Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Into the Gauntlet
(The 39 Clues, Book 10)
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publication: Scholastic Inc. (August 31, 2010)

Description: Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill have uncovered history's greatest mysteries and their family's deadliest secrets. But are they ready to face the truth about the Cahills and the key to their unmatched power? After a whirlwind race that's taken them across five continents, Amy and Dan face the most the difficult challenge yet- a task no Cahill dared to imagine. When faced with a choice that could change the future of the world, can two kids succeed where 500 years worth of famous ancestors failed?

My Thoughts: This was a great conclusion to what has been a fascinating series. This time Dan and Amy are in England. William Shakespeare was a Madrigal and holds the clue to the whereabouts of the Madrigal stronghold. Dan and Amy and assorted representatives of the other branches are in hot pursuit of the clue. 

Many of the younger searchers from the various branches are having second thoughts about their previous actions. We get a chance to see a little bit from the viewpoints of Jonah Wizard, Hamilton Holt, and Ian Kabra. The various searchers have to work together to solve the final clue. There are certainly trust issues to be resolved.

This episode is filled with explosions and cave-ins and evil villains. I recommend the series to middle graders and other young adult readers who like adventure. They will also learn about quite a number of historical figures during the course of the series. 

Favorite Quote:
"See, that's teamwork," Eisenhower told Hamilton. "Your mother knew what had to be done, and she did it. And in this family, the family is the team. I mean the team is the family. I mean..."

"I know what you mean, Dad," Hamilton said, which was a big relief for Eisenhower, because he'd kind of lost track himself.
Visit the 39 Clues website for fun games and activities too.

Challenges: In the Middle Reading Challenge, RYOB Reading Challenge


  1. This is such a great series - haven't read this book but want to after your review - thanks!

    Teens Read and Write

  2. I will admit I didn't read the review beyond the first sentence because I did't want to read any spoilers since I'm still on book two :) My daughter was very pleased with the ending as well!


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