Riordan, R. (2008). The maze of bones. New York, NY: Scholastic
Genre: Adventure, Mystery
Reading/Interest Level: Ages 10+
Similar Titles: Artemis Fowl, The Mysterious Benedict Society
Plot: Amy and Dan are orphans – their family is very powerful and is related to many important people in history. Their grandmother Grace, upon her death, leaves 39 clues scattered across the globe - the clues need to be found before someone bad gets their hands on the hidden treasure. The treasure is rumored to be very powerful. There are many people after this treasure, six teams in all – and Amy and Dan want to be the ones to get there first and with the help of their au pair Nellie they may just have the skills to unravel the mysterious clues. Will Dan's mathematical skills help solve puzzles? Will Amy's knowledge of books get them out of crazy situations?
Personal Thoughts: This is an interesting first book to a series. I thought it was an okay read, though nothing like Riordan's other books – a lot of seems to have been removed/dumbed down – his other books are better. The series is written by different authors, making me wonder how it will fit together.
The book is a little violent at times but its more of a cartoon-type violence.