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The 39 Clues, Book 9: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park
Review by Gayle Surrette
Scholastic Inc. Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780545060493
Date: 25 May 2010 List Price $12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Amy and Dan Cahill have come to terms with their knowledge of which branch of the family they belong to. However, first they have to decide whether to go to the Bahamas or to Jamaica -- Dan finally convinces Amy to try the Bahamas first. They're on the trail of another clue, this one related to Anne Bonny who dressed like a man and became a pirate in the 1700s. The portrait Dan found of her looks so much like their mother that it's unsettling. But they still have the problem of who to trust.

More 39 Clues:
* Maze Of Bones by Rick Riordan
* One False Note by Gordon Korman
* The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis
* Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson
* The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
* In Too Deep by Jude Watson
* The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis
* The Emperor's Code by Gordan Korman
* Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park

Once in the Bahamas, they begin their research and after a trip to the library, the librarian catches up to them and asks them to come see someone with him. They're cautious, but agree. This time, it's the earrings that their au pair, Nellie Gomez, wears that is the connection that gets them the information that they need. They need to follow up on this clue but the Bahamas are in the area controlled by the Lucians, and Isabel Kabra is determined to see Amy and Dan out of the running.

Once again, as you follow Amy and Dan on their adventure you learn about historical figures and events. This time the focus is on pirates such as Anne Bonny and Calico Jack Rackham. There's also a link with the Right Excellent Nanny -- Nanny Sharpe who learned how to protect her people. All of this information is vital to finding the next clue.

Each book in the series has in one way or another amped up the danger and challenge in find the clues. Storm Warning is no exception. The children will be faced with some terrible incidents that will they will never be able to forget. They will learn to depend on each other even more. And, they will also find that trust can be violated even when no harm is done. The question of who to trust, and when, is still one that they must deal with. They also must decide how much should they trust.

But they must go on because they realize that the only hope for everyone is for them to find the clues first. So, they go on to the next clue and hope they're good enough to survive to the end of the hunt.

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