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{The Maze of Bones: Rick Riordan}The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
Series: 39 Clues
Published by Scholastic Press on September 9, 2008
Genres: Middle School, Mystery, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 220
Format: Hardcover
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.

{My thoughts} – Have you seen the National Treasure movies with Nicolas Cage in them? If you have, this series appears to have the same basis. These two children Amy and Dan along with many other members of the Cahill Clan are in search of clues. Each of the clues, lead them to a part of another clue, an actual clue or just a wild goose chase. They are each trying to find the long lost missing Cahill treasure from what I have gathered.

Grace Cahill their grandmother seemed have figured out what these clues were, what they meant and how valuable they were to the family. So instead of giving our just an inheritance in her will upon her death she gave certain members of the family the opportunity to search for the clues. Amy and Dan decide that they will search for the clues, but they don’t realize just how dangerous this search is going to be for them as they are two young children that hardly understand what is going on around them. They know that they are going up against other family members and those other family members will stop at nothing to try and get just what it is that they want. They want the cues to themselves, they want the treasure to themselves. It is up to Amy and Dan to get to the treasure before the rest of the family.

The downfall to this whole treasure hunt is that the clues that Amy and Dan find are just a part of the puzzle. There are other similar clues that if other members of the family are able to find them, they too can figure out what to do next. In other words, many clues happen to lead to similar places or the same place which can make it difficult for other family members to stay ahead of each other.

Amy and Dan and their babysitter decide to do this quest together. If you like reading about adventure, near death encounters, backstabbing family members, and mystery stories you should enjoy this series. They is a lot of puzzle and problem solving that takes place within the books, you can try to solve it yourself as you read or wait and allow the characters to unravel the mystery for you. The choice is yours, but I am sure you will enjoy learning and reading about Amy and Dan’s adventures to finding their family treasure. An added bonus is that it has a lot of historical fact within the pages and if you enjoy history and or learning about it, it is an added perk to reading this series.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.