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Rick Riordan is the author of the first five books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 990L (What's this?)
  • Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (January 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423121716
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423121718
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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175 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Marcy G. on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Percy Jackson & The Olympians "Ultimate Guide" is a book any fan of the series or any budding demigod should be without. Don't let the size of this book fool you. At 146 pages, it is filled to the brim with information on Camp Half-Blood, Greek mythology and the Percy Jackson book series.

The cover itself is fantastic - hardbound with hologram images and a magnetic clasp. On the surface, it looks almost like a journal or diary. Open the book and you'll find richly illustrated, glossy pages filled with tons of Percy Jackson/Greek Mythology info. The book is broken down into 8 sections as follows:

1 - Percy Jackson - all about Percy, including his family and his childhood
2 - Life at Camp - map of Camp Half Blood, 10 signs that you may be a half-blood, a cool full color photo/drawing of the cabins, introduction to the campers and other camp characters, and various camp info/trivia
3 - Gods & Spirits - Kronos, the Olympian Gods, minor gods and spirits
4 - Percy Jackson's Bestiary - the various beasts and monsters that Percy and his friends meet in the books
5 - The Labyrinth - the different encounters from the Labyrinth (nice reference for book 4)
6 - The Underworld - all about Hades and his domain
7 - The Storehouse of the Gods - the various artifacts and curiosities from the books
8 - Compendium - the mortals we meet in the books, other characters

I should also add that interspersed within this book are lots of color photographs or drawings of people, places, creatures and things. Also within this book are the various prophecies that lead to the quests that Percy and his friends go on in the 5 books. It's hard to pick a favorite part or section.

I bought this book for my son, who is a huge Percy Jackson fan.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By NM Mom TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is intended as an companion to the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" series. My 11-year-old son just began reading this series. He has only finished "The Lightning Thief," but plans to read more. I ordered this book for him because it looked "cool" and he LOVES it! He said that the story was sometimes confusing, and this book has helped him understand things better. We were at someone's house the other night. Their oldest daughter, who has read the entire series (also 11) a LOVED this book, as well. She was It has really cool holographs on the cover. All four images change! There are also character cards on the inside front cover and the flap is magnetic. Very cool! I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the series, to anyone who plans to read all the books in the series, and to fans of fantasy. This series is really written for kids/youth.

The series is about the Greek gods in today's world. My son tells me that they live on top of the Empire State Building, but humans can't see the added floors. So it is modern day fiction, with a bit of Greek mythology mixed in. The contents of this book include:
Section1: Percy Jackson (Tells about Percy's life event, his parents, his friends, etc.) Describes The Furies and the Three Fates and the Prophecy.
Section2: Life at Camp (map of the half-blood camp, 10 signs you might be a half-blood, info on centaurs, pegasi, satyrs, cyclops and other characters living at the camp.)
Section3: Gods & Spirits ( The story of the kronos, Zeus and his brothers and children of the gods. Info on various gods, including Zeus, Poseidon, Ares, Aphtodite, Apollo, andmore.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Percy Jackson and the Olympians:The Ultimate Guide is great for those of us who enjoyed the books that Rick Riordan wrote.The Ultimate guide is great.It includes much of the info that we already knew and some that we didn 't!There was a little quiz to see what greek god or godess was your parent!I enjoyed every second that I read it!This great book included some cards about the main charaters!I enjoyed it and I hope you do too!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Emily E. Lewis on January 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While this book is certainly interesting, it doesn't provide any new information. It is essentially just a collection of descriptions on various characters and creatures from the series. There're also some portions of "Are you a demigod?" and "Who would your godly parent be?" that're fun enough for fans of the series. The pictures and maps of characters and locations are neat, too, but nothing extraordinary or largely revealing. This is probably because it was not written by Rick Riordan. For the fans of the series, I would look instead to The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide), which was written by the author of the series, contains a lot of the same information, AND has two short stories that are relevant to the main books, covering events that will become very important later, and very fun reads themselves. Otherwise, just borrow this book from your library and save yourself the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My Dad bought me this book while I was finishing the fourth one (this Monday) I really like the cards and the information they give about the gods. Also I like the pictures in the book. They are pretty much spot on to how I pictured the characters. My favorites are Zeus and Poseidon. I really like the cover with the changing images.
The actual information provides a good reference while I am reading although, there are a lot of quotes from the book itself. Which isn't a bad thing. I am just talking about new content. The illustrations are very good. I recommend this book to any Percy Jackson fan. My friend has this book as well and she enjoys it to.
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