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The 39 clues. 2, One false note

Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Audiobooks, p2008.
Physical Description:
4 sound discs (4 hr., 8 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact discs.


Bonus material: listen to court transcripts of Grace Cahill's arrest.
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A million dollars, or a clue? Police report a break-in at an elite hotel, and the suspects sound suspiciously like Amy and Dan. There's a car and speedboat chase and an angry mob! When there's a clue on the line, anything can happen. Follow the Cahills as they find the 39 clues, and play the game online at


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In the first 39 Clues book, Amy and Dan Cahill discovered that they're part of one of the most powerful families in human history. Passing up the hush money, the siblings set out to uncover the 39 clues that would reveal the source of their family's awesome power. With the first clue uncovered in the series' initial novel, Amy and Dan continue their hunt here in the second book, One False Note, following the second clue to Vienna, Austria and the legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


A handbook to a genuine spiritual life, this book explains that the spiritual path—like any other journey—is filled with detours and obstacles that can be avoided through discernment. The author defines this as a quality of open-eyed awareness and honest perception that can turn challenges into opportunity and lessons into growth. In exploring questions such as Is enlightenment less about fireworks and more about dismantling illusions? How can spiritual practice be fully integrated into daily life? and What's the best way to work with the ego and the shadow? , this manual offers practitioners of any tradition a guide to a more fulfilling spiritual experience.


Un manual para una vida espiritual genuina, este libro explica que la senda espiritual—como cualquier otro viaje—está llena de desvíos y obstáculos que se pueden evitar a través del discernimiento. La autora define esta cualidad como una claridad de conciencia y una percepción honesta que puede convertir desafíos en oportunidades y lecciones en crecimiento. Respondiendo a cuestiones como ¿Tiene que ver la iluminación con una felicidad repentina o más bien con desmantelar nuestras ilusiones? ¿Cómo se puede integrar la práctica espiritual en la vida diaria? y ¿Cuál es el mejor modo de trabajar el ego y la sombra? , este libro les ofrece a practicantes de cualquier tradición una guía para tener una experiencia espiritual más significativa.

Author Notes

Gordon Korman was born in Montreal, Canada on October 23, 1963. When his 7th-grade English teacher told the class they could have 45 minutes a day for four months to work on a story of their choice, Korman began This Can't Be Happening at Macdonald Hall. He was also the class monitor for the Scholastic TAB Book Club, so he sent his novel to the address on the TAB flyer, and a few days after his 14th birthday, he had a book contract with Scholastic.

By the time he graduated from high school, he had published five other novels and several articles for Canadian newspapers. He received a BFA degree from New York University with a major in Dramatic Writing and a minor in Film and TV. He has written over 75 books for children and young adults including the Swindle series, The Juvie Three, and two books of poetry written by the fictional character Jeremy Bloom.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Horn Book Review

Three different authors contribute volumes to the high-octane series about a treacherous, globe-circling scavenger hunt. Dan and Amy are still the principle underdogs in the search for the clues (a Mozart manuscript, a Japanese sword, ancient hieroglyphs) that will allow them to claim their family's historical power. The (stock) characters are energetically rendered; the action never abates. [Review covers these 39 Clues titles: One False Note, The Sword Thief, and Beyond the Grave.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

The multipronged attack (books, playing cards, online games, prize sweepstakes) of the 39 Clues extravaganza dashes onward in this second book. Korman takes the reins from Rick Riordan, responsible for series opener The Maze of Bones (2008), with barely a hitch as Amy and Dan Cahill continue their quest to solve the mystery of their wide-ranging and powerful extended family (a tree that branches from Mozart to Picasso to Snoop Dogg). The siblings' bickering increases as they hunt down the next clue, but so do their successes as they manage to be always one step ahead of their various cutthroat cousins. Korman dutifully moves the plot from point B to point C but only advances the wider story a smidge, which is hewing closer to the TV reality show The Amazing Race than the puzzle-studded mystery that sleuths may be anticipating. But, if the creators have bet correctly, it matters little that the story is already threatening to become repetitive and only mildly satisfying in itself, as kids will already have too much attention invested in the whole conglomerate to consider bailing.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2009 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Following Rick Riordan's first book in the projected 10-title series, The Maze of Bones (SLJ, Feb. 2009, p. 58), Gordon Korman has written the second installment (Scholastic, 2008) about Amy and Dan Cahill's quest for the 39 clues left by their deceased wealthy and eccentric grandmother who has promised to reward the winner with unimaginable riches. Those unfamiliar with the first book will miss out on some of the past history, but there is enough background given here to ensure that listeners will enjoy the mystery and adventure. Dan, 11, is impetuous and resourceful, while Amy, 14, is pedantic but brilliant. Narrator David Pittu, with only slight voice and accent variations, brings to life their constant squabbles as well as the threats by their nefarious relatives, such as a scheming rock star and his father, a former KGB agent, an entire family of enemies, and an elderly "gentleman" with evil intentions. The orphans, on the run from the Massachusetts Child Protection Program, are supported by their patient and resourceful companion Nellie and their grandmother's cat, Saladin. Pittu is almost breathless as he describes vehicle races on the road and along the canals of Venice. A lot of historical information is presented about Venice, Mozart, Marie Antoinette, and more. A fun listen.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.