The best way to describe the 39 Clues series is think of the movie, National Treasure, but instead of Nicholas Cage running around the world searching for clues and hidden treasures, it is two young orphans who have conniving relatives, au pair who is responsible, yet cool in a punk-like way, and a chance to become rich. The adventures of Dan and Amy Cahill are to say the least outlandish. Having said that, even though the reader may think to themselves "Yeah, right.", they are hooked in trying to decipher the clues alongside Amy and Dan. Each book has it's own set of trading cards. The cards can then be used to find additional clues online at www.39clues.com. It's reading with a board game feel.
This series has four books out to date and a fifth title in the series due out in August 11th and the final book will be out by September 2010. In order to see all 39 clues and try to win the game, readers read he book collect the cards and choose missions on the website. Fans can't wait to see what happens next, but I got to wonder are there any closet 39 clues addict out there who would want to form an alliance to solve the mystery of the Cahill fortune? If you have read the 39 Clues, young or old, and would like to share insights on Amy and Dan's treasure hunt, leave a post to this blog. I am not sure where this will lead, but I am hoping that as a librarian this could lead to the rewarding treasure of sharing books with young readers.