Study Guide

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues) Loyalty

By Rick Riordan

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The Beatles sang about getting by with a little help from their friends. They knew that in order to succeed, you need loyal friends (at least until Yoko came along). Amy and Dan Cahill have a huge family of over 400 people spanning almost every continent on the globe. The problem? None of them are loyal or trustworthy. Amy and Dan only have each other. On the hunt, alliances and loyalty come and go, but brother and sister are forever. In the end, their relationship is the heart of The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones.

Questions About Loyalty

  1. How do Amy and Dan show their loyalty to each other? Do you admire their sibling relationship? Do you see any cracks in it?
  2. Why don't the Cahills as a family have any sense of loyalty to one another? Do you think they could learn to? What would that take?
  3. What has Nellie done to earn the loyalty of Amy and Dan? What have Amy and Dan done to earn Nellie's loyalty?

Chew on This

To the Cahills, loyalty isn't something the automatically comes with family. They're only loyal to people who can benefit them.

Dan and Amy are more loyal to Nellie than they are to their own family. They've been betrayed so much, people have to earn their trust, and Nellie has by coming to their aid with no strings attached.

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