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Rick Riordan - Author

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006 and is now a blockbuster film franchise, starring Logan Lerman.

Rick Riordan is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series for children and the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

His adult fiction has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. His short fiction has appeared in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

To find out more about Percy Jackson - visit www.percyjackson.co.uk

A Q AND A WITH RICK RIORDAN

Where did you get the idea for Percy Jackson?

My son Haley asked me to tell him some bedtime stories about the Greek gods and heroes. I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply. When I ran out of myths, he was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters. I thought about it for a few minutes. Then I remembered a creative writing project I used to do with my sixth graders — I would let them create their own demigod hero, the son or daughter of any god they wanted, and have them describe a Greek-style quest for that hero. Off the top of my head, I made up Percy Jackson and told Haley all about his quest to recover Zeus’ lightning bolt in modern day America. It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book. I had a lot to do already, but I somehow found the time to write the first Percy Jackson book over the next year. I just really enjoyed writing it. The story was such fun, and so different from my adult fiction, that I found myself spending a lot of time on it. Now, I’m sure glad I did!

• The Lightning Thief deals with magic and the Greek gods. Are you worried about censorship?

In Western Civilization, we’ve always had an uneasy mix between Classical mythology and Judeo-Christian values. As a culture, we tend to believe in one God, but we also grow up steeped in these wonderful old stories about the Olympians. As long as we recognize them as stories that are part of our heritage and long-since stopped being any kind of serious religion, I don’t see the harm in learning mythology. In fact, I think you have to know Greek myths to understand where our modern culture came from. It’s part of being an educated member of society. The Lightning Thief explores Greek mythology in a modern setting, but it does so as a humorous work of fantasy. I’m certainly not interested in changing or contradicting anyone’s religious beliefs. Early in the book, the character Chiron makes a distinction between God, capital-G, the creator of the universe, and the Greek gods (lower-case g). Chiron says he doesn’t want to delve into the issue of God, but he has no qualms about discussing the Olympians because they are a “much smaller matter.” The gods of Olympus are archetypes. They are deeply embedded in and inseparable from Western thought. The book pays tribute to the legacy of Olympus as one of the roots of our culture.

• Have you ever been to Greece or Italy, or are you planning to travel there?

Yes, I’ve been to both Italy and Greece, but only after I finished the Percy Jackson series, which is ironic. One doesn’t need to travel there, however, to appreciate the stories from mythology. Those are quite universal.

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Reader ReviewedMagnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Rick Riordan's unerring ability to reach readers - including those generally described as reluctant - is evident in his new series. Once again he takes...
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Reader ReviewedMagnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Rick Riordan
November 2016 Book of the Month In a Nutshell: Exhilaratingly entertaining mythological mayhem | Adventure and all-round awesomeness abound in this second book in the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, aka The Undisputed Master of Modern Mythological Makeovers!...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4,000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about Percy, however his unique voice shines through as he tells the tales in his own...
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Hidden Oracle
Rick Riordan
May 2016 Book of the Month In the hands of Rick Riordan, aka ‘Storyteller of the Gods', Greek myths provide the starting points for the very best contemporary adventures. Apollo is star of this new series, though he's not very...
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Demigods and Magicians Three Stories from the World of Percy Jackson and the Kane Chronicles
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, Annabeth Chase and Carter and Sadie Kane do battle with an ancient Egyptian magician determined to become a god. Against impossible odds, the four demigods and magicians team up to prevent the apocalypse.
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Reader ReviewedMagnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Rick Riordan's unerring ability to reach readers - including those generally described as reluctant - is evident in his new series. Once again he takes...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - August 2015 Book of the Month The fabulous Percy Jackson himself takes the reader back, to roughly 4000 years ago and tells the stories of twelve Greek Heroes. This isn't about...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/08/2015
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The Blood of Olympus Heroes of Olympus
Rick Riordan
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month -One of the Lovereading4kids Readers' Choice Books of the Year 2014 Another awesome epic from Rick Riordan who has created a vibrant and compelling landscape...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god - his father is Poseidon - and half-mortal – he is also a schoolboy in Manhattan - Percy...
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Reader ReviewedThe Blood of Olympus
Rick Riordan
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Reader ReviewedThe House of Hades
Rick Riordan
November 2014 Book of the Month The powerful forces of the gods, demi-gods and monster shape this action packed adventure in which danger lurks in every corner of the universe. Hazel is back from the Underworld and she has a...
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Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods
Rick Riordan
September 2014 Book of the Month Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god - his father is Poseidon - and half-mortal – he is also...
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Reader ReviewedThe House of Hades
Rick Riordan
The House of Hades is the fourth book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series, set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson. The Heroes of Olympus -The Lost HeroThe Son of NeptuneThe...
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Format: Hardback | Released 08/10/2013
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Reader ReviewedThe Mark of Athena
Rick Riordan
The Mark of Athena is the explosive third part in Rick Riordan's number one series - Heroes of Olympus. Can Percy Jackson and the Half-blood Heroes succeed on their quest to find The Doors of Death or will the...
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Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
Rick Riordan
The Percy Jackson series is a deserved bestseller as it's a clever and brilliantly crafted fusion of the worlds of gods and humans. Schoolboy Percy, son of Poseidon, knows from the prophecies that bad things will happen when he turns...
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Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth exciting adventure in Rick Riordan's bestselling series. Click here to see other titles in this superb adventure series which has sold over 1 million copies!...and visit www.rickriordan.com...
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Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse is the third book in Rick Riordan's bestselling fantasy adventure series. It's the last Friday before the winter holidays but Percy Jackson isn't at school: he's battling the fearsome Manticore (half human, half lion),...
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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters is the second awesome adventure in Rick Riordan's bestselling series. This new paperback edition will tie-in with the star-studded and eagerly awaited new Percy Jackson film from Twentieth Century Fox. Click here...
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Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel
Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel sees Percy Jackson come to life in this explosive graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's blockbuster title. Featuring a faithful adaptation by Robert Venditti, stunning artwork by Attila Futaki, and sumptuous colours by...
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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero. This title tells the author story.
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The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow
Rick Riordan
Best-selling Rick Riordan brings his thrilling Kane Chronicles trilogy to a dramatic close in this high octane story which fuses magic and mythology in a new world where the rules are very different. Twins Carter and Sadie, descendants of the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/03/2013
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Reader ReviewedHeroes of Olympus: The Son of Neptune
Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die. But they're the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself...
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Reader ReviewedHeroes of Olympus: The Mark of Athena
Rick Riordan
The phenomenally successful Rick Riordan is back with the next thrilling installment of the Heroes of Olympus series. Can Percy Jackson and the Half-blood Heroes succeed on their quest to find The Doors of Death or will the Greek Gods...
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The Kane Chronicles: The Serpent's Shadow
Rick Riordan
May 2012 Book of the Month. This is the third and final book in this awesome and electrifying Kane Chronicles series that is set in ancient Egypt. Carter and Sadie have their biggest and most important quest yet; to defeat...
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The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles book 2)
Rick Riordan
From the author of the phenomenally successful Percy Jackson novels comes a terrific series set in Ancient Egypt rather than in Ancient Greece. Rick really has his finger on the pulse when it comes to delivering what 9+ kids...
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Reader ReviewedThe Lost Hero
Rick Riordan
This is the number one, bestselling title in this new spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan. Old enemies awaken as camp half-blood's new arrivals prepare for war. The Lost Hero is the first book in the bestselling
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Reader ReviewedHeroes of Olympus : The Son of Neptune
Rick Riordan
This is the second title in this number one, bestselling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan. This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson's reality, which pretty much sucks for him. Only...
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The Throne of Fire (The Kane Chronicles book 2)
Rick Riordan
From the author of the phenomenally successful Percy Jackson novels comes a terrific series set in Ancient Egypt rather than in Ancient Greece. Rick really has his finger on the pulse when it comes to delivering what 9+ kids...
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Reader ReviewedHeroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero
Rick Riordan
An incredible, brand new series from the bestselling creator of Percy Jackson. Whether you've devoured the Percy Jackson books or loved the hugely successful film in 2010 you'll love this amazing new series about a new generation of demigods and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 12/10/2010
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The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles book 1)
Rick Riordan
Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011 Best-selling author Rick Riordan who created Percy Jackson has once again created some non-stop thrilling action in this headlong adventure as the Egyptian past comes alive and threatens two present day children....
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Percy Jackson: The Ultimate Guide
Rick Riordan
For fans of Percy Jackson, the chances are you'll know that he didn't want to be a half-blood and never asked to be the son of a Greek God. Percy Jackson was just a normal kid, going to school, skateboarding,...
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Flips: Percy Jackson (Nintendo DS)
Rick Riordan
Half Boy. Half God. All Hero. Join Percy Jackson as he teams up with other demigods to battle mythical foes! Young Percy Jackson goes off on a quest to help his real father, Poseidon, avert a war among the gods....
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Percy Jackson: The Demigod Files
Rick Riordan
Take a fantastic look behind the scenes of the famous Percy Jackson, schoolboy and Demi god. Theses archives include a guide to Percy's most important backup team, Percy's own introduction to the greatest gods and goddesses in mythology, an interview...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/01/2010
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The 39 Clues 1: The Maze Of Bones
Rick Riordan
Want to get your kids reading, well here's a spellbinding adventure that we think kids of 8 upwards will really pick up on for it's something more than a book as it integrates books, games, a website, cards and prizes...
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Format: Hardback | Released 09/09/2008
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39 Clues, Card Pack 1
Rick Riordan
There are some 350 cards to collect between now and the publication of the 10th 39 Clues title in 2010. This is the first card pack and the cards therein will help reveal the clues to help you solve the...
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