Wednesday, October 28, 2015

K10: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.

Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
My name is Raina, I am 10 years old, and I like green mint chocolate chip ice cream.

What book did you read and why did you choose it?
I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I love it. I'd heard a lot of good things about it and my neighbor had read it and I thought it was interesting. So I got the first book from the school library and I couldn't stop reading it. 

Can you describe this book in one word?
It'd be hmm..... I'd probably say cool because it's a really cool book. 

What was your favorite part of this story?
In the fourth book, THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH, they needed to go through the labyrinth to beat Kronos. Kronos was trying to possess Luke so he could have power again and Percy needed to find the creator of the labyrinth to learn the labyrinth's secrets. It was a race between Camp Half Blood and Kronos's supporters. 

If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
I don't know. I'd be really scared. They were doing really scary things and I wouldn't want to be a leader in this story. I'd want to be at the camp preparing things for the heroes and preparing for the battle.

What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
I know that my best friend loves Harry Potter so I'd say it's like Harry Potter but with mythology. I've been talking to her for a long time about it but she hasn't read it yet.

What do you think about the book's cover?
They're all really good. All of the illustrations tell a lot about the story. They really want to make you read it.

Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
Yes! Well, I was so sad when the series ended and the ending is so good, so I'd definitely read another book. They're supposed to come out with a new one about Annabeth's cousin, so I really want to read that. 

Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
Harry Potter.

If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
Where did you get this idea?

On his website, Rick Riordan answered this popular question:

"My son Haley asked me to tell him some bedtime stories about the Greek gods and heroes. I had taught Greek myths for many years at the middle school level, so I was glad to comply. When I ran out of myths, he was disappointed and asked me if I could make up something new with the same characters.

"I thought about it for a few minutes. Then I remembered a creative writing project I used to do with my sixth graders - I would let them create their own demigod hero, the son or daughter of any god they wanted, and have them describe a Greek-style quest for that hero. Off the top of my head, I made up Percy Jackson and told Haley all about his quest to recover Zeus's lightning bolt in modern day America. It took about three nights to tell the whole story, and when I was done, Haley told me I should write it out as a book. 

"I had a lot to do already, but I somehow found the time to write the first Percy Jackson book over the next year. I just really enjoyed writing it. The story was such fun, and so different from my adult fiction, that I found myself spending a lot of time on it. Now, I'm sure glad I did!"

Thank you to Raina for sharing Percy Jackson and the Olympians series with The Kidliterati!


When twelve-year-old Percy Jackson finds out that his ADHD and dyslexia are actually part of being a half-blood (half human, half god), his life is turned upside down. He enrolls at Camp Half-Blood, a school of demigods like himself, not knowing what to expect. But soon, he finds himself traveling across the world on rescue missions and adventures, all while battling against dangerous mythological monsters. When he finds out that he may be part of a prophesy, Percy must face the greatest danger of all - Kronos, the legendary Titan King. 

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