Monday, March 2, 2009

The Maze of Bones (39 Clues Series) - Book Review & Huge Prize Pack Giveaway

"If you accept, you shall be given the first of thirty-nine clues. These clues will lead you to a secret, which, should you find it, will make you the most powerful, influential human beings on the planet. You will realize the destiny of the Cahill family." - The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

I'm hooked, so completely hooked. The popular 39 Clues series now has another fan after I read book 1: The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones. Meant for middle school children ages 8-12+, the series reminds me of an interactive The Da Vinci Code for kids, sans religion. The multi-media adventure series combines 10 books, an online game, collectible cards and cash prizes in a way sure to excite even the most reluctant readers. (You must read the books in order to fully participate in the online game. However, the book series can be read and enjoyed without playing the online game.)

Power, riches, codes, exotic destinations, and famous individuals. The members Cahill family don't fully realize the history of their family lineage until the matriarch of their family, Grace, dies. After an unusual reading of her will, they must choose between a million dollars or a dangerous, mysterious race that will send them all across the world to discover the Cahill family secret. The plot centers around orphan siblings, Dan (age 11) and Amy (age 14) as they try to find and decode the 39 clues before their evil, sneaky relatives beat them to it. In The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones - Book 1 they follow messages involving their ancestor Benjamin Franklin, end up in Paris and try to discover the first of many clues.

The exciting adventure captivated me and left me wishing I could read the entire series immediately. What kind of secret could make one the most powerful person on the planet? I must admit, I'm intrigued. I've heard many kids find the series just as fascinating. One fellow blogger sent this response via twitter, "My youngest, 13 yo boy loves those books and the game!" What an exciting way to encourage children, both boys and girls, to read. I briefly logged into the online game, but did not get much of a chance to play around yet. The winners of the first episode have been selected but readers can still join and try for subsequent episode prizes. My only complaint: the books include sets of cards that have unique ID numbers for use online. The numbers can only be used one time, so if you have multiple family members that want to play, each will need to get their own set of cards.

The Maze of Bones is the first book in the 10-book series. Each book in the series is written by a different author and includes a set of collectible game cards. A prominent figure from history is featured in each book, the first two books involving Benjamin Franklin and Mozart, respectively.
The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones - Book 1 by Rick Riordan. Scholastic (September 2008); 220 pages; ISBN 9780545060394
Related links:
www.the39clues.com Official Game Website
The Maze of Bones Discussion Guide
Video Read-aloud - Rick Riordan Reads The Maze of Bones
The Maze of Bones Text Excerpt [pdf]

Book 3 by Peter Lerangis – The 39 Clues: The Sword Thief – comes out March 3!


HUGE GIVEAWAY!!! To celebrate the release of the 3rd book in the series, Scholastic has kindly offered to giveaway (1) Scholastic 39 Clues Prize Pack to a Brimful Curiosities reader. The Prize Pack includes the first 3 books in the series, a 39 Clues Card Pack, and a 39 Clues t-shirt.

To enter, visit The Scholastic Store Website and leave a comment here telling me one fact you learned about the 39 Clues series.
• For contact purposes, if you are a non-blogger or your email is not accessible in your blog profile, please leave a valid email address within the comment section.
• Contest is open to US only
• Contest ends on Monday, March 9th, 2008 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
Three ways to gain extra entries (Maximum total entries is 4):
1st extra entry: Follow Me! or subscribe by email or RSS reader
2nd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
3rd extra entry: Follow me on twitter (iambrimful) and tweet about the contest.


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Welcome to Brimful Curiosities, where every week is a children's book carnival! This review/giveaway is one of my contributions to the Book Giveaway Carnival, (March 2-8, 2009). Head over there for all the great giveaways this week! And don't forget to enter my other giveaways!

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157 comments:

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

Wow it sounds like so much fun!
"Every kid is a winner - we'll give away prizes through the books, the website and the cards, including a grand prize of $10,000!"

onlycancan ta hotmail tod com

TheAngelForever said...

I love that the series is going to be so interactive and get kids thinking and researching items. Thanks for the opportunity.

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TheAngelForever said...

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lastnerve said...

Amazing book! It's perfect! Love the concept behind it.

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Brenda said...

They set up online accounts where they can compete against other kids

my daughter would love this kind of book!!

wyndsong said...

I learned that they are related to tons of people from Harry Houdini to Napoleon. This is such a great book series and my son would jump for joy if I won! Thanks for the opportunity!

Christineleann at gmail dot com

Carol said...

I learned that they also come in audiobooks. I would love to win this for my granddaughter! Thank you!
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

wyndsong said...

and here's my tweet about the contest! http://twitter.com/wyndsong/status/1269596452

Carol said...

I'm subscribed to your RSS feed.
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

Erin said...

I leanred that these books are good for children ages 9-12 and that they come in Audio Books!

Erin said...

I'm a subscriber.
ellybean (at) connected2christ.com
http://www.connected2christ.com/theblog

livingmyhappilyeverafter said...

I learned you can buy the cards seperately. This book is really cool my step son would love it.

Duni said...

Hi!
thanks for commenting on my blog! And welcome to Entrecard. It is so much fun...and addictive. We're a great community and I've already made tons of blogging friends.

btw, great giveaway for kids! You're obviously a giveaway-pro. I'm currently hosting my very first giveaway ever...you're very welcome to enter!

Duni

Upstatemomof3 said...

So, cool. The series is everywhere - books card online and there are prizes. You really cannot go wrong.

silverhartgirl said...

The first Cahill card series features 56 thoroughly intriguing evidence cards that kids need to hunt down the 39 Clues

Kristina said...

I learned that you can become a long lost member of the Cahill family when you register online to play the game and compete with others!
Luckistarr4 AT gmail DOT com

sweetsue said...

You can read sample chapters of 39 Clues on the Scholastic website.
smchester at gmail dot com

Erika Lynn said...

I learned Grace is the main character! and that I may have to buy these (for my little sister of course, haha) if i don't win because they look great

Erika Lynn said...

i blogged about it here
http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/02/contests-galore.html

Mia J. said...

I like that they are show casing influential people in history to inspire learning. It is also cool that the kids can play against their friends.

Jenn said...

I like that unlike most online extras for things, this one requires them to think...not just watch adverts and stare absently at the screen!

Bingo said...

This is an easy one for me. I teach middle school reading and Peter Lerangis is the author of Book 3. He is my brother-in-law's (who sadly died suddenly in Oct), Peter is his cousin so we are "kind of" related! I am a follower and would love to have my own set since my kids buy them right and left when I hand out Scholastic book orders! Thanks for a great post and I do love your blog!

liane66 said...

The clues are hidden around the worldd -- great learning device.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

I think its cool that you can set up the accounts online for more fun that ties into the book!

Kristinia - Loving Heart Mommy said...

Tweeted (kristinialeanna)
http://twitter.com/kristinialeanna/statuses/1270522734

Valorie said...

I learned that kids can set up an online account to challenge other kids, learn secrets, and keep track of their own progress.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

Valorie said...

Follow and gave a Tweet:
http://twitter.com/morbidromantic/status/1270574872

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I learned we can get the books in audio format.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

traymona said...

There is a 39 Clues website that allows you to enter to win prizes by playing an online version of 39 clues.
traymona[at]aol.com

Janel said...

Each card pack will contain 1 ultra-rare card. I'm sure my kids will be talking about this soon!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Danielle said...

I didn't know that there were other items - like cards that went with the series...oooohhh I can see a collection coming on....

Dani
infotoo at gmail dot com

following you twiterrrrrrrr

Ginny said...

This series looks really cool. I learned that there will be 10 adrenaline-charged books, 355 trading cards, and an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes.

Ginny said...

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Ginny said...

bloggedhttp://momcontests.blogspot.com/2009/03/scholastic-39-clues-prize-pack.html

MonieG said...

I've heard great things about this one. Thanks for offering it. I learned that you can play along online and with trading cards.

MonieG said...

I tweeted the contest here: http://twitter.com/monie_g/status/1271766222

Estela said...

I learned that there are over $100,00 in prizes! Talk about incentive to read and learn!

Anonymous said...

I learned that there are 355 trading cards, and an online game where readers play a part in the story. Sound like alot of fun.

espressogurl(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I subscribe by email.

espressogurl(at)hotmail(dot)com

mom2anutball said...

I learned that they come in audio books!
hawkgirl_16 {at} hotmail {dot} com

manybooks said...

I love that each book in the series will be written by a different YA author. Cool concept~

Mari said...

I was so excited to learn that a different author will be writing each book. How cool is that? Would love a chance at this prize pack. Great Giveaway!

YZgirl4 said...

It is great that this is the first book of a series and it is interactive. I hope this will attract even more kids to read for pleasure and not because they have to.


yzgirl4[at]verizon[dot]net

Ladytink_534 said...

I loved the first book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It reminded me of The Da Vinci Code and National Treasure. I knew a little bit about Benjamin Franklin but I honestly had no clue about some of the things he invented (the armonica thing was really neat too).

I'm following you!

oona. said...

You can also listen to the audio book version of the 39 Clue Series!

Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

shopannies said...

it is a series of three books that offers kids great ways to be winners

shopannies@Yahoo.com

shopannies said...

twittered http://twitter.com/shopannies/status/1274146781

shopannies@Yahoo.com

Beth said...

I like the fact that they also come in audio books. Thanks for the great giveaway.

CoyCoy said...

Kids playing online are competing for actual cash prizes. Wow - this is cool. I am surprised I haven't heard of this (and I work at a library - for shame !)

Table4Five said...

You know what? I picked up The 39 Clues at Barnes & Noble on Sunday, thought it looked interesting, but put it back because my son wasn't with me and I didn't know if it would interest him. Now that I've looked at the 39 Clues website, I want to win this giveaway because these books interest ME! lol

From the site, I learned that there is also an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes. wow!

Cindy B. of Montana said...

Following you on Twitter and I tweeted this giveaway! http://twitter.com/sendtocindy/status/1274550142

Cindy B. of Montana said...

Characters in the book include Amy and Dan Cahill. I hadn't heard of this series. We have a grandson just the right age to really enjoy this series

Pam P said...

My nephew has the first book and would love this prize pack, including that T-shirt. He's got a birthday next month and asked for the other books. I'll have to see if he knows about the online game and contest.

Added you to my GR, have several nieces and nephews who like to read.

gahome2mom said...

I have a teenager (13) and I want her to read more. She writes very well and figures there is no need to read others books. I would like to win this for her. By the way it sounds, these books are a spy type book like Nancy Drew - just add a twist or two. lol Thanks.

gahome2mom(at)gmail(dot)com
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com

gahome2mom said...

Tweeted: http://tinyurl.com/ad9nbx
Following - gahome2mom

gahome2mom(at)gmail(dot)com
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com

gahome2mom said...

follwer
gahome2mom(at)gmail(dot)com
http://lovingheartdesigns.blogspot.com

Shawn said...

I learned that Grace Cahill's cat's name is Saladin! What a great name! After reading an excerpt from chapter one of the first book, I'm ready to read them all! Please enter me to win!

http://maymaysmemos.blogspot.com/

LoveMy2Dogs said...

I learned that "Every kid is a winner - we'll give away prizes through the books, the website and the cards, including a grand prize of $10,000!"

Liviania said...

This would be great for my cousins! I learned book two is written by Gordon Korman, who I've enjoyed books by.

inbedwithbooks AT yahoo DOT com

momsrus said...

There are 39 clues hidden around the world by the deceased matriarch for the family to find. I am also following you.

windycindy said...

Hi! Many thanks for introducing me to this amazing series. I have always loved Scholastic books! When I read about this series on their site, I learned that there are 10 books, 355 trading cards and an online game that you can play and win $100,000 in prizes. Many thanks for a delightful giveaway drawing!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

windycindy said...

I am a subscriber to your site!
Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tracysweetangl said...

Sounds great! The kids would love this! thanks! They come in audiobooks!

Candie said...

I love that they come in an audio version. Thank you.

candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

Tasses said...

I'm already a follower on Twitter (Tasses) and already an RSS subscriber with Google Reader.

I have posted about the contest on my book review blog: http://manyaquaintandcuriousvolume.blogspot.com/2009/03/lots-of-giveaways.html

I actually knew a bit about this title prior to jumping to the Scholastic site, I just hadn't coughed up the $$$ to buy it yet.

MD said...

Awesome! My whole family would love this!
mdfitz85[at]yahoo[dot]com

caseykelp said...

The online game allow kids to participate in it. Kids visit the website - www.the39clues.com - and discover they are lost members of the Cahill family. What a great idea mix reading and the computer. Thank you for the giveaway.

Mom of 5 Boys said...

I have seen this series in the stores and assumed that it was written by Rick Riordan. Now I've learned that each book has a different author. What a fun idea!

momof5boys at gmail dot com

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your drawing. I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9@verizon.net

JamericanSpice said...

I learned that they also come in audiobooks

Such an exciting giveaway

JamericanSpice said...

I blogged

http://jamericanspice.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/the-maze-of-bones-39-clues-series-book-review-huge-prize-pack-giveaway/

judybrittle said...

I learned that Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. This would be so great! My grandson would love this! Thank you!

judyv12306 said...

i learned that it has an interactive site. My 2 grandsons and their cousins would love it.

Jennifer, Snapshot said...

Sounds fun! My husband actually heard about this series before I did and asked me if my daughter and I had heard of it.


I learned that there are also audiobooks for the series. We love audiobooks.

Dina said...

I learned that there are also audiobooks geared to the 9-12 year olds.

Betty N said...

Here is something I learned from the website: "The 39 Clues is Scholastic's groundbreaking new series, spanning 10 adrenaline-charged books, 355 trading cards, and an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes." How cool is that!

Jennifer said...

I didn't realize that this series was so interactive! I learned on the web site that the kids have cards they can collect and they can play online. I think my stepson would love it! I've tried to get him to enjoy reading, but so far no luck. He does collect Yu-gi-oh cards though, so maybe the card aspect and the online play will pique his interest.

Thanks for the opportunity,

kairilily at yahoo dot com

Tracey said...

I learned that it is interactive and that Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills. Sounds very interesting. Something my daughter would really enjoy

targetmom said...

I learned that this series has an interactive website that goes with it.

Pam said...

It's an interactive book where kids can create an online account and search for clues!!!

Anonymous said...

This is something my son would get into. I learned that each pack contains 16 randomly assorted cards, with at least one rare or ultra-rare card per pack.
-Terra H.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Molly C. said...

I think it is neat that you can set up online accounts to compete against others. This looks like a really cool series.

Anonymous said...

I learned that the clues are hidden around the world. My son would love this!
Della
delcamino@yahoo.com

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I learned that you can read sample chapters of The 39 Clues on the Scholastic site. Thanks for the GREAT giveaway!

Helen S said...

They can compete against other kids online. I think that this is nice. My son would love this.
helencutie06@aol.com

bison61 said...

the kids would like the books and the online games, plus they have Audio Books

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

1993wel said...

The first book was written by Rick Riordan, who writes one of my son's favorite series, the Percy Jackson books (The Lightning Thief). He would love to win The 39 Clues series!

Alice H said...

I hadn't heard of this series before - I learned that its very adventure based and deals with Amy and Dan Cahill. Every book seems to have them chasing or being chased! Thanks for the chance! alicedemske at hotmail.com

Homemaker said...

These have an online game where readers play a part in the story and compete for over $100,000 in prizes!! WOW! Now that's sweet!

sallylynnsara@hotmail.com

Linda said...

I learned that the books are also available in audio format.

Christy said...

What an awesome sounding collection of books. I learned that the clues are hidden all over the world and that there is an audio version also. Thanks so much! ecghick@yahoo.com

Donna M. Clark said...

I lik the act that they can be read in audio cd. That makes it good for those long car rides.

live42day said...

I learned that every kid is a winner and that they are giving away prizes through all three ways... the books, the website and the cards. These books would be great for my son.
luckofdraw777(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I learned that not only are the books fun to read, they teach you about famous people in history! I hate history, so this a great series for me to read.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, last time I posted a comment, I didn't give my e-mail. Here it is again.

I learned that not only are the books fun to read, they teach you about famous people in history! I hate history, so this a great series for me to read.

Contact me at levitodd@juno.com

Fantasy Dreamer said...

A fact learned: The 1st book in the series, The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan is a New York Times #1 Best seller.

Fantasy Dreamer said...

Following you on Twitter, @fantasydreamer

And Tweeted the contest: http://twitter.com/FantasyDreamer/statuses/1296872188

Paradox said...

This book series looks so fun! I learned that the first book, Maze of Bones, is written by Rick Riordan! I love his Percy Jackson series!

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Paradox said...

I followed you on Twitter and tweeted about the contest. My Twitter name is ParadoxRevealed.

The tweet: http://twitter.com/ParadoxRevealed/status/1298929824

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Paradox said...

I posted about the giveaway here: http://paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com/2008/12/official-contest-list.html

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Paradox said...

I subscribed to your RSS feed on Google Reader.

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com

Leah said...

I learned that the 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones is the #1 New York Times bestselling title by Rick Riordan! : )))

Thanks so much for this fabulous give~away! : )))

leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

Leah said...

I am following you on TWITTER....username mamaleahita.

And, I TWITTERED about this fabulous give~away.

http://twitter.com/mamaleahita/status/1303391468

Thanks again! : )))

leahita[at]gmail[dot]com