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The Dark Prophecy : Trials of Apollo : Book Two - Rick Riordan

The Dark Prophecy

Trials of Apollo : Book Two

Hardcover

Published: 2nd May 2017
For Ages: 9+ years old
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Zeus has punished his son Apollo god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

After experiencing a series of dangerous and frankly, humiliating trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again--if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame.

To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies some familiar, some new from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .

PRAISE FOR THE HIDDEN ORACLE :

"Riordan's characters continue to be an impressively diverse group. . . . This latest has Riordan's signature wry narration, nonstop action, and mythology brought to life. A must-buy. . . ." - School Library Journal

Rick Riordan

For Rick Riordan, a bedtime story shared with his oldest son was just the beginning of his journey into the world of childrenâ??s books.

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. â??I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply,â?? says Riordan. â??When I ran out of myths, (Haley) was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters.â??

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 Haleyâ??s request, Riordan quickly came up with the character of Percy Jackson and told Haley all about â??(Percyâ??s) quest to recover Zeusâ??s lightning bolt in modern-day America,â?? says Riordan. â??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.â??

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.

â??Making Percy ADHD and dyslexic was my way of honouring the potential of all the kids Iâ??ve known who have those conditions,â?? says Riordan. â??Itâ??s not a bad thing to be different. Sometimes, itâ??s the mark of being very, very talented. Thatâ??s what Percy discovers about himself in The Lightning Thief.â??

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 didnâ??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, Riordanâ??s Tres Navarre series has won the top three awards for the mystery genreâ??the Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamus.

Despite his success in the adult mystery market, writing for children was never far from Riordanâ??s mind. â??Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasnâ??t writing for kids,â?? says Riordan. â??I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right. Kids are the audience I know best.â??

Young readersâ??in addition to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and educatorsâ??agree. Kirkus, in a starred review, called The Lightning Thief â??[a] riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty,â?? while Publishers Weekly praised The Sea of Monsters, book two in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, as â??a sequel stronger than (the) compelling debut,â?? containing â??humour, intelligence and expert pacing.â?? Both titles in the Percy Jackson series have received accolades and awards, and The Lightning Thief has recently been optioned for a feature film.

â??I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults wantâ?? a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises, and mystery.â??

And while itâ??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.

â??I think kids want the same thing from a book that adults wantâ??a fast-paced story, characters worth caring about, humour, surprises, and mystery,â?? says Riordan. â??A good book always keeps you asking questions, and makes you keep turning pages so you can find out the answers.â??

Recently, Riordan made a â??reluctantâ?? decision to leave teaching, a career he thoroughly enjoyed, to write full-time. However, heâ??s keeping his hand in education by conducting lots of author appearances in classrooms across the country, and even some in Europe.

â??I love teaching,â?? says Riordan. â??I love working with kids . . . maybe some day Iâ??ll go back to the classroom. Iâ??m not ready to say itâ??ll never happen. But for now, the books are keeping me very busy.â??

(From Hyperion Books for Children)

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ISBN: 9781484746424
ISBN-10: 1484746422
Series: Trials of Apollo
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 2nd May 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61