Monday, March 5, 2012

39 Clues: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson

Book Jacket

Betrayed by their cousins, abandoned by their uncle, and with only the slimmest hint to guide them, fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, rush off to Egypt on the hunt for 39 Clues that lead to a source of an unimaginable power.  But when they arrive, Amy and Dan get something completely unexpected--a message from their dead grandmother, Grace.  Did Grace set out to help the two orphans...or are Amy and Dan heading for the most devastating betrayal of all?


This time: Egypt!  I've had friends who were obsessed with Egyptian history, but sadly, I don't share their enthusiasm.  Still, Watson made the markets of Cairo sparkle with life, and I really really want to see the colorfully painted tomb of Nefertari.  Is that real?

This there were no Holts (who cares?) or Kabras (sob!), but we got a whole lot more Grace.  It was nice to see the Cahill kids grieve for their deceased grandmother.  They also dealt with doubting her love for them, and finding reassurance in the strangest places.

We also got a glimpse into Irina's motivations, and it turns out she's a far more sympathetic character than I would have imagined.  Yay for complicated villains!  Bai Oh is creepy, although I like how the clan divisions are made so obviously absurd in him.  If he supports the Ekaterinas more than anything ever, then I'm guessing the moral of the story will be for the different branches to work together.

Four out of five crocodiles.

Release Date:  June 2009
Reading Level: Grade 3+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: J 39C

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