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Beyond the Grave (The 39 Clues , Book 4) Hardcover – June 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: The 39 Clues (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545060443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545060448
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—In this leg of the worldwide scavenger hunt, Amy and Dan Cahill, accompanied by their au pair Nellie, are off to Egypt to find the next clue left by Ekaterina branch founder Katherine Cahill. Once there, they learn about the rivalry between the Tomas and Ekaterina branches of the Cahill family, discover a secret Ekaterina stronghold at an Egyptian hotel, and explore tombs of ancient Egyptians. They meet their grandmother Grace's friend Hilary, who gives them several items from Grace. While Hilary and her grandson Theo seem eager to help, looks can be deceiving. Run-ins with Irina Spasky, Jonah Wizard, and Alistair Oh add to the excitement and drama of the adventure. Amy and Dan discover Cahill connections to Napoleon, Thomas Edison, and Marie Curie along with paintings and hieroglyphs that will lead them on their dangerous hunt that's fraught with betrayals and reversals. Like the previous books, historical information is woven into the fast-paced adventure.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH END

About the Author

Jude Watson is the author of four 39 Clues books, BEYOND THE GRAVE, IN TOO DEEP, VESPERS RISING, and A KING'S RANSOM, along with the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. As Judy Blundell, she wrote WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, the 2008 winner of The National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She lives in Katonah, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Customer Reviews

I bought this book for my 11 year old grandson.
T. Rourke
Jude Watson did a good job of reining in the story; she also carried the characters forward in a well-developed manner.
Steven R. McEvoy
This book is very interesting I hope you like this book as much as I do! :)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Eshbach on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Cahill siblings are at it again - this time in Egypt. Mysterious clues are hidden in some of the most famous tombs in all of history, but danger still abounds. This time around, though, Dan and Amy have some help from an old friend of Grace Cahill's - or do they?? This is the best book yet of the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really like the 39 clues series but when I came to Jude Watsons book it became rather boring. I loved the sixth book In to deep by the same author it was exiting and one of
the best ones yet but her writing skills weren't as great in Beyond the grave. As for being appropriate there's not much bad in the book besides a couple of mentions of death and other physical violence. These scenes include people holding each other at "dart gunpoint"and both main characters are locked in a tomb. I would only recommend this book to children 8 and older.

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Reading skills must be intermediate.
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Format: Hardcover
"Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you." -- Genesis 26:2

In the Bible, Egypt is often used as a symbol that stands for the evil that is in the world. That's a good reminder of the dangers that Amy and Dan Cahill will encounter when, accompanied by their au pair Nellie Gomez, they seek one of the 39 clues in Egypt.

As I've commented on the earlier three books, even if you don't plan to try to win the contest these books make for fun reading. It's like a much more exciting version of The Amazing Race with much more at stake.

This story is so delicious that I want to be very careful not to spoil it for you. Compared to the last two books, this one is absolutely super!

Jude Watson makes great use of all the characters to produce drama, introduce plot complications, develop relationships, deepen your understanding of the Cahills, and make you appreciate each character more. Determining what the clue is in this book is also much more difficult than in earlier books which I thought made the story more entertaining. I was especially pleased to see that the story makes good use of the Egyptian setting. In addition, Dan wasn't nearly so annoying here and Amy's weaknesses made her more appealing. Even the not-so-trustworthy Cahills are more interesting in this book than in the last two.

As I read the book, I couldn't help but wonder how Amy and Dan will be able to avoid all of their untrustworthy relatives and deal with the normal dangers of life as they race around the world. I can hardly wait for Book 5!

The book's main theme is trust. After you finish reading this book, think about who you should trust . . . and about what.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By In the Bookcase on October 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
My favorite in the entire 39 Clues series so far. I love the educational adventure that these books bring for kids. I'm quite fascinated with Egypt's history, and since Amy and Dan Cahill find themselves in Egypt for this volume, I was happy to be reading this book. Although it doesn't come from from a Christian perspective exactly, this particular book infused something Christian-related into the plot---VERY, very good, Jude Watson!

Now, there may have been a comment or two that I didn't quite enjoy in the story, but it all must be taken in stride. It will be a while before I read another 39 Clues book that excites me as much as this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Well first off i loved the other books in the series but this one was not too great. This is coming from a kid. OK first well the plot is too random. In the other books each clue leads to another but in this one they'll randomly and luckily find a clue which makes the plot too artificial. Next the action scenes were not up to par. The other books' action scenes were not as fake or as "wow that was lame" kind of thing. Also, man things went sooooo slow in the book and i just wanted to hit it. Yet some of the parts went so quickly and went without being explained. I would recomend this book for a 8, 9, or 10 year old looking for an easy read but not really getting into the whole series too much. If u really liked the first three books (as i did) then just bear throught with this one and get to the rest of the series which was stellar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on July 2, 2011
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Putting in CDs while my students read along individually has made leveled reading possible in a class of readers from 1st-9th grade levels. They are exposes to higher level vocabulary with correct pronunciation as well as modeled fluent reading. The multi- tasking of decoding and comprehension is gone and they experience success with reading(sometimes for the first time ever). Just make sure they have a book an ate following along.
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By Zapkode Marie on September 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
{My Thoughts} – Another wonderful adventure for Amy, Dan and their Au Pair Nellie. In this book they head off to Egypt based on the clues they received in the last book. This book starts out with them in a market place in Cairo, Egypt where they end up encountering Irina! She has a ploy to steal their information and attempt to put them out of commission, however, they manage to get away from her. They end up meeting a guy named Theo and he helps to get them back to Nellie.

Theo then becomes a main character in the remaining chapters of the book. I have to admit that it always catches me off guard when new characters are introduced but not kept within the series, I was hoping he was a keeper but he parted ways in the end of the book! However, he is quite helpful when it comes to Amy and Dan getting around Egypt so that they don’t get lost and also in the beginning of the book he saves them from making a horrid financial mistake.

Once Amy and Dan are back with Nellie they all go with Theo to a museum and from there the story picks up rapid fast. The action keeps on going and it keeps you wondering what the kids are going to do, how they are going to put the information together to solve the clues, and how are they going to get themselves out of the poor situations they always seem to end up in? I don’t know, but it is always fun to read and find out what is in store for them when it comes to the search for the clues.

Amy seems to be smart when it comes to putting certain things together, but Dan appears to be more gifted in the problem solving department. The two of them along with whatever Cahill member they attempt to alliance with seem to be able to find just enough info to wiggle on through to the next clue!
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More About the Author

Hello! Thanks for clicking. I'm Jude Watson, and I write for kids. It's the best job in the world.

As a writer, I wear two hats. As Judy Blundell I write for Young Adults, and I won the National Book Award for my novel, WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED.

I write for middle-graders while wearing my Jude Watson hat, which is a bit more colorful. Maybe it even has a spinning propeller on top. I love to write mystery-adventures with thrilling twists and oddball characters and kids who find themselves in impossible situations doing incredible things.

I do all this from a chair, in a little room, in a not-big house, in a small town on Long Island. I like to read and I like to draw (badly) and my idea of excitement is to lace up my sneakers and walk to the harbor and back. I'm a nervous flyer and though I am respectful of the physics of modern aviation I also secretly suspect that it is only the unified belief of passengers that tons of metal can hurtle through the air that keeps a plane in flight. I am also not terribly comfortable on suspension bridges. And don't even ask me to go on a ferris wheel.

I am listing these fears just to clue you in: I'm a physical coward. I'm also a creature of habit. Once in awhile I go a little crazy and take a different route to the grocery store.

Still, I'll throw incredible amounts of danger at my characters. And I'll cackle maniacally while I do it.

Other random facts: During deadline periods I am deeply committed to popcorn and apples.

Every summer I go to Cape Cod, and every summer I wish I had a whole month there. I never do.

I am waiting for the day I'll see someone reading a book of mine in an airport or a train or a diner. I will most likely embarrass myself by cavorting and singing "That's ME!"

If you want to learn more about me or take a look at my books, visit my website, judewatsonbooks.com. Until then, happy reading!

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