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Vespers Rising (The 39 Clues Series #11)

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by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, Jude Waston
     
 

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The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. The Cahills were wrong.

Powerful enemies — the Vespers — have been waiting in the shadows. Now it’s their time to rise and the world will never be the same. In Vespers Rising, a brand new 39 Clues

Overview

The Cahills thought they were the most powerful family the world had ever known. They thought they were the only ones who knew about Gideon Cahill and his Clues. The Cahills were wrong.

Powerful enemies — the Vespers — have been waiting in the shadows. Now it’s their time to rise and the world will never be the same. In Vespers Rising, a brand new 39 Clues novel, bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman and Jude Watson take on the hidden history of the Cahills and the Vespers, and the last, terrible legacy Grace Cahill leaves for Amy and Dan.

Editorial Reviews

Compared to this challenge, solving the 39 clues was almost easy. The Cahills had always imagined that their family was uniquely powerful. They had lived without an inkling of the Vespers, but they would now pay for that ignorance with a vengeance. An arresting transition volume to a new 39 Clues series. (P.S. A 39 Clues film will be released late this year.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545290593
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
39 Clues Series, #11
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
73,533
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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The 39 Clues Book 11: Vespers Rising

By Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson

(Excerpt from pages 19-25 by Rick Riordan)

The dining table was in the garden. For weeks, Olivia had been grumbling about the need to clean it. Apparently, she'd taken advantage of the sunny morn¬ing to do the job. She'd drafted the children to help. Gideon stopped at the edge of the apple orchard and watched, cherishing the sight of his family and dread¬ing what he had to tell them.

Luke and Thomas must've just carried the massive table outside. Their clothes were soaked with sweat.

Luke — never one for manual labor — winced as he picked a splinter from his palm. He was the tall¬est and oldest of their children — twenty-three now, a man full grown, as he never tired of reminding them. Most young men his age would've been married with families of their own by now, but Luke was not one for domestic bliss. He griped constantly about the sacrifices he'd made, coming home from his studies at Oxford to help his parents, but truth be told, he hadn't done well at university. People outside the family tended to find him . . . unsettling.

He had Olivia's raven hair and Gideon's furrowed brow and preoccupied scowl. His frame was long and wiry, rather snakelike, and in fact when he annoyed his siblings (which was often) they called him "the last snake in Ireland." Gideon chided the younger siblings when they said such things, but as much as he loved his elder son, he couldn't help agreeing there was a dis¬quieting quality to him. He tended to creep into places where he should not be, silent and cold-eyed, always watching, ready to strike if attacked.

His younger son, Thomas, was built more like a bar¬rel maker or a barrel itself — stout, squat, and solid. Gideon had little doubt Thomas could've carried the dining table by himself, though it weighed several hun¬dred pounds and was a good eight feet long. Thomas was only thirteen, but he'd beaten grown men at arm wrestling and once in a fit of rage had broken down a door with his head. His siblings joked that this had addled his wits, but Gideon did not agree. Thomas spoke rarely, and he might not be the quickest thinker, but he did think. Given time, he could work out almost any problem. At the moment, he was staring with dis¬taste at a wad of oily rags his mother had given him.

"Go on, then," Olivia commanded. "Luke, you, too. The table won't polish itself. And girls, for goodness' sake! Jane, come over here. Katherine, what are you doing?"

The girls were distracted as usual. Jane, the young¬est at ten years old, was chasing a butterfly through the chrysanthemums. Quite late in the autumn for butter-flies, Gideon thought, but leave it to Jane to find one.

She was a wisp of a girl with long straw-colored hair and eyes that seemed to drink in everything they saw. Her hands and dress were stained with paints. Gideon had to smile at that, as she shared his habit of writing notes and sketches everywhere, even on her arms and clothes.

Katherine, fifteen, was a different story. She'd plopped herself down cross-legged in the cabbage patch and was fiddling with the centerpiece from the dining table — a bronze astrological globe Gideon's father had sent them from Italy years ago. As always, Katherine wore a frock and breeches like a boy. Her dark hair was cut short. She was busily disassembling the globe, her fingers working at the joints and hinges. Perhaps Gideon should've been angry, seeing a family heirloom destroyed, but in truth he was surprised it had lasted this long. Katherine took apart everything, and Gideon understood. He'd been the same way at her age.

He stepped out from the shadows of the apple orchard, and Olivia noticed him first. As always, he caught his breath when their eyes met.

No matter that they'd been married twenty-five years. She was as beautiful and formidable as ever — her long curly hair still black as midnight, her green eyes still piercing. Gideon often reflected that the children had gotten their best qualities from Olivia. She saw value and beauty in even the smallest things, like Jane. She could fix nearly anything, like Katherine. If her family was threatened, she could be as danger¬ous as a coiled viper, like Luke. And like Thomas, she was strong willed and stubborn enough to break down any door — although she didn't need to use her head. One of her stern looks was usually quite sufficient.

She blew a strand of hair from her face and set her hands on her hips. "Well, Gideon Cahill. If you're done chatting with His Lordship, perhaps you'll help me with this unruly mob."

"Papa!" Jane beamed, holding up her cupped hands, in which she'd caught her butterfly. "Look what I found! May I paint its wings?"

"No, child." Gideon tried to repress a smile. "It would hurt the poor creature."

Jane pouted. "But I can make him much more colorful."

Katherine snorted, glancing up from her disassem¬bled heirloom. "Don't be silly, Jane. You and your ‘art' will destroy the world."

"Will not! And I'm not silly, am I, Luke?"

Gideon found it strange how much Jane adored her oldest brother, but then again, she could see the smallest good in even the most unlikely places. Despite his look of utter distaste for being here, in the bright sunlight, doing physical labor with his family — Luke managed a dismissive shake of the head. "No, Jane, dear. Your art, at least, never left something valuable in pieces."

Katherine's ears turned red. "I'll put it back together!"

"Like you did the miller's wheel last year?" Luke asked. "We had no flour for a month."

Thomas stepped toward him, pushing up his sleeves. He might've been ten years younger than Luke, but that had never stopped Thomas from a fight. "Leave her alone, Luke."

"Stop it!" Olivia ordered. "I won't have this at the dinner table!"

It was an absurd comment, as the dinner table was in the garden, but the children became quiet. They were used to their mother's cardinal rule: no fighting at the table. This was their neutral ground, their only place of peace.

"Now," Olivia continued, "we need to get this table cleaned. And no more fighting." She looked at Gideon for support.

"Your mother is right," he said. "But first . . . gather 'round, children. I have something important to tell you."

His tone must've been graver than he realized, because none of them argued. Jane let the butterfly go. Katherine set down the globe. The boys stepped away from each other warily. All of them approached the table, instinctively arranging themselves at their usual spots for dinner.

"Husband?" Olivia knit her brow. "What is it?"

"Children," Gideon said. "There may be some trou¬ble ahead. You know of my alchemy work, my search to cure the Black Death."

"Does one of us have the plague?" Thomas asked with alarm.

Jane tilted her head quizzically. "No, I'd have noticed that. The complexion changes, the color of the eyes. Have you found the cure, Father?"

"No, it's something different," Luke guessed. "He's found something even more important."

Gideon stared at his elder son. "How do you know this?"

Luke shifted his feet. "Just speculation. I simply —"

"He was sneaking around last night," Katherine grumbled. "I saw him coming out of your laboratory, Father. He's always sneaking around."

"Liar!" Luke snarled.

Thomas grabbed for his brother, but Gideon shouted, "Stop! All of you!"

He tried to control the tremor in his voice. "Luke, you cannot enter my laboratory. It's wrong and it's danger¬ous. But that's not the most important issue at present. You've guessed correctly. I've found something — something I need your help with. All of you."

He reached under the edge of the dinner table and found the secret lever. The latch released, and four small drawers sprang open — one at each setting where his children normally sat.

"Father!" Katherine said with glee. She ignored the contents of the drawer, even though it glowed with a faint green light. Instead, she examined the drawer itself. "A pressure lock? A concealed trigger? This is brilliant!"

Jane gingerly picked up her own package — a parcel the size of a folded dress, wrapped in velvet, tied in twine. Tucked under the twine was a glass vial with a cork and a leather strap. Jane picked up the vial. Even in the bright sunlight, the liquid inside glowed, stain¬ing her fingers emerald green.

"It's beautiful," she murmured.

"Be careful, my dear," Gideon said. "That is your future."



Meet the Author

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre series for adults. His books have won many accolades including a mention on the 2005 New York Times Notable list for The Lightning Thief. Rick lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.

Peter Lerangis was born in 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the suburb of Freeport, Long Island. Though his interests in high school were journalism, drama, and music, Lerangis, the grandson of Greek immigrants with a strong work ethic, felt the need to enter a “respectable” profession. He majored in biochemistry at Harvard, hoping to become interested in medicine, and then applied to law school, only deciding at the last minute not to go. After working as a singing waiter in Nantucket, Lerangis moved to New York, where he worked as an actor for eight years.

Between acting jobs, Lerangis worked as a freelance copyeditor, and it was then that he rediscovered his interest in writing. His first books were novelizations of popular movies, a unique kind of writing he still does today. “For a lot of kids, novelizations are the first books they'll willingly read,” he explains. “I believe that a good one will turn kids on to reading in general, which is exciting to me.” Lerangis has also written young adult thrillers and created several series with the same goal in mind, and to his great delight the first book in his science fiction/mystery series, Watchers, was cited by the American Library Association as one of its 1999 Best Books for Reluctant Readers.

Lerangis lives in New York City with his wife, who is a singer, pianist, and songwriter, and their two children.

Gordon Korman is the author of Zoobreak, Swindle, and Son of the Mob, as well as the On the Run series and the Island, Everest, Dive, and Kidnapped trilogies. He lives on Long Island.

Brief Biography

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

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
39 clues book 11 was different from the rest because it wasn't totally focused on Amy and Dan. You find out Gideon's, Madeleine's, and Grace's past with the Vespers and then learn of Amy and Dan's first confrontation with them. It shows you what life will be like without the clue hunt and how the Vespers could be so much worse than the meanest Cahill's! How is that possible, right!? I also think all of the authors did a great job. As the Black Eyed Peas sing "I wouldn't want to have it any other way,I'm addicted and I just can't get enough!" so all you former clue hunters, go read book 11!
BookladyBA More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite series for kids and young adults. Originally the series was set to end with book ten Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I was very pleased when I learned that the series would continue, if in a slightly different direction. This series is an excellent way to introduce younger readers to figures from history. Last spring I used one of the original 10 books with a lesson comparing/contrasting historical fiction with historical fact. What I liked about this book: In this book the reader learns more of the backstory about the 39 Clues. We learn how it all started. We also get to learn a little more about Grace Cahill. In fact, I would like to read a lot more about her. What I didn't like about the book: I liked it all. This is an all around great read. It's a good series for readers who like mysteries and fiction. The books are just the right length to hold a reluctant reader's attention and to keep a bookworm wanting more. Recommended for 3rd grade and up. Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book worth reading. Everytime I imagine that I'm in the book with them as they go on their adventures. So adventurous wjile so thrilling!
Colors30 More than 1 year ago
Vespers Rising takes a turn in a whole different direction from the first 10 books in the series, it starts with the story of the last days of Gideon Cahill, and reveals a major plot twist in doing so. Then it jumps to Madeline Cahill, and the origins of the Madrigals. Grace Cahill's first days as a agent are told next, and finally the new saga for Dan and Amy Cahill begins. In the end, the book leaves you excited for the next few books, you can already tell they will be much different, in a good way, from the previous 10. This book has a great way of telling each part's story, the authors did a great job, and the style is very distinct from the other books, most namely the heightened element of danger. The book answers many questions from the original books, but leaves just as many new ones, leaving you captivated all the way through. The previous book's main theme of "trust no one" still sticks here, with the new threat of the Vespers, a even more ruthless group of people bent on destroying the Cahill family by any means. The authors cross borders they haven't before, this book is a bit more violent than the others, which I thought made the story a bit more interesting, and you can see this will stick through the rest of the series if you read the excerpt from the upcoming book. If you have read the others, then I would recommend you read this one too, it answers many questions the others did not, and if you haven't read any of them yet, I highly recommend that you do, they're a great series with mystery, action, and adventure, mixed with some great historical fiction, for any young adult. Just don't read them all in six days...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole series. Though they were written for the younger crown I found them intriguing enough to keep buying them until I reached Vespers Rising&hellip;..there are some other mini novel which basically go back and give a more in-depth look at each of the characters&hellip;.it was worth it and I enjoyed Dan and Amy&rsquo;s adventures
Marilyn Orruel More than 1 year ago
In this exciting story we learn about Gildion Cahill last moment and a secert that is more powerful then the 39 clues that was said to have the power to destory the world i recommand this book to those who read the first 10 books if not those who never read the seires to read the first book because these series is awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Drago said to Grace Cahill in this book "Here is advice to pass to your grand children one day: trust no one"!!!!!!!!!!!
Spring Slagle More than 1 year ago
The setup is sooo cool. When I saw it was written by 4authors I was like ok are they all working on the same piece. But I was wrong. Each author writes a different section. On different people. Gideon, Madeleine, Grace, and Amy and Dan are all included in this book. It tells you how the different people defeated the Vespers. Really cool actually. Just for info I'm 11 and usually read really hard level books but these are just fun for me. I can see everything happen in my head and it makes it way more awesome. I love these authors. I am not really a girly girl and every girl at school is like oh so your the one that is reading the books that all the guys are reading. It makes me soooo mad because they are reading these romantic books and look down on me. I can't help reading them. They are soooooo exciting. I love the 39 clues and Cahills vs Vespers series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok, not my favorite. It had to much history of the original cahills. The authors did a good job though. The last two sections were divine. They were about amy, dan. And about grace whe she was younger
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many secrets. I won't tell what they are. You'!ll just hace read it yourself. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HAVE POSTED BEFORE BUT NOW I GO UNDER THE NAME OF CENAS FAN LOOK FOR ME IN 39 CLUES OR PERCY JACKSON OR LEMONY SNICKETT AND IF IM NOT THERE I WILL BE EVENTUALLY THIS SERIES IS GREAT! ESPECIALLY THIS BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best seris i've ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I reading 39 Clues Rising Vespers By Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordan Korman and Jude Watson I was upset to find that my school library had bought them out of order and did not have the others. I was upset because this is an awesome series of books and I want to read the rest of them . In this book there are many cliff hanger chapters and many page tuners. The book is full of mystery it makes you want to pull your hair out at every twist and turn. The plot of the book is hard to figure out .The characters in this book are well thought out and are like real people they talk like real people they seam so real. The theme of the book in the beginning seams to be set in the middle ages. The style of the book is very inclusive it gives you a lot of detail. The setting is in middle ages and in the present. In conclusion I would recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why no ekats?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its the best of the best I know of in history.Its my favorite book I have on my nook tablet.I was forced to read it.I read it and loved it that I ordered it three times in a month!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lololol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Tina Windsly******* Age: 13 ******* Sibilings: Anna Windsly ******* Godly Parent: Jupiter (romen) ****** Description: tallish, black hair and electric blue eyes, wears black t-shirts and blue jeans or camp t-shirt, and has a bird charm braclet that turns into a sword, a mood ring that turns into a shield, earrings that turn into a helmet, and a chain necklace that turns into lught wieght army
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummm...... could u clarify exactly where it is? Cuz i still haven't found it and by the way I love ur stories..... I am a huge fan of both the harry potter and percy jackson series and its really nice to see someone around my age actually be able to write.... and not just fanfictions about celebrities... *cough cough-ONE DIRECTION cough cough JUSTIN BEIBER* if anyone else is reading this and is a fan of the above please don't take offense.... its true i dislike them but i will respect that you guys like them its just most of my friends are obsessed with them and i have to read their fanfics and 'imagine's all the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a request at squib res 1 .you can put me in at demiwich2 I don't care i just realy whant to be in your series. My name is Haidn and I am 11
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello to my faithful readers. Sorry Chapter Six has taken so long. Im locked out of saving sarah result three so it will be in result five instead. Also, I'm starting another story called A Switch In Time. It's a twisted Aladdin story. Basically what I did is I took some episodes from the Aladdin TV show plus some references to the three original Aladdin movies & mixed them all together. Character applications for both stories are at tyl result four. If you want to be in the The Flame Of Hope I need your godly parent, all weapons & any names they might have, any powers you may have(don't make any up just have some) as well as all the regular stuff. If you want to be in A Switch In Time, I need to know if you are an evil sorcerer like Mozenrath & what powers you have, if you're a good sorcerer & what powers you have, or if you're a regular person like Aladdin. No other Genies please. Thanks so much. A chapter list for A Switch In Time will be out soon at muck first result. Thanks again. ||| TFOHA |||
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cuse its awsome... there are like 25 prts already and it starts at lost hero...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. But can get boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who do u like
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummmmm........ im gonna go back to beimg tht lonely Labrand that talks to random people. Im gonna be in Battle of the Labrynth if anyone needs me but i doubt you will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take him to the movies, share a popcorn, and get him a little something. Worked for me!