Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The 39 Clues Book Seven: The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis

The 39 Clues Book Seven: The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis (Rated: C)
Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-545-06047-9
Published Feb 2, 2010
Hardcover, 190 pages

Out of all the seven books I’ve read so far in the series, this one is the most suspenseful. The latest lead takes 14 year-old Amy Cahill and her 11 year-old brother Dan Cahill to South Africa in search of the next clue in the hunt for the 39 clues that unlock the secret to a great power.

Although South Africa does not come alive to me as some of the other destinations did, the author focuses on its history of fighting apartheid and gaining civil rights. We meet some of the late Grace’s good friends and learn more about her through them. Shaka Zulu and Sir Winston Churchill are the historical figures that play a role in the discovery of the latest clue.

Some of the characters that appear in this book are Isabel Kabra and her kids, still vicious enemies who pursue Amy and Dan. The Holts make a brief appearance and Hamilton helps them out again in secret. Makes me wonder what will become of this relationship between Hamilton and the Cahill kids. Alistair Oh makes his usual “help the kids, then disappear” act. And Nellie Gomez, their au pair is with them throughout their mission to find the next clue. Amy and Dan finally confront Nellie about their suspicions of her and she reassures them with explanations that re-establish the trust they had from the beginning of their journey. It seems clear to me that she cares about them, but I am still trying to figure out who she really is!

Toward the end of the book, an incident occurs and Dan is fighting for his life. And… Amy and Dan finally learn the truth about their family branch. In retrospect, I should have known all along. This book makes me very eager to begin Book 8. We are getting closer to the end and we feel it.

If you haven't read any of The 39 Clues books, you may get a chance to do so by entering the next mega-giveaway of Books 1-7. The giveaway will be posted here on Thursday, May 27. Entering is easy, so come back for a chance to win this exciting series!

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.

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  1. As a child I loved the Encyclopedia Brown books. I think I would have enjoyed this series too.

  2. I loved The Encyclopedia Brown series too! Wasn't it fun how his Dad who was a policeman used to discussed his cases with Encyclopedia Brown? And he always found the missing clue? I had forgotten about this series. I think I will get a few books for my kids. Thanks for bringing it up.

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  4. Learning about their families past and their endeavors to find the clues seems to be suspenseful.


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