The Black Book of Buried Secrets (The 39 Clues Series)

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The ultimate guide to the New York Times bestselling series, with an introduction by Rick Riordan!

The book you see here is the ultimate source of all Cahill knowledge. It contains every buried secret, Cahill weapon or gadget, all the strongholds, and each agent and founder. In it, you will discover the true story of Madeleine Cahill as well as what happened after Isabel Kabra was charged with murder. Nothing has been held back.

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Overview


The ultimate guide to the New York Times bestselling series, with an introduction by Rick Riordan!

The book you see here is the ultimate source of all Cahill knowledge. It contains every buried secret, Cahill weapon or gadget, all the strongholds, and each agent and founder. In it, you will discover the true story of Madeleine Cahill as well as what happened after Isabel Kabra was charged with murder. Nothing has been held back.

Seven Cahill agents came together to bring you this book, betraying their branches and their most deeply held beliefs. They did it because there is an enemy approaching far more powerful than the Cahills. Keep this black book close at all times, and be ready.

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  • The 39 Clues Series
    The 39 Clues Series  

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This black book of buried secrets unearths answers to the most vexatious 39 Clues mysteries, including what really happened the night Hope and Arthur Cahill died; the complete story of the fire that split the original Cahill family; the previous hidden secrets of family branches; and much more. A 192-page cornucopia of solutions.

Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
This is one dangerous book of secrets (which readers should "destroy after reading"). Agents from all five branches of the Cahill family share their secrets in hopes that the combined knowledge will help them prepare for war against the Vespers—"a secret organization that has been trying to sabotage the Cahills for the past five hundred years." The Madrigals, Lucians, Ekaterinas, Tomas, and Janus organizations share information on branch history, founders, agents, tricks and tools, and hot spots. For example, some Janus founders include Harry Houdini, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Ekaterinas tricks and tools include a Loch Ness Submersible (which looks like "the legendary Loch Ness Monster" to hide a clue). Famous Lucian strong holds include the Tower of London, Wall Street, and the Moscow Kremlin. With all of the agents' secrets (and a few codes/puzzles to solve along the way), agents are sure to help stop the evil Vespers from world domination. This book is a clever addition to the series for those devoted readers who just can't get enough. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545285049
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Series: 39 Clues Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 86,708
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is best known for his bestselling YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians and for a series of award-winning adult mysteries featuring San Antonio P.I. Tres Navarre.

Biography

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    Most Engaging Series

    My 9 year-old daughter and I have made the series a part of our home school enjoyment. We are reading the series anxiously together with baited breath. She is such a critical thinker that she solves many clues without a bit of help. The story lines are exceedingly well written. My only nitpick is the dialog of the children seems like adults trying to use the vernacular of children, poorly. I would also like to kill Amy and Dan for constantly speaking their thoughts aloud concerning the clues when prying ears and eyes are all about them. Other than that, I love every little bit of it. It goes well with my morning coffee or by evening light before bedtime. I can't put it down. Excellent.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    must must read all 39 clues books

    who doesn't want all the dirt, secrets, and weapons one branch member does to another in the name of greed and power? Sound familiar to our day and age? greed, power, ruthlessness, terror, hatred, who will prevail?? Great series!! the mini vacations around the world were a very clever concept to teach and learn, not just read of good versus evil. Next year the Vespars vs the Cahills, what a challenge to keep the suspense going into another series. cant wait to see if the NY Bestseller can continue to hold the interest and the flair it had in the first ten books.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Gave Some Useful Information, But Much Of It Was Repeated From The Other Books

    The Black Book of Buried Secrets by Rick Riordan, was an information guide to the 39 Clues Series. It did give some useful information, but much of it was repeared. I am so glad that I rented this from a library, because I would have never wasted my money on this. It was rather short, and had many pictures. But, if you check it out from a library, it is a good read and sets you up nicely for the next book, Vespers Rising. However, if you don't have time to read this before the next one, you won't lose any valuable information.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for Teens Read Too

    THE BLACK BOOK OF BURIED SECRETS takes all the information gathered by the five branches of the family and stores them together in one book. Each branch, including the Madrigals, spill their secrets and some identities of their agents - past and present. While it doesn't advance the story of the Cahill family, readers will enjoy uncovering more information about THE 39 CLUES series and its characters. This is a great finale to the first series where all the material comes together. I loved how the authors are the real agents in this book - a great twist. I also loved reading about the hot spots of the various branches of the family, their history, the tricks and tools, and famous members. The layout makes for a fast read and includes great pictures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2011

    Great Field Guide!

    This is a great field guide to go along with the series. It has full-color photos inside and contains LOTS of info. But if you haven't read the entire 39 Clues series...don't get it. It gives a LOT about the ending away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Would buy it again

    It works well as a Reference Guide for the 39 Clues Series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Useful

    It helped understand the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Mysterious And Exciting!

    My daughter read this book and she loved it! She read it in 2 days and said that it was a very good book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Clues to Clues!

    Great companion for all CLUES readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Triggers Imagination!

    Great gift fo my 9 year old grandson who is a very good reader!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Captivating!

    My 13-year old daughter loves this series and cannot put these books down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    I enjoyed this product very much!

    Book stimulates imagination. Look forward to reading other books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Good series of books

    These books are a great series, I have a 10 and 11 year old boys and they love them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    pretty interesting

    Plot of series

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    I LIKE IT!

    This book is really cool! it has codes in it too.(i don't know about u but i love solving codes!!!) it was very creative in the beginning with all the authors in one place. i also like how it goes back with GC. and conversations W/ FC and AC. and the discipline record. AWESOME! a must read!

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