The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
(39 Clues, No. 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!

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.

About Rick Riordan

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Rick Riordan was born on June 5, 1964, in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in English and history, he taught in public and private middle schools for many years. He writes several children's series including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. He also writes the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. His short fiction has been featured in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He has won Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards for his mystery novels. His title, The Son of Sobek, made The New York Times Best Seller list for 2013.
Published January 1, 2008 by Scholastic Inc.. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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"Synergy" is the name of the game in Scholastic's post-Potter search for market share.

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Built around a ripe conceit—wealthy matriarch scatters cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune around the globe—this first installment in a projected 10-book series is tons of fun. Lead-o

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Through the website, kids can track their points and clues, manage their card collections, dig through the Cahill archives for secrets, and "travel" the world to collect Cahill artifacts, interview characters, and hunt down clues.

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for the books I'd say eight to twelve.) At the remove of middle age, I can say I would happily turn right now to book ten if able to, and see what the whole mysterious goal is due to be, but I can't see myself eagerly awaiting all instalments.

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Each book also contains six cards, and readers can buy additional clue - laden packs (350 cards in all).

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Think long and hard before you make your choice.” She stared straight into the camera, and Dan wanted her to say something special to them: Dan and Amy, I’ll miss you most of all.

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This proposed 10-book series (10 physical books followed by 29 online-only installments), each by a different author, includes cards plus a code for a Web site with an online game with cash prizes.

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