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by Rick Riordan
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 4–9—Riordan takes the elements that made the "Percy Jackson" books (Hyperion) so popular and ratchets them up a notch. Carter, 14, and Sadie, 12, have grown up apart. He has traveled all over the world with his Egyptologist father, Dr. Julius Kane, while Sadie has lived in London with her grandparents. Their mother passed away under mysterious circumstances, so when their father arrives in London and wants to take them both on a private tour of the British Museum, all is not necessarily what it seems. The evening ends with the apparent destruction of the Rosetta Stone, the disappearance of Dr. Kane, and the kidnapping of Carter and Sadie. More insidiously, it leads to the release of five Egyptian gods, including Set, who is their mortal enemy. Carter and Sadie discover the secrets of their family heritage and their ability to work magic as they realize that their task will be to save humanity from Set, who is building a destructive red pyramid inside Camelback Mountain in Phoenix. The text is presented as the transcript of an audio recording done by both children. Riordan creates two distinct and realistic voices for the siblings. He has a winning formula, but this book goes beyond the formulaic to present a truly original take on Egyptian mythology. His trademark humor is here in abundance, and there are numerous passages that will cause readers to double over with laughter. The humor never takes away from the story or from the overall tone. A must-have book, and in multiple copies.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* Since their mother's death, six years ago, 12-year-old Sadie Kane has lived in London with her maternal grandparents while her older brother, 14-year-old Carter, has traveled the world with their father, a renowned African American Egyptologist. In London on Christmas Eve for a rare evening together, Carter and Sadie accompany their dad to the British Museum, where he blows up the Rosetta Stone in summoning an Egyptian god. Unleashed, the vengeful god overpowers and entombs him, but Sadie and Carter escape. Initially determined to rescue their father, their mission expands to include understanding their hidden magical powers as the descendants of the pharaohs and taking on the ancient forces bent on destroying mankind. The first-person narrative shifts between Carter and Sadie, giving the novel an intriguing dual perspective made more complex by their biracial heritage and the tension between the siblings, who barely know each other at the story's beginning. The first volume in the Kane Chronicles, this fantasy adventure delivers what fans loved about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: young protagonists with previously unsuspected magical powers, a riveting story marked by headlong adventure, a complex background rooted in ancient mythology, and wry, witty twenty-first-century narration. The last pages contain a clever twist that will leave readers secretly longing to open their lockers at the start of school. Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians:

The Lightning Thief

“Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats.“

The New York Times Book Review

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?“In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his

compelling debut.“

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Titan’s Curse

“All in all, a winner of Olympic proportions.“

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The Battle of the Labyrinth

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?“This volume can stand alone, but no reader will be able to read just one. Look

no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already

have.“

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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“The clash of modern and classical worlds is both exciting and entertaining.“

The New York Times Book Review

--The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Review

Praise for

Percy Jackson & the Olympians:

The Lightning Thief

“Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats.“

The New York Times Book Review

The Sea of Monsters

?

?“In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his

compelling debut.“—

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Titan’s Curse

“All in all, a winner of Olympic proportions.“—

School Library Journal

The Battle of the Labyrinth

?

?“This volume can stand alone, but no reader will be able to read just one. Look

no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already

have.“—

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Last Olympian

“The clash of modern and classical worlds is both exciting and entertaining.“

The New York Times Book Review

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of the New York Times #1 best-selling The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero; the New York Times #1 best-selling The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid; as well as all five books in the New York Times #1 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.

From AudioFile

Author Rick Riordan explores Egyptian mythology in the Kane Chronicles series. Riordan's works transition well to the audiobook format with their formula of equal parts nonstop adventure and well-camouflaged education. Dual narrators add a welcome level of complexity as Carter and Sadie Kane recount their story in turns. Kevin Free channels his inner adolescent well as the world-traveling Carter, and Katherine Kellgren's Sadie steals the show with her sardonic wit. Even though Kellgren is once again portraying a young British heroine, Sadie is a far cry from Bloody Jack in class, setting, and temperament. Ideal for summer traveling. E.E.M. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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