|The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones|
Have you ever felt like the people around you were hiding things from you? Carter and Sadie Kane have been feeling that way a lot lately. Ever since their mother died they've been living separate and very different lives. Carter has been living out of a single suitcase travelling all over the globe with their archaeologist Dad Dr. Julius Kane who specializes in Ancient Egypt. They visit museums, dig sites and universities, but they never stay anywhere very long, only long enough for the local kids to make fun of Carter because Julius makes him dress like a miniature professor; sometimes they arrive at a place only to leave again right away with no explanation from Julius, which makes Carter wonder if someone is following them. Compared to Carter’s life with their dad, Sadie’s life with their maternal grandparents in London England is like living the high life, she gets to go to a normal school and do normal things, like have friends, plus she gets her very own room, privacy and even a pet! Carter has always been jealous of Sadie’s normalcy, and Sadie has always been jealous that Carter gets to spend more than two days a year with their dad; they both wish things could change; but when they get their wish they realize it’s not all they hoped for. It starts when Carter and Julius arrive in London to visit Sadie, their dad is presumed dead after he blows up the British Museum, and then they get whisked away to New York by an uncle they didn't even know they had! It’s in New York that their Uncle Amos reveals the truth to them, their mother didn't die the way they were told, she was killed in a magical accident at Cleopatra’s Needle, their father isn't dead, he’s just been trapped in the Underworld after another failed magical accident. All this talk of magic mind boggles the kids, but they need to get used to it because they’re wizards, the descendants of powerful Ancient Egyptian families, and they can commune with the Egyptian gods, who really do exist. Oh, and they've started hearing voices and having out of body experiences, but that’s not their biggest problem. The big problem in The Kane Chronicles Book 1: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is that their dad’s experiment released five powerful Egyptian gods, including one of the most evil of them, Set, into the world. Now Carter, Sadie and their new friends and allies are in a race against time to master their powers, find some way to save their dad AND defeat Set before he can destroy them and the world…will they make it?
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