One False Note (The 39 Clues Series #2)

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Super-selling author Gordon Korman sends Amy and Dan off on a wild chase in Book 2 of the highly-anticipated 39 Clues series.

FORMAT: 4 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: David Pittu

THIS JUST IN! Amy and Dan Cahill were spotted on a train, hot on the trail of one of 39 Clues hidden around the world. BUT WAIT! Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects ALSO sound ...

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Overview


Super-selling author Gordon Korman sends Amy and Dan off on a wild chase in Book 2 of the highly-anticipated 39 Clues series.

FORMAT: 4 CDs, Unabridged
NARRATOR: David Pittu

THIS JUST IN! Amy and Dan Cahill were spotted on a train, hot on the trail of one of 39 Clues hidden around the world. BUT WAIT! Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects ALSO sound suspiciously like Amy and Dan. UPDATE! Amy and Dan have been seen in a car . . . no, in a speedboat chase . . . and HOLD EVERYTHING! They're being chased by an angry mob?!?
When there's a Clue on the line, anything can happen.

EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL: Grace Cahill arrested in Vienna! Listen to the court transcripts!

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  • The 39 Clues Series
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Family continues to betray and prey on kin in this second "The 39 Clues" series book, which finds protagonists Amy and Dan Cahill aboard a train en route to Vienna, Austria. Pursuing a clue regarding composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the siblings find themselves wandering through Salzburg's catacombs. After escaping a dangerous cave-in, the pair eludes angry monks and competitors and travels to Venice, Italy, to follow a lead. Suspense heightens as rival relatives and new foes chase the duo through Venetian canals. This title offers readers the constant action they expect, but stereotyped characters, unrealistic scenarios, and predictable coincidences weaken storytelling. The supposedly malevolent Madrigals are mentioned with no further explanation. Korman's distinct style is occasionally evident in this formulaic book, particularly when giving voice to boys. Humorous scenes depict characters catering to Saladin, their finicky cat traveling companion. Historical information establishes clues, red herrings, settings, and characterizations and is often presented carelessly for entertainment. References to Mozart's sister Nannerl note she was as musically talented as her brother but unappreciated to emphasize Amy's piano skills. The series' premise that the Cahill family includes most major historical figures is implausible and misleading. This book's inaccurate claim that 18th-century painter Gilbert Stuart's great-grandmother was named Gertrude Cahill is irresponsible to cite as fact, especially when some readers might consult these books as sources for history homework. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Following Rick Riordan's first book in the projected 10-title series, The Maze of Bones (SLJ, Feb. 2009, p. 58), Gordon Korman has written the second installment (Scholastic, 2008) about Amy and Dan Cahill's quest for the 39 clues left by their deceased wealthy and eccentric grandmother who has promised to reward the winner with unimaginable riches. Those unfamiliar with the first book will miss out on some of the past history, but there is enough background given here to ensure that listeners will enjoy the mystery and adventure. Dan, 11, is impetuous and resourceful, while Amy, 14, is pedantic but brilliant. Narrator David Pittu, with only slight voice and accent variations, brings to life their constant squabbles as well as the threats by their nefarious relatives, such as a scheming rock star and his father, a former KGB agent, an entire family of enemies, and an elderly "gentleman" with evil intentions. The orphans, on the run from the Massachusetts Child Protection Program, are supported by their patient and resourceful companion Nellie and their grandmother's cat, Saladin. Pittu is almost breathless as he describes vehicle races on the road and along the canals of Venice. A lot of historical information is presented about Venice, Mozart, Marie Antoinette, and more. A fun listen.—Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545060424
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Series: 39 Clues Series , #2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 45,783
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (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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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Definitely Not a Disappointment!

    "The 39 Clues: One False Note," by Gordon Korman is the second book in Scholastic's popular book series, "The 39 Clues." Although readers may think that the first one would be better, considering it is by Rick Riordan, author of the acclaimed "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, this book is definitely not a disappointment! Gordon Korman did an extremely good job making the characters' personalities the same as they were in the first one and making sure the clues are just as hard to figure out!

    26 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    great books for tweens

    My son and I have been reading the 39 clues series and thoroughly enjoyed volume 2. We have already pre-ordered #3 and have completed the online challenges as well. I highly recommend these books for anyone with kids in the "tweener" stage. Because the main characters are a brother-sister team ranging in age from 11-14, I think it would be appealing for both boys and girls and catch the attention of a sometimes difficult age group.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    Interesting Twist

    The False Note is the second 39 clues book; by Gordon Kormon, it is a fictional novel. I loved this book because it always had you on your toes. You think one thing will happen, but the total opposite will happen. The story started in Germany, then went to Venice in the modern time setting.
    Dan, main character, his sister Amy, and their au pair, Natalie have to get the second clue to win the contest before the rest of the family finds it and figures it out. Dan almost dies because Dan and Amy got two pages from Mozart's sister's diary, from the Janus part of the family. Dan has to think fast because everything is happening and it goes very quickly. Dan also had to be careful so none of his family would find him and try to kill him. They would like to kill him because the family thinks that Grace (grandmother who started this whole thing) gave them a clue to help them win the contest.
    The author uses humor in his writing and he also uses writing that kids would say now. The age period that should read The False Note is 9-13 and older if they want. If enjoy being surprised almost every chapter and never know what is going to happen next. You will love the The False Note.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    To: !! and $$ From: Lucian-Madrigal

    What is wrong with YOU!!! This book was exellent. And the rest of the series is awesome! Don't send me a message back i dont want to hear it.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Great series for tweens/teens to get them interested in reading!

    My son, who has not been very interested in reading, is now reading for pleasure! He really got into these books and has read every one in the series. We rush to B & N everytime there is a new release in the series. These books can also be used for A/R testing purposes. Its nice to find a series of books that kids like that can also be educational and creative! I recommend these to parents looking to spark an interest in reading!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

    39 Clues Book 2

    My daughter just loved this book and is looking forward to the rest of them. She received the first book as a gift for Christmas and was eager to read the second one. She has me so interested, I am going to read them too.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 19, 2010

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    5 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Amy and Dan barely escaped with their lives in the French catacombs. Now, they're on their way to learn more about Mozart. <BR/><BR/>They're not alone in tracking down the 39 clues, but is someone tracking their movements? <BR/><BR/>From the train ride out of France to the escape from Venice, Amy and Dan face danger again and again. They're not above stealing clues from other Cahills, breaking into hotel rooms, distracting store clerks in order to search their store, and entering the Janus branch's secret underground hideout. <BR/><BR/>The trail for Mozart leads them through Germany, Austria, and Italy - and all countries lead them into danger. They're determined to play; after all, their life depends on finding the clues first. <BR/><BR/>A great second riveting adventure in THE 39 CLUES series will leave readers anxious for Amy and Dan while rooting for them all the way.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Fast paced abd loaded with adventure

    Boat chases, elite hotel breakins, and angry mobs! If this sounds interesting buy this book!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    !!

    I don't really care i think all of his books are GREAT ha ha ha

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    ONE FALSE NOTE: FRESH!

    Rating: 63%

    Although it may contain a little less action and adventure than its predecessor, One False Note is still not a disappointment, even though it may be directed towards younger readers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Best book

    The 39 clues are so interesting.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Really good book!!!

    Read it! Its REALLY good!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    P

    Like it or not you shold like ir because it is da bomb. Why is it da bomb in so many ways this is the a great book. If you thinking of reading it you should. Read your heart out this book is wonderful!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    The 39 Clues rocks!!!

    I love to read the series!!! I love reading about each family and each clue in each book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Epic

    Epic

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Amy and Dan will rule!!

    Take that Kabra the cobras! U will fail and b humiliated for all time!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! I LUV ME CAHILL! They have to be true cahils though. No srupid others. Just Cahill.
    \m/ (>.<) \m/ rock on cahills! Rock on...

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Great!!!

    I love the series. I have already read "The Maze of Bones"when I didn't have the nook. I can't wait for the next!!!


    from,
    Aiden

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    fun book

    My daughter and I are reading the series together. I am having a hard time keeping up with her. They are fun adventures with a fun web site the whole familly tries to play the games. I will be sad when the adventure is over, but a movie is in the works or at least that is the rumor. We bought the first book on itunes and then had to buy it in hard cover for our collection. very fun quick reading.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    More interesting for Ekats than Tomazes.

    The third in a series of books, each written by a different popular children's author, 39 Clues is another smart-sister-impulsive-brother story, but this time the person or team who gathers the 39 clues will be the most powerful person ever? I can't guess what this could mean, so I keep reading.

    Gimmicky, with the clue cards and website (although I am addicted to their games Find-It and NitPix), but if it helps keep kids reading over the summer and on their own time, well worth it.

    It also introduces kids to different important places around the world, from the Franklin Institute in Philly, and pyramids of Egypt, to the catacombs under Paris.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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