The race is on to find 39 Clues that safeguard a great power, and fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, are shocked to find themselves in the lead. The search seems to be taking them to Vienna, and they hold a coded piece of Mozart's sheet music that's key to finding the next Clue. But tailed by a pack of power-hungry relatives, Amy and Dan can't see if they are sailing toward victory--or straight into a deadly trap.
My love for this series increased exponentially during the second installment. I think the reason is--they left the United States! The 39 Clues series has now turned into a travel and history adventure, which is basically my favorite thing ever.
I still find it unbelievable that two kids are winning against genius evil relatives, but it no longer bothers me so much. There is so much else that is awesome! Train trips through the Alps. Learning about Mozart and his lesser known but equally skilled sister, Nannerl. Racing through the canals of Venice. And in the next book, they are headed toward Japan! I am so there.
I admire the vision of the series--telling a huge adventure story while sneakily adding in a lot of history, science, music, and geography. Readers learn things and have fun at the same time! Brilliant.
Four out of five CD stores.
Release Date: December 2008
Reading Level: Grade 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: J39C