As the race to find the 39 Clues builds to its explosive finish, Amy and Dan must explore an ancient culture and steal a Clue guarded by thousands of the world's best-trained soldiers. It's the most dangerous Clue search yet. As their enemies crowd in, Amy and Dan find themselves separated for the first time ever. The choice lies before them - find the next Clue, or find their way back to each other.
My son and I have been reading this series together and we are both thoroughly enjoying it. He isn't a big fan of reading, but the action and adventure coupled with the real life history is keeping him engaged. In fact, he finished almost this entire book during a long car ride yesterday.
This portion of the race focuses on China. We learned about the last Emperor, Mt. Everest, and Chinese martial arts. We also get a glimpse into the life of Jonah Wizard, one of the Cahill cousins competing in the race for the 39 clues. He is an entertainment superstar and part of the Janus branch. He has made appearances throughout the series, but this is the first time that I can remember him being an integral character.
When Dan gets separated from Amy he decides to join forces with Jonah until he can find his sister. He doesn't have any money and with their cell phones not working in China, his options are limited. He begins to realize the Janus's can't be trusted and he breaks off on his own again. Amy and Dan continue to follow the clues independently until they are reunited, thanks to something Grace told them about years ago.
Amy and Dan struggle to come to terms with what "Branch" they belong to, but they realize they are not defined by their family history. They aren't like their evil family members and they can see that they have made the right decisions when presented with moral dilemmas. Their combined resources allow them to decipher a clue the others probably think is lost forever. In addition, Dan's discovery provides them with a lead towards another clue the rest of the family is most likely unaware of. If they can manage to leave town without a tale, they may be able to get a jump on the competition.
Get out your flip flops and sunscreen because it sounds like the Cahill kids are on their way to the Caribbean! I can only imagine what we will learn about from that area....Pirates????