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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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Songs on Bronze

An interesting review from the Dallas Morning News. It’s not often a book on Greek mythology gets such high-profile coverage. I’ve ordered the book and will report back once I’ve read it! ‘Songs on Bronze’ brings life to legends Author’s fresh take on Greek tales brings forth their enduring power07:25 PM CDT on Saturday, July…

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Gladiator Games in Jordan

A great article about Roman civilization being alive and well in modern times. As Dionysus says in The Lightning Thief, the three greatest games invented by humankind are pinochle, Pacman and gladiator fighting. (That’s Dionysus’s list, not mine!) By DALE GAVLAK, Associated Press Writer Sun Jul 3, 7:25 AM ET JERASH, Jordan – After a…

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The Lightning Thief in TIME for Kids

My son Haley has been doing TFK (Time for Kids) assignments all year. When he saw this review of his dad’s book was coming out in the summer issue, when he would not be in class, he says, “Rats! I would’ve gotten a 100 on that assignment for sure!” The Lightning ThiefBook 1: Percy Jackson…

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A Tribute to Murder by the Book

I had the honor of writing the following tribute for the 2005 Edgar Awards, when Murder by the Book in Houston was presented the Raven Award for their contribution to the mystery genre. It’s a terrific bookstore. If you aren’t already familiar with them, you need to check them out http://www.murderbooks.com/. A Tribute to Murder…

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Greek Mythology and the Lightning Thief

This article was published in the San Antonio Express-News prior to the first book signing for the Lightning Thief. We had a sell-out crowd! Sorry to those folks who came and didn’t get a book. Hopefully you got a chance to pre-order a signed copy. Greek mythology gets mortal twist in ‘The Lightning Thief’ Web…

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Commencement Address: the Well-Written Life

Commencement AddressSaint Mary’s Hall 2005By Rick Riordan This is weird because in 1982 I graduated in this auditorium, back when Alamo Heights was small enough to have commencement here. I don’t remember much about that night. I certainly don’t remember the commencement speaker or a word he said. But I am pretty sure he wasn’t…

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The Lightning Thief, coming June 28 from Hyperion Books 

A New Parthenon in California?

Becky spotted this news story today. Seems to support Chiron’s view from The Lightning Thief pretty well: You don’t have to look very far to find Ancient Greece in modern America! Developer Eyes ‘Parthenon’ Atop SkyscraperTue May 17, 7:57 AM ET SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A developer who is the descendant of Greek immigrants proposed building…

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