The Demigod Files (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series)

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How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

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Overview

How do you handle an encounter with Medusa on the New Jersey interstate? What's the best way to take down a minotaur? Become an expert on everything in Percy's world with this must-have guide to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Complete with interviews, puzzles, games, and original short stories by Rick Riordan.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Billed as a manual for newbies entering Camp Half-Blood, this miscellany of all things Percy Jackson may satisfy readers eagerly awaiting the final installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, due in May. Three previously unpublished stories in which the son of Poseidon narrowly escapes death while cracking jokes read like scenes cut from previous novels-which is a compliment. Spliced between stories two and three are brief, comic "interviews" with Grover, Clarissa and other campers. Bland illustrations depicting the contents of Annabeth's trunk, a map of Camp Half-Blood and a short "sneak peek" at The Last Olympian pad the contents (barely) to book length; the inclusion of a crossword puzzle and a word search makes the book difficult to share. Not a must-read-but try telling that to rabid fans. Ages 10-up. (Feb.)

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Judith A. Hayn
This companion book to the series Percy Jackson & The Olympians, set in the modern United States and based on Greek mythology, is set up as a field guide for avid fans. Percy Jackson, the 12-year-old son of Poseidon, continues his adventures with the Olympians in 3 short stories, accompanied by interviews with Camp Half-Blood (hence, the demigod designation) residents, his sidekick Annabeth's trunk, a camp map, plus puzzles and games for those who await the publication of the fifth and final volume in the series. Percy uses his wits, an arsenal of special powers, and his engaging personality to conquer dragons, monsters, and other challenges that lurk in and around 21st century New York City. The clever illustrations and captions add to the fan's appreciation of this clever, action-packed fantasy series and is a must-have for Riordan's many admirers. A preview of the upcoming series closer is included. Reviewer: Judith A. Hayn
School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

This slim volume is clearly intended as a stop-gap product to tide eager readers over until the final volume of the series is released. In addition to three previously unreleased short stories about Percy and his companions, it also includes such filler as interviews with the same, along with word games, portraits of some of the Gods and their half-blood offspring, and the inevitable sneak preview of Book 5. The short stories are the meat of this book, and are filled with Riordan's trademark anachronistic humor. The first one puts Percy and his enemy Clarisse, the daughter of Ares, on the same team as she tries to retrieve her father's chariot, which has been hijacked as a prank by her two immortal brothers. The second story relates an incident that occurred during one of Camp Half-Blood's infamous Capture the Flag games, when Charlie Beckendorf, the camp counselor for Hephaestus, is captured by a horde of giant, poisonous ants, and has to be rescued with the help of a mechanical dragon. The final story brings Percy, Thalia, and Nico, the son of Hades, together at the request of Persephone to help retrieve Hades's stolen sword, the loss of which could be deadly to the Gods, and the resolution of which forms a lead-up to the probable events of Book 5. Despite the fact that this is more of a marketing package than anything else, the quality of and interest in the three stories likely justifies its purchase.-Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423121664
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 27,149
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of the previous books in the New York Times #1 best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; and The Battle of the Labyrinth. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

Biography

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    An Essential Read for any Percy Jackson Fan!

    "The Demigod Files," by Rick Riordan, is a handbook that goes along with the majorly acclaimed "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. Featuring three short stories which take place in between books, interviews with many characters, a map of Camp Half Blood, a crossword puzzle, word search, and many other fun things, this book is an essential read for any Percy Jackson fan!

    105 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2009

    Perfect filler while waiting for next Percy Jackson adventure!

    This is a great quick read. The book is set up in a short story format, with each story being a mini-adventure. Recommended for anyone who enjoys the Percy Jackson series.

    65 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

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    the demigod files

    i love the series! in this book are three extra great stories, pics of some of the characters, crossword, word jumble, and interviews with the characters. if you like greek myth this is the book for you.

    45 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    loved it

    I couldn't wait to read this and I must say I was not disappointed. Can only recommend

    38 out of 54 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2009

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    Loved it!

    I bought this book for my teenage son and he loved it. It is true fantasy. His appreciation for the book has gotten me reading all Rick Riordan books too. It's a great story for a parent to share with a son, maybe a daughter too?!

    30 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Barely has anything to do with the series

    Although I like the series, this book has nothing to do with it. The interviews aren't the best, and Annabeth's trunk makes Annabeth look like a daughter of Aphrodite (without make up).
    There are three short stories in it. They have nothing to do with the series. In fact, something major happens in one of them and Rick Riordan doesn't mention it in the last book - kind of pointless.
    Also, he wrote those short stories for his blog, and they aren't his best.

    24 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Really Fun!

    This is a great addition to the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. It is best read after books 1 - 3, then there's no confusion on the characters. I really enjoyed it. Several of my 5th grade students have purchased it on their own after I read them parts of it.

    24 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    YES!! MORE PERCY!!

    I love the percy jackson and the olympians series and when this came out I was really happ cuz it has a bit of everything. Action, fun, thrill, and just a HINT of romance ;) Its a great addition to the series and every fan should read it, no questions asked :)

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    For all readers

    This book is great to get you ready and up to date before reading the last book....

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    A decent book.

    This book isn't brilliant, but it's got a few good side stories and the illustrations are really cool. The writing isn't Rick Riordan's best, but it's still pretty good. Basically, if you're reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, then you should read this in between book 4 and book 5. It explains a few things that will help with the plot. Overall, a four-star book.

    18 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

    We LOVE Percy Jackson!

    I have a 9 yr old girl & 11 yr old boy -- they BOTH love the Percy Jackson series! Comical, yet educational (greek mythology meet modern day) Very cleverly written!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    READ IT BEFORE YOU READ "THE LAST OLYMPIANS."

    It is good for kids who like myth stories. It is good also for people who likes adventures. This book can make you imagine the pictures for some people.

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    i wonder what this book is about?

    I have read the other books and they have all been great and I'm waiting on the 5th book to come out but this book looks pretty good too

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

    Good

    It has many, I guess, side ideas wanted to be added into books.

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

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    Percy jackson books

    i have read all the percy jackson books expet the last olympian and demigod files i am realy looking fored to them i know there going to be great i can't wait to find out what happens.<BR/><BR/>the lightning thef was pure gold i loved it.<BR/>the sea of monsters more or less it was good buy not eadg of your set good<BR/>the titans cures LOVE IT best job yet<BR/>and the battle of the laybrth it was awsome great storry line and all<BR/>the last olympian if it is inproving like the others did it should be the beast book i've ever read.<BR/>the demigod files not so shure about it but hey gotta try right.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Public service anouncement

    Stop saying you are demigods. Because you arnt. Right real reviews not say you are a child of false idols. There is only one god and we should worship him. No one cares you freaks get a life. Just shutup. Most of you are like thirty year old dudes. From a true beliver in God.

    7 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Sweet book.

    I love the book! Right when I started reading I couldn't stop! It's the best!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    It was good.

    I thoughht it shoulld
    Have been longer

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Read me!!!!!

    This book is awesome! It has interviews with connor , travis , percy , annabeth , grover and clarisse. Youshould read this book after the 4 th and before the 5th book. It is soooooooooooo not awaste of money!!!!!!!!! Buy it ! now ! ; - )

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Really Good!

    Rick Riodan has done it again with his newest companion to Percey Jackson and the Olmpians. This all new short story collect is a great read for anyone who loves an adventure of for those who don't like lenthy books.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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