The Sword Thief (Book 3 of The 39 Clues)
by Peter Lerangis
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: April 2009
In the third installment of The 39 Clues, the Cahill siblings, Amy and Dan, team up with Alistair Oh and travel to Japan and Korea to track down the third clue. Amy and Dan have to put trust in untrustworthy relatives and, although they come through in the end, they don't make it through this adventure unscathed.
It's difficult to write a synopsis of these books because they are so short and action packed. I don't want to give anything away! But if you've started this series, you don't really need a synopsis because you already know they are searching for the next clue. That's the basic plot arc of the entire series.
This is the first book I read for the Read-a-Thon. This would be a great series to read together in the next one, if you haven't started them yet. By then the next one will be out, and possibly even the one after that. They seem to come out every few months.
What is interesting about this series is that each book is written by a different author. This book was written by Peter Lerangis, who has written tons of kids books including the series Spy X and the series Drama Club. The other two were written by Rick Riordan and Gordan Korman. Despite being written by different authors, the characters are seamless from one book to the next. The characters stay true to themselves, but also grow and develop in complexity as the adventure continues.
The next book is Beyond the Grave, by Jude Watson, who has written a bunch of Star Wars books, and it is due out in June.
I definitely recommend this series to younger kids and anyone interested in Middle Grade series. It's a great learning tool because each book is focused around a central historical character or culture. I give this a 4 out of 5.