Tuesday 30 October 2012

Shatterproof: Cahills Vs Vespers

Cahills Vs Vespers: Shatterproof: Bk. 4 (39 Clues) Cahills Vs Vespers: Shatterproof: Bk. 4 (39 Clues) by Roland Smith (Scholastic Inc)
PB RRP $17.99
ISBN 978-0-545-29842-1
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Shatterproof is the fourth book in the action-packed Cahills Vs Vespers series which follows the popular original series, The 39 Clues. In this instalment of the ongoing adventure Dan and Amy Cahill are following the instructions of a shadowy figure known only to them as the head of a group called Vespers. Vespers have kidnapped seven members of the extended Cahill family and are threatening to kill some of them if Dan and Amy do not carry out certain daring robberies.

In this non-stop thriller, the Cahill siblings manage to follow clues and keep ahead of Interpol, but even their daring and bravery cannot prevent more deaths. Short chapters with sudden cliff-hanger endings encourage readers to devour the book in one sitting. And the uncertainty of who to trust and who will survive adds to the edge-of-the-seat reading experience. While the Cahill Vs Vesper series is darker with the Cahills actions holding more dire consequences, the roller coaster ride and breathlessness of the original series is still present.

This is the only one in the Cahills Vs Vespers series I have read - and although I had no trouble following the events, the books would be best read in sequence. With fifteen books already published, cards to collect and the companion website adventures, there is plenty to keep 12 to 15 year olds entertained.

Readers can use game cards (there are six with this book) to unlock online missions and interact further with this adventure, travelling around the world solving clues. They are invited to join the adventure, find the treasure, learn more about the characters in the stories and help save the world at www.the39clues.com.

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