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The 39 Clues Book Ten: Into the Gauntlet [Hardcover]

Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Aug. 31 2010 The 39 Clues (Book 10)
The explosive finale to Scholastic's mega-selling series.

Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill have uncovered history's greatest mysteries and their family's deadliest secrets. But are they ready to face the truth about the Cahills and the key to their unmatched power? After a whirlwind race that's taken them across five continents, Amy and Dan face the most the difficult challenge yet — a task no Cahill dared to imagine. When faced with a choice that could change the future of the world, can two kids succeed where 500 years worth of famous ancestors failed?

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MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX is the bestselling author of more than twenty books for children, including The Shadow Children and The Missing series. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series and book! March 10 2012
The Clue Hunt is drawing to a close. Amy and Dan have been given a bigger picture of what the Clue Hunt is really all about. They believe they have an impossible mission to try to reunite the families. But to do so, forgiveness and leaving the past behind will need to happen. Not just for the others, but Dan and Amy must also find forgiveness for the families responsible for their parents' death. That's a lot of pressure on two youngsters, especially as the number of unclaimed clues dwindles. This story amazes.

I was leery of reading this book as I always hate when a series ends. But then they announced the extension of this series and the spin-off series. The original concept of 10 books by 8 authors with one continuous story line was intriguing, but the execution of the series was amazing. And even though the second series is now almost half done, I can only say I hope that there are many more stories yet to come in the 39 Clues world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Jaws of Death Sept. 24 2010
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
"Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;" -- 1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

If you've read the prior nine books, why would you stop now? What's the fun in that? Be sure to read this book. It will provide a nice peak to your experience with the 39 clues.

I normally don't read juvenile adventure series, but I was impressed by the 39 clues concept and the first volume, The Maze of Bones. The stories originally appealed to me for their educational component, often containing a combination of The Amazing Race and perspectives on famous people. The long list of original characters gradually began to take on personalities for me that went beyond their initial two-dimensional sketches. Naturally, I was drawn to the underdog roles of Amy and Dan Cahill as they raced around the globe with only an au pair, Nellie Gomez, and a cat, Saladin, to help them. Before long the story line became more complex and nuanced, as several talented authors took turns shaping the narrative. I felt myself getting almost physically younger as I read of the various adventures.

I had been worried for some time that the final volume would have to be a disappointment. After all, lots of the mysterious elements were explained in recent volumes. There weren't many clues left to find.

Although the broad shape of what occurred in the last volume didn't include any particular shockers, the events leading up to the ending were much more exciting than I had dared hope for. In addition, there's an underlying sweetness to the way it is told that I found to be particularly heart-warming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Nov. 7 2010
Amy and Dan have an impossible task before them. They must find the last clue, which will lead them to power. However, they also must bring the family branches together to conquer the clue and conclude their mission.

They have no idea how to accomplish this. As usual, the branches of the family stand back and let Amy and Dan figure out the clues. Once the two have discovered the final resting place of the last clue, all of the family descends on the deserted island.

On the island, Amy and Dan try to impart their wisdom of working together. They fail to reach the adults, but they've already been working with several peers. When they reach their destination, they realize they need a member of each branch to continue.

Will Amy and Dan discover the final clue and understand the implications?

Greed, action, and danger each increase as the end of the hunt nears. Although it ties up the loose ends nicely, the final chapter of THE 39 CLUES leaves room open for more books in a new series coming out next year. I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every book in this series.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the last book! Oct. 24 2010
By Laura Fabiani TOP 500 REVIEWER
Finally, after reading all nine books, I get to the last one in this exciting series' but, wait a minute, I'm not so sure it IS the last one! Apart from the bonus book, The Black Book of Buried Secrets, that is being released on October 26, 2010 (in which the hidden secrets and mysteries surrounding history's most notorious family are uncovered) the ending of The 39 Clues left some unanswered questions. 'Our adventures aren't over, Dan thought. But they are for now.' So, entretemps, this series has ended but it will definitely continue sometime in the near future.

Without giving too much away, here's what Book 10 reveals: 14-year-old Amy Cahill and her 10-year-old brother Dan are now expected not only to find the 39 clues first, but they are also commissioned to reunite their traitorous family'the same people responsible for their parents' death. After a month of dodging bullets, running from evil cousins and getting out of impossible situations, they aren't at all keen on forgiving and forgetting what's been done to them. But there's more to the 39 clues hunt than they've been led to believe. Even once the reader discovers what the prize at the end of the line is and what it means'power to rule the world'what's going to happen once it's discovered and taken possession of?

About halfway through the book, the suspense really begins and continues full speed ahead. Haddix makes use of short chapters and cliffhanger endings to keep the reader turning the pages. This was the longest of the books at over 327 pages.

The ending is satisfying but not complete, hence it may leave some readers feeling like they're hanging suspended. I look forward to the continuation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Satisfying Conclusion to An Engaging Series Sept. 4 2010
By Mary Kate - Published on
The 39 Clues is the first series I've read that was written by a variety of authors. I wasn't sure how well that would work, but as the series ends, I can say that, IMHO, the books blended together well, creating a cohesive and very entertaining whole. The multi-author method also exposed me to authors I hadn't read before, including Margaret Peterson Haddix whose contribution, Into the Gauntlet, turned out to be my favorite book in the series.

As Into the Gauntlet begins, Dan & Amy Cahill, along with their au pair Nellie Gomez (who has been declared an honorary Madrigal) arrive in London, still reeling from the events of Storm Warning. Not only are they exhausted, but they're feeling defeated and unable to cope with the news that they are expected to unite the warring branches of the Cahill family. But there's no time to rest and regroup. Within minutes, the coded note waiting for them in their room is stolen by a taunting monkey and the clue hunt - revolving this time out around William Shakespeare - begins again.

Into the Gauntlet continues the series standard of keeping the chapters short and the action non-stop. The POV changed frequently, something I thought worked particularly well in this book because it gave us the opportunity to listen in as each of the characters started to make decisions about the direction they wanted their own life to take. I won't reveal any spoilers except to say that most of the characters make decisions that seem relatively wise.

Though I thought there were a few bumps in the road over the course of the series, I feel it ends strongly and, overall, there were a lot of things I liked. Readers caught glimpses of exotic locales and learned a bit about some of the most influential people in history. As protagonists, Dan & Amy Cahill faced danger, defeat and malice and continually struggled with knowing who to trust. But they kept trying and, even though frequently annoyed with one another, they supported each other and, along with Nellie, they hung together as a family. The books also have a lot of good messages concerning the corrupting power of greed, the futility and self-harm of hating others, the value of working together as well as the importance of valuing human life. Those messages were presented without preachiness and were mixed with adventure and humor.

All in all, I think the 39 Clues is a worthy addition to family libraries and is a great series for parents or grandparents to read aloud with family members.

Highly recommended.

Note #1
For those sad to see the series ending, there is more to look forward to:
* A bonus book by Rick Riordan, who wrote the first book in the series and the main story arc, is due in stores on October 26th. Called The Black Book of Buried Secrets, it promises to reveal more secrets about the Cahill family.
* A 39 Clues film, reportedly to be directed by Steven Spielberg, who bought the film rights in 2008, is scheduled to be released in late 2011.
* There are hints at the end of Into the Gauntlet that there may be more adventures in the future for Dan and Amy. Apparently, another mysterious family, more evil than the worst of the Cahills, have always been interested in acquiring Cahill powers...

Note #2
I just wanted to add that I really liked the whole 39 Clues concept - the online, interactive stuff, the cards to collect etc. - even though I didn't participate in anything but the reading. Some people might view this concept as a money-grubbing marketing ploy, but I preferred to look at it as a creative way to involve kids and attempt to draw them further into the adventure of reading. I have no idea if Scholastic feels the concept has been successful, but regardless, I salute them for giving it a try and hope to see more publishers offering innovation interactive reading opportunities for kids in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best 39 Clues Book! Dec 4 2012
By Veranda Crew - Published on
I liked The 39 Clues Series! I read the first one, The Maze of Bones, mainly because Rick Riordan had written it (confession: you're reading a HUGE Rick Riordan fan's review), and after that I continued to read the books, but I thought the series kind of went downhill after the first couple of books. And I must admit, I was a little worried, wondering, after I'd finished Storm Warning, how the last book would wrap up all the scattered details, made and lost over the series. And Maragaret Peterson Haddix totally did it! This last book made up for all the others! I really think it was the best (The Maze of Bones being my second favorite). It was the longest (over 300 pages), and the plot really started well and kept going strongly. The author did a great job of portraying all the different characters in the Cahill branch.

See, that's what I didn't like about the other books. They always were about Amy and Dan, and only a few of the other characters were in each book. In this one, Haddix makes sure to create a part for each character.

If you've read all the books before this, especially the last one, book 9, then you'll know that Amy and Dan have a big job ahead of them. They have to unite all the other Cahill branches together, after years of fighting. Will they succeed? The author does a wonderful job of writing this.

Also, I LOVED how Haddix portrayed Isabel Kabra as much more evil and villainy, instead of just silly and annoying.

But who will win the race of the 39 Clues in this final, epic book? As Ian Kabra finds, all the Cahill branches have together collected 38 clues - leaving one, final clue for them to find. But who will find it? The Cahill branches must all come together in the final step to the 39 Clues prize.

The book doesn't just end, though. Other forces are brewing. . . .

The Vespers, who have been Cahill enemies for years, are rising . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars great Oct. 10 2013
By Andrew - Published on
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Great ending book
And great starting book
I will hope everybody reads this great book
As I did too haha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series for Independent Readers! July 17 2014
By D. Johnson - Published on
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As a second grade teacher, I became acquainted with the 39 Clues series through my classroom book club. However, my 9 year old granddaughter is really the one who inspired me to start reading the books. After reading Book One, I was hooked. The books are filled with fascinating details about history and geography. The story line is well written and fast-paced. I can't put them down! These adventures are perfect for strong readers ages 9 and up.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, great ending. June 24 2014
By adrian - Published on
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This book is great! I really like it! The series is amazing. This is my favorite series to date. I like it!
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