More Riordan: The Trials of Apollo
"Even after so many books on Greek mythology, I am constantly discovering stories I didn't know. While writing Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, I came across two myths about Zeus punishing Apollo by turning him mortal. The idea fascinated me. I decided to subject poor Apollo to that punishment for a third time and write a series from his point of view as a newly outcast 16-year-old mortal. This gave me a completely fresh angle on Percy Jackson's world. It was insanely fun to write." --Rick Riordan
And that, my eager Riordan readers, is why we have the first in another five-book series about ancient gods in a modern world. The series is called The Trials of Apollo, and the title of the first book is The Hidden Oracle. It debuts TODAY, May 3, 2016! Click on the blue title to place your hold.
How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father, Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the 4,000-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus' favor. But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go...an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
The next Magnus Chase book, The Hammer of Thor, is coming out in October. Stay tuned to the blog this fall for more information.
Bicycle Libraries in Africa
May is National Bike Month! Why not hop on your trusty two-wheeler and head to Hoover Public Library to check out a great story called In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton? It is inspired by the many bicycle libraries that have opened all across Africa.
"A dusty road leads to a schoolhouse nestled under a canopy of giant trees. A little girl stays in to do her homework at lunch, because by the time she walks the long way home, it will be too dark to see. Thus we are welcomed gently into Anna’s world in rural Tanzania, where the big event is the arrival of a heap of bicycles on a truck, in a cloud of dust. Although Anna is too late to get her own bike, she happily helps her friends learn to ride theirs, and soon she is bumping home on the back of Mohammed’s bike. And then he does something unexpected, and the joy at the center of this story unfolds. [This] is a simple, quiet book that resonates with all the ways that Anna’s life is different from ours. The modest gift of a bicycle makes a profound change in her daily life, and a note at the back of the book gives information about the many bike charities that bring bicycles to Africans. But the bicycle is only the jumping-off point for what this book is really about: the spirit of community that shines through as Anna and her friends help each other. Brian Deines’ drawings are saturated with color and full of movement: his wobbly bicycle riders struggle to keep their balance and you can almost see the wheels spinning when one of them tumbles to the ground. "
To learn more about bicycle libraries in Africa, take a look at this reading guide. It includes websites for worldwide bicycle organizations. It also recommends other books that are a perfect match for National Bike Month.