Win a Complete Set of the 39 Clues Books — Book 10 is finally here!

Kids of all ages, both sexes, and all reading abilities have gotten caught up in the mystery of the 39 Clues books. One thing that makes them so appealing is that they are not only books, but an exciting multimedia experience including an online game.

The final book has been anticipated practically since the series began with Rick Riordan’s The 39 Clues Book 1:The Maze of Bones almost exactly 2 years ago.

The series was mapped out by Riordan and has been written by some of the best authors in children’s literature.

The final book, Into the Gauntlet, releases today.

We are proud to wrap up the 39 Clues 39 Day blog tour with an exclusive guest post from the author of the much-awaited series finale, Margaret Peterson Haddix (one of my daughter’s favorite authors), and a fantastic giveaway!

I’d also like to invite you to tune in on August 31 (TODAY) at 4:00pm Eastern for a webcast with all 7 authors from the 39 Clues series. Find out all the details here.

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It’s been a wild ride.

Two kids. More than a dozen adversaries. Five continents. Ten books. Seven authors.

Thirty-nine clues.

As the author of the tenth and final book in the 39 Clues series, I’ve watched the mania over the multimedia clue hunt with an odd perspective. I felt a little bit like a runner assigned to the last leg of a relay race: Even as I was cheering on the rest of my team (“Hurray! Kids love these books! Hurray! We’re on the bestsellers list! Hurray! The other books are doing great!”) I was also thinking, “Yikes! What if I’m the one who messes everything up?” The other authors were getting to do their victory laps, and I was still standing there waiting to write.

Fortunately, panic, paranoia, and fear of failing completely and letting everyone down can be very powerful motivators.

One of the advantages of writing the last book was that, even before I started writing, I heard from kids about what mattered to them in the series. Sometimes it was a detail I wouldn’t have expected—for some reason, the colors of the book covers were really, really important to many kids. In other cases, kids asked for specific plot twists that I knew they would not want once they knew all the revelations that lay ahead.

Have I mentioned that I’m actually not very good at keeping secrets?

Faced with some sweet, innocent, enthusiastic child asking, “Can’t you just tell me a little bit about what’s going to happen next?” many times I was very tempted to spill everything. But I had promised that I wouldn’t do that–and I’d like to think that I’m better at keeping promises than the average treacherous Cahill.

I also didn’t want to ruin any surprises for any readers. Another big perk of my job was that I got to read the other books in the series before they came out. So I knew how much fun lay ahead for all those readers—fun that was best when it unspooled at a page-by-page pace, with the pace picking up with each revelation, the reader pausing only to exclaim, “WHAT? Now Amy and Dan have to deal with THAT, too?”

So, for the past year, whenever kids have asked me about the 39 Clues series, I’ve had to give evasive answers. Many, many times, I had to fall back on that classic Mom line (which my own kids hate to hear): “You’ll just have to wait and see.”

But now, Amy and Dan’s story is ending.

I know lots and lots of kids have been eagerly awaiting this day, August 31, 2010, when the tenth book in the series, Into the Gauntlet, , is released to the public. They will finally get to know everything that happens to Amy and Dan.

For me, the milestone feels a little bit different. I’ve known for months what lies in wait for Amy and Dan in the gauntlet.

But now—now I’ll get to talk about it.

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Find out what Margaret Peterson Haddix was waiting to reveal in the final book Into the Gauntlet.

The 39 Clues are a great series of books for all sorts of readers — boys and girls, reluctant or avid — looking for action and adventure. Read my “mom’s review” of 39 Clues to see if you think it would be right for your kid (or to get a glimpse into why your kid is crazy over these books).

I’m excited that one of you will be chosen to receive a complete set of all 10 books in Hardcover, with #10 being autographed by the author Margaret Peterson Haddix (U.S. shipping addresses only).

Leave a comment if you’d like to win. We’ll announce the winner on September 13 in our book column that runs every Monday here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Disclosure: I received a set of the 10 39 Clues books so that I could familiarize myself with the series.

Comments

  1. says

    My 11 yo has yet to start reading these, but some friends have told him he must! LOL!
    I think he would like them, so wow, this would be a great win!

  2. jenjivan says

    My boys would love these… I heard about the series about a year ago and have been waiting for the time when the books would be just at their level. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Debbie Ramirez says

    My son would love these books! He’s only 6 but he loves to read and reads to me every night. He would really enjoy these. Thanks

  4. Johanna says

    My son would love these he just recently saw them at Borders! Perfect for his 8th b day in September
    Sultansmom at gmail dot com

  5. Deborah Curran says

    My son is nine and going into 4th grade. He was accepted into honors which starts in 4th – His 3rd grade teacher attributes alot of his passion for learning and such due to the fact that he loves to read. We just learned about this series from a friend and I’d love to win it for Eric

  6. says

    Sounds like a great series. My daughter is a little too young at this point but it would be great to have for when she gets older. Not to mention, they sound like something I would love to read. Thanks for the chance to win them.

  7. says

    I had looked at these books for my daughter about a year ago and thought they might be something she would like, so it would be great to have the whole set. I might even read them myself if I win! 😉

  8. says

    My hird son read the first of this series at school. He loved it so much we borrowed the second from our local hillbilly library but it was missing 40 pages! UGH! He asked for it for his birthday back in April but we did not have the budget for it. I hope we win He would be estatic!!!!

  9. Sharon says

    My daughter would love to read the series. My favorite was the Little House on the Prairie. She never liked what I liked in books.

  10. says

    My son would LOVE this set! He has read the first book and is eagerly on the waiting list at the library for the 2nd. Thanks for the chance!

  11. Margaret R. says

    I am SO in, this sounds like it’s right up me and my daughter’s alley! Thanks for the giveaway! Margaret

  12. says

    My daughter’s school librarian started a 39 Clues club that met after school, and the kids had a great time. She’s gotten away from it over the summer, but I’m sure with the new book being released and school starting again, she’ll be back into it again.

  13. says

    One grandson who refuses to read a book to the end, finished the first and started the second! So, I had to read what was so intriguing. Had I the time and leisure I might finish it.
    The set would be awesome to have for all the grands. And myself!

  14. says

    I would love to read these books with my son! He’s just getting to the age where he loves series books and I’ve heard such great thing about this one!

  15. Moriah says

    I got Into the Gauntlet today and finished it earlier tonight. SO GOOD! It exceeded my expectations by far. 😀

  16. Becky P. says

    My son and I both love this series! He reads them out of order as them come into the library. I’m not-so-patiently waiting for book 3 to come back in. 😉 What a fun opportunity – thank you!!

  17. says

    This series sounds great! I would love to win the books for my daughter, who is an avid reader. I have never heard of this series before….

  18. says

    I’d love to win these! My kids and I have been wanting to read them but haven’t started because it is so hard to get them all from the library!

  19. says

    I love children’s fiction and young adult fiction. You guys got me started on The Hunger Games last week. Loved it! Thanks for the chance to win this set. :)

  20. laura says

    my son loves these books he want’s to read them all he was in book 2 of harry potter and he just was at the end and so i gave him this book and now he want’s all of them there are selling them in my sons school but they are 60 for all but we don’t have any money so fingers crossed we win

  21. says

    I first heard about The 39 clues while attending the Scholastic Book brunch at BlogHer in NYC. I knew right then and there that my 10-year old grandson would be in heaven with just one of the books. I would be the best grandma on the planet to be able to gift him with the entire set!

  22. Karen says

    My son is sooo into these books. He loves to tell me all about them and the clues he is discovering. I usually just go to the library, but I’d love to have this set for all 4 of my children to enjoy together.

  23. Sheri Pruitt says

    I have read the first book in the series and it was great!! The students at my elementary media center love the series too! Thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!

  24. says

    I have an 11 yr old son who struggles with finding a series he will like to read. He’s only read 2: Hank Zipzer and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Nothing else keeps his attention. This set might be a good one for him to get started in!

  25. Haley says

    I love those books so much I would die to have on signed by you! plus Im reading your awesome book Running Out Of Time

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