The Viper's Nest (The 39 Clues Series #7)

The Viper's Nest (The 39 Clues Series #7)

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by Peter Lerangis
     
 

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The most dangerous secret in Amy and Dan's past is unveiled in Book 7 of the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

The hunt for 39 hidden Clues that lead to an unimaginable power have taken a heavy toll on fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan. They've just seen a woman die. They're wanted by the Indonesian police. They're trapped on an

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The most dangerous secret in Amy and Dan's past is unveiled in Book 7 of the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

The hunt for 39 hidden Clues that lead to an unimaginable power have taken a heavy toll on fourteen-year-old Amy Cahill and her younger brother, Dan. They've just seen a woman die. They're wanted by the Indonesian police. They're trapped on an island with a man who knows too much about the death of their parents. And a tropical storm is rolling in. Just when they think it can't get any worse, it does. Because the Cahills have one more rattling skeleton for Amy and Dan to discover . . . the terrible truth about their family branch.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
The breathless "39 Clues" mystery/adventure series continues in this seventh entry as Amy, age 14, and her 11-year-old brother Dan attempt to find clues hidden around the world that promise to lead to "the greatest power ever known" and also reveal the truth about their family. This volume begins right where Book 6, In Too Deep, leaves off: the two are stranded on a small Indonesian island as their punk-rock au pair, Nellie, zooms to their rescue, with the police hot on her trail. A musical clue sends them off to South Africa, where they learn about Shaka, the founder of the Zulu nation; apartheid; the Boer War; Winston Churchill; and more about their untrustworthy relatives. They end up at a mysterious factory where people are being trained as warriors dedicated to defending the Tomas family branch, and Dan faces mortal danger. Amy and Dan finally learn to which family branch they belong. Plot twists and turns abound, and do not even think of tackling this volume before reading others in the series. It is a swift read, and Lerangis (who also wrote The Sword Thief, Book 3 in the series) successfully weaves humor and intriguing historical details into the suspenseful plot. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—As the search for the clues to the Cahill family's source of power continues, siblings Dan and Amy are stuck on an Indonesian island after seeing a woman die and are being sought by the police in connection with her death. The pair assembles clues which send them to South Africa with their hip au pair, Nellie, trying to find clues connected to Winston Churchill and Shaka Zulu. After many close calls, they end up at a guarded building they believe to be on the Shaka Zulu's burial site. Dan and Amy use their intelligence and quick thinking to decode messages and get out of precarious situations. Things really start to get dangerous when they discover a buried box with treasure and another branch of the family tries to kill them. Clues seem to point to an awful truth about their parents, but can it possibly be true? This episode (Scholastic, 2010) by Peter Lerangis is masterfully narrated by David Pittu. Fans of the series will hang on every word as Dan and Amy continue their quest for the 39 clues.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545060479
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
39 Clues Series, #7
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
32,586
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Peter Lerangis is the author of The Sword Thief and The Viper’s Nest, Books 3 and 7 in the bestselling multi-media adventure series The 39 Clues. He has written more than 150 books for young readers in many different genres. He’s also a Broadway musical theater actor/singer, a marathon runner, and a father of two sons. He currently lives in New York City.

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