Book Review: The Maze of Bones

by Melissa on April 9, 2010 · 0 comments

in 9-12, ATOS 4.0-4.9, Adventure, Lexile 600-699, Part of a series or set

Title: The Maze of Bones
Series: The 39 Clues #1
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Author: Rick Riordan
Age Range: 9-12
Lexile: [?] 610L
AR Level: [?] 4.3
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Rating: 3.0/5 (3 votes cast)


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.


Historical and geographical references, ‘National Treasure’ for kids. The family members are pretty hostile to each other.  Grownups and authority figures are not portrayed particularly well.  Kids will like the adventure in the book.


None [?]

Sexual Content





Parents are dead, a grandmother dies.  Word usage: ’seppuku’, which (in case your kid looks it up) is a Japanese ritual of suicide by disembowelment.  An explosion looks like it kills people. Kids get into fight with thugs, and are chased by relatives who mean them harm. They visit the catacombs (and it’s 7 million dead bodies) which are a bit creepy-skeletons, bones.  Reference to a child’s coffin.


Siblings are pretty mean to each other. A girl who stutters is made fun of by her cousin. Character with eye twitch called ‘Spaz’.  Amy ‘hated herself’ for noticing that a boy was cute. Aunt threatens to abandon children and leave them with Social Services. Kids lie to authorities. When your kid asks about it, yes, Ben Franklin did indeed write an essay on farts.  Google it.  :)


Reference to Aztec culture and ritual sacrifice, use of prayer candles.

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