Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The 39 Clues: One False Note - Gordon Korman

One False Note
Title: The 39 Clues: One False Note
Author: Gordon Korman
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 174
How I Found It: We're listening through this series
Date Completed: 12/24/16

Summary: The Cahill kids, Amy and Dan, continue their international hunt for family clues which hold the key to global power.

What I Thought: Kevin and I listened to the first book of this series when we traveled north for Thanksgiving. It was silly and fast-paced and entertaining enough to keep us engaged. It felt natural, then, to continue the series on our epic Christmas journey (24 hours+ hours in the car over a week). We actually made it through this one, Book Two, and Book Three. I'll be talking about Book Three next week, but let's focus here for today.

While Book One had the Cahills and company running around America and Europe looking for a clue from Benjamin Franklin, this book led them to Vienna and Venice in search of a clue related to Mozart. The musician in me really liked the use of music throughout this book and it was fun to have a little dose of music history infused as well. The parts in Venice also made me really excited for the trip to Italy we are planning.

We have the same complaints we did with the first book. Things happy that are wildly unrealistic and these children would encounter far more issues due to lack of supervision. You really have to choose to suspend adult knowledge and reality. Yet, it's a fun series. There were a few moments when I felt the set-up was a little complicated for a children's book, but, for the most part, it is easy to follow along with the plot.

I also really like that each of these books is written by a different author. The style is close enough that kids would be unlikely to notice, but I really like how each author sees things from a slightly different perspective or is particularly interested in exploring a specific aspect of the characters' personalities. It keeps things fresh when theses books could easily get stale.

Overall, this felt like a solid, if predictable, entry in the series. These books are not amazing or anything, but they are fun and great for car rides.

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Will I Re-Read: Unlikely
Other Books in The 39 Clues Series: The Maze of Bones

A Reduced Review: Another chapter in The 39 Clues series; these books are fun and fast-paced - and require some serious suspense of reality. 

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