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

by 5 Minutes for Books

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.

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.


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.

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1 Annette W August 31, 2010 at 8:20 am

WOW! These books are fabulous. I have read a couple myself, but don’t own them yet.


2 Geneva August 31, 2010 at 8:59 am

My boys love these books! This giveaway is awesome!


3 Ticia August 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

Oh man, I’m so far behind on this series. It’d be awesome to win this!


4 Elizabeth August 31, 2010 at 9:27 am

my boys would love these!


5 Ivy August 31, 2010 at 9:30 am

I would love to win these for the kids! Thanks for the opportunity!


6 mary b August 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

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!


7 jenjivan August 31, 2010 at 10:25 am

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!


8 Kelli August 31, 2010 at 10:31 am

My daughters LOVE these books. They would be tickled to own the complete set. Thanks for the chance to win!


9 Ruth Hill August 31, 2010 at 11:07 am

Count me in! I would love to win.


10 Jennifer August 31, 2010 at 11:10 am

Nevermind the kids! I’d love to read/own these books!


11 Debbie Ramirez August 31, 2010 at 11:12 am

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


12 Johanna August 31, 2010 at 11:18 am

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


13 Ko Chun August 31, 2010 at 11:22 am

Our boy reviewer for our Raising Boys World Gift Guide really enjoyed this series. Great books!


14 Katherine Stone August 31, 2010 at 11:27 am

Ok . I HAVE to leave a comment. My son Jackson is on Book #2 and is completely obsessed with The 39 Clues now.


15 Deborah Curran August 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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


16 Dani August 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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.


17 Sarah August 31, 2010 at 1:00 pm

I’ld love the set.


18 Stephanie Cooper August 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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! ;)


19 Jingle August 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

These would be such a great addition to my husband’s classroom! Thanks for the great opportunity!


20 Tammy W August 31, 2010 at 2:19 pm

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!!!!


21 Rebekah E. August 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm

My kids would love these books. Thanks for the great contest.


22 Christine W August 31, 2010 at 2:30 pm

My son would love these! Thanks for the chance!!!


23 Mark August 31, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I would love to win this.


24 Karen August 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm

My boys really want to read this series! Thanks.


25 Daniel M August 31, 2010 at 3:15 pm

want to win for my nephew!


26 Steph August 31, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Sounds like a great series. I would love to introduce it to both of my kids.


27 JoeyfromSC August 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Nice!! I’d love to win this set of books!!

Thanks for the chance!



28 Mom24 August 31, 2010 at 3:25 pm

We’re seeing Margaret Peterson Haddix Thursday night. I can’t wait. My son would love to win this series. Thanks. :)


29 Chanelle August 31, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I would love to win these books for me and my kids! Thanks for the giveaway! Hope I am the lucky winner!


30 Charity August 31, 2010 at 3:34 pm

My kiddos would LOVE this!!!!!


31 Nicole August 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm

My son would love to win these! Great giveaway…thanks!


32 Benita G. August 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm

I’m excited about this too! Thanks for the possibility.



33 Kelly August 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My 3 boys LOVE this series…great giveaway!


34 Carol M August 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I would be thrilled if I could win these books for my grandchildren! I know they would love them!


35 Sharon August 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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.


36 shelly August 31, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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!


37 Ladytink_534 August 31, 2010 at 5:21 pm

The few I’ve read were really great! I’d love to be entered.


38 Margaret R. August 31, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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


39 Renee August 31, 2010 at 5:40 pm

My son would love these books! What an awesome giveaway! :-)


40 Melissa P August 31, 2010 at 6:09 pm

My son would love this prize.


41 Marj M. August 31, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Oh My Goodness!!! What a Splendid Christmas Gift this would be, and I know he’d let Grandma read them after he does. LOL


42 queen size funny bone August 31, 2010 at 7:03 pm

i’d love to win


43 Linda Kish August 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I would absolutely love to win this. Thanks for the chance.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


44 Just Mom August 31, 2010 at 7:09 pm

We got the fiirst two but no farther so this would be a wondeful treat! Thansk for hosting!


45 Michelle Adams August 31, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Thanks for the chance! I have a 12 year old son who’d LOVE to read them! :)


46 Shari August 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm

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.


47 riTa August 31, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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!


48 Ellen C. August 31, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I’d love to win this for my son. Thanks for the chance.


49 Staci A August 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm

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!


50 Achinthya August 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

These are some great books!


51 Moriah August 31, 2010 at 9:53 pm

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


52 Becky P. August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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!!


53 jennK August 31, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Oh wow!! This is an amazing giveaway! My son would love to read this series.


54 Jessica T August 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I’d love to introduce these to my son!


55 stacy September 1, 2010 at 12:57 am

We love reading series books here! This sounds like a really neat one!


56 edj September 1, 2010 at 1:21 am

I know my kids would love these! M. P. Haddix is a FAVORITE author round here too!


57 Some Lucky Dog September 1, 2010 at 1:26 am

I think this is the series my grandson is excited about! I’d have to read them all myself before giving them to him :)


58 Michelle H. September 1, 2010 at 2:46 am

I would love to win this for my kids.


59 Terra Heck September 1, 2010 at 5:12 am

My kids have been wanting to read these books and would be thrilled if I won for them. Thanks.


60 Lisa September 1, 2010 at 6:28 am

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….


61 Christine September 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

This is a great giveaway! I was just talking to another mom yesterday about this series. I think my daughter would love them. Any second she has she is reading a book (you can see it in my wordless wednesday picture for today)


62 Kathy Stevenson September 1, 2010 at 8:15 am

It sounds like it would be a fun series to read!


63 Amy September 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

My kids really like these books, but haven’t read the last 2 yet.


64 Beth C September 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

This is a great series. We’d be thrilled to win it! Thanks!


65 Leah September 1, 2010 at 9:01 am

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!


66 Kristen M. September 1, 2010 at 10:41 am

My kids are avid readers but we haven’t dived into this series yet. I’m looking forward to introducing them to these books.


67 Angie September 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

I think my son would love these books! thanks!


68 Idaho Jill September 1, 2010 at 10:59 am

We’ve never read these, but they sound great! thanks for the chance to win!


69 sharon September 1, 2010 at 11:22 am

my daughter just got started with these – would love to give her the whole set!


70 Magi September 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Would love to add these to our library.


71 LaVonne
September 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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. :)


72 Katie Schroeder September 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Sounds like a wonderful set to share! Sign me up for the drawing :)


73 Michelle September 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Oh! Oh! I want to read these!!!


74 judy brittle September 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

My daughter has 5 children. This would be wonderful for the family to enjoy. Thank you!


75 Sharon September 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

My 8 almost 9 year old loves these books. It would be great to win them for him.


76 laura September 1, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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


77 Simply Cathi September 1, 2010 at 10:54 pm

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!


78 Elizabeth September 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm

My 11-year old daughter loves these books! She’s mentioned wanting to own them!


79 Margaret September 2, 2010 at 12:25 am

My eldest daughter is into the series. Having it to pass on the the next three girls in line would be GREAT!


80 Karen September 2, 2010 at 1:05 am

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.


81 Lee September 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

We’ve checked a few of these out of the library, and my girls have enjoyed them!


82 Melissa R September 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

I would love to win this for my stepdaughter. keeping my fingers crossed


83 Mommy's Point of View September 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I would love to introduce my daughter to this series. This is the first time I have heard about it.


84 Lisa Garrett September 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm

My grand daughter would love these! Thank you so much for the giveaway!


85 Rita September 2, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!


86 Justine September 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I am enjoying this series. I am currently waiting for 9 on the list.


87 Carolyn September 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I would love to start reading these books with my son.


88 nan lara September 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

these would be great for my nephews


89 Aleyta September 3, 2010 at 12:26 am

Wow…this is an incredible giveaway. I would LOVE to win!!!! thank you!!!!


90 Upstatemomof3 September 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

This looks like an awesome series that my son would really really enjoy. I would love to win it for him.


91 Susan P. September 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

My daughter would love to add this to her collection of book series.


92 Sheri Pruitt September 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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!


93 Amanda A September 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

I’ve been wanting to start this series with my son – thanks for the giveaway!


94 Maureen September 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

My kids would LOVE these books. Thanks for sharing…I don’t know how I missed these titles.


95 Tabathia B September 4, 2010 at 11:13 pm

My daughter has read the first two and absolutely loves these books
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com


96 Mimi September 5, 2010 at 1:14 am

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!


97 Kimberly September 5, 2010 at 6:58 am

This is a favorite book series around our house.


98 Holly September 5, 2010 at 7:21 am

These books would make a fabulous gift for my nieces.


99 Jill Castor September 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

These look great. I can’t wait to introduce my daughter to them. Thanks!


100 Keri September 5, 2010 at 12:16 pm

wow sounds awesome


101 Stephanie September 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Im sure my 9 yr old would love these books!! And his almost 6 yr old twin brothers!


102 Richard September 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Haven’t heard of these. Sound interesting. My kids might like them.


103 Jessi E. September 6, 2010 at 12:04 am

I love that these books are of such interest to students – especially boys. I have had these on my to-read list for a long time.


104 katklaw777 September 6, 2010 at 2:51 am

Wonderful giveaway, would luv to read these, thanks for the chance!


105 Hailey September 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

My 10 yo niece would love these books. Heck, I think I would love these books! ;-)


106 noreen September 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

My daughter and I would love reading these together


107 Susan September 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I love these books and I love reading. I think everyone should read this wonderful series!


108 Beachcomber September 8, 2010 at 12:49 am

My son would love to win this series. Thanks.


109 Laura September 8, 2010 at 7:57 am

I’d love to win! Thanks!


110 Aleksandra September 8, 2010 at 11:01 am

Thanks for the chance to win!


111 Wendy M September 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I Love these books. They are great. Just waiting to read book 10. Hopefully soon. :-)


112 Debbie September 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

My boys would love these books. We have not read any of them. If I don’t win I am going to have to check our local library.


113 Mary-Frances C. September 9, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I would LOVE to win this for my daughter. She would be so excited!
mommieseatsoggycereal at gmail dot com


114 mrsshukra September 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm

These are great books, please count me in, thanks!


115 Haley September 9, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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


116 Sarah September 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

Cool giveaway, thank you!


117 Becca September 10, 2010 at 7:57 am

I’ve heard a lot about these books!


118 Kirstie September 10, 2010 at 7:58 am

I’d like to be entered, please!


119 Normal2Natalie September 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I would love to win this series to read with my daughter! Thanks for the chance.


120 Olivia September 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm

That sounds so cool!! everyone in my family will love that


121 Amylee September 11, 2010 at 1:48 am

My son would love these


122 Mozi Esmes Mommy September 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Very cool giveaway!

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123 crystal allen September 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm

this sounds like a great book collection. my son would love it. clallen a t ntin dot net


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