39 Clues official website HERE.

Five out of five bookworms for “The Dead of Night”


All you have to do is comment to enter! MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN! Emails aren’t published if you put it in the email box on the comment form. I will pick (actually my sister Josie picks) four names out of a hat of all the commentors. Of those four names Josie will pick one out of the hat for first prize and the other 3 will also win a prize! You have until Friday April 6th to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday the 7th. If you are under 18 ask your parents if you can enter! Here are the prizes –

First Prize gets 

1.  “The Dead of Night” book !

2. A set of Author Agent Cards (not available in stores). Each pack has seven Author Agent Cards from the original 39 Clues series. You get the Agent Cards and codes for Rick Riordan, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis, Linda Sue Park, Gordon Korman, Margaret Peterson Haddix and Patrick Carman! Very cool for 39 Clues fans!

3. PLUS a page of 39 Clues Branch stickers!

The three other winners will get a set of the author agent cards and a page of stickers.


Check back in August for my review of Book 4 “Shatterproof” by the AWESOME Roland Smith!

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57 replies

  1. I also think the 39 Clues series is brilliant, Erik, I am glad you are promoting it. Actually you have inspired me to see which ones are in our school library to borrow!

  2. Hi Erik, I’ve actually reviewed Books 1 and 2 in GatheringBooks (I read Book 2 while I was in Vienna, so that was kind of cute). I’m nearly done with the 39 clues, I think I’m in the final book now. I vow not to read it yet, until all the Cahills vs Vespers series is out. I’ve bought Books 1 and 2, but I didn’t realize there was a Book 3 out, and there’s a Book 4 too? Oh wow. I had a few issues with Books 1 and 2 (you can check out my reviews in GatheringBooks, if you have the time), but as a whole, I thought that it was pretty good. I had to keep on reading to find out what happened to Amy and Dan.

    • That’s cool that you were in Vienna when you read Book 2! I’ll check out your reviews! I hear from a lot of adults that they aren’t huge fans of the 39 Clues series but, as a kid, I think that they’re awesome. Actually, Book 4 in the Cahill Vs. Vespers series isn’t out yet. It comes out in August.

  3. Thanks! I would love to win and give my library the chance to get the book free 🙂

    Marisa Iadarola

  4. Hello, Erik! I’m Reneilda, (if you can remember, I’m the one who inquired you about the author agent cards in your Facebook fanpage :D) one of the avid readers/fans of The 39 Clues here in the Philippines. Actually, we build our own group, Cahill Philippines, and its first anniversary is today, April 2, 2012. (I just hope I can win this contest heehee)

    • Happy Anniversary! Can I join and maybe you can change the title to “Cahill Philippines and One American”? I took the test on the 39 Clues website and found out that I’m an Ekat. What are you?
      Good luck! I can’t make any promises. A bunch of people want to win. You got your wish (at least the one about me asking for more cards 😉 )!

  5. Another great post. Now I need to know. Are you “in” with these writers? You have some great giveaways! I love winning – but this should go to one of your wonderful young readers.

    Erik, have you missed a day blogging this year or last?

    • Thank you Ms. Morris! I met the publicist for the 39 Clues from Scholastic in a book signing with Jude Watson and Peter Lerangis. We “swapped” emails and she said she will send things for me to give away (like the cards and sticker sheets that are for a winner in the contest) and/or read, and she does!
      Actually, when I started blogging, my goal was to post every other day… I guess I just have a lot to say. 😉

  6. Great review, Eric, and cool giveaway, though I don’t need to be in the drawing. I finally read the first 39 Clues and it posted today. My boys really liked it, but I was a little neutral on this series. I liked Percy much better. Maybe I better read another. 🙂

  7. Great review and fun giveaway, Erik! I have to confess, I’ve ever read any of the 39 Clues series, but you make them sound fantastic!

  8. Erik, thanks for joing in an changing your blog blue for International Autism Awareness Day and for posting the logo.

    Great review. I am not familiar with the 39 Clues series. Sounds like a lot of action and fun! Fantastic giveaway.

    • Thank you Ms. Tilton! This is one of my favorite series ever!!!

      I’m glad that I made my blog blue for International Autism Awareness Day! 🙂 I linked the banner to your post on your website! Thank you for telling me about it!

  9. Oh, I hope I will win! Please don’t forget to put my name into the hat!
    P.S. Could we have our names in their more than once?

  10. I love the 39 clues and their authors. I think the books are so good I could read them over and over again. I hope I hopeI hope I win!

  11. My kids love these books like crazy! Please put me in the drawing for my children!

  12. Put me in for the drawing!

  13. Very cool! This is totally unrelated, but my boys LOVE Zig and Wikki. We’ve read both books now. I must find more Toon Books.

  14. I love the 39 clues I really like Amy. I think her and Ian should date though. I don’t like dans weirdness in the vesper books. I would love to win. Thanks for the contest 🙂

  15. Hey Id love to win thanks for the contest best of luck to everyone:)

  16. HEY, theres a book called the cahill files coming out in may! now you don’t have to wait so long for a 39 clues book! By the way, could you read a 39 clues mini book I wrote! Thanks!

    • Thank you for telling me that Spencer! I would love to read your mini book, too! You can email it to me to the email address under the “Contact Me }:0})>” page! Anything that’s new to me and about the 39 Clues is great! Your book is a great reward for a 39 Clues fan! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  17. I’ve heard these are excellent, but haven’t read them. Nice review :•)

  18. I’ve picked up books from this series multiple times at the bookstore but I always end up putting them down and moving on. But, I’ve been listening to (reading) you talk them up for the past year so I might have to check them out. Right now though, I’m re-reading Percy. 😉 I don’t need to be in the drawing but I think it’s awesome that you are making so many contacts at such a young age. It must be pretty cool to get books and stuff in the mail!

  19. well I have ta be in this competition! enter my name in.gotta go:)

  20. Hey, I just figured out you have a 39 clues account. So I was wondering if you could vote me for Janus leader. Just type in 39 clues message board third janus leader elections and say you vote for Breakinghurricane5 or Spencer. If you go on often, you can be one of my campaigners if you want. It’s still in moderation que so it might come tomorrow but check anyway. Thanks!

  21. I’m in!

  22. Our kids love these books, they made me start reading with them and it has been fun. Please enter me in the drawing, thanks.

  23. I’m in!!!! Yay!

  24. O.K. Let the drawing begin!

  25. The 39 clues are just so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
    I’ve read exactly all of them (except for the new ones).
    And also the cards you gave last
    time was cool. After the card arrived, i quickly opened it,
    and there it was in front of my eyes.

    So please pick me:)

  26. Hi Erik,

    Thanks for another great review. Peter Lerangis sounds like an interesting writer, and I now plan to check out his books.

    • Hi Mr. Granger! Mr. Lerangis wrote a couple of The 39 Clues books (in part or whole). I also have his book “Smiler’s Bones” on my TBR list. He has a bunch of books listed on his website. THanks for commenting!

  27. l really need to catch up on the 39 clues series, I’ve only read the first three about a year and a half ago, and l kind of forgot what happened. Put me in the drawing, pIease!!!

  28. Wow, you are an amazing writer for your age! I also write a review blog, although I’m a few years older (fourteen). This book was one of the best in the series, and the best so far from the author. I’d be interested to see what you think of my review if you have time. The contest you ran is as well very cool. I’ll be sure to check back to your site in the future.

    • Thank you! My all-time favorite book is “Into the Gauntlet” but this book is really great too. I like how you can figure out who the Vesper is. I’ll stop by your blog! Please come again! I’m glad you like the contest!

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