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Lightning Thief wins Red House Award!

This weekend happens to be my birthday, and what a fabulous present I just got. The Lightning Thief has won the Red House Children’s Book Award in the United Kingdom! See the article below from the Guardian. Many thanks to all my British readers. I am honored and thrilled that they liked the book so…

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Greek gods no longer illegal in Greece

A very interesting story from the Guardian today. For centuries, worshipping the Greek gods has been illegal in Greece. It looks like that will now change. It’s strange to think anyone would still worship the Olympians seriously, but it’s also bizarre to think anyone would bother outlawing this. It is, after all, part of their…

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Rick’s Report from BEA

I just got back from Washington, D.C. and a great, exhausting weekend at Book Expo America. Highlights from the trip: I got to meet with Riley Ellis from Fox for a bit of news on the Lightning Thief movie project. The option on the book has been renewed for another 18 months, which is good,…

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Percy Jackson Placemats!

One of the cool things about visiting schools is seeing all the great artwork students do based on the Percy Jackson books. Recently, I got to have a pizza lunch with some of the kids at the John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. We ate on student-created laminated placemats which showed different scenes from…

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Demigods invade BookPeople!

The tour for The Sea of Monsters has been phenomenal! Many thanks to Anderson’s, Diane’s, Bank Street Books, Books of Wonder and all the other great bookstores who have sponsored Percy events. Most recently, I got to go to Austin for a signing at BookPeople. We had a huge crowd, with kids from many different…

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Any News about the Third Percy Jackson Book?

Man, I wish I could write these books as fast as the kids can read them! I’ve had so many great emails from young readers, telling me they finished Sea of Monsters in a few days, or in some cases a few hours! They are all ready for book three, which is understandable, since Sea…

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Demigod of the Week

A fan sent this photo from a holiday in Greece. This brave young half-blood (who really is the child of a mother named Athena, go figure!) is holding the pen-sword Riptide in front of the temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion.

Fidgeting in Classroom May Help Students

This was an interesting article in the news today. Sitting still perhaps isn’t always the best thing for kids. I’ve suspected for years that a middle schooler’s incessant need to chew gum doesn’t have much to do with sugar. It’s more about helping them focus an abudance of nervous energy. For ADHD kids, playing with…

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Rick’s recent reads

The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall. I’ll admit I approach award-winning children’s books with some trepidation. All too often, children’s literature awards denote books that appeal to adult librarians and book critics rather than to children. The books are like brussel sprouts on the literary table. We are told to read them because they are supposedly…

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Rethinking ADHD, New York Times article

A great article on ADHD from today’s New York Times. I love the term “attention surplus disorder.” Perhaps the half-bloods from The Lightning Thief are right. ADHD was a useful survival skill back in the old days! March 7, 2006 Attention Surplus? Re-examining a Disorder By PAUL STEINBERG, M.D. The recent recommendation that Ritalin and…

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