Thursday, May 26, 2016

Review: Beyond the Grave (39 Clues #4) by Jude Watson

Beyond the Grave (The 39 Clues #4)

The fourth book in the 39 Clues series takes Amy and Dan to Egypt.  We learn about the ancient tombs, mummies, and other Egyptian history as the Cahill kids continues the search for their next clue.  Shortly after their arrival in Egypt they stumble upon The Ekat stronghold, which is located in a hotel owned by the Oh family. 

As Amy and Dan narrowly escape capture by the Ekats, they run into a good friend of their Grandmother's named Hillary Vale.  She gives them Grace's guide book of Egypt, which she used during her numerous trips to explore the area.  The kids are ecstatic to find that it contains many of her notes regarding the quest.  Hillary insists Grace wanted Amy and Dan to have the book along with the contents of a safety deposit box.  This lifts Amy and Dan's spirits since they were beginning to doubt their Grandmother's intentions.

Amy and Dan have another close call when they run into Jonah Wizard along the way.  Their luck doesn't improve much once they are rescued.  They are once again reminded of the fact that they can't trust ANYONE.  They expect to be double crossed by their relatives, but it isn't a relative that turns on them this time.

At the end of the book they reunite with their Uncle Alistair under shady circumstances.  Amy and Dan need to decide if joining forces with him again will be to their advantage.  He has saved their lives on more than one occasion, but he has burned them just as many times.

Overall this has been an enjoyable series so far.  There is plenty of action and tons of shenanigans to hold my son's attention.  He also enjoys learning the historical and geographical facts these books contain.  He is; however, going to have to take a break from the series for the next couple of months. He wants to read the books on his sixth grade summer reading list next.  This is the first summer he has had required reading and he is actually excited about it, which is a good sign!

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