39 CLUES Version 2.0 Coming in April

The ten-book 39 Clues series wrapped up in August with the release of Into the Gauntlet. Now, Scholastic has announced that Amy and Dan Cahill’s adventures will continue in a new series, The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, which begins April 5, 2011.

The first book in the second series, Vespers Rising, will be written by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson. Like the first part, it will also include collectors’ cards and an interactive online game.

Following the release of Vespers Rising on April 5th, six more books will be released written by Gordon Korman, Jude Watson, Peter Lerangis, Roland Smith, and Linda Sue Park. Bestselling thriller author David Baldacci will wrap up the series in March 2013 with the seventh and final installment.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the 39 Clues team,” said author David Baldacci. “A multimedia approach is wonderful fun and reaches young readers in new and innovative ways, greatly enhancing the odds of making them lifelong readers. There can be no worthier goal.”

Movie rights for The 39 Clues have been acquired by DreamWorks Studios with Steven Spielberg eyeing to direct and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Media producing. The script is being penned by Jeff Nathanson whose credits include “Catch Me If You Can” and “Rush Hour 2.”

Within the world of The 39 Clues, the Cahills are the most powerful family the world has ever known, secretly dominating every area of human endeavor over the past 500 years. The source of their power has been lost, hidden in 39 Clues scattered around the world. In The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, the Cahills discover they’re not the only ones who have been searching for the Clues. The Vespers, a ruthless cabal lurking in the shadows for their turn to stomp across the world stage, have also been hunting for the source of ultimate power. The Cahill family must unite to protect the Clues, and the world, against the Vespers, who have sinister plans darker than the Cahills could ever imagine, dating back to the mysteries of ancient times.

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