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The Hidden Oracle : The Trials of Apollo : Book 1 - Rick Riordan

The Hidden Oracle

The Trials of Apollo : Book 1

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Published: 3rd May 2016
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
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How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

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      I wanted the book to never finish
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        Brilliant book, read it over and over again

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          Excellent book, and it's great that Rick's introduced LGBTQ+ aspects to kids in a subtle way. Absolutely brilliant.

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            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)

            Visit Rick Riordan's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9780141363936
            ISBN-10: 0141363932
            Series: The Trials of Apollo
            Audience: Children
            For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 432
            Published: 3rd May 2016
            Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.0
            Weight (kg): 0.56
            Edition Number: 1