The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones by Rick Riordan
  

The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones

Written by Rick Riordan
Part of the The 39 Clues Series

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Want to get your kids reading, well here’s a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it’s something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes into the mix. Finding and solving clues results in prizes and if you solve all 39 clues there’s a chance to compete for the grand prize. There will be 10 books in all with one clue to solve in each book and the cards, some of which come with the books and some can be bought separately help reveal the clues. The first Card Pack contains 16 game cards and a clue finder guide for the first three books in the series. The last 39 Clues book will be published in 2010. We’ll have them all on Lovereading4kids as we believe it will get even the most reluctant readers reading, for the interactivity of the series is brilliant. Take a peak at our extract and if you like what you see buy it, then register at www.the39clues.com so you can start playing the game and winning prizes. The second book is due out in december 08 – One False Note – and the third in March 09 – The Sword Thief.

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The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones by Rick Riordan

Behold the adventures of the prodigious Cahills, the most eminent family in the world. Their ancestors stretch from coast to coast from the illustrious Benjamin Franklin to the young Amy and Dan Cahill. With the recent demise of dear Aunt Beatrice a final will and testament proclaims the great Cahill prize, the source of the family power. Amy and Dan are pitted against their most ruthless relations in search of 39 clues hidden around the world. Mysteries need to be unravelled and this is where the reader steps from the sidelines.

The 39 Clues, launching globally in September, is a fully integrated multi-media adventure that spans across 10 supercharged books, 355 collectible cards, and a dynamic online game where kids can uncover information, play skill based games and collect cards to compete for prizes. The story revolves around the Cahills - the most powerful family the world has ever known - the source of whose power is a mystery that can only be unraveled by assembling 39 clues hidden around the world throughout history. Combining reading with online gaming and collecting, this breakthrough concept is uniquely positioned to reach millions of young people who are readers, gamers, collectors, or all three, and encourage them to participate in the hunt for
the 39 clues.

“The 39 Clues takes creative leaps to expand the story experience from the pages of the books to multiple stages of discovery and imagination,” said Steven Spielberg. “Together with Scholastic, we have the opportunity to develop this property that says ‘film,’ ‘family,’ ‘fun,’ and ‘franchise.’”

About the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman.

Rick Riordan is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

To find out more about Percy Jackson - visit www.percyjackson.co.uk

A Q AND A WITH RICK RIORDAN

Where did you get the idea for Percy Jackson?

My son Haley asked me to tell him some bedtime stories about the Greek gods and heroes. I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply. When I ran out of myths, he was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters. I thought about it for a few minutes. Then I remembered a creative writing project I used to do with my sixth graders — I would let them create their own demigod hero, the son or daughter of any god they wanted, and have them describe a Greek-style quest for that hero. Off the top of my head, I made up Percy Jackson and told Haley all about his quest to recover Zeus’ lightning bolt in modern day America. It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book. I had a lot to do already, but I somehow found the time to write the first Percy Jackson book over the next year. I just really enjoyed writing it. The story was such fun, and so different from my adult fiction, that I found myself spending a lot of time on it. Now, I’m sure glad I did!

• The Lightning Thief deals with magic and the Greek gods. Are you worried about censorship?

In Western Civilization, we’ve always had an uneasy mix between Classical mythology and Judeo-Christian values. As a culture, we tend to believe in one God, but we also grow up steeped in these wonderful old stories about the Olympians. As long as we recognize them as stories that are part of our heritage and long-since stopped being any kind of serious religion, I don’t see the harm in learning mythology. In fact, I think you have to know Greek myths to understand where our modern culture came from. It’s part of being an educated member of society. The Lightning Thief explores Greek mythology in a modern setting, but it does so as a humorous work of fantasy. I’m certainly not interested in changing or contradicting anyone’s religious beliefs. Early in the book, the character Chiron makes a distinction between God, capital-G, the creator of the universe, and the Greek gods (lower-case g). Chiron says he doesn’t want to delve into the issue of God, but he has no qualms about discussing the Olympians because they are a “much smaller matter.” The gods of Olympus are archetypes. They are deeply embedded in and inseparable from Western thought. The book pays tribute to the legacy of Olympus as one of the roots of our culture.

• Have you ever been to Greece or Italy, or are you planning to travel there?

Yes, I’ve been to both Italy and Greece, but only after I finished the Percy Jackson series, which is ironic. One doesn’t need to travel there, however, to appreciate the stories from mythology. Those are quite universal.

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Hardback
224 pages

Author

Rick Riordan
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Scholastic Us

Publication date

9th September 2008

ISBN

9780545060394

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