Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Best of the Bunch #November 2011

It's that time of the month again: to decide which of all the books I read in November was the Best of the Bunch.

And the winner of the Best of the Bunch Award November 2011 is...

*dramatic pause*

Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The explosive finale to Scholastic's mega-selling series.

Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan Cahill have uncovered history's greatest mysteries and their family's deadliest secrets. But are they ready to face the truth about the Cahills and the key to their unmatched power? After a whirlwind race that's taken them across five continents, Amy and Dan face the most the difficult challenge yet- a task no Cahill dared to imagine. When faced with a choice that could change the future of the world, can two kids succeed where 500 years worth of famous ancestors failed?

Well, I'd like to award the whole of the 39 Clues series but this one is the last book. I have really enjoyed these little books, they are meant for middle grade kids but as a woman in her twenties they really appealed to me too. They are short reads but stuffed with everything you can hope for in an adventure series and they have a real emotional depth that makes them not at all patronising. I really admire middle grade books that respect their readers' mental and emotional complexity and these really do, so if you fancy a great adventure with plenty of action, intelligence and breath-holding moments, read the first book The Maze of Bones and you'll be hooked!

If you want to know more, hope over to my full review of Into the Gauntlet including my thoughts on the whole series.

Congratulations Scholastic!

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  1. I keep seeing people mentioning this series all over the internet. I'm going to have to check it out. Great post, Lyrical, and congrats to Into the Gauntlet!

  2. Ive been told I should read these since Im such a fan of Percy Jackson (didn't Riordan write one?) but I was a little put of by the fact they are written by different people. However - Im going to check out your reviews, it may well be a series I love. Im also in the 20s and love books aimed at 12 year old boys lol :D

    I always enjoy picking out my Best of the Bunch at the end of every month :)

  3. I've seen these books at the library- I'm going to have to check them out now!

  4. Do it do it do it!

    @Amy - we're definitely kindred spirits! Give me a book for 12 year old boy and I'm happy. And yeah Riordan has written the first book in the series, Maze of Bones. Read that one and you'll be hooked, I promise. You don't really notice that there are loads of authors, they are pretty consistent stylistically.

  5. Ooo, I've been looking for a good book to get my niece for Christmas, and I think I'll have to look into this series. I've never heard of it, but if it's a middle grade with emotional depth, I'm sold!

  6. ooh, i haven't heard of this series, but i love her books! definitely going to check them out. :)

  7. I constantly see people buying these @ the book store I work in. I haven't read any of them, but they must be great :0)

  8. I am ashamed to say that I haven't heard of this series! But it sounds really great, and it's nice that this series was written with such care and regard for middle grade kids. Great pick!! =)

  9. So I keep hearing about this series but haven't ever really looked into it since I knew it was aimed for middle grade readers. It sounds really interesting though, I may have to check it out! :)

  10. This sounds good to me! I don't read a lot of middle grade, but the few that I've checked out have been excellent. I'll definitely have to look into these books!