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An all-new collection of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase!
How well do you know the nine Norse realms? Do you get all those heims mixed up?
Well, this collection of rollicking short stories - each set in a different world and told by a different character from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series - will help straighten you out.
And even if it doesn't, you'll enjoy reading about how Alex saves Amir's pants, Samirah plucks a giant's harp, Mallory teaches a dragon how to throw down insults, and much more.
Just watch out for Thor, who is running through the whole thing and raising quite a stink . . .
ISBN: 9780241359440 ISBN-10: 0241359449 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 176 Published: 1st October 2018 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.6
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1
About the Author
For Rick Riordan, a bedtime story shared
with his oldest son was just the beginning
of his journey into the world of children’s
Already an award-winning author of
mysteries for adults, Riordan, a former
teacher, was asked by his son Haley to tell
him some bedtime stories about the gods
and heroes in Greek mythology. “I had
taught Greek myths for many years at
the middle school level, so I was glad to
comply,” says Riordan.“When I ran out of
myths, (Haley) was disappointed and
asked me if I could make up something
new with the same characters.”
At the time, Haley had just been diagnosed
with ADHD and dyslexia. Greek
mythology was one of the only subjects
that interested the then second-grader in
school. Motivated by Haley’s request,
Riordan quickly came up with the character
of Percy Jackson and told Haley all
about “(Percy’s) quest to recover Zeus’s
lightning bolt in modern-day America,”
says Riordan. “It took about three nights
to tell the whole story, and when I was
done, Haley told me I should write it out
as a book.”
Despite his busy schedule, Riordan managed
to carve some time out of his daily routine to write the first
Percy Jackson and the Olympians book, The Lightning Thief. And in
deference to his son, Riordan chose to give the character of Percy
certain attributes that hit close to home.
“Making Percy ADHD and dyslexic was my way of honoring the
potential of all the kids I’ve known who have those conditions,” says
Riordan.“It’s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, it’s the mark
of being very, very talented.That’s what Percy discovers about himself
in The Lightning Thief
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas,
Riordan started writing as a young adult.
He wrote short stories, unsuccessfully
submitted a few of those stories for publication,
and edited his high school newspaper.
But he didn’t take writing seriously
until after he graduated from college and
was teaching in San Francisco. While
Riordan and his family (wife Becky and
sons Haley and Patrick) enjoyed living
in California, he was nostalgic for Texas.
On an impulse, Riordan decided to try his
hand at a mystery novel, which he set
in his hometown of San Antonio.
Featuring a private-eye/English Ph.D.
named Tres Navarre, Big Red Tequila was
published to rave reviews in 1997. Today,
Riordan’sTres Navarre series has won the
top three awards for the mystery genre—
the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus.
Despite his success in the adult mystery
market, writing for children was never far
from Riordan’s mind.
“Back when I taught middle school and
wrote adult mysteries, my students often
asked me why I wasn’t writing for kids,”
says Riordan. “I never had a good answer
for them. It took me a long time to realize
they were right. Kids are the audience I
Young readers—in addition to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and
educators—agree. Kirkus, in a starred review, called The Lightning Thief
“[a] riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities
of our world, family, friendship and loyalty,” while Publishers Weekly
praised The Sea of Monsters, book two in the Percy Jackson and the
Olympians series, as “a sequel stronger than (the) compelling debut,”
containing “humour, intelligence and expert pacing.” Both titles in the
Percy Jackson series have received accolades and awards, and The
Lightning Thief has recently been optioned for a feature film.
And while it’s obvious that Riordan has a knack for writing for kids,
he readily admits that writing for young readers is not that much
different than writing for an older audience.
“I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults want—a
fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises,
and mystery,” says Riordan.“A good book always keeps you asking
questions, and makes you keep turning pages so you can find out
Recently, Riordan made a “reluctant” decision to leave teaching, a
career he thoroughly enjoyed, to write full-time. However, he’s
keeping his hand in education by conducting lots of author appearances
in classrooms across the country, and even some in Europe.
“I love teaching,” says Riordan. “I love working with kids . . . maybe
some day I’ll go back to the classroom. I’m not ready to say it’ll
never happen. But for now, the books are keeping me very busy.”