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Gr 5-9-This book will delight fans of The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) as Percy, Annabeth, and others play roles in the new prophecy and its subsequent quest. A few months after The Last Olympian (Hyperion, 2009) ends, Jason wakes up on a bus filled with problem kids from the Wilderness School who are headed to the Grand Canyon. He has no memory of his previous life, but seems to be with his girlfriend, Piper, and his best friend, Leo. The action takes off quickly: storm spirits attack them and capture their coach, who turns out to be a Satyr. Searching for Percy, who is missing, Annabeth arrives and takes the three to Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods. Their parents are gods in their Roman rather than Greek personae. By sunset of the solstice in three days, the teens must rescue Hera, Queen of the gods, or Porphyrion, the giant king created to destroy Zeus and unseat the gods of Olympus, will rise. Their quest takes them across the United States, sometimes flying on a mechanical, 60-foot dragon, as they use their power and wits against Medea, King Midas, and the giant cannibal Enceladus. Riordan excels at clever plot devices and at creating an urgent sense of cliff-hanging danger. His interjection of humor by incongruous juxtaposition-Medea, for example, heads up a New York City department store-provides some welcome relief. The young heroes deal with issues familiar to teens today: Who am I? Can I live up to the expectations of others? Having read the first series is helpful but not essential, and the complex plot is made for sequels.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Readers longing for a return to Camp Half-Blood will get their wish in the first novel of the Heroes of Olympus series, which follows Riordan’s popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and includes some of the same characters in minor roles. The new cast features Jason, Piper, and Leo, teen demigods who are just coming to understand and use their unique abilities as they learn how much depends upon their wits, courage, and fast-developing friendship. Setting up the books to come, the backstory of a master plan to unseat the gods is complex but is doled out in manageable bits with a general air of foreboding. Meanwhile, the action scenes come frequently as the three heroic teens fight monstrous enemies in North American locales, including the Grand Canyon, Quebec City, Detroit, Chicago, Omaha, Pikes Peak, and Sonoma Valley. Flashes of humor lighten the mood at times, but a tone of urgency and imminent danger seems as integral to this series as the last. With appealing new characters within a familiar framework, this spin-off will satisfy the demand for more. Grades 4-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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  • File Size: 3814 KB
  • Print Length: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion; 1st edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSEL7S
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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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404 of 421 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard that Rick Riordan was setting another series in the same universe that he had created for Percy Jackson, I was both excited and a little wary. Excited because I had enjoyed that world and felt it had lots of potential for new adventures; wary because I feared the new series might not meet my expectations and that, if it didn't, it might somehow cast a pall over my affection for the Percy Jackson books. I need not have worried. The Lost Hero, the first book in that new series - the Heroes of Olympus - managed to meet all of my expectations and did so in a style that made me glad Riordan had gone ahead with the idea. While having read the Percy Jackson books is not a pre-requisite for enjoying The Lost Hero, I do think those who have done so will be able to immerse themselves in this world much more quickly and will enjoy the book more than those unfamiliar with Percy's story.

The Lost Hero introduces three new main characters - Jason, who has no memory of his life before page one of the story, Piper, a girl with "kaleidoscope eyes" (all together now - Lucy in the sky-yi with diamonds...) who has the gift of persuading people to give her things and Leo, whose clever and creative hands need to be always busy. As the story begins, the three are part of a group from a school for troubled kids on a field trip to the horseshoe shaped Skywalk that curves out over the Grand Canyon. Since the very existence of this Skywalk in real life kind of freaks me out (seriously, have you seen the pictures of it?), I wasn't particularly surprised when freaky occurrences ensued almost as soon as our new heroes stepped onto it.

Readers are pitched head-first into one of the first forays in a new battle the demi-gods will soon find themselves embroiled in.
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82 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Lynn Wagner on October 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Rick Riordan's son told him that The Lost Hero, the first in the author's new Heroes of Olympus series, was his best book yet, even better than break-out sensation Percy Jackson and the Olympians. He was absolutely right. In May, I said The Red Pyramid, the first in new Egyptian series The Kane Chronicles was Riordan's best book yet. I loved the way he had come into his own as an author with a distinguished voice all his own. Unlike with PJ, you weren't comparing things to other popular series such as Harry Potter. This was a Rick Riordan book. It was HIM. I'll say the same thing about The Lost Hero. Riordan has really become a talented storyteller.

One thing I love about Riordan is the way he uses mythology, a genre that's always been dear to my heart. One thing that made The Kane Chronicles so fantastic was the fact that I learned so much about Egyptian mythology. I already knew a lot of the Greek mythology emphasized in PJ and it wasn't as detailed. With The Lost Hero, even though Riordan is delving into Greek mythology once more, he's taking the time to focus on little-known details and facts. There's a lot more information on the Romans, for example, as well as little-known gods and goddesses such as Khione, the goddess of snow.

The new book feels very tight and detailed. By the time the five-book series reaches its conclusion, there will be an epic tale for readers to return to. I like the way Riordan made the decision to split the book into the viewpoints of three different demigods, much as he did with The Kane Chronicles. It really allowed you to get into the head of everyone on the quest, not just one of the heroes. You could see the way they each struggled to come to terms with their new powers and immortal parents in their own way.
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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Tiko on October 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First, I highly recommend reading the Percy Jackson books first (but don't bother with the movie -- it kinda sucked). It's not essential for understanding the story, but that way you're able to jump right in and enjoy.

Lost Hero takes place a few months after Last Olympian. Enter Jason, a boy with no memory, and his friends Piper and Leo. They make their way into Camp Half Blood, and are granted a quest to rescue a goddess. But this isn't simply a rehashing of Percy Jackson, for there are surprising complications, and of course, new monsters to face. We briefly get to see Annabeth, who is fiercely searching for Percy Jackson who is missing. And Rachel makes an appearance, and a prophecy or two. This was a fun read, with great characters, and just different enough that you don't feel like you're being told the same story as last time.

Fair warning: Lost Hero is the first in the series, so by reading this, you are setting yourself up for a long wait. This story wraps up one story arc, but throws out teasers of what's to come.

As an aside, I miss the awesome chapter titles from the Percy Jackson books.

These are also great books to listen to. Jesse Bernstein did a great job of narrating the Percy Jackson books.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
So many kids have already discovered Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series and Kane Chronicles. He has created a new exciting book just as epic as his other books. It's called, Heroes of Olympus, Book 1, The Lost Hero. The book is about three demigods, Jason, Leo, and Piper, all age 16. Only, Jason has lost his memory. He doesn't remember who he is, where he came from, or anything from his past. All he knows is that he woke up one day on a bus with Piper holding his hand. In this book, Jason, Leo, and Piper must go on a quest to release a godess from her prison. What they didn't know is that there are greater forces, more powerful than any of them have ever faced, challenging them. Not only that, but Jason realizes that he is a danger to his friends, and may just bring the downfall of Oylmpus.

What kids love about this book is that it has humorous parts in it. Every page something exciting happens that pulls you to the next page and next page. You'll be up in your bed with a flashlight reading it. I especially love how the book takes you into Leo's dream, then he wakes up and he's plumetting down. I also thought it interesting how Rick Riordan takes you to a differnt kid's point of view every chapter, so you could hear everyone's point of view. Want to find out more, you'll have to read the book. I know you'll love it, because everyone I have suggested the book to has loved it. You will too, but make sure you read the other books first.

Sophie Lebowitz age 12
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Why not a book like Percy Jackson but based on Indian Mythology?
Why can't someone else do it? There's no reason to wait on him to.

That said, he's already just started the Egyptian series and is simultaneously doing the second Greek series. It seems like he'll have his hands full until he finishes one or the other.

Also, even the Egyptian series did not... Read More
Oct 1, 2010 by J. Stewart |  See all 12 posts
Jackson is.... gone?
I say he will be a major character, but not a main one. Sort of like Chiron or Niko. I think the first book will be all about looking for him, and in the process they will discover some deeper information that has to do with the prophesy. I mean, the prophesy did include 7 demigods, so Percy... Read More
Aug 21, 2010 by Stacy |  See all 9 posts
What do you think this book is about? (spoilers)
We have met and interviewed Rick twice in the past two months for the Percy/Rick fan site www.mortalnet.com. I invite you to visit our site and read the interviews. We got many questions answered regarding THE LOST HERO. We are about to have an essay contest to win an autographed copy of TRP and... Read More
May 19, 2010 by suzannek |  See all 11 posts
***Spoiler***if you haven't read first 2 chapters
I don't know as I was reading this, as soon as I saw "Latino Santa's Elf...mischievous smile." I thought that would have been Hermes. But I see were you got Hephaestus. If you read the first series read how Percy describes The Stoll Brothers, you'll see why I would have thought that.... Read More
Jun 22, 2010 by Marta L. Armour |  See all 102 posts
I am 12 and need books and i am a girl and soo sick of Twilight
i would also sugest the septimus heap series, the fablehaven series, the levin thumps series, the redwall books and the nicholas flamel series. these are all books i love and we seem to have familiar taste in books.
Jul 28, 2010 by vince hutchinson |  See all 82 posts
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