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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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Rick’s recent reads 3/3/06

A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray.Okay, so I was a little slow discovering this, but since Rebel Angels just came out, I figured I would read the first in the series first. The novel can best be described as Gothic fantasy. Lots of Victorian atmosphere and ruminations about the claustrophic restrictions on women…

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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.