The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1)

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1)

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The first book in the #1 bestselling phenomenon sends readers around the world on the hunt for the 39 Clues!

Format: 4 CDs, Unabridged

Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue."

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545091046
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Series: 39 Clues Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged, 4 CDs
Pages: 4
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre series for adults. His books have won many accolades including a mention on the 2005 New York Times Notable list for The Lightning Thief. Rick lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.


San Antonio, TX

Date of Birth:

June 5, 1964

Place of Birth:

San Antonio, TX


B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 973 reviews.
romance-nut More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book I was a bit skeptical it sounded like every other book but I quickly learned that this was truely a unique read! The plot was full of twist and turns some were predictable but others took me by complete surprise, there was humor to lighten up the story and amazing characters to help it along! I really enjoyed this book and I eagerly await the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I teach 6th grade literature, so I am familiar with Rick Riordan's effect on young adults. Unfortunately, this book does not reflect his writing style. Some readers will be disappointed in that. Still, it is an entertaining read. I bought two copies of the book, so I could read it with my own 6th grader. I thought it would be fun for us to try to solve the clues together, and it was. He really enjoyed the book, and I think it is a great opportunity to test critical reading skills in young readers. We even bought two packs of the cards in order to see what those clues and puzzles were like. They were interesting, and we had a good time figuring those out as well. From a literary viewpoint, the book is nothing special: the characters are flat and the plot is predictable. But, for those kids that are just looking for a quick, easy, fun read, this book may fit the bill. If you or your kids liked the National Treasure movies, then this book is a winner!
Balina More than 1 year ago
This was great. I couldn't put this aside.
Ghost_Author More than 1 year ago
This book is exiting and funny. If you are 5 years old or older and you are bored, pick up this book and start reading or let your parents read it to you if you can't read. I think anyone would think it is a great series of books after you've read book one. I even want to start reading the book right now! I am in book 3 at the moment.I think anyone would love this book... There are a few challenging words, but your parents can help you with them. It describes other countries and lets you imagine you are there. The two main characters seem just like brothers and sisters even when they are arguing. There is always something exiting or dangerous about to happen and you want to keep reading to find out how they survive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It may be for ages 8-12, but I've still really enjoyed this series! They have a great team of writers, that do a fantastic job. I'm extremely happy Rick Riordan wrote the first book. I actually started reading this one, got bored and stopped reading it, and was later convinced by my sister to give it another try. I AM SO HAPPY I DID! Once you get past the first couple chapters, the action comes into play and you're hooked! I am now five books ahead of my sister, have gotten a bunch of my friends hooked, and just can't wait for book 11! I hope everyone takes advantage of this great series!
vbcody More than 1 year ago
My son and I are reading this series together. He started reading it and is now on book 4. When he got finished with the first book he said mom you should read this it's great and we have enjoyed the great bond that we've shared through reading these books. I am now on book 7 and even as an adult these books are a great to read and I have enjoyed reading these books and learning just how fun it can be to read a series of books with my child. We share in something that no one else can share except each other. It's like we're going on a journey and no one else can take part in it unless they read the books too. We have talks about the Cahill kids and where we think they'll go next and what trouble they'll get into next. We have bonded in a way that wouldn't have been possible to do anyother way. There's just something special about reading this book series with your child. If you are considering reading this series or your child reading this series go for it, it's a great adventure for all. We love it and hope they make a movie from these books.
moosesrule882 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I bought it during passing time at the Minneapolis airport and read it on the way to San Diego! (sorry, I didn't buy it at Barnes & Noble) It is fantastic in almost every way. A truly great way to start a series. But are there really going to be 39 books? I'll buy them, I know that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when I picked it up I couln't put it down.And it's about two kids Amy and Dan Cahill and their parents die in a fire and then thier grandmother takes care of them.The one day she dies and Amy and Dan are envited to the funeral where everybody else is envited and thats about 400 other people so then when they get there they have to go see her get burried then this person hands them a envlope and in that envolope it has a paper that says that Amy and Dan have been choosen to be 40 out of 400 people to go to thiier grandmas WILL.Then thats when it all starts.They have a choise to either take home one million dollars or take a risk at life or death to become the most prized Cahill in the world.Amy and Dan took the quest then now you have to read the book to find the rest out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!!
soccerboy More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the Maze Of Bones by Rick Riordan.It is about two kids named Dan and Amy whose lives turn upside down when their grandmother dies. At her funeral, they learn that their family is the most powerful family in the world. Every important person was related to them. They are given the opportunity to either take $1,000,000 or go on a treasure hunt that can make them the most powerful people in the world. The treasure hunt consisted of 39 clues and began in France and, of course, they decided to go. During the hunt, they faced many obstacles, including the fact that their distant relatives tried to kill them! I like the character Uncle Alister. He was very weird and he was thought to have invented the microwavable burrito. I also liked the story's setting because it took place in France. Finally, each chapter ended in a cliff hanger and I liked that because it kept me reading. I did not really like the ending of the book because it didn't really have much of an ending; only one of 39 clues was found. I also think Rick Riordan could have included some of the characters more often. Other than that, the book was great! Rick Riordan writes from one character's perspective at a time. Usually it switches on and off between Dan and Amy but sometimes it is from the perspective of another team in the treasure hunt such as the Kabras, Irina Spasky, or the Holts. The book is easy to read because the words are simple and it the topic is clear to understand. I would recommend this book for many reasons. First, it is mysterious like when they go into the Maze of Bones or the cemetery. Second, the book is funny, especially when the Holts hit each other with popsicles. It is also funny when Dan and Amy call Irina Spasky "The Spaz" because her eye twitched. Finally, it is really cool when they use weapons like the stun bomb or the hidden needles in Irina Spasky's fingernails. That is why I would recommend the Maze of Bones. The only other books that are like this one are the other books in this series. Rick Riordan has also written the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. The Maze of Bones is a great book that you will enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read this book if you like clues, trying to figure out things and if you like history (like Benjamin Franklin's time or Mozart). I thought it was good because it really caught my attention when I read it. I am a 9 year old boy but I think boys or girls would like it.
Alvin0830 More than 1 year ago
The moment I started reading this book, I did not put it down. The adventure was carefully plotted and it didn't fail to amuse me. A must-read book especially for young teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We found the book; funny, fast paced, clever with clues and educational information. After finishing, we purchased the next books in the series and hope that they hold our attention just as much.
SideDownUpSpade More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of the best books I've read with a creative and unexpected plot that keeps the pages turning along with plenty of humor and mystery. I've never read a book written by Rick Riordan that I didn't love, as I'm a huge fan of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and he, as always, didn't a tremendous job on this book. However, the problem with this series is that different authors write different books within it, and I just wish Rick Riordan would have stuck to writing all of them, because I would like the series so much more. The website is fun to go on and has exceptional games, and I like the side stuff that goes along with the books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The whole series is is wonder full I read it 5 times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book.It's 7points
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW!The Thirty Nine Clues is a great book i got to say....its a really nice book and the website too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books i've read! It is really age approiate for 9-11 years because younger kids wouldn' t understand the concept.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Cant wait to read the next one. After reading this, i was mad at myself for no reading them sooner. A must-have for everyone. And i mean everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion I think that this book is wonderful.It has a lot of suspence and seems like a great idea.It is full of action and adventures and does not end like you would think it would.It is a little expensive, but worth it because of all the great action in it.I think that it is totaly worth buying.
JoannaPA More than 1 year ago
Started reading this to 4th grader and we were both hooked. Have been giving it as a gift to other young readers ever since. Happens every time! One book and you're hooked! Like tater chips you can't read just one. The children love the characters,the story and the goodies inside each book. Well done.
BookwormKD More than 1 year ago
i really liked reading the 39 clues series because it was fun to try to guess what the clue meant and where it would take amy and dan cahill. it suspensful and mysterious and all- around enjoyable. it wasn't twilight-good but it wasnt bad either. i cant wait to read the rest of the series. i also recommend dead is the new black, death by biikni, killer cruise, sleepless, and model spy
Dialga34 More than 1 year ago
I think that this book was thrilling because once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down for more than a few minutes a day. I think that it's sort of mysterious because Amy and Dan Cahill (the main characters) don't know specifically what they are risking their lives every minute of the day to inherit. All they know is that this inheritance will make them the most powerful people on Earth. When they chose to go on this dangerous mission, Amy and Dan sent $2,000,000 up in flames. This is one of the many series that I always have difficulty choosing between. These books contain a fast-paced adventure full of danger, not for the faint of heart.
Ryan_Everett More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the series the 39 Clues. This book really gets you wanting to read more and more. The story begins with to foster kids who live with their evil Aunt. Well when their favorite grandma dies she leaves a will that you can either take a million dollars or the first clue to the 39 clues. The family they belong to is the most important family in the world called the Cahills. They had George Washington to Benjamin Franklin. Now they have to find out what Benjamin Franklin left for the family to find.
kk73 More than 1 year ago
it is a great book because you will all new stuff about a different counteys and life