39 Clues

Update: I also made a video, if you prefer that. In my opinion, it’s better to both watch and read. Reading has more content, but seeing someone face to face is invaluably better than seeing someone as faceless.

For me, there have been many things that have pushed my interest in writing and reading: Dan Gutman book’s, Gordon Korman books, and by far Gordon Korman books have been the biggest push. I was always a huge reader, and by the time I discovered books by Gordon, I was already writing, but those books accelerated my writing to a new level, a level that has changed my life. However, it didn’t change my actual interactions with reading. There is one series of books, though, that has absolutely changed the world of children’s book forever.

Before, books were one-dimensional. You would read it, and that would be it. Everyone knows that the world has changed dramatically over the past fifty years, but our education system has barely changed at all compared to the changes in the world. The changes, of course, that I’m talking about, are the ones that are allowing you to read this. Books are considered part of the education system, although for serious book readers, it is just like a barrel  of monkey’s. Scholastic realized that they could greatly improve the quality of their books by connecting it to all of the new technologies. And what they came up with, was the biggest reading revolution, in my opinion, ever.

To connect these new technologies with such an amazing adventure series created an immensely joyful result. Here’s how it works:

There are a series of ten books where the main characters, Dan and Amy, try to find the 39 Clues. The details are too much to go into on one page, but can easily be found elsewhere on this website. The 39 clues will go together to make the Philosopher’s Stone (also known as the Sorcerers Stone from Harry Potter), which supposedly will grant the holder of it ultimate power.

These ten books will be written by different action/adventure authors, who are considered the best of the best by Scholastic. Some will be writing two books. The authors go like this: Book 1. Rick Riordan (drew the outline for the series) Book 2. Gordon Korman Book 3. Peter Lerangis Book 4. Jude Watson Book 5. Patrick Carmen Book 6. Jude Watson (again) Book 7. Peter Lerangis (again) Book 8. Gordon Korman (again) Book 9. Linda Sue Park Book 10. Margaret Peterson Haddix.  The multi-author series is a new revolution that will undoubtedly spread the interest in authors and the series, since people will read the books for one of their favorite authors. It also adds an amazing aspect of creativity, since the authors must build upon what has already been written upon.

Everything else is great in the series, and it would probably still be top rank. However, the aspect of the online game pushes it over the top and makes it’s uniqueness impossible to ignore.

This revolution is that of which combines the books with the ultimate only game. As clue hunters, we, the readers, go online in the search for the 39 Clues. There are many prizes along the way, but the main prize is that the first person to collect all 39 Clues wins $100,000. Of course, it’s a small price to pay for Scholastic, who is sure to make millions with this groundbreaking scheme to improve reading and put a few boatloads of money in their pocket. In order to find the Clues we have to do a lot of hunting. First, we must create an account, where we will then take a test determining that person’s branch. In my opinion, it’s a smart idea to have an account with all three branches, including the Madrigals, but I’ll talk about that later. In the books, there are cards which you can collect. Once you enter them into the website, you will earn a clue for each book. That’s ten clues in total.

There are also missions on the website where you basically just sit around and do nothing and get a clue. It takes a little skill, but for the most part it’s a snooze. For each mission that you complete, you get a clue. That’s another ten clues. So, for just reading the books and sleeping, you’ve already gotten twenty clues! However, that’s just the beginning.

There is no real challenge in this game. In my opinion, it’s really all about who has more money, which benefits Scholastic greatly. Let me explain.

Now, it’s great to get those twenty clues, but everyone and their Grandmother can get those. To gain control of the real clues, you need to buy card packs.

They’re not extremely expensive, at just about six dollars a pop. With all the 39 Clues reader’s, though, you can take it to the bank that Scholastic must make a fortune from these.

Each card pack comes with its own unique cards, and, according to Scholastic, no two card packs are the same. All of the remaining clues are earned by simply entering in the codes. If you obtain the correct combinations, you will be given a clue.

So, that’s a quick overview of the 39 Clues. There is MUCH, MUCH, MORE, and I cannot stress that enough. On this website, I will be posting new updates and theories, so click around.

Also, if you have an article, just e-mail it to me at johnstondaniel4@gmail.com and it could go on the site.

For more information on the characters, go here.

For more information on the branches, go here.

For more information on the Madrigals, go here.

Published on December 15, 2009 at 8:52 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. […] more about the 39 Clues and updates, check out the sidebar and go here. Published […]

  2. […] Ekaterina? Dan a Tomas? I know that I’ve already quickly dismissed this question in my main pages about the 39 Clues which has much more content and goes into more detail, because everything is linked together to form […]

  3. […] example, can you imagine, if in the 39 Clues, one of the writers said “Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Dan and a little […]

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