Posts tagged Rick Riordan

Most Popular Kids Books of 2013

Christchurch City Libraries has just released our list of the most popular kids books of 2013. In the Top Ten there are only 4 different authors.

Here they are, in order of fewest books to most:

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Jacqueline Wilson has one book on the list Queenie at #8.

1953, England. Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England, but Elsie Kettle and her grandmother both fall ill with tuberculosis. Elsie is whisked away to a hospital where she is confined to bed for months and misses her beloved Nan desperately. However, in the hospital she makes friends, including Queenie, the hospital’s majestic white cat.

Read some more posts about Jacqueline Wilson on our blog.

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J.K. Rowling has one book on the list, and it’s a classic – Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone at #9.

It’s been 17 years since this came out and it’s still going strong! J.K Rowling has recently said she will write a play and another book about the Harry Potter universe.

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Jeff Kinney has THREE books on the Top Ten list this year. The Last Straw at #10, Dog Days at #6 and at #1 – The Third Wheel!

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is the hilarious story of Greg’s life at school and home. The funny words are matched up well with some VERY funny pictures. If these books don’t make you laugh out loud, you don’t have a funny bone! Read some more posts about Jeff Kinney on our blog here.

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The author with the most books on our Top Ten list is Rick Riordan! HALF of the books on the Top Ten list are by this awesome author who writes the Percy Jackson series. These exciting books have sold over 20 million copies and the third film in the series is due out in 2015. You can read more about Rick Riordan by looking at posts on our blog about him.

See how many books you’ve read in our most popular kids books of 2013 and let us know in the comments below 🙂

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Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die.
They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood.

The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

The House of Hades, the conclusion to the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, is due out next month.  Reserve your copy from the library now.

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The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent’s Shadow Book Trailer

The Serpent’s Shadow, the final book in Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles is out now.  You can reserve your copy at the library.  If you haven’t read this amazing series, featuring Egyptian gods and monsters, get the first book The Red Pyramid.

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Rick Riordan talks about The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune is the latest book in the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.  If you loved the Percy Jackson series you’ll love this new series with new demigods and mythical creatures.  Percy Jackson even makes an appearance in The Son of Neptune.  Reserve your copy now at the library or at home on the library catalogue.

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan.

This book is the first in the series. It is about a boy called Percy whose life changes after he goes to a summer home away from his stepfather Gabe. He then finds out he’s a half-blood! So he’s half boy, half god, but all hero! I absolutely love the Percy Jackson series, to me he’s the best author ever! I recommend this book to people who like mythology and sword fights with monsters and some interesting twists towards the end. Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully fledged war of the Gods erupts?

By Calin.

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Return to Camp Half-Blood in Heroes of Olympus

If you loved the Percy Jackson series and wanted to read more about Camp Half-Blood then you’ll want to read The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Heroes of Olympus series.  Here’s the blurb from the book:

“When Jason, Piper and Leo crash-land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives.

But rumours of a terrible curse – and a missing hero – are flying around camp. It seems Jason, Piper and Leo are the chosen ones to embark on a terrifying new quest, which they must complete by the winter solstice. In just four days time.

Can the trio succeed on this deadly mission – and what must they sacrifice in order to survive?”

Here is a cool book trailer for the new series:

Reserve your copy now to be one of the first to read The Lost Hero.

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39 Clues – The Maze of Bones

I have read the 39 clues-The Maze of Bones it is a very exiting book that you would not want to put the book down.  It is about two children named Amy and Dan Cahill, their grandma had died and they have to choose between 1 million dollars or a clue!
WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Read the book to find out!

By Cammrar

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Egyptian Gods – who’s who?

Rick Riordan’s new book, The Red Pyramid, features a few different Egyptian gods so I thought it might help to have an introduction to the major ones that show up in the book:

  • Ra – the sun god and greatest of all gods who was thought to be the creator of both gods and mortals.
  • Osiris – brother and husband of Isis and father of Horus.
  • Isis – sister and wife of Isis, and also a powerful sorceress.
  • Horus – god of the sky and son of Osiris and Isis.
  • Set (also known as Seth) – god of chaos, confusion and storms. Also the jealous brother of Osiris.
  • Bast (also known as Bastet) – goddess of cats and daughter of Ra.
  • Thoth – god of writing and knowledge and a god of the Underworld.
  • Anubis – god of the Underworld and in charge of tombs and mummification.

If you want to know more about Egyptian mythology and the gods that feature in them you could try these books:

Or try these websites:

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Ancient Egyptian gods rise again in The Red Pyramid

Percy Jackson fought Greek gods and now Carter and Sadie Kane battle to keep the Egyptian gods from taking over the world in Rick Riordan’s new series, The Kane Chronicles

The Red Pyramid is the first book in the new series and it’s totally awesome!  Brother and sister, Carter and Sadie Kane have lived apart since their mother died when they were young.  Carter travels the world with his dad who’s a brilliant Egyptologist, and Sadie lives with her grandparents in London.  When their dad destroys the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum, he releases some dangerous Egyptian gods that have been trapped for centuries.  Set, the god of chaos, traps Carter’s dad in a gold tomb and Carter and Sadie have to run for their lives.  To save their dad, they must defeat Set and his minions.   Along the way they are helped by some powerful gods who help them discover the truth about their family and unlock the magic inside them.  

I love the way that Rick Riordan creates a story around myths and legends and The Red Pyramid left me wanting to know more about Egyptian myths and legends.  He makes the gods seem cool, particularly Anubis (even though he’s the god of the underworld). The Red Pyramid is exciting, action packed, and the perfect book for those who loved the Percy Jackson series.  I can’t wait for the next one in the series!   10 out of 10

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The Red Pryamid by Rick Riordan

I think the Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan is a really cool book because there are lots and lots of gods from Ancient Egypt.  There is a girl called Sadie and a boy called Carter.Their dad is a scientist called Dr Kane.  Find out what happens to them as they dodge obstacles and swerve around gods from Ancient Egypt.

by Juliette

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More great book trailers

Wyrmeweald: Returner’s Wealth by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – The first in the new series by the creators of The Edge Chronicles.

The Red Pyramid, Book One of The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan, creator of Percy Jackson.

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a troubled kid, its not his fault. All his life, Percy has gotten kicked out of every school he has attended. The only subject he really likes is Latin with his teacher Mr Brunner. Percy’s life was hard, but things got even trickier when his maths teacher tried to kill him, then Percy is sent away to a summer camp that is not like many others.

Now he spends most of his time fighting monsters, and just trying to stay alive.

The greek gods come to life in this epic novel that keeps you reading ’till the back cover. I score Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief a 9\10. A must read from everyone from 9 to 90. 😀

By Henry

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Writing Tip of the Week – Rick Riordan

This week’s writing tip comes from Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and his brand new series, The Kane Chronicles about Egyptian gods in the modern-day.

“Read a lot! Read everything you can get your hands on. You will learn the craft of writing by immersing yourself in the voices, styles, and structures of writers who have gone before you.

Write every day! Keep a journal. Jot down interesting stories you heard. Write descriptions of people you see. It doesn’t really matter what you write, but you must keep up practice. Writing is like a sport — you only get better if you practice.”

Visit Rick Riordan’s website for more writing tips, information about the author and his books.

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April Book Buzz

Want to know what great new books we’ve got in the library?  Every month we’ll tell you about some new and exciting books that we get so that you can catch up on the latest book in a series that you read or discover a new author.  You can click on any of the titles mentioned to see if we have copies in your library or to reserve them for when they come back in.

Cover imagePercy Jackson: The Ultimate Guide by Rick Riordan

This is the perfect book for all those Percy Jackson fans out there.  It looks like a secret journal and has heaps of interesting information inside.  There’s information on Percy Jackson himself, as well as facts about the Gods and Spirits, the beasts and monsters, and some of the settings from the books like the Labyrinth, the Underworld and the Storehouse of the Gods.  This book has everything you ever wanted to know about the world of Percy Jackson.

The Floods: Who wants to be a Billionaire? by Colin Thompson

That weird and wacky family, The Floods, are back again.  The world is in a recession and millions of people have lost millions of dollars. And just when things are about to get even worse, the Floods set up Summer School in New York and take control. Hooray, help is at hand – but as they say, charity begins at home. So millions of people will probably lose millions more dollars, but it will all work out fine in the end. Well, for the Floods anyway. Hey, come on. They”re witches and wizards, not some sort of charity.

Safe-cracking for Students by Terry Deary

This is the latest book in the Master Crook’s Crime Academy series by the author of the Horrible Histories books.  Wildpool’s filthy rich are delighted – with a new bank in town, at last their money will be safe from thieving hands. But they haven’t banked on the wit, skill and genius of the Crime Academy students, who are preparing for the greatest bank robbery of all time.  If you like books with a bit of history and a lot of laughs, this is for you.

The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon by David Almond

Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It’s one of many strange ideas that he’s never told anyone (at school he was told that he had no ideas at all), until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world. Helped by a very long ladder, some highly irregular characters, two rather worried parents and a great deal of community spirit, Paul takes to the sky. But his astonishing discovery there can’t keep him away for long – what is waiting for him back at home is turning out to be better than he’d ever imagined.

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