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Storm Warning (The 39 Clues, Book 9) (edition 2010)

by Linda Sue Park

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Title:Storm Warning (The 39 Clues, Book 9)
Authors:Linda Sue Park
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2010), Edition: Rei/Crds, Hardcover, 176 pages
Collections:5th grade books
Rating:*****
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Amy and Dan are heading into the Bahamas, propelled forward by a lead they found while pursuing the last clue. Along the way yet another suspicious incident makes them look at Nellie with worried eyes. They decide the time has come to corner her, and after they rent a car and are heading to a water amusement park, they take the opportunity of enclosed quarters to ask her some questions. What she tells them throws them for a loop. Grace is the one that hired Nellie, to protect the children on the hunt, and to answer to McIntyre. Amy is devastated. There are only two people in the world she trusts any more, and now she learns that one of those people has been lying to her all along.

With their relationship in tatters, the trio arrive at Oceanus, a famous Bahaman water park. They don't really expect to find a clue there; Dan just wanted to play. While they are enjoying the attraction, someone slips them an anonymous note, in code, directing them to check out a cave on the east side of the beach. Amy and Dan investigate, and almost get caught underwater when the tide rolls in, but it wouldn't be a Cahill adventure if they didn't face life-threatening circumstances. Amy smacks her head against the cave wall, but the kids survive, and emerge with a bear claw on a chain. They recognize a potential Tomas relic, but have no idea what it means, so they hold on to it and forge ahead in the hunt.

Amy wanted to go to Jamaica from the beginning, but Dan cajoled her into the stop at Oceanus. Now they are back on track, en route to Kingston, where Anne Bonny was imprisoned for piracy. In Kingston, they are redirected to Spanish Town, and they find a manifest for Bonny's pirate ship when it was taken by authorities. A treasure list is perfectly suited to the 39 clues, and Amy and Dan eagerly skim through the items. Buried among other treasure, Amy spies a wolf jawbone, and Dan notices a serpent medallion. Wolf for Janus, dragon for Ekat. The kids are on to something, but they don't know what. Even stranger, after they leave the library they are followed by Lester, the man who was working in the research room. He tells Nellie that his grandmother wants to see her, even though Nellie has no idea who he or his mom are. When they meet Miss Alice, they hear another remarkable story about Grace: how she befriended the family, found the match to the snake earring, convinced Alice to give it to the person she sees wearing its other half, and sent Lester to college. Nellie realizes that Grace had been watching her far earlier than Nellie thought, before Nellie even knew who Grace was, and all three of them wonder how many plans Grace put in place to be realized in this race to find the clues. This actually helps to restore the relationship between Nellie and Amy and Dan, as she can now appreciate how it feels to be manipulated.

Following this shocking revelation, they find another artifact hidden in a statue of the Right Excellent Nanny of the Maroons, ambush the Kabras and steal Isabel's bracelet with the Janus tooth, and visit Lester at the Port Royal excavation site where he and others are excavating a sunken ship. As they peruse the artifacts, they find one that they immediately know they have to have: a carved box, with several odd hollows scattered on each side. It appears as if a bear's claw, a wolf's tooth, a serpent medallion, and two snakes would fit into the sides. They persuade Lester to help them, and borrow the box to open it. Unfortunately, they run into Isabel Kabra, and she is not happy about their last encounter. Dan and Amy survive, but not everyone is so fortunate. The children are heart-broken, and decide to quit the race. Only meeting the Man in Black, and learning his secret identity, leads them to believe that they must continue the hunt, to prevent further Cahill crimes.

Another great installment. This series has worked out its earlier kinks and really found its niche. A blend of archaeological and historical treasure hunting, competing teams, underdog heroes, and deathly peril makes an adventure-filled series that can delight children and adults. The journey is intensifying, but the traps and chases are still broken up by moments of sleuthing in museums and libraries, and among archaeological relics. The author finds the right balance in this book, giving the reader breathing room after the kids and Nellie escape each dangerous situation, until the end where the action piles up into an exciting, and tragic, climax. The mystery draws to a satisfying close in the end, the stakes are raised higher than ever, and Amy and Dan learn to trust Nellie again, albeit not as before. In addition, the topic is exciting - pirates and treasure! The section where the trio find the ancient mystery box at a dig site and know just what to do with it was a thrilling bit. This was a fast and fun read, and the next book is the final book of the original series (aside from the eleventh book that was added as a way to bridge between the two series). I can't wait to see how everything crashes together. ( )
  nmhale | Jan 20, 2014 |
I loved the action and all of the near deaths in this book. I found out so many clues and can't wait to read #10 ( )
  SRaval | Dec 14, 2012 |
The way the authors of this series blend fact with fiction is absolutely astounding to me. I feel compelled to look up every little "fact" stated to see if it's true or simply part of the Cahill canon, but I stop myself because I REFUSE to destroy the temporary suspension of disbelief with this series (at least until I've finished it). ( )
  benuathanasia | Sep 12, 2012 |
In the ninth book of the 39 clues series Dan and Amy find out that Nellie has been lying about everything. Also the man in black is now the man in gray. Also who died now?
In Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park Dan and Amy find out Nellie is a Cahill and is working with the man in black (now man in gray) and also knew Grace. So will Dan and Amy trust Nellie again? But she also tricked them by pretending to have the box but the man in gray did so will Nellie be trusted or not?
In the book I learned that the man in black is now the man in gray. Also when he took the box Dan and Amy found out he is Fisk Cahill, brother of Grace. But they also found out lots of information about Madgrils and how nice he could be.
In the ninth book of the 39 clues Storm Warning their was another death, Lester. He got caught in quick sand and tried to save him but a huge wave made him lose Lester. But he evantually found him but it was too late.
So now next is the last book pf the series hope i is amazing! ( )
  ctmsdamc | Jan 16, 2012 |
book 9 begins in the carribean. after their lead of the portrait of anne bonny they found in china. they suspect that they are either supposed to go to Jamaica or the Bahamas. they try both places. on the way nellie tells them that their aunt didnt hire her. and amy and dan refuse to trust her. someone gives them a note. the note leads them to an oceanside cave. they know that they are in the right place because on the cave wall there is a tomas sign carved in the wall. the man in black that amy and dan suppose of trying to kill them reveals his true identity. ( )
  DerekLutes | Oct 23, 2011 |
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Throughout the hunt for the 39 Clues, Amy and Dan have encountered some of the darkest aspects of history . . . and had to deal with the role their family played. But are they ready for the truth? In this thrilling ninth installment, Amy and Dan hit the high seas as they follow the trail of some infamous ancestors to track down a long lost treasure. However, the real prize isn't hidden in a chest. It's the discovery of the Madrigals' most dangerous secret and, even more shockingly, the true identity of the mysterious man in black. In this exhilarating installment, Amy and Dan discover long-hidden secrets of the Cahills--a secret so dangerous that people died to protect it. The knowledge leads the siblings to a final showdown with the Man in Black. Will Book Nine be the end of Amy and Dan? Or just the end of everything they think they know?
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