Monday, June 29, 2009

Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson


Beyond the Grave is the fourth installment of The 39 Clues. Each book is written by a different author and some of the author’s own style is incorporated in the writing. This book is written by Jude Watson, an author I was not familiar with. I am happy to inform you that she did an excellent job with the Dan and Amy Cahill. Just as a quick overview, the series begins as the two main characters grandmother dies. When she dies everyone in the family (extended are included as well) gets the choice to inherit a million dollars or get the first clue to the scavenger hunt that ends with knowledge and even greater fortune. The two children set out to uncover clues about famous people that they are related to such as Winston Churchill, Napoleon, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and more.

In Beyond the Grave the scavenger hunt continues Dan and Amy travel to Egypt and the tombs of the pharaohs. This book is also full of mystery and suspense as the children’s relatives try to get them “out of the picture” as often as they can. The children also have to decide who they can and cannot trust again and again. In this book, I was thrilled that their deceased grandmother helped them out more with clues then she has in the past.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Maze of Bones, make sure you pick it up first. These are short, interesting reads and would be great family read-alouds.

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