Rick Riordan is a teacher and a writer, and has won many awards for his mystery novels for adults. He says that the idea for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief first came to him while he was teaching Greek mythology at middle school in San Francisco. But rumour has it that Camp Half Blood actually exists, and Rick spends his summers there recording the adventures of young demigods. Some believe that, to avoid a mass panic among the mortal population, he was forced to swear on the River Styx to present Percy Jackson's story as fiction. Rick lives in Texas (apart from his summers on Half Blood Hill) with his wife and two sons. Visit the author online rickriordan.com
Gr 5-8-Rick Riodan's latest entry (Hyperion/Disney, 2009) in the series is for those Percy Jackson fans who just can't get enough of his life as a demigod. It includes short adventures involving a stolen chariot, a bronze dragon, and a sword of Hades as well as interviews with some of the most famous characters-Connor, Travis, Clarisse, Annabeth, Grover and, of course, Percy. Some surprises are disclosed, such as the fact that Annabeth keeps a teddy bear in her camp trunk as well as anti-spider bug spray. Percy also reveals his scariest moment and Zeus talks about his home town and weapon of choice. The book begins with a letter of warning from Camp Half-Blood written and read by the author to would-be demigods about the dangers involved not only in Percy's world but also for listeners. Narrator Jesse Bernstein then takes over, picking up the pace in each of the adventures.-Edith Ching, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DC Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.