Friday, April 27, 2012

One False Note by Gordon Korman

Recommendation: ***** (5-stars)

Book Two in the 39 Clues Series is full of action, adventure, danger, mystery and humor. Brother and sister team, Dan and Amy Cahill are on the treasure hunt of their life as they follow clues that are hundreds of years old with the promise of a treasure beyond their wildest dreams. The siblings, who were orphaned at a young age, are racing against teams who all belong to the Cahill family and who have a lot more money and resources than these two. But they persevere and continue to uncover clues by working hard (and a little luck!).

Positives: As with the first book I love the history that is brought out. This series is written by a number of different authors and I have really enjoyed the differences in writing while maintaining a very fluid story line. I also appreciate the growing relationship  between Amy and Dan. As brother and sister they do argue and call each other "dweeb" and such, but as the story continues to develop they show a mutual respect for each other. They begin to understand their strengths and weaknesses and become better and better at working together.

Negatives:  A few instances of kids saying "oh my god."

Talking Points: As I read this book I thought about family relationships. As I stated above I am enjoying the brother/sister relationship that continues to develop, but I am also saddened by the other family relationships that have been destroyed by greed. It is obvious as you read through this story that these family rivalries go back many many years and all for what? Talk to your kids about the importance of people. People are more important than things! Matt. 6:19 tells us to store up treasures in heaven, not here on earth.  Ecc. 5:10 tells us that money will never satisfy. Talk to your kids about what they treasure and how their treasures reflect their heart.

Age Level: 9 years of age and up

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