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Queer Books for Teens: A New Resource Website

Happy official launch day to Queer Books for Teens, a new website that provides a comprehensive database of LGBTQ+ young adult literature from 2000-2017! Kudos to the tireless team of librarians who has put this together and continues to add new titles. It’s an amazing resource for anyone looking for YA books with LGBTQ+ content.…

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Sexual Harassment in the Children’s Literature Industry

Anne Ursu’s recent article on sexual harassment in children’s literature has generated a much-needed conversation which I wanted to address briefly. The collection of victims’ experiences she has compiled is a difficult read. I had to stop several times and take deep breaths before I managed to get all the way through. I’m not surprised…

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Rick Riordan Presents Gets Underway!

The January 29 issue of Publishers Weekly features this beautiful full-page ad for the Rick Riordan Presents imprint! Did you miss the news? Are you wondering what the imprint is all about? Here is a recap!   I’m so confused! What’s going on?? What IS an imprint? An imprint is like a brand, a subdivision within…

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Yo escribo en español . . .

¡He estado practicando mi español! Aquí hay dos breves escritos míos.   El Rio Frio: Un Recuento Cuando niño, vivía in Tejas con mi madre y mi padrastro. Yo crecí en una pequeña casa sin aire acondicionado central, y podíamos usar los aparatos en las ventanas solo cuando teníamos huéspedes a causa del costo. Los…

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Percy, Disney and Fox: Some Thoughts

Hey, guys! I’m already getting a lot questions about the Disney-Fox merger and what it might mean for Percy Jackson. I have NO inside information of any kind, but here are my thoughts. First, some background. Disney has always been my children’s book publisher, ever since The Lightning Thief novel came out in 2005. The…

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The Ship of the Dead Now Available!

At last, the third Magnus Chase book, The Ship is the Dead, is available! I hope you all enjoy it. I am off on a two-week US tour to meet fans and promote the book. I hope I see some of you at the events!

Aru Shah and the End of Time

THIS JUST IN:   Entertainment Weekly online has exclusively revealed the cover and an excerpt from ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi. The piece also quoted Rick Riordan’s foreword.   Click here to read the full feature.   This is the inaugural title to publish under…

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A Voice from the Past

One of the most interesting things I’ve found out about my family history: My great great grandfather, Michael Patrick Riordan, was a professor of writing at the Jacques Cartier Normal School (pictured above) in Montreal during the 1870s-1890s. He emigrated from Cork, Ireland about 1860, and made his home in the Province of Quebec for…

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Rick’s Recent Reads

  It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated you guys on what I’m reading. I have some catching up to do! It’s been a busy summer, writing and traveling, but I’ve gotten quite a lot of reading done as well. My usual caveat: I read very eclectically, so not all these books will appeal…

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The Stonewall Award

    I was honored to attend the Stonewall Award ceremony today at the American Library Association meeting in Chicago. Magnus Chase 2: The Hammer of Thor, won the children’s book award for “exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience” because of the character of Alex Fierro. I had such a great time meeting young folks,…

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