Scholastic Canada Ltd
Published March 3, 2009
Hardcover, 160 pages, ages 9-12
Unlike The 39 Clues Book Two: One False Note where the action is non-stop, in The 39 Clues Book Three: The Sword Thief things slow down, and we get to know the characters better, especially the rivals, as they pursue their quest for the 39 clues. I liked this change. It reminded me of The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones, where all the characters were introduced and we got a good picture of them.
With this book the reader gets a chance to get his bearings and to recap all the events that now leads the brother-and-sister duo team of Amy and Dan Cahill to Japan and Korea. This time we learn about the historical person Toyotomi Hideyoshi who has hidden the third clue. As the hunt moves to the Orient, Amy and Dan have no choice but to enlist the help of their Uncle Alistair Oh. With the one rule of the race being TRUST NO ONE, Amy and Dan must exercise caution as to how much to divulge of their knowledge and exactly how far to trust two of their rival teams—Alistair Oh and the Kabra siblings—while dodging bullets and swords to escape the yakuza who guard what belonged to their ancestor.
It’s a psychological game and we are left wondering what is going to happen by the end of the book. I truly felt author Peter Lerangis captured the original voices of Amy and Dan and their vulnerability as orphans who have lost much. For me, this was essential to keep the thread of the story solid. If it had continued with non-stop action as in Book Two, the impetus that keeps the reader emotionally involved would have been lost. By also engaging the emotions of the other rivals instead of just relating their killer actions, the stakes are elevated. And of course, the cliffhanger ending keeps us hungering for more.
Book Six is currently available and by August of this year, Book Ten, which is the last book in this series will be published. In celebration of this, Nikole from Scholastic Canada has kindly offered to give away the first three books! These are hardcover books. The winner will get a 3-book package, perfect for the person who wants to start reading this exciting series. Here are the giveaway rules:
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5. Giveaway ends February 9, 2010.
Disclosure: Thank you to Nikole 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.