The Emperor's Code (The 39 Clues Series #8)

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Tensions run high in the explosive 8th book of 39 Clues, the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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As the race to find the 39 Clues builds to its explosive finish, Amy and Dan must explore an ancient culture and steal a Clue guarded by thousands of the world's best-trained soldiers. It's the most dangerous Clue search yet. As their enemies crowd in, Amy and Dan find...

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Overview


Tensions run high in the explosive 8th book of 39 Clues, the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

JOIN ANYTIME TO PLAY FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN!

As the race to find the 39 Clues builds to its explosive finish, Amy and Dan must explore an ancient culture and steal a Clue guarded by thousands of the world's best-trained soldiers. It's the most dangerous Clue search yet. As their enemies crowd in, Amy and Dan find themselves separated for the first time ever. The choice lies before them - find the next Clue, or find their way back to each other.

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  • The 39 Clues Series
    The 39 Clues Series  

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
This is Book Eight in "The 39 Clues" series starring Dan and Amy Cahill, privileged kids who are chasing 39 clues to the secret of becoming the most powerful and influential human in the world. The continuing story features clans with colors and crests, innumerable nasty conniving relatives, and jet-lagged journeys to all corners of the earth. In this adventure, Dan, a pre-teen who wants to be hip, and Amy, a history-loving 14-year-old, take off from London on a jet to China in search of another clue. A reader who has not read the other volumes had better go back to Book One or else go directly to the Internet to sort it all out. Actually, this is not really a book; it is more a written storyboard for an animated action film. Graphics could do much more with the contrived and superficial characters, wildly improbable situations, and whirlwind trips through tourist attractions, this time skimming Tiananmen Square, a kung fu academy, and the Great Wall. The siblings end up on top of Mount Everest in a whisper-weight helicopter—luckily they did not have to make the climb! Unfortunately, the frantic fakeness of it all makes Book Eight boring. Readers looking to join the game, "Read the Books, Play the Game, Win the Prizes," must register on the website, buy the books and clue cards, and complete online missions with the possibility of winning "a chance to compete" for $10,000. If they are looking for a good story, kids will have to hunt elsewhere—maybe in a library. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545060486
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: 39 Clues Series , #8
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 55,524
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman is the author of The 39 Clues Book 2: One False Note, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and The 39 Clues Book #8: The Emperor's Code. Gordon has written more than sixty books for kids and young adults, including Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. A native of Ontario, Canada, Korman now lives with his family in Long Island, New York.
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Chapter 1

The sneezing began the instant the pet carrier passed the passenger's nose.

A-choo! . . . a-choo! . . . a-choo! . . .

Frozen in the aisle of the British Airways 777, Amy and Dan Cahill waited for the spasm to end. It never did. Instead, the sneezes grew in intensity, each wheezing explosion shaking the poor man's entire body.

"It can't be that bad!" Dan said impatiently.

Inside the carrier, Saladin looked around anxiously, unnerved by the ruckus. "Mrrp?"

Nellie Gomez, the Cahill kids' au pair, came up behind them. With her iPod blaring the Ramones full blast, all she saw was the man squirming in watery-eyed distress. "I told you the taco stand was serving habanero peppers!" she announced too loudly.

Her booming voice drew the flight attendant to their row. She spoke to the sneezer in Chinese and then turned to Amy and Dan. "It seems Mr. Lee is allergic to cat hair. Your pet will have to ride in the cargo hold."

"But they let us keep him on the connecting flight from Madagascar," Amy protested.

By this time, Nellie had switched off her iPod. "Can't Mr. Lee move to another seat?"

"I'm sorry. The flight is completely full."

Saladin did not go quietly. The Egyptian Mau's outraged mrrps resounded through the cabin until the boarding door was closed.

Mr. Lee blew his nose as Amy and Dan squeezed past him into their seats. Nellie settled herself one row behind them, lost once again in her iPod.

"How lame is this?" Dan complained, already fidgeting, even though the plane had yet to pull back from the gate. "Our second million-hour flight in a row, and we don't even have Saladin. What could be worse?"

Their eyes met for about half a second, and then they both looked away. It was a stupid question, and Dan knew it. What could be worse? This was the definition of worse-the real reason Dan's mood was misery-minus, and why Amy had no patience for him. It had nothing to do with long flights and cats.

Madrigals!

After all these weeks, Amy and Dan had finally solved the mystery of which branch of the Cahill family they belonged to. Not the scheming and brilliant Lucians, masters of strategy. Not the creative geniuses, the Janus. Not the physically dominant Tomas, descended from warriors. Not the innovative Ekaterinas, the greatest inventors the world has ever known.

No. All these weeks circling the globe in the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan had been Madrigals.

Madrigals. The worst of the worst. Madrigals had slaughtered the Russian royal family in the course of a killing spree that spanned continents. Their tools of the trade: stealth, sabotage, deceit, murder, and above all, terror. Even the Lucians feared the Madrigals-and everyone was afraid of the Lucians.

It's like living your whole life without ever looking in a mirror, Amy thought, and suddenly you see your reflection, and you're a monster.

How could they have been Madrigals without knowing it? All the way from Africa they had repeated that question, hammering themselves with it, hoping against hope that if they asked it enough, the answer might change from the awful truth.

But Madrigals were so secretive that they even kept secrets from themselves. Amy and Dan's grandmother, Grace, must have been a Madrigal, too. After the death of their parents, she'd been their closest relative in the world. Yet she'd never said a word about it to them.

Now Grace is gone, too, Amy reflected sadly. She and Dan were alone-except for Nellie. And, of course, Saladin, their grandmother's cherished pet.

They had barely gotten used to the idea that they were members of the illustrious Cahill family. The search for the 39 Clues still seemed unreal to them-a chance for two Boston orphans to become the most powerful people in human history! Yet this was the ultimate shocker. Their mom and dad must have been Madrigals, too. Did that mean they were evil?

Amy had been soul-searching a lot lately, trying to see clearly what was inside her own heart. It wasn't all sweetness and light. Anger at the dirty tricks of the hunt. Isabel-just the name of her parents' killer kindled a heat shimmer that distorted her vision.

Isabel, who had held her as a child. Who had called her dear and played the part of the loving aunt.

Isabel, who had taken two happy kids and turned them into orphans . . .

Revenge!! It was more emotional surge than rational thought, the revving of a supercharged engine. It was so automatic, so pure, that it could only have come from the Madrigal at her core.

When you're evil, can you recognize it in yourself?

Aloud, she said to her brother, "Try to sleep. We're going to be jet-lagged like crazy when we get to China."

"I slept all the way from Africa," Dan grumbled.

The plane backed away from the gate, and the safety demonstrations began. "Shortly after takeoff, we invite you to enjoy the video entertainment on your seat-back screen," came the announcement. "Our first feature film is entitled Terminator Salvation."

"Yes!" Dan plucked the headphones out of the seat pocket. "Finally, something goes our way!"

"Your dweeb-hood will be studied by future generations," Amy informed him solemnly.

"Don't knock it," he lectured. "Good luck is like a rash. It spreads. Maybe we'll get on a roll." He popped the phones over his ears as the 777 taxied through the airport traffic, rumbled down the runway, and took off.

London fell away beneath them, yet another city. Mr. Lee clutched his armrest, knuckles whitening with every bump and roll. But Amy and Dan were now experienced flyers who barely noticed the turbulence. In the space of weeks, two kids who had never left New England had visited more than a dozen countries on five different continents.

Dan reclined his chair and focused on the entertainment system in front of him. But when the screen came to life, it showed not the heart-pounding opening of Terminator Salvation but scenes of an ornate palace.

"What the-" Dan flipped through the channels. The palace was on every station.

"What's the problem?" Amy hissed.

"Where's the Terminator?"

Amy activated her own screen and peered at the palace scene. "I know this movie-" All at once, her expression softened. "It's The Last Emperor. I've seen it two or three times-with Grace."

A lump materialized in her throat. In the heat of the Clue hunt, it was easy to forget that it had been less than two months since Grace Cahill's death.

Grace . . . Madrigal . . . It was no misunderstanding. They'd even seen her secret Madrigal hideout.

I don't care! I loved her . . . still love her . . .

Dan was in no mood for sentimentality. "Man, they put on the wrong movie!" As he reached for the flight attendant call button, he caught sight of the monitor in front of their allergic neighbor. There was the Terminator, in all his futuristic glory.

In dismay, Dan climbed halfway over the seat back and gawked at the upside-down cyborg on Nellie's screen. "Everybody's getting Terminator but us!"

Amy frowned. "Why would only two seats be showing something different?"

"There's an international conspiracy to bore me," mourned her brother.

Beneath the passenger concourses of Heathrow churned a beehive of activity. Down at the tarmac, an army of mechanics and baggage handlers kept one of the world's busiest airports humming.

Several maintenance people were enjoying a tea break when they noticed a new man in the locker room. He was older than the others-probably in his late sixties. As he shrugged out of his coverall, they observed that he was very well dressed in a cashmere blazer, turtleneck, and slacks, all black. Careful scrutiny would have revealed that his ID badge was counterfeit. He did not work here. He did not work anywhere.

Although none of the employees recognized the man in black, Amy and Dan would have. He had dogged their footsteps across more than half the globe.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    another revelation as the clue hunt nears the finish line

    And so the hunt for the 39 clues continues, culminating in another revelation at the end of this book with enough unanswered questions to leave the reader anxious to read the next book. For the first time, 11 year-old Dan Cahill gets separated from his 14 year-old sister Amy Cahill and their au pair Nellie Gomez in China, a country with a population of over one billion people. Dan inadvertently joins Jonah Wizard and we learn more about this character, the Janus branch, and his role in the search for the 39 clues.

    I love the relationship between Dan and his sister. We get to see how it is tested once again at this point in the story and how much they care for one another. Two scenes in this book reveal their characters when faced with choices to beat their opponents.

    The historical figures that lead us to the next clue are Puyi, China's last emperor, and George Mallory. I really enjoyed the setting of this book, and although the last nail-biting scene was a little far-fetched, it's what marks The 39 Clues as an adventurous roller-coaster ride filled with interesting historical and scientific tidbits. Unlike the other books, this one also contains a message within the book that is conveyed by putting together the 17 words circled throughout the book. They form three sentences.

    Two more books left in this series and I am eager to find out how it will all come to a finish. For fans of The 39 Clues this book will not disappoint. It builds up expectation for what will come next . and for the climactic ending, no doubt.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    Got it as gift. It was great. loved it.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolute Best series

    This is an absolute thrilling book from beginning to end. The book takes you on an adventure around the world with two children Dan and Amy and their chase to find the 39 clues. The book is the 8th in a set of 10 that take you on a thrilling chase around the world. These books are more for a 4th grade or older reading level. I originally started buying them for my daughter thinking she would like to read them when she got older and so I decided to read them myself. My husband also loves them and we can't wait till the next one comes out. These books remind me of the movie national treasure with all the ways that the clues are all set in history. Definatly a set that you will want to buy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    The awsome book. :)

    Okay well I love this book, it's advetures with a hint of mystery.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Awesome

    Try this book its great

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

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

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Awsome book

    This series is awesome! I also like the Alex Rider Series. It is like the same thing though.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Mary

    This book makes you turn the page and keep reading every second of the day so if you havnt bought it yet you should you will love it.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    39 Clues ROCK!!!!

    I love the the 39 clues series and all the little events that happen in them. Absolutly THRILLING!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Very cool

    It was very cool. I cant wait for the 9th and 10th books to come out. BEWARE THE MADRIGALS!!!!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Read most of the series

    Love it. Adventures and mysteries on the cahill's family secret.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Don't knt Don't know

    I have not read it yet but I hear it is good.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    I love the39 clues

    It is fantastick it is so real

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great series great book!

    Got my 11 year old interested in a series and held his interest too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    39 clues is the best se Anonomus

    39 clues is the best sieries EVER!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    OMG HATE THIS SERIES

    For the longest time, this series was the ONLY thing my older brother would read. And to make matters worse, he would tell me about them and try to get me to read them! It was horrible. And then one day, I just couldn't take it anymore. So while he was telling me annoyingly about #6, I cut him off and told him that he was just wasting his time and also mine. I told him that if I were him, I'd get crackin' on those Harry Potter books instead. So in my mind, I did my whole family a favor. So I guess what I'm trying to say is stop wasting your time on these stupid, outrageous books. Read something else like Harry Potter instead.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Read it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've read allthe books in a mounth thtey were that good i couldn't put my nook down !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    WHO IS HOPE LOST???

    Please respond. WHO IS SHE?


    Hope lost...
    -is a she
    - has a best friend
    - thinks key boards are hard to work with
    - hates the 39 clues

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Mysterious

    All the clues are mysterious and dangerous. I dont know how Amy and Dan survive all the traps.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Awesome

    Thank you guys for writing these books

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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