Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: One False Note (39 Clues) by Gordon Korman

One False Note (The 39 Clues, #2)

One False Note picks up where the previous book left off.  Amy and Dan are now looking for the second clue in the quest to win the Cahill fortune.  If you are not familiar with the series, it is historical fiction geared towards 4th - 6th graders.  I have a 5th grade son that really enjoys non-fiction such as the Who Is and Who Was books.  He also really enjoyed the Magic Tree House books when he was younger.  This has been a great series for him to transition into some longer chapter books that contain more fictional elements.

Throughout this book we learn about Mozart and his sister Nannerl, who was apparently as talented as Mozart if not more so.  She may have even written and published several pieces under her brother's name.  It was believed to be improper for women to be in the spotlight back in the mid-late 1700's, so Mozart received all of the recognition.

Amy and Dan continue to stay one step ahead of their relatives when they travel to Mozart’s home in Venice, Italy in search of their next clue.  I love how these books allow young readers to learn about historic cities in a fun and entertaining way.  I don't believe my son had even heard of Venice before reading this book.  Now he has had the opportunity to learn about how the city consists of over a hundred islands and the significance of the canal system as their major form of transportation.  Of course, the Cahills make very good use of the canal system as they try to dodge their adversaries.

My son gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and he has already started the next book in the series.  For someone who isn’t a big reader this is a very good sign.  

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