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.
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Storytelling that will get readers hooked. -- Philip Ardagh * The
Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical * Times *
A fantastic blend of myth and modern * Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl *
Sure to become a classic * Sunday Express *
Gr 5-8-Sadie and Carter, children of Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, are back in the second title (Hyperion, 2011) in a projected trilogy by Rick Riordan. This time, they are causing chaos in both the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, as they try to save the world from total annihilation. The danger is from Apophis, the god of chaos, who plans to destroy the rest of the gods and rule in their place. To thwart him, Sadie and Carter are trying to locate Ra, the god of order, and restore him to power. Along with plot complications as Sadie and Carter try to find the three sections of the Book of Ra, there are questions of loyalty among the gods and the 20 trainees who have come to Brooklyn House to follow in Sadie and Carter's footsteps. Told in the first person from Sadie and Carter's points of view, Kevin R. Free and Katherine Kellgren once again narrate in fine style, capturing the personality traits of all the characters. Apophis's snake-like voice is pure evil and Ra's child-like requests for cookies, zebras, and other "lame" enticements reflect his senility and fragility. The dwarf god Bes is particularly well-realized with his tough-guy talk (like a New York hoodlum) but warm heart and even shyness around his love interest. While the book is action-packed, it's the dialogue that keeps listeners engaged. The plot and cast of characters in this book will be more understandable to those familiar with The Red Pyramid (2010, both Hyperion; Brilliance, 2011). Full of magic, danger, fantasy, and adventure, this is a memorable listen.-Edie Ching, The University of Maryland, College Park (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.