Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review and 3-Book Giveaway! The 39 Clues Book Three: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis

The 39 Clues Book Three: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
(Rated: C)
Scholastic Canada Ltd
ISBN: 978-0-545-06043-1
Published March 3, 2009
Hardcover, 160 pages, ages 9-12

Unlike The 39 Clues Book Two: One False Note where the action is non-stop, in The 39 Clues Book Three: The Sword Thief things slow down, and we get to know the characters better, especially the rivals, as they pursue their quest for the 39 clues. I liked this change. It reminded me of The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones, where all the characters were introduced and we got a good picture of them.

With this book the reader gets a chance to get his bearings and to recap all the events that now leads the brother-and-sister duo team of Amy and Dan Cahill to Japan and Korea. This time we learn about the historical person Toyotomi Hideyoshi who has hidden the third clue. As the hunt moves to the Orient, Amy and Dan have no choice but to enlist the help of their Uncle Alistair Oh. With the one rule of the race being TRUST NO ONE, Amy and Dan must exercise caution as to how much to divulge of their knowledge and exactly how far to trust two of their rival teams—Alistair Oh and the Kabra siblings—while dodging bullets and swords to escape the yakuza who guard what belonged to their ancestor.

It’s a psychological game and we are left wondering what is going to happen by the end of the book. I truly felt author Peter Lerangis captured the original voices of Amy and Dan and their vulnerability as orphans who have lost much. For me, this was essential to keep the thread of the story solid. If it had continued with non-stop action as in Book Two, the impetus that keeps the reader emotionally involved would have been lost. By also engaging the emotions of the other rivals instead of just relating their killer actions, the stakes are elevated. And of course, the cliffhanger ending keeps us hungering for more.

Book Six is currently available and by August of this year, Book Ten, which is the last book in this series will be published. In celebration of this, Nikole from Scholastic Canada has kindly offered to give away the first three books! These are hardcover books. The winner will get a 3-book package, perfect for the person who wants to start reading this exciting series. Here are the giveaway rules:
1. Open to Canadian residents only.
2. No P.O. box addresses.
3. Must be a follower of this blog, new or current.
4. Leave a comment with your email address. For example: laura (at) aol (dot) com
5. Giveaway ends February 9, 2010.

Disclosure: Thank you to Nikole from Scholastic Canada for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.


  1. I was just looking at these books at Chapters a few days ago. My son would love them.


  2. I haven't heard of them yet. would love to be entered.


  3. new follower
    please enter me


  4. I'm so jealous of this contest! I've been anxious to read this series and share it with my nephews ages 10 & 5. This is a great giveaway and I would be happy to add a link to it on my sidebar. Good luck to everyone!

  5. Thanks, Debbie! I appreciate you adding the link.

  6. Sound like a nce bunch of books.I follow through google friend. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. Sounds like a fun book!
    annarudow at gmail dot com
    (new follower)

  8. My grandson would love these books. I've had them on my wish list for a while. I am a new follower.

    Please enter me in this contest, it's great.

    Thanks for offering them.

  9. I forgot to include my email address. I am nightreader and just sent a message that I was a new follower. My email address:

    Very sorry.

  10. I would love to read these books!
    I heard they are awesome!
    My friend won't stop talking to me about how cool the series is.


  11. I am 10 years old and love to read! I would really enjoy reading these books!


  12. I don't live in Canada, but did post about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/02/39-clues-books.html

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  13. My comment doesn't count since I'm in the USA, but thanks for a good review!

  14. A Canada only contest, boy is that rare to see!

    I'm a new follower and would love to start reading this series.

    nicolama at cogeco dot co


  15. I just became a follower of your blog and would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  16. Thanks for the review! Sounds like a great storyline and I look forward to reading these and getting to know the characters.


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