Tuesday was release day for the latest in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, the Mark of Athena. After witnessing the wonder on the faces of the kids (and their parents!) as they took the new long-awaited hardcover in hand for the first time, I couldn't help but feel sorry about the inevitable dismay they will feel as they close their finished book and realize that they have at least a year to wait before the next installment is available. If you or your child is suffering from Percy Jackson withdrawals, have no fear! I have assembled a list of books below to help fill the emotional void left by Mr. Riordan's pen!
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In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six--who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?
In Michelle Paver's new series, a young goatherd, Hylas, goes in search of his missing sister and along the way encounters a High Priestess and her daughter, a strange man who has offended the gods, and even an actual goddess. Paver's worlds are thoroughly researched and richly imagined. Be sure to check out her first series: The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness - one of my all time favorites! Ages 10+
We recently read this book for our Nordic themed meeting of the Young Readers' Society (our book club for kids 8-12). Nordic mythology moves the characters and plot forward in this first book in Nancy Farmer's trilogy. When Jack and his sister Lucy are kidnapped by Vikings, Jack is forced to rely on his quick wit and undeveloped magical ability to get them back home again. Ages 10+
A fun modern spin on the Greek myths! Kids who were drawn to the mythology in the Riordan books will love this series by Joan Holub about your favorite goddesses in their pre-teen years. Ages 8-12
John Flanagan's new series is set in the same world of his previous fantasy series, The Ranger's Apprentice. Skandian warriors enter into a contest of strength, which some take very seriously. Will Hal and Stig be able to hold their own? Ages 10+
Set in 1906 London and Cairo, this series brings together history and mystery in an Indiana Jones like adventure that kids will love. If this first is a hit, check out the other three in the series, or R.L. La Fevers' other series for slightly younger readers, Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist.
Nathaniel Fludd's life has taken a turn for the worst. With his parents lost at sea, he lands on the doorstep of a distant cousin the world's last remaining beastologist. Soon Nate is whisked off on his first expedition, to Arabia, where the world's only phoenix prepares to lay its new egg. When disaster strikes, Nate quickly finds himself all alone.
The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone