May I present… (drum roll) One False Note, book 2 of 10 in the exciting 39 Clues adventure series. Author Gordon Korman does an excellent job of taking us seamlessly from France in book 1, The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, to the watery canals of Italy where orphans Dan and Amy Cahill’s dangerous race for the grand prize and the key to the world’s fate continues.
The first thing Bill and I discovered is that only the Maze of Bones first editions have the cool clear plastic cover for the collectible playing cards. Bummer. 😦 But we found it was still fairly easy to remove the 6 new cards (oh boy oh boy!) from the inside of my precious 1st edition copy of One False Note without damaging it. I jumped on the 39 Clues website, logged in with my password (cuz I’m an agent now) and entered my new cards. Heh heh, my boards are starting to look a little more impressive. I also decided to try a new button called Missions, and was immediately launched on Mission Zero. I won’t spoil it, but I quickly learned that playing around in Arena 39 first payed off. It is true what they say – the games sharpen your skills before being sent on a mission – “dog” gone-it! At the completion of Mission Zero I was awarded with a secret code, which is now recorded in my code book. This stuff is so wicked cool.
But back to poor Dan and Amy Cahill! Not to mention (and I didn’t in my review of Maze) their travel companion, Saladin, Grace Cahills’ finicky Egyptian Mau (um, that’s fancy for cat) is traveling with them as well as Nellie Gomez, their faithful au pair, as they fight to find the hidden 39 clues around the globe. Their rich, powerful cousin opponents are determined to steal info from them then gladly put them out of the race by any means… cave in, boat wreck, poison, whatever works.
So after finding the first clue in book 1, Dan and Amy search for answers by researching the life of yet another famous Cahill ancestor – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They decide the next clue is bound to be found in Vienna, where the classic composer Amadeus lived.
But the journey to Mozart’s birth place is riddled with pitfalls. From a nasty confrontation on the train ride to Austria, chased by angry Benedictine monks of Saint Peter, the floor literally dropping out from under them, and forced into appropriating a yacht under the Ponte di Rialto, only to endure the Venice boat chase from hell, Dan and Amy discover that maybe, their answer is concealed in the leather bound diary of Mozart’s older sister, Maria Anna Nannerl, the Cahill ancestor who actually left the clue in this hunt.
In the midst of ducking enemies, and breaking and entering the hotel rooms of the rich and famous, Dan and Amy learn about Fidelio Racco and his musical connection to Mozart and Ben Franklin. The brother and sister team also hear something they would rather not know, an insinuation that their parents’ death may not have been accidental. With the recent loss of their beloved Grandmother, Grace Cahill, whose will launched them on this dangerous quest, this news is a bit too much to process.
At last, their plight leads them to… a harpsichord? Is one false note a clue, or a warning? 🙂 Read this fabulous and educational adventure and find out for yourself.
I HIGHLY recommend book 2 combined with The 39 Clues website for extreme multimedia fun. Now on to book 3, The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis.
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