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Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series [NOOK Book]

Overview

Which Greek god makes the best parent?
Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?
Why do so many monsters go into retail?

Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike ...

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Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

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Overview

Which Greek god makes the best parent?
Would you want to be one of Artemis’ Hunters?
Why do so many monsters go into retail?

Spend a little more time in Percy Jackson’s world—a place where the gods bike among us, monsters man snack bars, and each of us has the potential to become a hero.

Find out:

  • Why Dionysus might actually be the best director Camp Half-Blood could have
  • How to recognize a monster when you see one
  • Why even if we aren’t facing manticores and minotaurs, reading myth can still help us deal with the scary things in our own lives

Plus, consult our glossary of people, places, and things from Greek myth: how Medusa got her snake hair extensions, why Chiron isn’t into partying and paintball like the rest of his centaur family, and the whole story on Percy’s mythical namesake.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937856373
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 71,626
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • File size: 428 KB

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and the author of the upcoming first installment in the 39 Clues series. For 15 years, Riordan taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. He lives in San Antonio 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 October 27, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Love for Percy Jackson is sweeping readers everywhere -- and not just teens. Other authors love him as well, and they have something to say about him! DEMIGODS AND MONSTERS is a book of essays penned by other authors covering all things Percy Jackson. <BR/><BR/>Jenny Han gives godly parental report cards and asks if you could pick one parent out of the god realm, who would you choose? Rosemary Clement-Moore writes a lesson in recognizing monsters, for beginners, of course. Ellen Steiber attempts to answer why Dionysus isn't a poor choice for the director of Camp Half Blood. Nigel Rodgers writes a glossary of "Who's Who?" in Greek Mythology. <BR/><BR/>Cameron Dokey, Paul Collins, Carolyn MacCullough, Elizabeth M. Rees, Sarah Beth Hurst, Elizabeth E. Wein, Kathi Appelt, and Sophie Masson also write essays that are humorous, clever, odd, and just plain great. <BR/><BR/>Percy Jackson fans will love this book.

    63 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Artemis. Aka Midnightangel

    Hi everyone is my brother Apollo bugging you? If so ill tell my mom on him. Athena wants me to tell you that she is impressed by all the offerings she's been getting. (P.s. send more olives) Persephone still sends her regards from the underworld. Well i'll talk later when i'm done wuth my hunting trip
    -Artemis, goddess of the moon

    46 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    OMGODS:o

    This book is so awsome.WHOEVER doesnt like this book has some serious problems.To bad there isnt another one of these books. Its like mc donalds Im lovin it.:)

    32 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    A person

    Umm no offense to harry potter fans but p j beats harry potter books by A LOT compared to percy harry potter books suck at least thts wat i think :I But i do like th harry potter movies... kinda......

    30 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2011

    Joe

    A great book about greek mythology but not like the Percy Jackson saga

    28 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    This book

    This book probably is a little slow and not at all like the whole series, but I would still get it is I were you.

    27 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Me

    AM I A DEMIGOD???????????????????????(HOP I AM OH AND GREAT BOOK LIKE BRST BOOK EVER

    24 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Wwait

    It said there would be a sea of monsters movie in 2013

    21 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Wish

    I love percy jackson and all books by rick riodan tho my fav is percy jackson and thats including the lost hero and son of neptune cant waitfor his next book to come out mark of athena im soo excited ive read the entire series 5 times since the middle of the summer of 2011 omg the best book ever

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Awesome

    Hilarious, I felt like I was entering another world!

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Click this please

    I OBSESSED with percy jackson books i cried at the ed of the son of neptune because the endin was so good also because i want the next book to com out so much. SHOULD I BUY IT

    14 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    I love ricks books

    Two words awsome book!

    13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Read this series

    I love the percy jacksom series and i recomend this book to anyone who likes myths, and you should read the other books like the lightning thief, lost hero,and the demigod diaries!

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    #35 really

    Its called an awseome book or awesome E-book if on nook or kindle

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Posiedon is awesome

    Go Posiedon

    12 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    the best

    its very good for kids who read the percy jacson series

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    apollo

    Hey sis stop bugging them or ill turn ur hunters into roaches sorry bout that my fans pleez press the yes button below and... artemis stop in terrrupting me pleez im talking to my fans so shut it!
    Bye apollo out peace

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Anonymous

    Thy reviews on this very book are inaccurate. This is not a chatboard and shall not be used as one. You should all be a
    shamed for dishonoring the gods, and using terrible grammer. Thee should be warned, as I was apprenticed by the Great Huntress herself, my tracking skills are admirable. Beware my wrath, and that of the gods. None of you are decended from the deities, and shall not claim so.

    - A

    10 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Awsome book

    I am daughter of Athena (sister of Annabeth=]) and may i say Camp Halfblood is awesome. This guide has been very helpful and i have learned alot from Percy.Cyclopes attacking AH!!BYE and HHHHEEEELLLLPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Help!!!!!

    I am ao the run from my home and gaya took me to the doors of death!!!!!!! She promisted that if i helped here then i would not die!!!!! I have seven days ttttttto anser!!! Gota go monster calling me!!!!!!hhhhhhhheeeeeeellllllpppppp!!!!!!!

    9 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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