Author(s): Linda Sue ParkDownload
Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan have encountered some of the darkest aspects of history . . . and had to deal with the role their family played. But are they ready for the truth? In this thrilling ninth installment, Amy and Dan hit the high seas as they follow the trail of some infamous ancestors to track down a long lost treasure. However, the real prize isn’t hidden in a chest. It’s the discovery of the Madrigals’ most dangerous secret and, even more shockingly, the true identity of the mysterious man in black.
Some Reviews: 652 in Goodreads.com
A vast improvement over the last two installments in the 39 Clues series, “Storm Warning” finally reveals the mystery behind both the Madrigals and what Nellie Gomez has been up to since the clue hunt began.
This time, Dan and Amy Cahill are off to the Caribbean, searching for clues about the pirate Anne Bonny and other historical figures of the area. “Storm Warning” has a good pace and none of the clue hunting seems to rushed as it was in the two previous books in the series. I loved learning more about Nellie, as well as seeing Natalie Kabra getting some more pagetime as well.
I’m still a little worried how they’re going to wrap everything up in one more book, but the ending to “Storm Warning” explains all of that pretty clearly. All-in-all, a great book to rev up excitement for the last book in the series!
4.5 stars. One of the best books in this series yet! Things are finally coming together and being revealed as Dan and Amy race around the world – this time in the Caribbean – against relatives on the hunt for the 39 clues. The narration’s viewpoint shifted between a few of the characters, so we got to see how others were feeling, and there was excitement mixed with danger and red herrings. The author was one of the better writers, too, which made the reading super quick and smooth. The reveal at the end was clever and made sense of much of the plot of the series so far, so I’m eager to see how the next book ties it all up!
so this isn’t really a four star book in comparison to what i usually consider four star books. but compared to the other books in this series – which i can’t stop reading despite some seriously sub-par offerings – it is. by which i mean it’s probably the best book in the series. not in small part because stuff actually happens and you start getting answers to the questions that have existed since the series began. and there weren’t so many ridiculous situations and the characterizations didn’t suck. so, yay.
This was the best 39 clues book I have ever read and that is saying something.
That’s why it deserves the 5 stars I gave it, though I really mean to give it 4.5 stars.
I did not expect this book to be so good, I did not expect to get so engrossed in it ,or feel so much excitement over it. I did not think a 39 clues book would make me feel this way. But with this book I think Linda Sue really pulled it off.
When I pick up a 39 clues book I do so for a light reading and to have mindless fun. But oh boy this book offered me much more than an average 39 clues book.
We finally get to know about the whole Madrigal business and it has started to make sense! Also don’t me started on Lester. It was so unexpected! Till the last second I was expecting some doctor to come over and say that he is not dead. These things are not expected from 39 clues! He was an innocent person and quite calm in the face of danger and his death just made me so sad… I couldn’t believe it. I do not pick up a 39 clues book expecting to get sad over unexpected innocent deaths! But oh boy!
I’m going to give a generic review of the series. Basically because I’m lazy and don’t want to write 39 reviews. Okay, 11.
We finally read Book 1. And then because we liked it so well, the entire series. One son (age 12) has read them all, the second son (also age 12) is on Book 2. And son #3 (age 8) will be starting as soon as he finishes his current book.
I thought the premise of this book very interesting. I loved how they integrated history and geography along with problem-solving skills and code cracking. Add in the action, humor and intrigue and kids (and some adults) can’t put them down. All three of us that have read 39 Clues thought Book 2 the weakest of the series. But as one son said, after finishing the series, “Gordon Korman seems to be getting better. I think he’s a decent author now.”
Some of the books are better at teaching the history part, others just barely skim the surface and you don’t really learn about the person they’re ‘highlighting’. I appreciate that they’re clean books – no curse words or you-know-what going on. There is some violence (very little, if any, blood) and several murder attempts, but they never work.
The series would most likely be called twaddle by my Charlotte Mason friends. I do, however, think it has more redeeming qualities than most kids literature and I’m happy to see my boys devouring a book every day or so.
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