Although it's been years since I've actually read a T39C book (shame on me, I know, I know), there's no doubt in my mind that this book series as well as the online community that accompanied it made me into the person I am today. I first started reading the books in fourth grade, and I met two of my best friends because of it. And although my active times on the CCMB are long over, I can say with confidence that I met some of the best friends of my life over it. I was in a particularly dark part of my life, and the amazing people I met over the MB helped me feel noticed, cared for, validated, and most of all, they gave me hope - which is a gift I'll never be able to repay. For many years now, I've loved everything th book series and the site has to offer - this was the first website that fully immersed me into a book series, and I loved it. I've replayed each mission at least 5 times, just because I love how realstic and unique each of them are.
When I first fell in love with the series, I was just a 9 year-old kid. And now, almost six years later, here I am, a month and a half away from going into high school. This series helped me discover me love and passion for writing, cryptography, and most importantly, adventure. Although I'll never meet Amy, Dan, Ian, Hamilton, and everybody else in real life, through the books and through the website, I feel like I've gotten to know them personally, and the've helped me realize that I can truly do anything I can put my mind to. Although I've grown, matured, and moved on to other interests in the six years since I picked up "The Maze of Bones", the series and website will always have a special place in my heart - and I'll be forever thankful for everybody who was a part of it.