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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Mon May 10, 2010 9:37 pm

THIS THREAD WILL BE FOR ADDING NEW INFORMATION FOUND ON THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS, BOOK ONE: THE LOST HERO.

Please post comments, ideas, about what will be in the new book and series on the thread -- HEROES OF OLYMPUS,Book ONE: THE LOST HERO thoughts and ideas.

hnk you then you can check this site and see if any new details have leaked out and not have to run through lots of comments.


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lor=red]]CHECK THIS THREAD REGULARLY FOR NEW NEWQ POSTS, INTERVIEWS, ETC. FOR BOOK ONE.[/size]
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TO START
The prophecy given at the end of The Last Olympian

"Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall,
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the doors of death."

Facts:
- Characters from the original series will be older.
- There will be counselors at the camp.

On Myth & Mystery.com, Rick's blog - he posted his family's reviews on the series:

Their verdict? Becky gave it thumbs up. Her first comment, "Wow, the fans are going to be so pleased." I can't tell you why, of course, but she had good reasons for saying that. When I put Patrick to bed last night, he said, "Thanks for writing a masterpiece, Dad." LOL. You've got to cherish feedback like that. Haley told me jokingly that I had gone from being his third favorite author to his second favorite. Woohoo! I'm not sure if I displaced Derek Landy or Suzanne Collins, but either way it's quite a compliment. Both boys wanted to know when the next volume of the series will be ready. They've decided this book is one of my best, and I hope they're right -- and of course, I hope you agree when it's published in the fall. Now it goes off to my editor.

No hints on the plot -- sorry! Title? Nope, can't tell you that yet either. But I can promise you many surprises, and you will get to catch up with old friends as well as meet a cool new cast of demigods. As soon as I can say more -- probably late in the spring -- I will post on my website.
from MYTH AND MYSTERY Rick's blog
It looks like the new Camp Half-Blood series will launch in October, but when I have more details I’ll let you know. As you can imagine, I was nervous about how this new book would work after the success of Percy Jackson. Would people accept a return to that world in a slightly different form? To my surprise, everyone who’s read it so far, from my agent to my editors to my own kids, has said they like it even better. Wow – fingers crossed you agree.


Audience Q and A from the Met Lecture of March 14
posted Mar 15, 2010 4:23 PM by Suzanne Koch

These were the questions the audience asked during the lecture Rick Riordan did on Sunday, March 14, 2010, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It was his only public appearance until he starts his tour promoting The Red Pyramid due out on May 4, 2010.

Q What did you think of the Percy Jackson Movie?

A I knew that was going to be the first question. Actually, I haven’t seen it and that has nothing to do with the movie. I am the writer. The book and the movie are two different things. As a writer, I have a very, very clear image of what the characters and Camp Half Blood look like in my head. I didn’t want to spoil that by seeing someone else’s interpretation.If I did see the movie it could somehow change the way I saw the camp and the characters, and I didn’t want that to happen.

Q What was your favorite book?

A To me it’s one big story broken into five books having written it. It is hard to say which is my favorite, but if I had to choose, I would have to say The Last Olympian because that’s where I wrap everything up, and I’ve been telling the story for five years.

Q Shouldn’t the underworld be in Hawaii?

A Well distance wise yes, but Hawaii is difficult to get to. I liked the idea that Hades is under Los Angeles, it seemed fitting.

Q Will Percy be in the new series?

A
Percy has a very important role in the new series, but he is not the main character. I don’t want to call it a Percy Jackson book he’s not the only main character, because you are going to meet an entirely new cast of characters as well. But don’t feel like you’ll never see Percy again. He does have a roll to play. I can’t tell you more than that without giving it away. As soon as you read chapter one you’ll totally get why I am saying that.

Q
Do you have a favorite god or goddess?

A Poseidon and Athena. That’s why I made them so prominent in the books. But that doesn’t mean on certain days I didn’t like others best.

Q How many times have you read your own series?

A Once published I don’t read the books very much outside of readings like I did here today. Because after finishing all the revisions: REVISE, REVISE, REVISE; I get tired of writing and reading them. Remember on my first book I rewrote the book fourteen times.

Q Why or why not would you want the Greek gods to be real?

A GREAT TRIDENT SHIRT YOU HAVE ON. I REALLY LIKE THAT. (Speaking to Terry about his t-shirt)

I’m kind of glad they aren’t real, because they are kind of really scary, they were so unpredictable. I’m glad they are not in charge of my destiny, because they, I fell like they could drag you around in different directions all the time. But they are great fun to study. I suppose if they were real, I would like hanging out with them-- If they weren’t trying to blast you to pieces.

Q I heard that Percy was based off your son. If that is true who were Annabeth and Grover based off of?

A That is sort of true. Percy is like my son in some ways. My son does have ADHD and Dyslexia. But Percy is not entirely based on my son. If you ask him he’ll say he’s definitely NOT Percy and he doesn’t want to be. He likes Percy, but he’s not Percy. Percy is based off of several people.

Annabeth is the same way. I mean she’s not one person in particular, but a number of different students I’ve had through the years. I also took some of the characteristics from Greek myths and mixed them in like Ariadne and Medea.

Grover is the same way, bits and pieces of different people that I know.

Q Who would your Olympian parent be?

A With my luck it would be Dionysus. I like Hermes. He has a lot of fun, he’s into a lot of stuff and gets to pull pranks on people.

Q Will some of the minor characters like Nico and Rachel be in the next series?

A
Yes, they will. Also a new cast and if you read the end of the last book there is a new prophecy and you will find out about it. It will be out in the fall, probably October. I’m not sure yet, as soon as I know I will post it on my site RickRiordan.COM.

Q What new monsters are in the next series?

A I can’t tell you , but I can promise you there are a lot of monsters and new gods you haven’t met yet. , And boy do I have a twist for you in the next series, but there is plenty of interesting new stuff happening.

THE INTERVIEW with RICK at the MET 3/14
posted Mar 14, 2010 9:07 PM by Suzanne Koch [ updated Mar 17, 2010 11:27 PM ]

Q What is the time lapse from the end of The Last Olympian to the beginning of the new Camp Half Blood series?

A It's not long, I can't tell you specifically how long but not long.

Q How many books will there be in The Kane Chronicles series and in the Camp Half Blood series?

A There will be 3 books for The Kane Chronicles and 5 books for the Camp Half Blood series.

Q Will The Kane Chronicles and Camp Half Blood series storylines ever cross paths?


A No, they exist in the same time in the universe, but they won't cross paths. That would just get too confusing for the readers and me.

Q Have the film rights been sold for the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series?

A No, only the first book, with Fox's option to purchase the next book, if they decide to make another film.

Q In your tweets from Greece, you said you had heard new Greek myths. Will any of those stories be in the Camp Half Blood series?

A Yes, some of those stories will be in the new series.

Q Are you planning to write a prequel of the adventures that Thalia, Luke and Annabeth had before they went to Camp Half Blood?

A Many people have asked me, and I have thought about it, I'm not really sure. Right now I am too busy with the other two series.

Q We have heard from the publishers that The Red Pyramid will be an estimated 528 pages. Will the Camp Half Blood series be longer books than those in the Percy Jackson series?

A
Yes, they will be. I can't give you the number of pages, but they will be longer books.

Q For The Sea of Monsters movie, could you be the screen writer or executive producer?

A No, when you sign the rights away, all you can do is hope they will take your input, but it is no guarantee they will use it.

Q Christof, the Webmaster for Mortalnet.com, is really curious about magic in Percy's world. Is magic only inherited from godly parents, or is it possible to learn magic that you haven't inherited?

A Yes, with Hecate being at camp there will be more magic. But most magic is inherent in the gods. However, like Circe in the first series there are witches. Most of the magic will be in forms of enchanted objects or through godly parents.

Q Will Annabeth and Percy be active in the next series, or will they become akin to the heroic tales of Theseus and Hercules?

A
They will be very active in the new series.

Q Kronos can not die. Should readers be ready for his return?

A There are many other forms of evil to throw at them without Kronos. They will face plenty of dangers in new forms.

Q In The Kane Chronicles, are you handling Egyptian mythology in general terms, or have you chosen a time period in Egyptian history and specific Pharoahs?

A The mythology will be in general terms.

Q How did you prepare for The Kane Chronicles?

A I spent a lot of time reading.

Q In The Titan's Curse, you never fully describe Zoe Nightshade. Can you tell us how you imagined her?

A That 's a good question. I never really had a fixed image of her in my head.

Q Do you ever visit your fan sites?

A No, because I just don't have the time. My wife does often. HI BECKY, COME VISIT US AT MORTALNET, OFTEN!!!

Rick was very kind to personalize Terry's signed copy. Rick is a warm, personable, and genuine individual. It was a pleasure to meet him. Our pictures with him came out blurry, but as we were leaving the back stage area, Terry said, "I just met, sat, and interviewed one of my favorite authors. Whoo! Awesome! What a great day!" What more could I ask for, for a great day.

RICK RIORDAN'S LECTURE at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, on 3/14/10
These are highlights and general summary with quotes from the lecture.

Rick explained how he always knew he wanted to write, and how teachers always told him to write about what he knew. Except he said he didn’t know anything. At 13 he wrote his first short story about a man who died and went to heaven, and had a conversation with an angel. His teacher said you should send it to a publisher, “You can do that?” was his response. They sent in his story and he received his first rejection letter along with his story full of corrections. He showed both on a projection screen. He asked the audience do they like getting their work handed back by the teacher full of corrections? There was an overwhelming “NO.” His mother framed the rejection letter, and every day he had to walk past it. He went on to say that his mother’s home was destroyed by fire. Everything was destroyed except the letter.


Retelling of how his son with Dyslexia brought about creating new stories after finishing all the Greek myths:
"That is how Percy was born a demigod character, whose signs of being a demigod was having ADHA and Dyslexia. What if the Greek gods were real and still having kids.What would it be like if there demigods living among us. What would it be like to have a Greek god as your mom or dad. He asks the audience, "Who is your favorite god or goddess, that you would like to have as your mom or dad?" Calling on various children he hears their choices and answers each. "Poseidon god of the sea. Yeah, you could make toilets explode if you want. Aphrodite, yes, goddess of love. She could make any man fall for her. That would be weird to have her as your mom. Athena, ah yes, the goddess of wisdom. That way you could pass all your tests. Hades god of the dead. Yeah, usually it is someone wearing a black t-shirt, that tells me that. My favorite answer was one time I was in a school in Texas, in an eighth grade and I asked the question,' Who would you like as your godly parent,' and this one girl calls out, 'OOH BATMAN.'"

"So I came up with a new demigod, Percy Jackson, who lives in New York City." He gives a brief summary of the first book. "When I finished the story I called it The Lightning Thief." His son tells him he should get it published. "I had no intention of publishing the book, but amazingly the book was published." He shows three different covers for Percy finally choosing the John Rocco cover we all know. He continued to tell that The Lightning Thief has been translated into 35 different languages and then shows many foreign covers commenting on various difficulties that the title had in foreign languages. "The Japanese translator was very meticulous and kept sending me emails and asking me questions. Finally one day,she was so frustrated, she knew English, but not a lot of American terms. She wrote me and said, 'Mr. Riordan, WHAT IS A WEDGIE?!' I think my favorite is still the German cover. I was warned that the Germans are very serious people, and that they have these dark and somber covers. So, I was preparing myself for this serious German cover and then I got it. The cover had a very buff Minotaur IN HIS UNDERWEAR. Very very serious."

Rick then describes The Sea of Monsters American cover and says that the center is an eye is not a Frisbee. "When I got the cover for The Titan's Curse, that was the cover I really loved. It has Percy on Blackjack on the top of the Chrysler Building in New York. I take the book into a class in Austin to show it off and I am all excited," he says in a deep and impressive voice, "THE TITAN'S CURSE". And this kid yells, 'Look he's riding a hippo!' And another kid tries to make me fell better and says,'That's not a hippo Mr. Riordan, it's a moose!' So there's Percy riding his WAR MOOSE into battle!" Finally, he shows The Last Olympian cover and it shows Percy on Blackjack. "I wanted to call it, 'REVENGE OF THE WAR MOOSE' but they wouldn't let me."

"Percy started here at the Met," he says. Then tells why he chose New York, with the gods following Western Civilization. He put the camp on Long Island because his wife's family has a farm out there. He goes on to say he had to have Percy here at the Met in the Greek and Roman section. He made the part of Kronos eating his children carved on a Stele up, but shows the picture of the real one, encouraging everyone to see it. The next picture is that of a statue of Dionysus and he questions why the statue has a young girl holding his arm up with her head under his arm pit.

Rick goes on to Egyptian mythology and explains basic Egyptian gods to the audience. He tells how The Red Pyramid begins in London at the British Museum, but he had to bring Sadie and Carter Kane to New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When Rick accepted e-mails -- a couple of the best on Mortalnet.
letter/e-mail #2
posted May 10, 2009 12:40 PM by Christof r [ updated Jul 18, 2009 1:51 PM ]
Dear Mr. Riordan,

I am a big fan of your book series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. I have a few questions about your series and how you portray things, though. Apollo can supposedly see the future; can his children as well? And are there new oracles in Percy's time? Athena is suppose to have brown hair, but her children have blond hair. Why? At the beginning of the series, you said the demi-gods are dyslexic, and that their brains are hard-wired to Greek. If the gods are always moving around, why is it Ancient Greek, and not, say, Latin? Throughout the series, Percy is always having weird dreams. Is Morpheus, the god of dreams, giving them to him? And is Morpheus actually a double agent? In the fourth book, Janus appears, but he is a Roman god. Why is there a Roman god in the series? And will Percy also have to make a choice with Janus? Also, my Greek friend would like me to add, do you believe in the Greek gods? Thank you for your time.
~ Omega

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Hi Omega,
Thank you for writing. I'm glad you've enjoyed the Percy Jackson books. I'll do my best to answer you: Perhaps some of Apollo's children can see the future in small doses. Stay tuned for more about the Oracle. Athena's children have many different colors of hair, just like many siblings. Greek is the root language, the origin, although I'm sure the gods like Latin too. Dreams are something all demigods have. Stay tuned for more on Morpheus. Roman gods and Greek gods often mix together in my world, as they are part of the same tradition, though Roman gods are younger. No, I do not believe in the Greek gods, but the old stories are fun to write about. Keep reading!

Best wishes,
Rick Riordan

Letter/Email #3
posted May 21, 2009 3:10 PM by Christof r [ updated Jul 18, 2009 1:50 PM ]

Dear Rick Riordan,
I was wondering, what would happen If Percy and Annebeth had a child? What would the child be like? Would It be more powerful than It's parents, or less powerful that It's parents? Also, If Percy and Annebeth had a child, what would the child be like? And, are Percy and Annebeth going to have a child, in the next series, or somewhere else? As far as I know, there isn't a Greek myth that features two demigods having a child. Are there any myths about this?
Thank you for you time Smile
~A Fan

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Hi,
Thank you for writing. I'm glad you've enjoyed the Percy Jackson books. Keep in mind most demigods don't live long enough to have kids. If they did, the children would be like mortals, except in rare cases when the parents are very powerful. Then they might be more like demigods. All I can tell you about future books is on the contact information page for rickriordan.com. I will launch a fantasy series about Egyptian mythology in spring 2010 and a new Camp Half-Blood series will begin winter 2010. You may see Percy and the gang from the first series, but they won't be the main characters. I can't give you any further details about either series -- sorry! It will be quite a while before I release additional information, but I'm writing as fast as I can and thanks for reading!

Best wishes,
Rick Riordan



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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Mon May 10, 2010 9:51 pm

Just updated form Rick Blog another summary:
After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.


Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.publishersweekly+
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From Mr. Riordan:
- "I can only say that I’m having a blast with the series, blending the new characters with the old, and injecting a totally new spin into the world of Percy Jackson & the Olympians."

In March, he turned in the first Percy spin-off book-after test-reading it with his initial editors: sons Haley, 15, and Patrick, 12. "They said it was actually their favorite one so far, even more so than Percy," Riordan said. "It usually takes us about three or four nights to get through the whole thing," he said. "If they keep saying, ‘don't stop, don't stop, read another chapter,' I know it's working." To read the entire article go to .


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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Mon May 10, 2010 9:57 pm

A few new Q & A I just found that Rick answered.

Q. What's going to happen after the next Camp Half-Blood series and The Kane Chronicles? Will there be another [book] series [of some sort]?

That's way too far in the future to talk about. Kane and Heroes of Olympus will be keeping me busy for at least the next three years, and they will remain separate though parallel worlds.


Q. Will there ever be a series where the Olympians go to war with a different pantheon of Gods? For example, Olympians vs Egyptian?

I have no plans to do that anytime soon, although who knows -- maybe some day. Again, I've got so much else on my plate right now, it would be a long time.


Q. When Circe refers to Hecate as Mother Hecate in Sea of Monsters, does that mean that Circe is a daughter of Hecate)

She is saying 'Mother' as an honorary title, as Circe follows Hecate. Didorus in ancient times said Circe was the daughter of Hecate, but more often she is called the daughter of Helios and an Oceanid named Perse.


Q. Have you heard of fan fiction?

I know all about fan fiction but I never read it. I'm honored people enjoy the series so much they want to make their own stories, but find it a little unsettling, too, and since there are copyright issues, it's better than I stay blissfully ignorant of what other people might write about my characters.


Q. Is Camp Half Blood the only place for demigods to train? I know the Hunters train in the wilderness with Artemis, and some train on the own, Like Nico with the dead. But are there other camps, academies, training facilities, etc... for half bloods?

Stayed tuned -- I can't tell you.


Q. How will you write about 7 half bloods and yet let us get to know each one and still see our old favorite characters?

Stay tuned -- I can't tell you.

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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Mon May 24, 2010 10:17 pm

From Disney/Hyperion Catalog -book website coming. BOOK 576 PAGES

The Heroes of Olympus, The, Book One: Lost Hero
By Rick Riordan
An all-new Camp Half-Blood adventure from New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan
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    Percy Jackson The Last Olympian
    More than 10 million books in the Percy Jackson series sold.


    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own:

    Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
    To storm or fire the world must fall.
    An oath to keep with a final breath,
    And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.


    Now, in a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they’ll need the help of some familiar demigods.


    Book Website

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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Wed May 26, 2010 2:10 pm

or=blue]]I don't know how I forgot to put this half of the May 3, interview onto this thread ,but I did. So here are the Lost Hero questions and Answers from the May 3 interview.[/size]

THE LOST HERO QUESTIONS

Q: The presence of the entire minor god’s offspring is going to greatly change the dynamics of Camp Half Blood and not just by all the new cabins. Will a rivalry arise between children of the major gods and the children of the minor gods?

RR: A lot of the rivalries the gods had in the old days will still be around, but the minor gods that will make things more complicated for sure. But how? Who exactly knows!
 
Q: Will the new construction of cabins be finished at the point we enter The Lost Hero and what is the new total of cabins? How is Mr. D taking all these changes?

RR: Well that is giving away too much too early, can’t really say, sorry. I will say that The Lost Hero happens not too far in the future after The Last Olympian. And if you’re wondering what will happen with this character or that, yeah you will find out.

Q: Will the greatest dangers in The Lost Hero come from monsters, one or more of the gods in conflict of major and minor gods, or conflict from within the campers?

RR: I will have to say changes will it comes from all three places. Which one is the most I’d have to say the gods the major movers and shakers as they always are.

Q: Will we see Persephone’s and Demeter outside of Hades and what purpose will they be serving?

RR: Too early to say yet you may see them you may not.

Q: Does Calypso get to leave her island and will we see her in The Lost Hero?

RR: You will not see her in The Lost Hero, whether or not she will appear in The Heroes series or not, not sure. But she is a great character, I like her.

Q: Will any one or two characters be the main characters similar to Percy and Annabeth or will we have a large group all taking main character positions?

RR: Well if you’ve read The Last Olympian you will know there is a prophecy about seven demigods. So you can rest fairly assured that their will be seven major characters, whether they are seven characters that you do or don’t know, that I am not going to give away. I won’t throw too many new characters at you, anyway.

Q: Are any other prophecies made Pre - Percy going to have a role in The Lost Hero?
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RR: The major prophecy that plays a role is Rachel Elizabeth Dare’s prophecy. You will find out what that means, and you will find out sort of where it is going.

TK: Right. There has been insurmountable speculation about that on Mortalnet.

RR: I can tell you without giving too much away that Rachel’s prophecy is the foundation for the new series. What it means not even the demigods are sure of that, you know how prophecies are

Q: How do the children of Hephaestus make magic weapons and armor? Do they have a magical process, or is it just a construction process?

RR: You are going to find out a lot about the children of Hephaestus and how they make magic and magic armor in The Lost Hero.

Q: There are many questions surrounding the River Styx. For mortals and half-bloods how much power does a promise on the River Styx hold over you other than the death penalty?

RR: Well the Fates oversee that, and you never want to mess around with the Fates. When or where they will they get their revenge should you break the oath that’s anybodies guess. Suffice to say you don’t want to find out.

SK: Does that go for the gods too?

RR: The gods do swear on the River Styx and they do get in trouble, but they tend to get off easier because they are immortal.

Q: How were Zeus and Poseidon able to break their oath not to have any more children?

RR: Well unfortunately the gods do that all the time and really the doom, the curse happens with their children. You can break your word it is just not a good thing to do.

Q: Didn’t they swear on the River Styx, which is unbreakable? Does this mean that the gods can break Percy’s promise and not claim their children?

RR: Well that’s the question that will have to wait for the next series to answer. That is an excellent question.

Q: Have you ever considered writing for people between teenage level and 20?

RR: No not really. I just never taught that age group. I mean I know that a lot of teenagers read the books. And twenty year olds, a lot of college students read the books and write to me. And that if they enjoy it that is great, but my target audience is what I know best which is the middle grades, 9 - 12 year olds. My son is now 15, so I definitely want to make something that he will enjoy too.

One last question we overheard him answering.

Q: Who is your favorite character from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series?

RR: Well obviously Percy, I wrote the series about him, and Annabeth as my favorite female character. However, if you really want to know my overall favorite character it is Tyson.

To all the fans whose questions were not able to be answered, our apologizes. We did not even get through the list of all the questions we had brought with us. There was only so much time Rick could spend with just us. We refer you back to our interview with Rick on March 14, and also to the question and answer period that he had with the audience that day for some of the answers to questions that were submitted.

I think our questions were good. Rick kept saying that is another really good question. Monday night was incredible. There were only about 70 people there. We meet John Rocco, Kate Kellgren and Kevin Free who are Sadie and Carter on the audio book, Rick's publicist, manager, heads from Disney Books and Brilliance Audio, Targets, and others. After our interview, Disney addressed the group, then Rick, Kate and Kevin did a part of the book, Rick received a Proclamation from a Brooklyn Official, and then we had a short guided tour with Rick of the Egyptian section of the Brooklyn Museum. Every person there received a specially embossed shopping bag with the Kane logo that said "Be careful of what you summon..." and Conquer the Red Pyramid Puzzle, with a complimentary autographed copy of The Red Pyramid, a copy of the audio book, and a poster of the book cover.

On behalf of Mortalnet, Percyquest, Blue Trident, and OlimpianosRJ we would like to thank the people at Disney Books for donating an authographed copy of The Red Pyramid for each site to use as a give away for their members. We at Mortalnet would also like to thank Brilliance Audio for the copy of The Red Pyramid audio book donated to our site for our The Red Pyramid giveaway.

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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:47 am

THE HEROES OF OLYMPUS, BOOK ONE: THE LOST HERO SITE IS UP AND RUNNING

The Heroes of Olympus

Today at 8:54am


The Heroes of Olympus website has gone live! Right now, there are only "locked" sample chapters from The Lost Hero. Bronze coin keychains, like the symbol above, were given out at BEA with the pass code, and for the present, that's the only way to unlock the chapters. If you weren't at BEA, or can't find someone who got the coin, don't worry! In a few weeks, we'll open the sample chapters for everyone. Also, on June 21, the summer solstice, we will unveil the cover for The Lost Hero on the website. It is AMAZING!
The Lost Hero will arrive in bookstores on Oct. 12. The sample chapters, which will be unlocked this month, will give you a major hint to the question you've been wondering about: "What's going on with Percy in the new series?" Stay tuned . . .

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Post by Posidonsdaughter on Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:58 am

THE CODE TO READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF THE LOST HERO.

Okay you all know what to do now go to The Lost Hero site and enter NEWHERO. Enjoy your reading.

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Post by riczhang on Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:26 am

Rick has unveiled the cover of the Lost Hero on his blog:



SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010

The Lost Hero cover unveiled!

This morning, Entertainment Weekly provided an exclusive sneak peek at the cover for The Lost Hero! The book will launch my new series The Heroes of Olympus on October 12, and I have to say this cover may be my favorite yet by master illustrator John Rocco. The EW article also provided the secret password (newhero) to unlock the first two chapters of the book on the Heroes of Olympus site.

I hope you enjoy the sneak peek! Heroes of Olympus will be a five-book series. It is set in Percy Jackson’s world, and Percy has an important role to play in the series. At different points in the series, you will get to catch up with most of the characters from the first series, but The Lost Hero also features a new cast of main characters, so I’m being careful not to call it a “Percy Jackson series.” It’s a little bit more than that. I’m also not calling it a “Camp Half-Blood series,” because it’s a little bit more than that, too . . . Ah, but that’s as much as I can say for now. When the book comes out in October, you’ll see what I mean.

Meanwhile in the world of the Kane family, The Red Pyramid is still going strong! In its sixth week on the New York Times bestseller list, it is the #1 children’s hardcover in the country. Thanks to all of you who have read and enjoyed the adventures of Carter and Sadie, and don’t worry, I’m working on the second volume of The Kane Chronicles right now. If all goes as planned, it will be out May 2011. I’m doing my best to produce a Heroes of Olympus book every fall and a Kane Chronicles book every spring for the next few years so you guys don’t have to wait any longer than necessary. That’s twice as fast as I usually write, so wish me luck – and yes, I am crazy. Thanks for asking!

The Red Pyramid got a nice review today in The Washington Post. It will also be the Washington Post’s first selection for their kids’ summer reading program. Hope you all enjoy the book. D.C. plays an important role in the book, as you may know! And if you missed it, The Red Pyramid was recently reviewed in the New York Times.

And in the world of The 39 Clues, I’m so excited that the final book, Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix, will be released August 31. It’s hard to believe almost two years have passed since I started the series with The Maze of Bones. It’s even harder to believe the team of authors has written ten great books in such a short time! If you’re sad to see the series end, don’t worry. Scholastic is planning to publish The Black Book of Secrets in October, with a behind-the-scenes look at everything Cahill. I wrote the introduction (well, it’s kind of a fun little story, actually) and had a blast doing it. I think you’ll really enjoy the surprises in store.

If I’m not blogging very much this summer, it’s because I’m furiously working on The Kane Chronicles, book 2, but I’ll keep you updated as more news comes in. The next tour, for Heroes of Olympus, will happen in October, and as soon as I have details on that, I’ll post them!



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Camp Half-Blood in Prospect Park, which is inspired by a book series based on Greek mythology.


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By SHARON OTTERMAN


The oracle sat with her back to the hill, a breeze riffling the ruby scarves tied to her folding camp chair.




One by one, the 12 boys approached. They stood straight as the oracle lowered her sunglasses and looked them over. Sorting through a pile of paper slips with burnt edges, the oracle, a middle-aged woman, selected one for each child.
“I will prophesize your quest,” she told Tom Leier, 9, before reciting a mysterious poem that would guide him for the week ahead.
That morning, the boys had been regular Brooklyn elementary school students at a summer camp in Prospect Park. But now each had been revealed to be a half-blood, with one mortal parent and one who was a god of Greek myth.
Children have always sought to act out elements of their favorite books, becoming part of the worlds that the works create. Now, organized role-playing literary camps, like the weeklong Camp Half-Blood in Brooklyn, are sprouting up around the nation.
Some take their inspiration from the Harry Potter books, like the wizardry camp run by the Brandywine Learning Center in Chester Springs, Pa., which simulates the experience of attending Hogwarts, the school from the novels.
Bookstores have joined in, organizing day camps structured around children’s books, like “The Double-Daring Book for Girls” and the “Ranger’s Apprentice” series. But the biggest buzz has recently been around Camp Half-Blood, based on the popular “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series.
In the Percy Jackson books, misunderstood children find out they are modern-day mythological heroes. Interest in Camp Half-Blood has been growing, perhaps because a Percy Jackson movie was released this year, or because the series features its own Camp Half-Blood, where Percy and other middle school demigods find refuge.
An independent bookstore in Austin, Tex., held the first Camp Half-Blood in 2006. The store, BookPeople, had been hosting dramatic readings of manuscripts in the series, and one day Topher Bradfield, the children’s activity coordinator, said to his young listeners, “Wouldn’t it be great if Camp Half-Blood was a real place?”
“The kids,” Mr. Bradfield recalled, “looked at me as if I’d sprouted a second head, and were like: ‘Yeah, duh. Of course!’ ”
The day camp, which is held in a state park, attracts children from as far away as Brazil and Britain, who stay with their parents in nearby hotels. This year, the camp’s 450 spots sold out in an hour and a half, Mr. Bradfield said.
The camps run by bookstores, which are also in Decatur, Ga., and now in Brooklyn, are not fancy affairs. A casual observer of the various Camp Half-Bloods would see a few decorations and children in matching camp T-shirts jousting with foam swords or javelins. Gods, oracles and monsters are played by actors, counselors or volunteers.
But the homemade nature of the experience, camp staff members said, permits students to create the illusion in their own minds.
“My biggest challenge has been getting parents to understand that we don’t intend to sit indoors with their kids and read all summer,” said Crystal Bobb-Semple, the owner of Brownstone Books in Bedford-Stuyvesant, which started the Brooklyn camp this summer and charges $375 per week. “It is experiential.”
Camp Half-Blood in Brooklyn had 44 campers and a simple story line. Discord had come over Brooklyn. It was up to the campers, as demigods, to find the five pieces of the Apple of Discord, a mythological object, to set things right.
Not everything went according to plan. Prospect Park denied permission to put up a tent, so the camp’s center consisted of three folding tables under tall trees. A nearby library and a movie theater were used in bad weather.
As the second session of the camp opened, the dozen boys, ages 7 to 11, squared off under a scorching sun for their first sword lesson, taught by a local Japanese sword-fighting instructor. There was some skepticism: when Nathan Mandell, 10, glimpsed the first piece of the Apple of Discord later that day, he did not buy it.
“That’s a piece of foam with glitter on it,” he said.

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The book summary from the back cover.

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong. Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on? Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god. Rick Riordan, the best-selling author of the Percy Jackson series, pumps up the action and suspense in The Lost Hero, the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series. Fans of demi-gods, prophesies, and quests will be left breathless--and panting for Book Two.

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Camp Half Blood

OK, I found this totally by accident, so I was going to go to the Heroes of Olympus website and accidentally went to Camp Half Blood.com, and saw that the design had changed....



SO, Guys, if you want Lost Hero Screensaver go the Camp Half Blood, and the password is still newhero.

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