Saturday, September 18, 2010

The 39 Clues Book Ten: Into the Gauntlet - Review and MEGA 10-Book Giveaway!

The 39 Clues Book Ten: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Rated: C)
Scholastic Canada
ISBN: 978-0545060509
Published Aug 31, 2010
Hardcover,  330 pages

Finally, after reading all nine books, I get to the last one in this exciting series… but, wait a minute, I’m not so sure it IS the last one! Apart from the bonus book, The Black Book of Buried Secrets, that is being released on October 26, 2010 (in which the hidden secrets and mysteries surrounding history’s most notorious family are uncovered) the ending of The 39 Clues left some unanswered questions. “Our adventures aren’t over, Dan thought. But they are for now.” So, entretemps, this series has ended but it will definitely continue sometime in the near future.

Without giving too much away, here’s what Book 10 reveals: 14-year-old Amy Cahill and her 10-year-old brother Dan are now expected not only to find the 39 clues first, but they are also commissioned to reunite their traitorous family—the same people responsible for their parents’ death. After a month of dodging bullets, running from evil cousins and getting out of impossible situations, they aren’t at all keen on forgiving and forgetting what’s been done to them. But there’s more to the 39 clues hunt than they’ve been led to believe. Even once the reader discovers what the prize at the end of the line is and what it means—power to rule the world—what’s going to happen once it’s discovered and taken possession of?

About halfway through the book, the suspense really begins and continues full speed ahead. Haddix makes use of short chapters and cliffhanger endings to keep the reader turning the pages. This was the longest of the books at over 327 pages.

The ending is satisfying but not complete, hence it may leave some readers feeling like they’re hanging suspended. I look forward to the continuation. I’ve invested time to read this series, enjoyed it tremendously, and now I understand some things better having reached this last book.

If you haven’t started reading this series yet, it’s worth it especially since Steven Spielberg is to direct the film production based on The 39 Clues. In addition, this book offers an interactive experience for kids. They can collect the cards that come with each books, play the games online and win prizes. There are over $100 000 in prizes for clue hunters. Well, The 39 Clues isn’t over and in a way I’m glad about it. What will Amy and Dan have to face now that they’ve discovered a powerful secret? We’ll soon find out!

And now as promised here's the final mega-giveaway courtesy of Nikole from Scholastic Canada! This time enter the chance to win all ten books from The 39 Clues Series. One winner will receive:

Book Ten: Into the Gauntlet

Ten books! All of which I have enjoyed. Not familiar with The 39 Clues? Then check out this sneak peak at what it's all about:

Here are the giveaway rules: CONTEST NOW CLOSED
1. Open to Canadian residents only. (As requested by the publisher.)
2. No P.O. box addresses.
3. Must be a follower of this blog, new or current. Tell me under what name you follow.
4. Leave only one comment with your email address. For example: laura (at) aol (dot) com
5. For an extra entry post this giveaway on your blog (on the sidebar) and leave me the link in a second comment.
6. Giveaway ends October 2, 2010.

Disclosure: Thanks to Nikole Kritikos from Scholastic Canada for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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  1. Hi Laura please count me in on this giveaway. I think Michael would love this series.

    cindysloveofbooksarc AT gmail DOT com

  2. I've read the first nine but not the 10th yet. I didn't know about the bonus book. Don't enter me (from US)

  3. I'd love the chance to win this one- my 11-year-old son declares that they're all the rage at his school!


    (I follow under "Jonita")

  4. I have added the contest to my sidebar at

  5. I didn't realize that there was a bonus story coming out in October!
    My daughter has read the first couple of books in this series and loves them-thanks for the chance to win.

    GFC follwer-Cheryl McInnis

  6. I follow under Maria. Would love to win this for my niece and nephew.

  7. I *have* to enter this even though I won the 4 pack way back. If I win this I'll give away the first 4 on my blog. I'm a follower (Nicola) but I followed your link from the Middle Grade Book Challenge.

  8. These sound like great books. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow under Sarah

  9. My daughter is reading these and really liking them! Thanks for sharing!

  10. My son loves these books. He's currently reading #5. I follow as edmontonjb


  11. Thanks for the give away too!


  12. We love the 39 Clues Books. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I follow under Cami Checketts
    I also shared this on my blog -

  13. Love the books but have fallen behind in the last few! What a spectacular giveaway! GFC follower- Stiletto Storytime.

    Thanks so much

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  16. GREAT STUFF! keep it coming

  17. I apologize Laura, I didn't notice the contest is only open to Canadian residents. I obviously don't read well! Please take my name off the entries.


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