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The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, Book 1) Hardcover – August 30, 2011

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Praise for The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book One: The Medusa Plot

"An excellent start to an epic, new hunt." - Quill & Quire

"[A] lean, easy-to-like thrill ride with guaranteed crowd-pleasing elements like secret societies, art heists, and heroes with unlimited cash and connections to fuel their around-the-world intrigue." - Booklist

About the Author

Gordon Korman is the author of The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor's Code. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Gmc Har/Cr edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545298393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545298391
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Had my 11YO son read this (he's a 39 clues fan) and tell me his thoughts.

Things he liked:
+ Lots of adventure
+ Characters were easy to relate to
+ He liked the characters
+ Fast paced - a lot happened quickly
+ Had all the elements needed for a fun story: good plot, likeable good guys, rotten bad guys, a little scary and a lot of excitement and mystery.

Things parents might want to know:
= The villains might be scary to younger children
= There is a small bit of violence
= There are some things that are not realistic

After a brain picking session, my son related some of the books events. I asked him how he felt about the violent part (wasn't bad so don't want to provide a spoiler), he said it was no big deal. Compared to what kids see on TV and read in other books, it probably wasn't. I heard the villains were really creepy, he said it wouldn't be good if they weren't. OK. There were some parts he told me about that I thought were totally unrealistic. His take was that it's just a story.

There's also cards that come with these books. We didn't get them with our copy. My son said he usually didn't use them anyway, but just liked reading the books. That tells me that the story is good enough to carry itself without the multi-media aspect. My 20YO daughter, however, loves to get her hands on the cards and check out the online stuff.
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Two years have passed since Amy and Dan survived the hunt for the 39 clues. The now 16- and 13-year-olds have settled into the rebuilt mansion of their dear grandmother, with Uncle Fiske and Nellie as legal guardians. Both have grown and matured some; Amy even has a steady boyfriend named Evan. She still stutters sometimes, but has more confidence in herself. She knows that she will never escape being a Cahill, so she has been preparing herself for anything with constant workouts, self-defense lessons, and a fancy command center with lots of high-tech stuff. Dan, on the other hand, is bored. After racing around the world on an important quest, eighth grade seems rather trivial. He even drops into periods of depression. But before long, things get interesting --- and life-threatening --- again.

The Cahills are finally attempting a peaceful reunion, having called a cease fire. The older generation hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet, but the younger cousins have actually become friends. Sort of. This is good as there's another enemy lurking about, and the Cahills will have to band together in order to survive. The evil Vespers kidnap seven of the Cahills to use as ransom: Nellie, Reagan, Uncle Fiske, Natalie, Alistair Oh, Ted, and 12-year-old Phoenix Wizard. The Vespers are using the hostages to force Dan, Amy and their cousins scrambling to steal a priceless painting of a severed Medusa head.

But nothing is as it seems, and trust is treacherous. Dan and Amy have serious doubts that they will be able to rescue Nellie and the other hostages in time. While Amy hits the library for research and reaches out to other Cahill resources, Dan starts on a backup plan.
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Having read the entire 39 Clues first 11 books
I was a little bit disappointed with the new series.
They went to some length in the previous books to say how the Cahills are the smartest most powerful family in the world, and here they have them being blackmailed into committing criminal acts by the Vespers.
It is good light reading even if dubious in plot and setting a bad example for ethics.
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This review was written by my daughter, who is a fan of the 39 Clues series:

Amy and Dan Cahill are members of the most important and dangerous family in history. When their beloved grandma Grace dies, they and a bunch of distant relatives are given a choice. They can get a million dollars or...a clue to start them on the greatest scavenger hunt the world has ever seen. Clue by clue, Amy and Dan uncover the secrets of the Cahill family and unravel the mystery behind their parents' death.

At the start of this new series, Amy and Dan have won the 39 Clues hunt and reunited their family. Now they face an even scarier enemy. The Vespers have kidnapped seven members of the Cahill family, including the siblings' guardians, Nellie Gomez and Fisk Cahill. Now Dan and Amy have to do what the leader of the Vespers says, or he will kill one of the hostages each time Amy or Dan disobeys him. In this book what he wants them to do is steal a work of art known as the Medusa. Oh, and if things aren't bad enough, Amy has to deal with her boyfriend, who is trying to find out where she is and what's going on. Will Amy find a way to tell him the truth? Will Amy or Dan break under the pressure and get one of their family members--maybe even one of their beloved guardians--killed?

I think this book was awesome, a great kick start to this new series. I love the new characters like Atticus, and Amy's boyfriend Evan. Also, there are characters that changed for the better, like Ian Cabra and Sinead Starling. If you thought the first part of the 39 clues series was great, you ain't seen nothing yet!
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