Friday, June 25, 2010

The 39 Clues Book Eight: The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman - Review and MEGA 8-Book Giveaway

The 39 Clues Book Eight: The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman
(Rated: C)
Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-545060486
Published April 6, 2010
Hardcover, 190 pages

And so the hunt for the 39 clues continues, culminating in another revelation at the end of this book with enough unanswered questions to leave the reader anxious to read the next book. For the first time, 11 year-old Dan Cahill gets separated from his 14 year-old sister Amy Cahill and their au pair Nellie Gomez in China, a country with a population of over one billion people. Dan inadvertently joins Jonah Wizard and we learn more about this character, the Janus branch, and his role in the search for the 39 clues.

I love the relationship between Dan and his sister. We get to see how it is tested once again at this point in the story and how much they care for one another. Two scenes in this book reveal their characters when faced with choices to beat their opponents.

The historical figures that lead us to the next clue are Puyi, China’s last emperor, and George Mallory. I really enjoyed the setting of this book, and although the last nail-biting scene was a little far-fetched, it’s what marks The 39 Clues as an adventurous roller-coaster ride filled with interesting historical and scientific tidbits. Unlike the other books, this one also contains a message within the book that is conveyed by putting together the 17 words circled throughout the book. They form three sentences.

Two more books left in this series and I am eager to find out how it will all come to a finish. For fans of The 39 Clues this book will not disappoint. It builds up expectation for what will come next … and for the climactic ending, no doubt.

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

Book Eight: The Emperor's Code

Eight books! All of which I have enjoyed. Not familiar with The 39 Clues? Then listen in as Peter Lerangis, author of Books 3 and 7, answers 5 questions about The 39 Clues. These books are the perfect gift for either boys or girls interested in action adventure and who may be reluctant readers. Historical figures are highlighted throughout the books so kids will learn some history as they embark on a roller coaster fun adventure.

Here are the giveaway rules: GIVEAWAY 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.
4. Leave a comment with your email address. For example: laura (at) aol (dot) com
5. For an extra entry read any of the previous books' reviews and leave a comment for that post. See links above.
6. For an extra entry post this giveaway on your blog (on the sidebar) and leave me the link.
7. Giveaway ends July 16, 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.

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  1. I am so sad this is an Canada only giveaway. My kids are just getting into this series. We are reading book one together and I have a feeling this will be something that will be read again. Good luck to everyone and thanks for sharing info about the series.

  2. No need to enter me in the giveaway, but this sounds like a great series for parents to read with their children!

  3. I love Nikole -- she is such a great person. Please put me down for a chance at this one -- I would be the worlds greatest mom If I won this for him
    contestmom AT hotmail DOT com
    I am a follower

  4. Hi Laura please count me in on this giveaway please.

    I actually got to meet Nikole when she was in town last year and she is super sweet.

  5. I'm not a Canadian resident, but I wanted you to know that we posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

  6. I am a Canucker, and a new follower.


  7. It would be awesome to win this super giveaway.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  8. These are new to me. Would love to win them. Please add me to the giveaway. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  9. Would be good to read about their brother sister relationship that gets tested.

  10. I love that historical figures are introduced to kids in these books. And they're introduced in a way that isn't boring, but exciting!


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