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Jun 23 2011

The 39 clues: Vespers rising by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson

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Scholastic, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-545-29059-3.
(Age: 12+) Fourteen year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan thought they could return to their regular lives when they found the 39 clues that safeguarded their family's great power. But they were wrong. Their powerful enemies (the Vespers) have been waiting in the shadows, and they'll stop at nothing to get the clues. The Vespers are rising - and the world is in jeopardy.
I liked this book because it was told from four different authors' perspectives and it was set about 500 years ago. It was told from the Cahill family's perspectives all the time as they tried to keep the clues from the Vesper family. In the last chapter it is told from Amy and Dan's perspective as they try to find the Cahill family ring, but all the time the Vespers are tailing them. This book includes adventure and family as its main two themes.
I loved the adventure in the book. Adventure in a book is always great to have as it almost always draws the reader in. The way it was set out and how the four different authors combined their ideas made this an engaging novel. This style of writing is uncommon in some books but when it is applied well it always brings the plot together and makes it great to read. I would highly recommend this book to people who like the adventure book genre.
Emily Madden (yr 9)

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