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


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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: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Funny and fast-paced ... Percy is a hero that every kid will want to emulate Sunday Express Funny ... very exciting ... but it's the storytelling that will get readers hooked. After all, this is the stuff of legends Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

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

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

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


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Customer Reviews

Very fun and full of interesting short stories.
npkaps
Contains two short stories never in the other books; Character pages all about them; Interviews with the characters; and a very enjoyable book.
Angelica
For me it only took a half an hour for me to finish this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

90 of 93 people found the following review helpful 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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100 of 115 people found the following review helpful By carb101 on February 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa aka on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
(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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cherelle on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son, age 9, and I have been reading this series. This book is great fun. The questions for the interviews are funny as are the responses. It looked to us like someone had a fun time putting this together. The short stories are true to character of the other longer books.

This is a short read that adds to the series and expands on the information about the main characters in the longer books.

Well worth the money
Enjoy.
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