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Wednesday 9 August 2023

Review: The 39 Clues - Book 1: The Maze of Bones

The Maze of Bones is the first installment in a thrilling graphic novel adaption of The 39 Clues series by Rick Riordan, which was published in late 2008. Filled with fast-paced action and mystery, it promises to draw the reader into an adventure like no other.

When Grace Cahill, grandmother and guardian of Amy and Dan dies, the shocking news that she has changed her Will at the last moment, becomes a magnet that draws together the countless branches of a lineage that boasts many famous and powerful people, including Benjamin Franklin.

A seismic shift occurs in the sibling’s lives. They no longer have a home or protector, but are now at the mercy of greedy, privileged relatives that will stop at nothing to get their hands on more money.


Grace has left a challenge so great it will rock everyone’s world.

One clue, the first of many, will be given only to those who forfeit their share – a million dollars - and take the challenge, which the siblings do.

Left to their own resources, Amy, a bookworm, uses her accumulated wide range of knowledge from all she has read. Deciphering Grace’s conundrum is a challenge she takes to heart. Dan is full of surprises and solutions which surface when needed.

With their lives constantly in danger, not knowing who they can trust, the two, together with their au pair Nellie, and cat Saladin, follow clues to Philadelphia, on a journey that will change their lives.

Brilliant in every way, this series covers many themes. It is filled with excitement, mystery, suspense, and full-on action. These elements are accentuated by the exceptional, expression-filled artwork by Ethan Young.

I loved it! So will anyone that sets out on this series of adventures, created by a collaboration of authors, with outstanding characters, many of whom you will love to hate. Never a dull moment here!

Title: The 39 Clues - Book 1: The Maze of Bones
Author: Rick Riordan
Illustrator: Ethan Young
Publisher: Scholastic, $16.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781336803365
For ages: 8 – 12
Type: Graphic Novel