Study Guide

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues) Family

By Rick Riordan

Family

You might dread going to your family reunion because your uncle's potato salad is disgusting and you always argue with your cousin about something that happened so long ago, neither of you even remember what it was. But unless that potato salad is literally poisoned and your cousin has tried to kill you with a dart gun, your family dysfunctions have nothing on the Cahills. The family in The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones has been fighting practically since the beginning of time, and with a powerful secret at stake, it's not going to stop any time soon.

Questions About Family

  1. Would the Cahills fight each other as fiercely if they weren't related?
  2. Grace's clue-hunting contest seems to be designed to turn the family against one another. What could be her reasons for this?
  3. Amy and Dan are orphans and have been forced to form their own type of family. Who are the members of their new family?

Chew on This

We've heard that blood is thicker than water, but in the Cahill family, power trumps blood any day. These family members would sell out their own grandmother in order to win the big prize.

Because Amy and Dan are orphans, they don't have strong attachments to family. In the case of the hunt, this is a strength, because almost being killed by a cousin might have a bigger impact on a person with strong family ties.