A King's Ransom (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series #2)

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Amy and Dan are in a race for their lives . . . and the enemy may be even closer than they think.

When seven members of their family were kidnapped by a sinister organization known as the Vespers, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, vowed they'd stop at nothing to bring the hostages home. But then the ransom comes in and the Vespers demand the impossible. Amy and Dan have just days to track down and steal an ancient map. The...

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Overview

Amy and Dan are in a race for their lives . . . and the enemy may be even closer than they think.

When seven members of their family were kidnapped by a sinister organization known as the Vespers, thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, vowed they'd stop at nothing to bring the hostages home. But then the ransom comes in and the Vespers demand the impossible. Amy and Dan have just days to track down and steal an ancient map. The only catch? No one has seen the map for half a century.

Now Amy and Dan are on a desperate search that will lead them to the Nazis, spies, a mad king and some of history's dirtiest secrets. It's the race of their lives . . . and one misstep will mean certain death for the hostages.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
"Dan Cahill didn't realize just how many policemen there were in the world until he became an international art thief." If that first line of the story doesn't capture readers' attention then they are obviously not mystery and adventure fans. The second book in the "Cahills vs. Vespers" saga in the "39 Clues" series from Scholastic, Inc., this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. In the previous book several members of Dan and Amy Cahill's family were kidnapped and the two teenagers forced to steal a priceless piece of art in order to get them back. But that wasn't enough for the kidnappers. Now Dan and Amy must track down and steal an ancient map—one that disappeared more than fifty years ago. Their search takes them throughout Europe where they will visit "Mad King Louis' castle," a church whose sculptures are made from human bones, and other intriguing locations where they will learn about the Nazis and a World War II era international spy ring as they put the pieces of the puzzle together to find the map. In addition to writing a suspense-filled story in which Dan and Amy are pursued by ruthless killers at every turn, Watson has filled her story with historical and geographical references which add interesting layers to the story. Before starting this book, however, it is highly recommended that readers first read the previous books in the series. The cast of characters is huge, and without the background from previous books it's difficult to keep track of who are the "good guys" and who are the bad. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545298407
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series , #2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 80,402
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Watson

Jude Watson is the author of two 39 Clues books, BEYOND THE GRAVE and IN TOO DEEP, and the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. As Judy Blundell, she wrote WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED, the 2008 winner of The National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She lives in Katonah, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Books3-6

    I know the next 4 books. Book3 is The Dead Of Night. Book4 is The Pirate's Treasure. Book5 is Recovering Confidence. Book6 is called The Mastermind Revealed.

    20 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    e

    i luv these books soo much that i just cant put them down.
    For u people who cant decide whether to buy them or not, here is my opinion.

    i have read many books and this seiries seems to be one of the best.It always keeps u begging for more more and never ever dissapoints me. I write book reviews for my schools blog and i am picking this book next. I love this book and cant wait for the next, highly recommend it.

    Kira C.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2011

    Exicting

    Thishad so much mystey and action it in! This was a great book to the series and i am so exicted for the next one! Great book and great series! Highly recommned

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Awesome!

    Can't wait until March 6th!

    5 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2011

    Probobly the best

    This sounds like one of the best books ever

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    The 39 Clues

    This book is so awesome!

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    Totaly awsome

    Read 39 clues

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Cant wait

    So exctied best seris ever

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Tap me!

    This from a madrigal this a code 1.enter your username and password 2.click my cards 3.enter code :kkh39lmnt6 4.cards unlocked!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DUDES, you HAVE TO read this/these books!!!!! And i love how dan and amys dad is alive!!!!(I knew it!) And sorry if im a spoiler! Me , im a spoiler! And to the vespers out there... WE WILL SAVE OUR HOSTAGES AAND WE WILL SUCEED!!!!! And one more thing...YOU STINK!!!(and yes that means you casper and cheyanne wyoming)

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Out of all the 39 Clue books, this one is my absolute 100 percent favorite. Full of mystery and adventure!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Anoymous

    Awesome book! Can't wait for the next book!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Macentire dead?

    Did he die or what. If he did i belive it was arther trent that killed him. Because it said it was a face from the past and ther was contrevercy on wether arther was alive or not. ! Ps arther trent is amy and dans dad. This book is awsome sad and scary. I wil read this a thousend times over

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Awesome book

    I've read all the books and i absolutly love it. Harry potter sounds good too but i dont think u should go on the books though

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Evan and the story

    WOW! I got this book for Easter. After reading the Medusa plot, i am sooooo ready for this book that looks totally awesome! When i looked st a game card, Evan looks so different then i thought he would look. Red hair, plaid shirt, come now Amy,u can do better than that! It looks great.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER MADE IN HISTORY!

    Lots of mystery and adventure

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    This book is good

    This is a good book
    **!!SPOILER ALERT!!**
    I think it is sad at the end when mcintyre dies, atticus gets abducted and the map and the diary get stolen. But i think that is is awesome that amy and dans dad is alive (probably)
    **!!SPOILER OVER!!**
    compared to the other book the one is awesome.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    My book was very good and it is very entertaining. The book alwa

    My book was very good and it is very entertaining. The book always made me want to read more. If you want to read this book start at book one or you will be confused like I was. In the book it is about two kids named Amy and Dan Cahill and their cousins. Some of their family members get captured by the Vespers. The Vespers are the Cahill’s worse enemies. The Vespers make Amy and Dan do bad things and if they fail there family will get killed. In this book they have to find out about the Nazis, spies, a mad king, and the worlds dirtiest secrets. They have to find what they are looking for before Vesper one kills their cousins. Will they make it in time or will someone get killed read the books to find out.The characters are Amy, Dan, Johan, and Hamilton. I like the book since the author made it exciting and filled with mysteries around every corner.In conclusion this book was really good. It had action and really cools characters. If you like to be on the edge of your set you would love to read action books. Read the sires of the book and play the game to help the Cahill’s defeat the Vespers.This book would be a great book to read for all ages. It is really entertaining book to read. I give this book a five star rating since it is a great book to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    I am a true fan

    I play the games and I have always loved these books since the first time i read one. They be totes amazin! P.S. adventure time rocks!!!!! Make a review on how awesome adventure time is (hint: its really awesome) and ill be happy x )

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Jhfggh

    I love this book!!! It is better than Medusas Plot.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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