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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Into The Gauntlet - Margaret Peterson Haddix

"Into the Gauntlet"

By: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Published: August 31, 2010

Hardcover: 327 pages

ISBN 13- 9780545090681

FTC FYI: Borrowed from library

I thought since I reviewed 39 Clues #1, "The Maze of Bones", it would be fitting to review the last in the series. First of all, I really enjoyed this series. It's a great series for kids, and for anyone, adults included, who enjoy a fun, quick read.

Throughout this series, Amy and Dan Cahill have traveled all over the globe in search of the 39 Clues. In previous books, the kids find out what branch of the Cahill's they belong to, and in book nine, "Storm Warning", Amy and Dan learn what the true mission of the 39 clues is. The secret of the "Madrigals" is revealed in "Storm Warning" as well. The other clue hunting teams are still unsure of the Madrigals and what they could do them.

In the start of this book, Amy and Dan are discouraged and scared. They end up in London along with the Holts, Kabras, Alistair, Jonah, and a surprise team that we thought was taken care of earlier. And don't forget about the evil Isabel Kabra... How are Amy and Dan going to accomplish all that they need to and still try to win?

A couple of the books in series, I gave three stars. However, the last four received four. I really enjoyed how different authors wrote each book. With that we are able to get a fresh voice on the clue hunt. Also, there is a surprise at the end of "Into the Gauntlet" that leads to a whole new set of books. I will read those as well.

Happy Reading Clue Hunters: Purchase the series here


  1. I enjoyed this whole series as well. You're right that some of the middle books were more 3 star as the reader wanted to know more about the 39 clues and not much was revealed. But all in all, this is an adventurous roller-coaster ride. I recommend it to middle grade readers who love action adventure, and they will learn some history too!

  2. Thanks for your comment! I totally agree about the history lesson. At the end of "Into the Gauntlet", there is a quiz of what they learned through their hunt.