Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide

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It's the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy. This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-color diagrams, and maps, all packaged in a handy, "manual-size" POB with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

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Overview

It's the handbook no half-blood should be without: a fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy. This novelty companion to the best-selling series comes complete with trading cards, full-color diagrams, and maps, all packaged in a handy, "manual-size" POB with a crisp, magnetic flap enclosure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423121718
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 1/18/2010
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series
  • Pages: 146
  • Sales rank: 24,876
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of the first five books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. 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 9, 2010

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    An Educational and Enjoyable Read!

    "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide" is exactly what its title says it is: a complete guide to the best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Full of reader activities, exclusive information, and colorful illustrations, this is the handbook no Percy Jackson fan should be without! Containing everything you need to know about monsters, gods, weapons, food, and all things Percy, this ultimate guide to a truly sensational series will not disappoint anyone who reads it! While it is educational, this book is also very enjoyable, and will prove to be a fun, attention-holding read to anyone!

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    YAY!!! AN OFFICIAL GUIDE!!

    I fell in love with this series a few months ago and since then, bought everything Percy Jackson. This book has great color pictures of all the characters ande some in-depth information not really shown in the books. It has a beautiful color and really completes the series. I would recommend it for everyone who read the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series :)

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2009

    Fantastic books

    I am a 20 year old college student and I happened upon these books by accident and I fully recommend them to everyone, children and adults alike. They are packed with adventure and I may be a nerd for admitting I am 20 and I enjoy them but then again, who cares?!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    This is a great book for Percy Jackson lovers

    This is a wonderful book! I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series and loved it. When I read this I loved it even more! You have to read the 5 books first or this book will not make any sense.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Percy Jackson The Ultimate Guide

    The Percy Jackson novels are an enjoyable read. My son an assistant teacher recommended these books to me years ago. I was reluctant to read something intended for young adults but I did anyway and totally enjoyed them and looked forward to each of the followling novels. I loved the characters in the novels but had some questions about them. This guide fills in those questions and give you more insight into the books. I recomend it highly for anyone who is into the novels plus anyone who isn't. Its a good book

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

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    A Great Dictionary for Mythology Beginners

    My son who is eight is just starting in the Percy Jackson series and really used this ultimate guide book to switch back from the book anytime he had a question regarding a creature or charater. It not only gives full characters/ creatures descriptions as in mythology but, it explains how they are related to the series. A must have! In fact, we bought a second set of this guide and the series to give as a birthday gift for his 8 yr. old friend. They will both be ready for this subject in school!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

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    The Great Greek Book

    This is a great way to learn about the Greek Gods and some new characters to Percy Jackson and the Olympians. If Rick Riordan made an Ultimate Guide 2, I would buy it! Tell Rick Riordan thank you. I'm 9 years old.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    I <3 Percy Jackson!!!

    I don't agree with the rating. I loved it and I'm 15, my mom loved it, my little sister loved it, it is a book for all ages. Great story, found myself absorbed quickly into it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2010

    long wait for shipping

    i ordered these books back in feb and its almost april and i haven't recieved them, thank god for the public library. seriously b&n you should upgrade my shipping for free. my kids really enjoyed the books and to see a 8 year old read these books was amazing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Percy Jackson

    My daughter loved this guide

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2010

    Very Interesting

    Are you a fan of the Percy Jackson series? Then this is the book for you. This book will give you the inside scoop on Sally Jackson as well as some of the wickedest monsters Percy and his friends have faced over the years. I found this book very interesting and useful on some of the back ground information on the stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    The Ultimate Guide to Percy Jackson's World.

    I love this book series. I instantly became a fan of this series when I began reading book 1, "The Lightning Thief." This "Ultimate Guide" is "the icing on the cake" for me. It gives information and pictures that truly add to the world of Percy Jackson. I highly recommend this book, especially if you own, or have read "Percy Jackson and the Olympians." This book is a great addition to this wonderful fictional series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    A fun way to introduce Greek Mythology

    My kiddos were never interested in Mythology. Now the teach us about Greek Gods and monsters. Even adults like to get brouse through the guide as it refreshens your memories on stuff being thought in school years ago. Grandpa would not let go of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Great addition to the Series!

    It has all the characters and their pictures! Great to learn about Greek Mythology and to share with fan friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

    What a great series!!!

    I bought this for my 9 year old and he has not stopped reading! Great series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    PERCY JACKSON!

    I absolutely loved Percy Jackson! I have read the Twilight and the HP series and read all 5 of the PJ series in less than 5 days! I loved them and have already lent the box set out to a friend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    Great!

    This is the perfect guide to go along with the wonderful Percy Jackson and the Olympians book series. A must have for any Percy Jackson fan!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Awesome

    So far I am on book 4 and its amazing...the beginning books were a little slow but not much nd it was kind of hard to grasp on to cuz he was 12 when it began nd im not so it was kinda weird trying to attach to a 12 year old...now tht he is older the language changes nd morphs into more of sumthing i can really get into. Very well done! the characters change and new challenges arise around every corner that test them...nd make yu yurself wonder wht you would hav done nd the twists! extremely well done...believe me..sum things yu really just dont see coming. Overall amazing series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2010

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    If you read Percy Jackson and the Olympian series heres a behind the scenes look about everything!!!

    This book tell everything about the monsters he fights, about Percy and his friends and about the gods and titans. If you were confused in some parts then this is the book for you it'll tell you everything. Like the title it is the ultimate guide!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Awesome!

    I loved these books!They are amazing and packed with adventure!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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