Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Review: The Sword Thief

The Sword Thief (Book 3 of The 39 Clues)
by Peter Lerangis

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: April 2009
ISBN-13: 9780545090599
Pages: 160pp

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.


Leslie said...

Thanks for the tip about the Dream King Challenge blog. I'm now on a search for Good Omens because my library doesn't have it. It may be one that I'll have to buy. Of course, I don't HAVE to buy's just a good excuse!

Carrie K. said...

My 10yo son and 12yo daughter have been loving this series - they can't wait for the next one! Great review. :)

Beth F said...

This sounds like an interesting series. I like the idea of different authors. Thanks.

Ms. Yingling said...

It's sort of annoying that these come with cards (impossible to keep in a library book!), but I did enjoy them, and may have to buy a second set for my library to keep up with demand.