Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos' army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth - a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn.Along the way Percy will confront powerful enemies, find out the truth about the lost god Pan, and face the Titan lord Kronos’s most terrible secret. The final war begins . . . with the Battle of the Labyrinth.
Eeeee! I placed a Scholastic Book Club order last week because I had some bonus points and they had some free gifts... I ordered a lot. My husband was amazingly calm about the boxes we had to carry home from school. (We live across the street from the school we work at so we walk instead of drive.) I love how Life After Jane includes summaries of her IMM books... I recieved too many to do that. I've decided to include links to Goodreads for book info.
Rick Riordan has posted some information about the release of The Lost Hero to his blog. The release date is October 12, 2010 (I had read it was the 5th, so I'll have to fix my countdown widget.) The Lost Hero will be released in hardback, e-book (this includes Kindle and iBooks), and audio book simultaneously. He'll be holding a release party at Book People in Austin, Texas (you lucky dogs) and will be streaming live on the internet.
Rick Riordan has started a new Camp Half-Blood series called The Heroes of Olympus. The first book in the series is The Lost Hero and will be released on October 5, 2010.
Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.
When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and... a ride from his mom.The demigods race to the rescue, to find that Grover has made an important discover: two new powerful half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. But that's not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up his most devious trap yet, and the young heroes have just fallen prey.They’re not the only ones in danger. An ancient monster has arisen — one rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus — and Artemis, the only goddess who might know how to track it, is missing. Now Percy and his friends, along with the Hunters of Artemis, have only a week to find the kidnapped goddess and solve the mystery of the monster she was hunting.Along the way, they must face their most dangerous challenge yet: the chilling prophecy of the titan’s curse.
I'm REALLY excited about Ilona Andrews' upcoming release, Bayou Moon. The world that she and her husband Gordon have created is so different and new (at least new to me). I can't go into detail about the series as The Kid has just started screaming for release from baby jail (the crib) - so I'm throwing up so fast links.
A little something I found at Jazz's About Books Blog.
In keeping with our Percy Jackson and The Olympians theme...
Title: The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus
Title: The McElderry Book Of Greek Myths
Retold by: Eric A. Kimmel
Illustrator: Pep Montserrat
Publication Date: 2008
The vocabulary definitely makes this a 5th grade an up book for reading, but 2nd graders and up will have no problem following along with the story. Kimmel takes a selection of myths and weaves them together into a whole story told in chronological order. I liked the Author's Note explaining why these myths were important and how they have a lot to offer "...children who live in a world of cell phones, the Internet, iPods, and DVDs...". Twelve famous myths, from Prometheus and Pandora to Midas, the Minotaur, and Perseus, are illustrated in warm earth tones in a humorous style that borrows some of its shape and form from traditional Greek art. I'm going to sound like a teacher, but the words used in the stories will reinforce kids' vocabulary as well as helping the listener/reader visualize the story. This is a great one and I'll be picking it up for my personal collection. I think my son will enjoy it when he's older (he's only 16 months old).
Title: d'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Author: Ingri d'Aulaire, Edgar Perin d'Aulaire
Publication Date: First published in 1962
Dude, it's d'Aulaires' , of course it's going to be on the list, it's been around forever! Granted, that doesn't automatically make it good, but this is a well written and thorough book for the 9-12 year old audience. It's even good for high school students (I used it as a reference for a Latin project). While the illustrations are reminiscent of Aliki's work, they are more polished. Emotive illustrations really help along the dry text. Not as much fun to read aloud, probably too hard for third graders to read without some help, and it wouldn't be my first choice. It's more like, if everything else is checked out, go for this one. (It's probably best to keep in mind that I still associate this book with text books, which probably isn't fair and most likely affects my opinion.) This is another book that should be in almost every school and public library.
Title: Oh My Gods!: Look-It-Up guide to the gods of Mythology / She's All That!: Look-It-Up guide to the Goddesses of Mythology /All In The Family: Look-It-Up guide to the In-Laws, Outlaws, and Offspring of Mythology (Mytholopedia series)
Author: Megan E. Bryant, Steven Otfinoski
Publication Date: 2009
Well, it's eye catching. The reading level is supposed to be for kids 9-12, but the M TV approach to illustrations (so much going on I thought I might develop ADD) and constant pop culture references might make this a more enjoyable read for middle and high school readers. It's packed with information... and illustrations, and jokes - there is just so much happening on each page. The Mytholopedia books read more like a hyperactive Technicolor encyclopedia than an actual narrative. It's a good choice for those just looking for bare bones information or are already familiar with the more popular myths.