This is book one in the 39 Clues series.
The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will. Family members were given the option of a quest for something unknown or one million dollars. Amy and Dan, two kids whose parents died under mysterious circumstances, opted for the quest to get away from the Aunt who has custody who only wants their money. Pitted against other ruthless family members they are in a race to find a treasure.
This is a fun read for someone in middle grade. Its very much like the movie National Treasure and is certainly not original or unpredictable. The characters are not deep or endearing so you didn't really care when something happened to them. You just though "Hmm, ok" and continued reading. Having said that, I thought it was a great way to get kids interested in reading and in history. And the aspect of the quest and puzzles is a great way to keep the story going and a kids interest.
I gave it three stars instead of less not only because of its appeal to younger readers, but it actually is a fun read. Its definitely a light fast read that doesn't require alot of thinking and sometimes thats a good thing. I am likely to continue reading the series just because I'm curious to see where this quest goes.
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