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The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide) Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 10, 2009

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Grade 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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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. SLJ" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Series: A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142312166X
  • ASIN: B0027CSNBM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Stevenson VINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
All right. I will admit that I actually forgot that THE DEMIGOD FILES was coming out in February. I had added it to my wish list some time ago, and since I was in the bookstore today poking around, I was insanely happy and surprised to find it on the shelf. And of course I snatched it up. And then finished reading it a couple hours later. At first, reading the back, and then flipping through I thought that the book was going to contain stuff that I had already read from the previous PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS books, but I was even happier to discover that everything in the book was new: everything from maps, to "interviews" with the characters, to profiles of main characters, a sneak peek at the last PERCY JACKSON book: THE LAST OLYMPIAN, and the three wonderful short stories about Percy Jackson & Co. that really end up being the highlight of this offering from Rick Riordan.

The interviews are somewhat funny and have some interesting little tidbits -- and I'm sure Riordan had a blast working out the different questions to go along with each character interviewed: the Stoll Brothers, Annabeth, Percy, and a couple others. And the map was great to analyze to -- It was interesting to see where Riordan puts things versus the image in my own mind. Also of interest are the full color pages that have sparsely-detailed profiles of the main characters. They're nice looking -- but stuck oddly in the middle of the last of the three shorts, which I'll get to those in a second. There's also a crossword puzzle and a word search, containing facts and tidbits from the books. (The answers to both are just a couple of pages later, so don't feel too frustrated if you can't figure them out.
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My girls and I love the Percy Jackson books, and we purchased this one the first day it was released. It contains three short stories, interviews with some of the kids, a map of camp, an illustration of Annabeth's trunk (so that demigod readers will know what to pack), and an excerpt from the next book. The stories ring true to the books, but the interviews are poorly written - they just don't have the right voices for the kids. There are probably eight illustrations, which are lovely and in color, but inaccurate, which very much disappointed us. To check ourselves, we looked back to the first books where the characters' appearances are described. Annabeth has curly hair and grey eyes, but not in the illustration. Chiron is balding with a wispy beard; here he has twice the hair of most men. Of course I could be wrong, but the book looks to me like the author wrote the short stories, and someone else slapped the rest together. Still enjoyable for the Percy Jackson fan, but wait until you can pay half price.
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(Dictated by my 9-year old son). The Demigod Files is one of the best books about Greek Mythology. It has three exciting adventures and there are interviews with people like Percy and Grover. I thought it was better than the Titan's Curse, the Sea of Monsters, and Battle of the Labyrinth. However, the Lightening Thief and the Last Olympian are still better. I recommend people to buy this book especially if your Family member pays for it! It was a good value.
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A Kid's Review on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do you want to be a demigod expert? Well, this is the book for you! It tells you many amazing stories that you have never heard. It tells you many other intresting facts (for example, Percy's friend, Annabeth, thinks Percy is kind of cute). These facts are told through imaginary interviews. It gives you some pictures of the main characters, though I did not think many of them looked like that. It is an intresting book.
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Personally, I was excited to see something interesting while I waited for the 5th Percy Jackson book to come out, but I'm also fairly cynical about what to expect. This inexpensive volume was a pleasant surprise, with three decent short stories, goofy interviews with characters, a map of Camp Half-Blood, a color insert section with pictures and profiles of the main characters, a crossword puzzle, word search and chart of the Olympian gods. I thought this was a fun treasure trove of odd materials -- quite interesting and enjoyable.
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My sons are big fans of the series and insisted on having this books as well. I think it is necessary if you want a complete library of Percy Jackson.
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By A Customer on May 21, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Thsi is a really good informational sidebook (side book meaning not actually part of the series but unraveling the story even farther than the actual stories go). All in all a funny book.
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I love the percy jackson series, and this was great. It has a lot of extra information on the characters and it has 3 short stories that haven't been published before. I really liked all the short stories, one was better than the others, but the all added more knowledge to the overall series. and one of the stories adds information to the new series "the heroes of olypmus" I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to fans of the series
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