Rick Riordan Presents

What is the ‘Rick Riordan Presents’ Imprint?

Rick Riordan Presents is one small branch of the Disney-Hyperion Publishing family. We aim to publish about four books a year. All these will be books that my editor Stephanie Lurie and I feel will appeal to kids who like my books. In other words, they will probably be some type of middle grade adventure, with lots of humor and action, and probably draw on myth or folklore in some way.

Our goal is to publish great middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage. Over the years, I’ve gotten many questions from my fans about whether I might write about various world mythologies, but in most cases I knew I wasn’t the best person to write those books. Much better, I thought, to use my experience and my platform at Disney to put the spotlight on other great writers who are actually from those cultures and know the mythologies* better than I do. Let them tell their own stories, and I would do whatever I could to help those books find a wide audience!

(*And when I use the term myth, I always use it in its first and most basic sense: a traditional story about gods and heroes, not in its later, more secondary connotation as something false or made up.)

Are the Rick Riordan Presents connected to Percy Jackson’s world?

No! My job is to help edit the books where it seems appropriate, to offer advice and guidance where I can, and to promote the great books we publish. I am not writing the books and I don’t tell the authors what to write. This is not like using a ghost writer or ‘assistant writer’ to write my ideas. These are original stories generated by the authors – their intellectual property, told their way, with their characters and their sense of humor. The worlds they create are their own. They are not extensions of Percy Jackson’s world, but I can safely say that if you like my books, you will probably love these.

*Suspicious Sideways Glance* So what’s in it for you?

Disney is paying me a nominal fee to write an introduction for each book, help edit and promote it, etc., but that’s the limit of my monetary involvement. The authors own their own intellectual property and negotiate contracts with Disney as they would with any publishing deal. I am not doing this for money.

For me this is a way to give back for my success. I’ve been very lucky in my career. I want to use my platform to help other writers get a wider audience. I also want to help kids have a wider variety of great books to choose from, especially those that deal with world mythology, and for all kinds of young readers to see themselves reflected in the books that they read.

Books

Aru Shah And The End Of Time

By Roshani Chokshi

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school.

A New York Times bestseller!

Chokshi weaves an engrossing adventure that will leave readers anticipating the next installment.
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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The Storm Runner

By J. C. Cervantes

A lonely boy in New Mexico has a physical disability that makes middle school feel even more like everyone is watching him. But as he soon learns, his physical differences are merely the first clue to a family history that connects him to the Maya gods—and puts him in mortal danger.

A New York Times bestseller!

Cervantes wastes no time getting right into the action, and her conversational tone and suspenseful pacing will keep the pages turning as the tension escalates and the characters face deepening stakes. Don’t miss this rip-roaring adventure.
- Booklist (starred review)
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Dragon Pearl

By Yoon Ha Lee

A sci-fi adventure novel about Min, a teenage fox spirit, who runs away to solve the mystery of what happened to her older brother and ends up on an adventure that could save her entire planet.

A New York Times bestseller!

Lee skillfully weaves Korean folklore into this space opera narrative, creating dynamic and relatable characters. VERDICT With ghosts, pirates, and a rollicking space adventure, there’s a little something for everyone here.
- School Library Journal (starred review)
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Rick Riordan Presents Sampler

By Rick Riordan, J. C. Cervantes, Roshani Chokshi, and Yoon Ha Lee

Read for free the first two chapters of the Rick Riordan Presents launch titles: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes, and Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee.

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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

By Carlos Hernandez

A brilliant sci-fi romp with Cuban influence that poses this question: What would you do if you had the power to reach through time and space and retrieve anything you want, including your mother, who is no longer living (in this universe, anyway)?

Pub date: March 5, 2019

To be followed by the sequel SAL AND GABI FIX THE UNIVERSE!

This engrossing adventure is sure to leave readers excitedly anticipating the next installment.
- ALA Booklist (starred review)
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Aru Shah and the Song of Death

By Roshani Chokshi

The second book in the best-selling Pandava series. Just when she’s learning how to be a Pandava, Aru is accused of stealing the god of love’s bow and arrow. In order to prove her innocence, she must navigate the serpent realm with Mini and two new companions, one of whom is a BOY!

Pub date: April 30, 2019

Chokshi seamlessly weaves Indian cosmology and pop culture into a refreshingly feminist plot laced with witty dialogue. This will leave fans enthralled and clamoring for more.
- Kirkus (starred review)
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The Fire Keeper

By J.C. Cervantes

In this fiery and fast-paced sequel to The Storm Runner, Zane Obispo has an impossible choice to make: save other godborns like him from the angry gods, or rescue his father Hurakan from his eternal prison. Featuring gods from both Maya and Aztec myth!

Pub date Sept. 3, 2019.

 

 

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

By Kwame Mbalia

Pitched as an MG American Gods, the book stars a seventh-grade boy who accidentally creates a hole into the Midpass, a world where ancient African gods clash with gods of African-American legend. He must race to find Anansi, the Weaver, and repair the rip before the iron monsters wreaking havoc in the Midpass consume their world and ours.

Pub date: October 15, 2019

"It brims with heart, humor, and action, successfully crafting a beautifully unified secondary world that brings the power of stories to glorious life."
- Booklist (starred review)

Race to the Sun

By Rebecca Roanhorse

New Mexico seventh grader Nizhoni Begay and her brother, aided by various Navajo gods disguised as relatives, must stay one step ahead of a shape-shifting monster as they follow in the footsteps of the legendary Hero Twins to save their family.

Pub date: January 14, 2020

 

 

 

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Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

By Tehlor Kay Mejia

Pao, a 12-year-old aspiring scientist, doesn't believe in her mom's superstitions until she begins to suspect the infamous La Llorona is responsible for her best friend's disappearance, and must venture into an underwater world to prove it.

Cover coming soon!

Pub date: August 2020

City of the Plague God

By Sarwat Chadda

Inspired by Mesopotamian mythology, the story follows Sikander Aziz, a Muslim boy born and raised in New York City, as he teams up with legendary hero Gilgamesh to defeat the ancient god of plagues before the entire population of Manhattan is wiped out.

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Pub date: Fall 2020

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