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When’s the Movie Coming Out?

The cartoon pretty much says it all! In Frank McCourt’s most recent memoir, Teacher Man, he writes about the huge increase in attention he got when his book Angela’s Ashes was made into a movie. He gently pokes fun at Americans’ complete preoccupation with film. “In America there is always talk of The Movie,” he…

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The Standardized Test Monster

Today is the first day of TAKS, the standardized test all students are required to take in Texas. As I read the article below in my local paper, I wasn’t sure whether to feel comforted or disturbed that the students and parents quoted were taking the test in stride. A whole generation of students has…

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The Trouble with Boys in School

I read a very interesting MSNBC article today on boys and how they struggle in the American school system . http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10965522/site/newsweek/ If you haven’t read William Pollack’s book “Real Boys,” which the article references, I highly recommend it. As the father of two boys, I found it hit very close to home.

Christmas at Camp Half-Blood

Thanks to the kids at Poly Prep School in Brooklyn for the coolest Christmas card ever, designed by Jim L. The Fury atop the Christmas tree is a particularly nice touch!

Mythology and censorship

I recently got an email from a middle school teacher asking for help. A parent was complaining, for religious reasons, that The Adventures of Ulysses (a middle grade version of the Odyssey) was inappropriate reading for her child. This is certainly not a new debate. It is, in fact, the oldest debate in Western Civilization.…

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Did you get that from Harry Potter?

When I wrote The Lightning Thief, I knew comparisons to Harry Potter would be inevitable. After all, Harry Potter is the most successful and high-profile young adult fantasy series of all time. I love Rowling’s books, and I am grateful for the impact they’ve had on young readers and on the revitalization of children’s publishing.…

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Rick’s recent reads

I’ve been on the road the last two weeks, doing school visits and other book events. One thing about traveling — it’s not so great for my writing schedule, but I get a lot of reading done. Among my recent reads: Elsewhere, Gabrielle Zevin. Fascinating, a well-imagined, well-written YA novel. A fifteen-year-old girl dies and…

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New Research on ADHD

Just after posting my own experiences with ADHD (see “The Learning-Disabled Hero” below) I thought it was interested this new research was published. The numbers are sobering. Eight percent of U.S kids have ADHD – surveyFri Sep 2,12:50 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Just under 8 percent of U.S. children ages 4 to 17 had…

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The Learning-Disabled Hero

How my son’s struggle with ADHD and dyslexia inspired a fantasy novel about a regular kid with not-so-regular problems.By Rick Riordan I remember the first time I took my son to the psychologist. His teacher had recommended testing. Well . . . not just testing, a full “psycho-educational battery,” which sounded to me like some…

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BookPage reviews

It’s hard getting reviewed these days. Ask any author. That’s why I was amazed and grateful to have both my new books, Mission Road and The Lightning Thief, reviewed in August’s BookPage. Not only that, but both were featured as notable titles. The reviews follow below. Mission Road By Riordan, Rick A BookPage Notable TitleWhen…

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