Book Review – The 39 Clues, Book 1: The Maze of Bones

Maybe I’m a bit of a cheeseball, but I like to give ratings to the books I read, similar to movie ratings, in addition to a traditional review. I’ve always thought the G, PG, PG13, and R ratings were a little limited however, so I’ve started using my own system – with the same basic ratings, only using numbers after the PG that are based on age. So instead of only having PG13, which means it’s okay for kids over 13, I use PG5, PG6, PG7, etc, based on my own estimation of what age it’s first appropriate for. Anything under age 5 will probably be G. Anyway, here’s my review of The Maze of Bones:

PG 6: for action and thematic stuff. The main characters are constantly in danger, and can’t trust anyone. A very clean and action-packed mystery.

This is the first Rick Riordan I’ve read yet, and I’d have to say, I’m very impressed. It’s a treasure hunt, and the first of a series. And it’s a good, clean read. Sometimes super-clean reads get the reputation of being boring. This one is not. It’s very entertaining, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure, treasure hunts, mysteries, historical fiction (it’s not historical fiction, but it uses a sort of National Treasure approach to the hunt), or YA fiction.

I suspect this would also be a great book to read out loud to kids. It’s thick enough that a 6 year old probably isn’t going to try it (if they do, AWESOME!), but I think they would really enjoy having it read to them.