The long, lazy days of summer are here. Though, to be quite honest I haven’t spotted one of those days yet. Our summer schedule has already filled up with out of out of town visitors, day trips, summer camps, and finishing our homeschool year. The long, lazy days have been replaced with long car rides filled with squabbling siblings. However, I recently found a secret weapon to quiet the squabbling. Thanks to my new secret weapon, my kids buckle in quickly and politely ask me to begin our new adventure. It is an adventure filled with intrigue, danger, and history lessons. Ever since we borrowed the first 39 Clues audiobook from our public library, my boys and I have been hooked. The series is written by various authors such as Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, Peter Lerangis, Jude Watson, Patrick Carmen, Linda Sue Park, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Roland Smith, David Baldacci, Jeff Hirsch, Natalie Standiford, C. Alexander London, Sawart Chanda and Jenny Goebel. The books follow orphans Amy and Dan Cahill as they are thrust into a hunt for one of the world’s most powerful secrets. After the death of their beloved grandmother, the siblings find they belong to an influential and powerful family. The hunt takes the Cahill children across the globe as they vie with sinister family members. Each book in the first series takes place in a different part of the globe and centers around a famous person in history. The initial series is followed by three additional series, which our family has not read or listened to yet. The recommended audience for the books is 8-12 years, even though my 13 year old and I have enjoyed the audiobooks just as much as my 11 year old son. I am still on the lookout for the long, lazy days of summer. In the meantime, I will sit back and enjoy plot twists and intrigue with two of my favorite guys.