Author: Peter Lerangis
Publication: Scholastic Inc.; Har/Crds edition (February 2, 2010)
Dan and Amy travel from Indonesia to Pretoria, South Africa and learn all about Shaka Zulu and Winston Churchill in this the seventh adventure in the 39 Clues series. They are on the run from the evil Isabel Kabra and the evil but inept Eisenhower Holt. They have encounters with Alastair Oh and still don't really know whose side he is on. They also meet some friends of Grace and learn what family branch they are part of. They hear some unsettling things about their parents.
This series is a fun read for middle grade students. Readers have a chance to solve puzzles and work along with Dan and Amy to try to find all 39 clues. The books are also supported by the website which also has games and clues for puzzle solvers. Card sets are also available for the truly devoted. I am collecting the cards and trying to solve the clues along with my students.
There are even educator materials available here for those who might want to use the books in their teaching. Educators are encouraged to bring the excitement of The New York Times bestselling series, The 39 Clues, into the classroom! Explore geography, history, literature, and math while motivating reluctant readers with this action-packed series
Challenges: In the Middle Reading Challenge