Storm Warning (The 39 Clues Series #9)

Storm Warning (The 39 Clues Series #9)

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by Linda Sue Park
     
 

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The end is near! Book 9 of the #1 NY Times Bestselling series. The shadow of a man in black has followed fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, on their worldwide search for 39 Clues that lead to a great power. Amy and Dan know the man in black has tried to kill them. They know he's a Madrigal, the most secretive and terrifying group hunting for

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The end is near! Book 9 of the #1 NY Times Bestselling series. The shadow of a man in black has followed fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan, on their worldwide search for 39 Clues that lead to a great power. Amy and Dan know the man in black has tried to kill them. They know he's a Madrigal, the most secretive and terrifying group hunting for the Clues. Amy and Dan have run hard and fast, but they can't escape the man following them. And now, in the wake of a terrible tragedy, he's ready to step out of the darkness for their final confrontation.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
The ninth of ten books in "The 39 Clues" series, this story is entirely plot-based. Characterization is minimal. The plot is more complex than the Lost series and explanations are about as useful. It involves lots of travel, in this case to Bermuda and Jamaica. Several teams, most of which seem to be comprised of evil people seem to be following the same set of clues to a reward much like that on Survivor, a million dollars and lots of power. The good team, our protagonists, are children ages 12 and 14. Amy and Dan are in the care of a nanny named Nellie who is forced to do their bidding, most of the time. They have absolutely no problem with logistics, money, or the unrealistic expectations of parents. Bad guys are out to stop their progress at every turn in the road, but a series of fortunate events involving luck and pluck keep them up and moving. In this addition to the series, someone actually dies. It is an innocent person, entirely created so that he can die, which might be upsetting to some, including parents, even if it is not upsetting to the children. The book is in no way an "in-depth" experience of any kind but it is meant as an entertaining pastime, useful perhaps for long car trips, where young readers can join in the game. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler

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ISBN-13:
9780545349741
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
39 Clues Series , #9
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
111,294
File size:
22 MB
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Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Chapter 1

"Bahamas."

"Jamaica."

"Bahamas."

"Jamaica."

Dan gritted and clenched every part of his body that could be gritted or clenched. He tried one more time. "BA-HA-MAS. Amy, think about it - "

"I am thinking about it!" his sister shot back. "Which is more than you're doing! Look, if we're going to go where she went, it has to be Jamaica. She wasn't even a pirate when she lived in the Bahamas!"

They were talking about Anne Bonny, who had disguised herself as a man and become a swashbuckling pirate way back in the 1700s. And who might - or might not - be one of their ancestors. In China, Dan had found a miniature portrait of a woman with Anne Bonny's name on the back. It was their only lead to the next step in their quest.

Amy and Dan were Cahills. For more than five hundred years, Cahill family members had been among the most influential people in the world. Scientists like Galileo and Marie Curie; artists and writers like Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Twain; world leaders - Napoleon and George Washington; the list went on and on . . . and it was looking like Anne Bonny might have been a Cahill, too.

In the early 1500s, the Cahill family had separated into branches, each bearing the legacy of a child born to Gideon and Olivia Cahill. Oldest son, Luke: the Lucians. Strategists, politicians, businesspeople. Sister Katherine: the Ekaterina branch, innovators and inventors. Brother Thomas: the Tomas clan of explorers, adventurers, and athletes. And sister Jane: the Janus line, populated by artists and visionaries. Since that time, the factions had been battling one another in a desperate race to find the secret to becoming the most powerful people on the planet.

Amy and Dan had joined that race. Not that they knew what they were doing at first. When their beloved grandmother Grace died, the terms of her will gave them a hint toward the first Clue - and set in motion an adventure they could never have imagined.

Not alone, either. Other teams were chasing down the Clues, too - teams that would do anything to keep Amy and Dan from getting there first. Explosions, cave-ins, atttempts to poison them, drown them, bury them alive. In France, Austria, Japan, Korea, Egypt, Australia, South Africa, China . . . Dan and Amy had survived it all, finding several of the precious Clues along the way.

And they still didn't know what they were doing.

They were now in the Beijing airport waiting for Nellie, their au pair, who was at the currency exchange window.

"Jamaica was the last place anyone ever saw or heard of her," Amy said. She had already researched Anne Bonny online. "So that's where we should start looking."

"But - " Dan stopped, trying desperately to think of a way around Amy's reasoning. She was good at this stuff, at seeing the big picture. He was more a detail guy, and right now he was very interested in one particular detail about the Bahamas.

Amy looked him right in the eye. "I know what you're thinking, Daniel Arthur Cahill," she said sternly. "Don't be ridiculous. We've got to beat the other teams to the next clue. We don't have time to waste at some dumb amusement park."

Dan yelped. "Dumb amusement park'? Is that what you think it is? Don't you know anything? Oceanus is the biggest water park in the world! They've got, like, a hundred waterslides! And you can swim with dolphins! And see stingrays and piranhas!"

"Ha!" Amy pointed at him in triumph. "I knew you were thinking about Oceanus!"

"Well, it's the last thing you'd think about," Dan said bitterly. "The only person in the world who has no idea how to have fun, and she has to be my sister. No wait, I take that back. Your idea of fun is a library open twenty-four-seven."

Amy's eyes widened in hurt. "D-Dan, that's not f-fair," she said, her slight stammer surfacing as it always did when she was upset.

Dan's shoulders slumped. Hurting Amy's feelings always made him feel bad, but honestly, sometimes he couldn't help it. "Look, I know you think it doesn't make sense for us to go to the Bahamas first. But we don't know for sure that the clue is in Jamaica, either."

"True," Amy admitted.

Dan sensed her softening and strained his brain to come up with something that would convince her. "With every clue we've found, it's always been because we discovered a bunch of other stuff along the way, right? In the wrong' places. But if we hadn't gone to the wrong places first, we wouldn't have gotten what we needed to find the clue in the right place."

His face was a little red now from the effort of trying to explain. "What I mean is, it's turned out that we were right to go to the wrong places first. Voila, the Bahamas!"

Amy burst out laughing. "Do you realize what you're saying? You're admitting that I'm right about Jamaica!"

Dan grinned. "You get to be right, and I get to go to Oceanus." He punched her on the arm. "That's what's known as win-win."

In their mutual satisfaction, neither of them remembered that the Kabras had a villa in the Bahamas.

The super-rich, super-Lucian family headed by Isabel Kabra, who had already tried to eliminate both Dan and Amy from the hunt.

And who, years before, had murdered their parents.

Nellie rejoined them, bobbing her head in time to whatever was playing on her iPod, as usual. Dan had once suggested that she have the earbuds implanted surgically, since she hardly ever took them out.

"Okay, kids, ticket counter," Nellie said. She nodded approvingly. "Bahamas - now that's what I'm talkin' about, dude! Beach chair, here I come!"

On the way to the ticket counter, Nellie stopped in the restroom. When she emerged, she took their passports from them.

They had the routine down pat now: Nellie got in the ticket line and dealt with the agent, while Dan and Amy stood behind her, trying to look as much as possible like two kids traveling with their au pair on a pleasant trip to see nice relatives somewhere. Not like two kids constantly on the run from scheming, murderous, cutthroat relatives, which is what they actually were.

"Three tickets to the Bahamas," Nellie said to the ticket agent.

While he waited, Dan checked his phone messages. He frowned as he listened. "Hamilton called," he said to Amy after he closed the phone.

"What did he want?"

Dan shook his head. "The signal was terrible, he kept cutting in and out. But" - he looked around suspiciously - "somehow his dad already knew where we were going."

Amy gasped. "How is that possible? We didn't even know where we were going until, like, five minutes ago! And the only other person - " She stopped, her eyes wide.

"While she was in the bathroom!" Dan exclaimed.

Together they turned and stared at Nellie's back as she stood at the ticket counter.

Amy felt her heart sinking. She squeezed her eyes shut for a moment, remembering other times when Nellie's actions had seemed suspicious. When she opened them again, she saw that Dan looked exactly how she felt. There was distress on every square inch of his face. Even his nose, if that were possible.

In the last few months, they had spent more time with Nellie than anyone else. She's more than an au pair now - she's like a cousin, Amy thought. Maybe even an older sister. How could she possibly -

"We have to figure out what she's up to," Dan said. "We'll grill her on the plane, where she can't get away from us. But I gotta tell you the rest of what Hamilton said."

After one more worried look at Nellie, Amy turned back toward him.

"So Eisenhower finds out we're going to the Bahamas," Dan said, "and Hamilton didn't really understand it all, but he said his dad said something about a cat, and how we got it all wrong, and the Bahamas wasn't the right place. They're going to South Carolina instead."

"Did he know about the portrait? About Anne Bonny?" Amy asked.

"I don't know. He didn't say anything about her, just something about a cat."

"A cat? Was he talking about Saladin?"

"No. The call kept breaking up, and I didn't really get it all, but definitely not Saladin. Speaking of which - "

He took Saladin out of the pet carrier and stroked the cat for a few moments. Amy could sense that he was still thinking about Nellie and had turned to Saladin for a brief moment of comfort.

Saladin snuggled into Dan's arms and purred - the only one among the three of them who was perfectly content.

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Storm Warning 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 135 reviews.
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Storm Warning," by Linda Sue Park is the ninth book in the best-selling 39 Clues series and is packed full of action and suspense! Many questions are answered in this book, and many interesting revelations are finally revealed to Amy and Dan. Book nine sets up a big job for Amy and Dan to complete in the next, final book, which is called "Into the Gauntlet". The best book in the series so far, "Storm Warning" leaves all readers eagerly awaiting the release of book ten on August 31, 2010!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I love the mystery to it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awww poor lester.... he died but i luvvvvvv this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outsanding really movtaied characters!!!!!!!!!!! I give them a 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
emma-bear_ More than 1 year ago
Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park, was, in my opinion, the best book of the entire 39 clues series! It had action, adventure, and what I truly enjoyed, pure emotion. It was as if you were there with Dan and Amy. I strongly suggest that you read it. But read the other ones in the series first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They should make a movie about this series. It would work if they dont mess it up like they messed up with percy jackson. Great book, full of action and adventure. Im Evan and im really hot but i do have a girlfriend. Call me... psych!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book to read together! The characters travel to many different cities and countries which may spark a new and different interest with your child!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Madrigals rule
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I think that this book is kind of sad because of this one chracter, and that person was my favorite
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Gives you a lot if information about things.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
A piping hot volume in the 39 Clues series! I feel so much smarter after reading one of these books, for 2 reasons. Firstly, you learn interesting facts about our world, history, and important figures. Secondly, the drama of the Cahill family continues, and you learn much more about their ancestry. This time Amy, Dan and their au pair get caught in hurricane weather while racing the Cahills through Jamaica. The siblings are definitely upping their status in the family line (if you've read the previous books, you know which "status" I'm talking about --- not to give away spoilers!)... as the race comes down to the wire. More secrets, betrayals and unfortunate events blot their Jamaican trip to locate pirate's treasure, but that won't stop these Cahill siblings. Note to Parents: There is one issue I have with the book, which I define as a "con". The story mentions how some historical women joined pirate ships, disguised as men. There were a couple off-color remarks about how it would be discovered that the women, were in fact, women. This through me off track while reading, as I didn't really like seeing this in a kid's book. Regardless... I can't believe the hunt for clues is almost over! I'm definitely excited to see how the final trip will turn out, and then how the next series will resume the Cahill story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FLAT OUT AWESOME! good job authors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey everybody! Part 20 wow, I never thought I would make it this far! The whole idea for this series started out as a school project and I never thought it would come this far. So I want to thank you all for making this series what it is! Remember to leave all feedback at Samuel Knight res. 1. The next part will be at the 39 clues book ten Into the Gauntlet. As a little thank you and for supporting my story near the beginning this part will be in Reese's p.o.v. On with the story!...... I knew that this was going to be an intense battle. Sam may have been the most powerful demigod I have ever ment. This other guy Marcus, he was on a level of his own. Sam was clearly outmatched, but this wasn't the first time. Marcus charged at Sam with lightning speed and tried to deliver a quick strike, but it was blocked. Marcus threw his sword and struck it with a bolt of lightning. Sam managed to dodge it, but Marcus used a gust of wind to bring it back to his hand. A brilliant move and I could just tell he had more. Marcus charged again and this time he landed a serious blow on Sam. The hit sent him flying and Sam hit his head on the wall of the arena. Emily shot to her feet "SAM!" I grabbed her wrist and nodded. She was reluctant, but sat back down. I knew Sam wasn't done yet. He's taken harder hits than that. Marcus walked over to Sam's body. He raised his sword for a strike, but Sam shot to his feet and dodged it. Sam opened a small gap in the ground as Marcus's sword landed on it. He closed the gap trapping Marcus's sword. A genius strategy. Marcus was now unarmed, but Sam was still outmatched. Marcus flew upward on a gust of wind. He then shot down like a bullet throwing Sam to the ground. Marcus stood over him. I learned to read lips so I picked up on what he was saying. "You're pathetic! I don't even understand why you bother trying!" He began to punch Sam. Sam managed to block some of his punches, but not all of them. "Because I never give up!" "You're weak! Almost as pathetic as Julia!" Well that set Sam off. He landed a solid punch and knocked Marcus over. He grabbed his swords and ran over to where Marcus was. He held his swords over Marcus's throat. "Go ahead and kill me! Show me that your not weak!" He raised his swords to strike, but stopped. "I'm not going to kill you. It's not right." Then it happened. Marcus called a bolt of lightning down and it hit Sam's raised swords which acted like lightning rods. Sam fell. Marcus got up and I knew he was going to kill Sam. He picked up one of Sam's swords and went for the kill. I had to stop this. I jumped out of my seat and shot over towards Sam. I made it over to him, but how was I going to get out of here? The girl from before who I assumed was Julia came out of nowhere. She hit Marcus in the back of the head with the hilt of her dagger. He crumpled to the floor. All of the guards ran into the arena. "Quickly, all of you get out of here! Jose, Cary, Harriet, and I will hold them off!" I gave her a nod and we were off. We dragged Sam's limp body as far away as we could from that camp. Never looking back...... Well what'd you think? Let me know. S.K.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ha I beat you ~ Jack
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U shuold make percy die and kill every one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep up that amazing work Jillian!!! Hope you have been keeping uo with my story. Lastest part at sister grimm book 3!!!! ~author of The Sorceress' Labyrinth
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