Well. I picked this book up from the library yesterday because I’m thinking about buying it for my brother for Christmas and I haven’t heard too much about it. And then last night I started reading the first pages, thinking if they were okay I’d get it. And then I read three quarters of it and finished it this morning. So… it’s good.
Amy and Dan Cahill, aged 14 and 11, attend their grandmother’s funeral, sad that she is gone and intimidated by the several hundred people who are also there, most of them family. They aren’t exactly expecting an inheritance, what with all those other family members, but they certainly get one! They are invited to take on a quest comprised of 39 clues, a quest that will allegedly change the fate of the world as we know it. And one that might also kill them, because the other people who take on this quest are ruthless. But they take it, because it would make their grandmother (and their dead parents) proud of them, and they end up hunting down information about Ben Franklin and jumping on a plane to France. And then, in the end [spoiler alert?], they find a second clue!
This, like yesterday’s book, is meant for younger kids, so the plot is pretty much implausible and the pacing is quick. The clues — because the first clue only leads to more clues to find the second clue, like, come on, puzzle makers! — are all National Treasure-style hidden messages and such (and they’re about Ben Franklin!), and of course Amy and Dan are the ones figuring them out first or best and being chased around by the other, allegedly older and wiser teams. But whatever. It’s fun! I don’t think I’ll read the next book, but I think my little brother will.
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