The Maze of BonesBook - 2008
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue." Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 Clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.
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you have been chsen in the greatest most perilouse undertaking of all time a quest of vital importance to the cahill family...... and the world at large
"You could've killed us!" Dan had a big grin on his face. "Do that again!"
Grace Cahill - "There was no need to worry. You're not nearly important enough to eliminate."
Witness - "Ten minutes later, she was found in the bathroom with the diary and a knife! I feared for my life!"
Grace Cahill - "Yes. Did you know that you make a very strange noise when you breath? It sounds rather like a hippopotamus trying to whistle."
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Amy and Dan choose the chance and enter the Clue hunt, competing against more experienced Clue hunters: the Holts, Alistair Oh, the Starlings, the Kabras, Jonah Wizard, and Irina Spasky. Pursuing clues hidden in Grace's library and the Franklin Institute, Dan and Amy discover that Benjamin Franklin has hidden a clue in Paris. After convincing their au pair Nellie to chaperone their trip, Amy and Dan travel to Paris. While on the journey, Amy and Dan discover the conflict-ridden history of the Cahills that Grace hid from them to protect them. Racing through Paris—above ground and underground—the siblings solves codes and ciphers and find the clue in a vial. The Kabras steal the vial, but Dan solves the puzzle on the envelope they received at the beginning of their hunt and discovers the clue: "iron solute". Amy's Internet searches for Franklin leads them to the probable location of the second Clue: Vienna, Austria, the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
In the book 39 Clues,Amy and Dan Cahill and their power-hungry relatives are part of the greatest families on earth. They are chosen to choose between a millon dollars or a dangerous quest. Of course they choose the quest which change their lives forever.
Instead of 39 steps, billionaire Grace Cahill left her heirs 39 clues scattered around the world. At the end of this circuitous trail are the answers to a great family mystery, but Amy and Dan must decide whether any prize can be more important than the rescue of their missing parents. The beginning of an enthralling ten-book arc.
If you found out your family is the MOST POWERFUL family in history, and has hidden 39 clues around the world, would go for it? Amy and Dan have a choice to make, a million dollars, or a search for 39 clues to become the most powerful person in history. Turning away the million dollars, they go around the world with their au pair, Nellie and cat, Saladin, to be in great danger.
AWESOME STORY MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!