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A letter you can share with your teacher!

Hey, kids! Have you been asked to watch the “Percy Jackson” movies during classroom time? If this has happened to you or someone you care about, feel free to share the letter below with your teacher, because classroom time is a terrible thing to waste! Dear Teacher, Hi! I am so grateful that you are…

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An Afternoon at Disney HQ

I took a quick trip to the Disney Publishing offices in New York today and got a look at some exciting stuff. Ever wondered what a publishing office looks like? Here is Disney’s:  Cubicles? Computers? Fluorescent lights? I know, exciting! But don’t be fooled: this is where the magic happens, where books are edited, covers…

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Trials of Apollo Launch Event

Okay, guys, we’re getting close.The Hidden Oracle will be published May 3, and I’ll be doing one — count ’em one — event for the launch of the series. I’m not doing a tour this time around because I have two series to work on, Trials of Apollo and Magnus Chase, and as you can…

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Vikings in Times Square

So this weekend, Annabeth invited Magnus down to New York for a visit. They saw this exhibit at the Discovery Center in Times Square called The Vikings. Becky and I tagged along, though we kept our distance because we wanted the cousins to have some bonding time. Magnus was like, “You bring me to New…

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Rick’s Recent Reads for February

Here are a few of my recent reads if you’re looking for a good book during the snuggle-up months of winter! Adult sci-fi. By Chinese author Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem takes a classic scenario — contact with alien life — and cranks up the sinister factor to maximum. The story begins during the Cultural…

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Apollo at the Printing Press

So much goes into making a book! This week my editor Steph took a trip to the printing press where the cover for The Hidden Oracle is being prepared. The factory is very close to Camp Half-Blood on Long Island (not kidding) and Steph sent me a report with pictures so I could see the…

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Rick’s Recent Reads for December

I hope everyone has had a happy holiday season! If you’re looking for some good books to enjoy for the New Year, here are a few I’ve enjoyed recently.  Adult contemporary fiction. I have been studying Italian in my free time and so decided to try reading one of the most popular Italian writers of…

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Happy New Year!

Looking back on 2015, I have a lot to be thankful for. Thanks to you, my amazing readers, Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer has been #1 on the New York Times middle grade bestseller list for eleven weeks! Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes, which came out in August, is on that list again at #8.…

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The Lightning Thief musical returns

This is cool, guys: On January 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. Theatreworks (@TheatreworksUSA) will present The Lightning Thief, a musical adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, features a book by Joe Tracz with music, lyrics, & orchestrations by Rob Rokicki (@rrokicks). The Off-Broadway premiere of The Lightning Thief was nominated for…

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The Hidden Oracle

And here they are together — the US and UK versions of The Hidden Oracle, book one of The Trials of Apollo, coming out May 3, 2016. What do you guys think? Excited? I am! You can also read a special excerpt courtesy of the Guardian.