Study Guide

The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues) Sacrifice

By Rick Riordan

Sacrifice

Why snackrifice in this economy? You can enjoy a tasty treat for a fraction of the price: Wait, what's that? Oh, this is about sacrifice not snackrifice. Hang on a second while we finish these graham crackers.

Okay, sorry about that. The 39 Clues Book One: The Maze of Bones is all about sacrifice. Amy and Dan have to give up a lot to go on this trip. As orphans, they don't have a lot of money, so simply giving up Grace's inheritance shows how much the clue hunt means to them. Along the way, they have to make more sacrifices just to keep the adventure going. On top of all that, there's not a graham cracker in sight. Yeah, these kids have it tough. We hope it's worth it in the end.

Questions About Sacrifice

  1. What do Amy and Dan have to sacrifice to participate in the clue hunt? Do these seem like big sacrifices to them? To you?
  2. Why is Amy reluctant to sacrifice Grace's jade dragon? What's the big deal?
  3. The teams competing against Amy and Dan already have tons of money, so giving up a million dollars isn't a sacrifice. Do they sacrifice anything by participating in the hunt?

Chew on This

Dan sacrifices much more than Amy to go on the hunt. He gives up his entire collection, and the one photo of his parents, while Amy only gives up some of her grandmother's jewelry that she had for about six hours.

In an effort to keep the clue hunt fair and impartial, Grace sacrificed a closer relationship with her grandkids, Dan and Amy.