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Booktalk for The 39 Clues: Beyond the Grave

  • Grades: 3–5

Amy and Dan were in Cairo, where things seemed to be going from bad to worse. They began to wonder just how many of their family would betray them. Could their grandmother be one of them?

This time the Cahills were in Egypt. And things began to go wrong almost as soon as the plane landed in Cairo. Their au pair, Nellie, insisted on stopping at the town market. Cousin Irina Spasky showed up, ready to do anything and everything she could to trap, poison, or maybe even kill them, and Amy and Dan got lost trying to get away from her. Their cousins had betrayed them, and the two of them felt very alone and afraid. 

But there was a connection to Napoleon in Cairo, and to Sakhet, a lion-headed goddess, if they could only figure out what it was. But it wasn't until they arrived at the Hotel Excelsior that things really began to get exciting. They'd found Alistair's frequent traveler card before they left Seoul, and used it to book their reservations. The desk clerk looked startled when they said their reservations were for the Oh party, and then they were shown to a huge suite that took up an entire floor. Nellie immediately went to take a bubble bath, but Amy and Dan began to explore, and soon found the Ekaterina stronghold, with inventions from light bulbs and cotton gins to atomic bombs and poison gas delivery systems that could kill millions. 

They didn't know which branch of the Cahills they belonged to-what if the evil DNA from the Ekaterina branch was in their bodies? And if it was, why hadn't Grace told them about it? Why hadn't she helped them, prepared them to find the clues? Mr. McIntyre told them to trust no one-did that include Grace? The one constant in their lives had been their grandmother and her love for them. Could it have been a lie? Were they now completely alone, at the mercy of all the Cahill cousins? And if Grace had betrayed them, would they be able to survive it? 

Things were definitely not going well for Amy and Dan, and the longer they were in Cairo, the worse they seemed to get. 

This booktalk was written by Joni Richards Bodart, university professor, writer, consultant, and booktalking expert.

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    Challenges and Overcoming Obstacles, Cooperation and Teamwork, Determination and Perseverance, Survival
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