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Book 1

Book 1

The Maze of Bones is the first book in The 39 Clues series. It was written by Rick Riordan, the award winning author of the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The book is the introduction to the rest of the series, introducing the main characters and the plot line. Also in the book, the first clue, Iron Solute, is rediscovered along with the Lucian Serum. The Cahill founder is Benjamin Franklin, who is a Lucian.
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This sets a tradition that continues until Book 10 of following "Famous Cahills", including Nannerl Mozart, Marie Antoinette, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, The Romanovs, Bob Troppo a.k.a. Robert Cahill Henderson, Winston Churchill, Shaka Zulu, Emperor Puyi, Anne Bonny and William Shakespeare.

Back SummaryEdit

FIND THE 39 CLUES

What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice-take a million dollars and walk away...or get the first Clue. If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue-and begin a very dangerous race."

QuoteEdit

The quote on the inside cover is: "You have been chosen as the most likely to succeed in the greatest, most perilous, undertaking of all time - a quest of vital important to the Cahill family and the world at large."




William McIntyre reading Grace's Will ~ Pg. 16

Plot OverviewEdit

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This article contains plot details about an upcoming episode.
The story begins with Grace Cahill laying on her deathbed requesting Mr.McIntyre to change her will to the alternate verion and dies soon after it is changed. After he is sure she was truly dead, the Man in Black steps out of the shadows and talks with McIntyre.




The main characters are introduced, Amy and Dan Cahill, Grace's grandchildren going to her funeral with Grace's sister and their guardian Aunt Beatrice. Right before the funeral Amyand Dan ran into the Holts. The parents in the Holts are Eisenhower and Mary Todd, their oldest child is Hamilton, Amy's age (fourteen), Madison and Reagan, the youngest, are twins (eleven, Dan's age). Madison and Reagan turn Dan upside down. Then a non-random selection of Cahills, are called away in private for the will reading including Amy and Dan. Also called away are the Holts, The Kabras ( nicknamed Cobras), Natalie -11 and Ian -14, Alistair Oh (inventor of microwaveable burritos), Irina Spasky (ex-KGB agent), The Starling triplets (Ned, Ted, and Sinead), Jonah Wizard (famous rapper host of the reality TV show "Who Wants to be a Gangsta"), Uncle Jose, Aunt Ingrid, and Aunt Beatrice . William McIntyre shows them a video of Grace Cahill telling them there are on the brink of their greatest challenge yet. Mr. McIntyre then says they have a choice,one million dollars, or a chance to be the greatest Cahill in history and gives them five minutes to decide.Dan wants the money for baseball cards while Amy wants the chance in order to make Grace proud. Then the Kabras try to discourage them from taking the challenge. Then the people at the will reading are told by Mr. McIntyre that people like Abraham Lincoln, Harry Houdini, Lewis, and Clark are Cahills. In the end Amy and Dan chose the chnce and received a sealed envelope and are instructed not to open. Then the Holts, Alistair, Starlings, and Spasky all accept the challenge. The envelope says:

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As Amy and Dan think over what this means, the Starlings, Holts, Kabras, and Irina leave. Meanwhile WIlliam gives the kids Grace's last warning, " Beware the Madrigals." Amy then goes to the library but doesn't find anything there, but Dan opens a secret passageway into Grace's secret library where Alistair and them find the Poor Richard's Almanack which they give to Alistair to look at but then the mansion burns down and they grab Saladin and a box of jewels and go home where they convince Nellie to be their chaperon for their trip,and head to France.

In France they reject the offer of Jonah Wizard and then follow Irina Spasky, who, due to a theft chain, now has the almanac. Irina lured them into a trap on an island, but they were later saved unpredictably by the Holts, a family who is also after the Clues. After their escape, Amy and Dan told Nellie all about the 39 Clues, and Nellie decides to help them.

With their information, the Cahills go to the Paris Catacombs. They find some bones which have numbers on them: a magic box number game, planted there by Franklin to give the coordinates to the next Clue. This leads them to a church where they find a room with a mural of the four original Cahills, after who the four Cahill branches are named.

Inside the vase in the room is a small vial, with scrambled words on it. Dan solves the anagram, and they resolve to insert the vial into a lightning rod—one of Franklin's inventions—to charge it. Amy succeeds, but the vial is then stolen by the Kabras. However, Dan still has the original envelope, and solves the puzzle for the clue: iron solute. Amy's Internet searches for Franklin also have led them to the probable location of the second Clue: Vienna, Austria, the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

CharactersEdit

Below is a list of all characters in The Maze of Bones in order of appearance.

ClueEdit

The clue is Iron Solute.

Secret MessageEdit

There is a secret message hidden in every book.From page 129 to page 153, the page numbers are shaded with a white number, or sometimes a space, in the bubble. The letters are:

  • 1
  • 14
  • 14
  • 5
  • (space)
  • 3
  • 1
  • 8
  • 9
  • 12
  • 12
  • (space)
  • 4
  • 9
  • 4
  • (space)
  • 14
  • 15
  • 20
  • (space)
  • 4
  • 18
  • 15
  • 23
  • 14

The secret message in this book uses a simple A=1, B=2, C=3 code.

  • A
  • N
  • N
  • E
  • (space)
  • C
  • A
  • H
  • I
  • L
  • L
  • (space)
  • D
  • I
  • D
  • (space)
  • N
  • O
  • T
  • (space)
  • D
  • R
  • O
  • W
  • N

The answer is: Anne Cahill did not drown.

If you want another clue, look at the Roman numerals on the skulls on the inside front cover.

Letter Memo To: The Cahill Family

If you are reading this, it means you are a long-lost member of the Cahill family - the most powerful family in the world. The source of the family's power has been lost, and can only be recovered by assembling 39 Clues scattered around the globe. Rumor has it that Amy and Dan Cahill have the best shot at finding all 39 Clues. But they haven't met their greatest competition... YOU!

There are over $100,000 in prizes up for grabs,so start your Clue hunt now. Cards The Maze of Bones comes with six cards.

Card ComboEdit

TriviaEdit

  • This is the only 39 Clues book to date with a four word title.
  • The sum of the magic square on page 173 is 37.

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