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.
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems
The title of this blog is the title of a new book of poetry by Bob Raczka. It is filled with shaped poetry, meaning the words on the page convey the outline of objects. But Raczka takes it a step further -- using letter arrangements and shapes in each poem's title, too! Students will never look at concrete poetry or "word paintings" in the same way again after reading Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems.
The title of this blog could also imply that there will be more than one book of concrete poetry featured in this post. That's why I made sure to also include the following titles.