39 Clues Book 9: Storm Warning- Review
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Sue. (2010) The 39 Clues Book 9: Storm Warning.
New York, NY: Scholastic. ISBN-13: 978-0545060493
Litland.com recommends age 9-12 but fun for all ages.
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.
Respect for self and others: This
includes integrity (adherence to a code of
conduct or value system), honesty vs. manipulation or
lying, compassion, caring for others (characters not
focused on getting their way no matter what) self
respect--main character does not let others
denigrate him or her; use of self control and
self-discipline ; taking charge of own behaviour;
fairness to others (such as taking turns and
avoiding the blame game). Reader should ask themselves
“How does the protagonist depict their peers?” “Would
you want others to treat you this way? Should everyone
act this way?” This includes true friendships
that do not involve regular lying, deceit or
manipulation; considering consequences of actions
prior to acting; owning up to responsibility once
an action has been taken.
Nellie’s character is greatly expanded, showing much
remorse, pity and compassion for the kids.
Park’s story is very
strong in examples of respect for self and others. They
constantly deliberate the possible consequences of their
actions in reaching a decision. In the car, they are
concerned with how their escape may cause harm to
others. In deliberating how to get hold of the box, all
three characters considering stealing but really don’t
want to, plus don’t want to cause Lester to lose his
job. They arrange for medical care when antagonists are
injured. Auxiliary characters such as Lester and his
grandmother also exemplify selflessness and honesty. And
rather than attempting to physically overcome opponents,
Amy uses kindness and collaboration to escape leaving
Portrayal of Authority
figures: The positive portrayal of parents, teachers, police officers and other “good” authority figures common in a child’s life is a positive influence upon the child’s own moral development. This includes
actively-parenting mother and father figures. Minimization of parental involvement in the character’s activities or the portrayal of authority figures as
inferior present poor role models. Also to be avoided are main characters that
deceive parents and teachers to accomplish goals, and overuse
sarcasm towards authority figures. Ask yourself “Are parents seen as positive or negative influence in the character's life?”
Authority figures were
minimized in this story but not really necessary to the
plot. As in the past, Amy and Dan outwitted and
maneuvered to escape cruel cousins, and the bad guys
were appropriately behaved as bad! People of good moral
character such as Lester and his grandmother were shown
respect and honor. The foundation of good attitude (and
absence of bad attitude in the characters) supported a
general atmosphere of respect.
Patriotism: Loyalty to family, team or group, school, community and world; caring for and being considerate of these
groups. Pride to be part of that group or nationality.
Amy and Dan’s
concern for their own heritage as Madrigals, which they
were led to believe were evil people, leads them to
consider how it affects their own behaviour. As Cahills
and as citizens of the world, they contemplate how to
prevent bad things from happening. There is, then, an
underlying theme of family pride and obligation to
Justice and Balance: A just distribution between good and evil (with
good outweighing evil in the presence of the storyline);
demonstration of right and wrong; making decisions to enact the above values rather than simply choosing from two bad possibilities; Ask yourself “Is the emphasis on the positive elements or negative?”
“Not revenge, justice. And not for us and our parents,
but for the whole world.” Throughout the story we see
Amy, Dan, Lester, Nellie and other characters facing a
choice to act selflessly or self-focused, and choosing
to be selfless. Evil continues to be present and a
constant strong force, keeping the characters on their
toes. But rather than succumbing to evil tactics
themselves, the “good guys” use their wits to win. Thus
good outweighs evil with just enough presence of evil to
present a dilemma to solve with justice.
Aesthetic aspects Of
life ExperienceLook for a storyline portrayal of
beauty, health, and selfless love vs. hedonistic behaviours (sexuality, selfishness, obsessiveness, materialism),
profanity, gore and violence. Are nature and environment respected or exploited? Look for
dark elements; watch out for humor that is negative, denigrates others excessively, uses metaphors to
denigrate the sacred.
The one thing missing
from this book is aesthetics. Past books either had
humour or rich cultural and geographic descriptions. We
not only felt in the present situation but also the
richness presented by understanding past history of the
setting. However, there are no dark or offensive
elements, and the action is well described.
Other things to
Consider:Other aspects of this book of interest or importance. For example, does it portray Wiccan practices and accurate use of tools of which some parents might object, does it contain
hidden meanings in metaphors that may prove offensive to some families; does it address
personal issues such as puberty or pregnancy.
No questionable or
potentially offensive elements. A good story without
hidden agendas, simply focused on an exciting adventure!
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