Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Book Review- The 39 Clues, The Emperor's Code book 8

By Gordon Korman
Published by Scholastic
Released on April 8th, 2010
Source: Scholastic
4 Stars- Great read

One belief has sustained fourteen year old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, on their hunt for the 39 Clues: They are the good guys. But then a shocking discovery about their parents shatters everything Amy and Dan think they know, dividing the two siblings for the first time ever. When Dan disappears in a country of more than a billion people, Amy has to make a terrible choice-find the next clue...or find her younger brother. (taken from the cover)

Continuing with the great adventure of finding the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan find themselves divided and separated in China. For the first time Amy and Dan find themselves at odds over the belief of who their parents really are, which leads to a rash decision as one of them runs away.

I like that no matter which author writes the next book, the voices stay the same and the adventures keep getting better and better. The clues are just as well hide and putting the puzzle pieces together is just as frustrating as it is for Dan and Amy. Just as I think I have it figured out, I'm thrown for a loop. That's one of the things that keeps me reading.

The stakes are getting higher and higher as more family members are entering the game. I liked the history of China that was presented in this book. I think that fans of The 39 Clues will really enjoy book 8. I feel like I'm missing an a clue that's right under my nose and I'm looking forward to reading book 9.


  1. My daughter just finished the 9th book in the series last night and can't wait for book 10. She's got through all these books in just over a month.

  2. My oldest, 11 yo DS, loves these books and I am amazed at how the characters stay consistent in their arcs even while the authors change. Now, they did pick some AMAZING authors, of course. Thank you for the review. We will definitely check this one out!


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