Category Archives: Percy Jackson

July 4, 2016

10 Problems Only Percy Jackson Fans Understand

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Everyone has problems, but if you’re obsessed with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (as we know many of you are) this list is for you! See if you can identify with . . . 

10 Problems Only Percy Jackson Fans Understand

10. You can’t decide on naming your goldfish Artemis or Poseidon.

9. You get in trouble for telling people to go to Hades.

8. You call your blanket your “Golden Fleece.”

7. You keep thinking that creepy tree in your backyard is Thalia’s tree and she’s trapped inside.

6. You tell people that you’re “half-blood” when you are half-Irish and half-Italian.

5. You imagine what it would be like to never age past 16 if you were inducted as one of Artemis’s lieutenants.

4. You are desperate to go to Camp Half-Blood. (This is actually a real camp that my friends do! We’re talking daily missions, battle training, sword fighting, and more.)

3. You keep calling your half-brother “Tyson” and pretending he is a Cyclops.

2. You can’t stop harassing your friends to read the series.

1. You wander aimlessly around your house because you finished all the books.

Are you obsessed with Percy Jackson? Tell us in how bad it is in the Comments below!

-Ratha

July 29, 2015

Magnus Chase Series from Rick Riordan

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the sword of summerMeet Magnus Chase!

If you are a Percy Jackson fan wondering what to read next, then Rick Riordan has just solved your problem! He is the author of the Percy Jackson series, and he is writing a NEW series about a NEW demi-god. Get ready to meet Magnus Chase!

Book #1: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and truant officers.

One day, someone else tracks him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands years. And also, Magnus’ father was a Norse god.

But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents . . .

DUN DUN DUUUUNN! *dramatic sound effect*

Will you be reading this new series by the author of Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles? Leave a Comment!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

October 23, 2014

Book Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

Book Wars: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson

Attention all fantasy readers! You’ll want to get in on this week’s book war, because I will be comparing two of the most popular fantasy series there are: Harry Potter vs. Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

People have been saying for years that the two series are similar in character and plot, but I’m about to take a deeper look to find out. So, are you a Potterhead or are you a Demigod? Can you be both?

To begin the comparison, let’s start with the two main protagonists. Harry and Percy are both unlikely heroes with difficult backgrounds. Harry’s parents were killed when he was just a baby, and he was forced to live with his horrible Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon and his vile cousin, Dudley. Percy was raised by his mother and his awful step-father, Gabe Ugliano. Both children were bullied because they were weak and scrawny and no one really cared about them.

Harry and Percy also share some similar traits. Harry and Percy both have a “saving people thing” because they always want to help someone in danger. They are also known to be witty and sarcastic, but incredibly loyal to their friends.

Finally, Harry and Percy are the “Chosen One” and the “Child of the Prophecy” meaning that they are the only people who can save the world because of a prophecy written about them.

Now let’s compare some of the other characters.Are you Team Wizard or Team Demigod?

The main female protagonists, Hermione Granger and Annabeth Chase, are both the most intelligent characters in each series. They always know the answer for everything and always have a plan, but Annabeth is more of a warrior than Hermione.

And let’s not forget about the lovable best friends. Ron Weasley and Grover Underwood are the two main characters’ best friends. They are similar in that they are both easily scared, funny, and have a love of food. The only difference would be the fact that Grover has goat legs . . .

And, of course, we have the villains. There are the main bad guys, Lord Voldemort and Kronos, and also the conflicted henchmen, Draco Malfoy and Luke Castellan.

Another similarity in the series would be the plot. Both books are about two children who become heroes and have to save the world. They both involve a prophecy, magic, and myth.

So what do you think? How similar are these two series? And are you a fan of HP or PJO? Leave your opinion in the Comments.

Izzy, Scholastic Kids Council

PS. Emma Rose weighs in on the debate in her video. Ari is also a PJO fan. He says, “The books are exciting. It is fun to see Greek Mythology come alive in the present day. Percy, the son of Poseidon, must learn to survive and protect both the mortal and the immortal worlds.”

July 16, 2014

Fantasy Who Would Win?

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who-would-win?Who would win in a fight between your favorite fantasy characters?

I know what MY favorite thing about fantasy books is: fantasy books often have the most exciting, epic, earth-shattering battles. In worlds where anything is possible, magical creatures, logic-defying supernatural abilities, and even nature itself can turn any old argument into a knock-down, drag-out fight to save the universe. It’s so exciting!

Fight scenes in fantasy books always leave me wondering what I would do if I had the abilities or strengths that the characters have. Would I try to save the world, too? Or would I go on silly adventures instead? Probably a little bit of both!

Today’s Fantasy Books Festival post is all about special abilities. Everyone loves a good collision of fantasy universes, so do a little imagining yourself: who would win in a fight between these fictional characters?

Who are your winners? Why? What are your suggestions for fantasy face-offs? Share in the Comments below!

Till next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

April 16, 2014

New Story from Rick Riordan

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“The Staff of Serapis”

You might remember last year, Rick Riordan published “The Son of Sobek” as an extra crossover story in the The Serpent’s Shadow. The story featured both Percy Jackson and Carter Kane together in the same story. It’s crazy when characters jump out of their own series and into other characters’ series, right? Well, Riordan has done it again. He announced on his blog last week that the new U.S. paperback edition of The Mark of Athena in stores now features a story with Annabeth Chase and Sadie Kane! It has the awesome title “The Staff of Serapis.”

The Staff of Serapis book coverIf you don’t want to buy The Mark of Athena paperback, the story will be available in e-formats, with the cover above, on May 20. Or you could, you know, rush to the library and see if they have the new paperback edition with the story at the end. Tell the librarian it MUST be the 2014 paperback edition!

What do you think? Did you like “The Son of Sobek” enough to want a second story? Do you think Riordan should write an entire series combining all his characters?? Leave a Comment.

July 26, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Actors

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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Actors

A few weeks ago, we gave you the inside story on the new Percy Jackson movie Sea of Monsters (rated PG) in an interview with Annabeth and Clarisse. Now we have the guys’ point of view in an interview with Logan Lerman who plays Percy, and Brandon T. Jackson who plays Grover.

Q: Did you ever read Greek mythology before filming the movies?pj2movie
LOGAN: I did read Greek mythology in 7th or 8th grade in school and I always liked it. The one that I really liked, thought was really clever, was the myth about how Athens was named after Athena and the battles she had, and then how she used her wisdom to lure the people of Athens into naming the city after her. I always thought that was cool.
BRANDON: I like The Iliad. I’m a big fan of that. I like the Achilles story. I think that’s a really cool story, you know, the fact that he was dipped in the water by the gods up to his ankles, I mean up to his Achilles heel, and that was his weak point. Yeah, that’s one of my favorite ones. By the way, I hate the word “myths” because I can’t say it with the “s.”  I don’t know why.

Q: If you could be any character in the Percy movies in real life, who would you be?
LOGAN: I would probably be Poseidon or Zeus. I think they’re pretty cool.

Q: Could you talk about the satyr costume?
BRANDON: I had to wear a beard. Have you looked at the horns? And the beard is not real; it’s definitely fake. With the goat, it was like tight pants with little socks on them and I had to create a walk that resembled hind legs.

Q: What was the most fun scene to shoot during the movie?
LOGAN: With a big adventure film, you really can’t go wrong with any day you’re working. It’s a pretty fun set all the time. One of the things I had a lot of fun in particularly, just to name one, was Polyphemus’ Island. We had this cool heist scene, trying to get the fleece from Polyphemus. And we had a really good time shooting that. And it was a character I was really excited for the fans to see. So we had a lot of fun with it.

Q: You filmed at an amusement park in New Orleans. How was that experience, especially during the night shoots?
LOGAN: Alligators. Mosquitoes.
BRANDON: We had to move 25 alligators before the shoot. It was kind of scary. I like outside stuff, but I don’t deal with alligators.
LOGAN: It was pretty grueling and we were shooting at basically a swamp. They pumped out all the water, took out the alligators, laid down a little bit of dirt and said, “Let’s shoot.” And we were shooting night shoots five days a week, basically, from 7 pm to 7 am, and it was like 90 degrees with humidity. At 3 in the morning. It was pretty grueling, but at the same time, fun. It’s epic. It’s huge, huge setups and end of the world, epic battle scenes. So we had a good time.

Interview by Samantha McCann
Movie image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

June 28, 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Meet Clarisse and Annabeth from Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters movie!

Hold onto your tridents because the second movie in the Percy Jackson series is coming out on August 7 (just in time for Percy’s birthday on August 18)! Sea of Monsters (rated PG) will continue the adventures of Percy, Grover, and Annabeth as they explore more Ancient Greek legends in our modern world. We got interviews with 2 of the actors in the movie who play Annabeth and Clarisse, so here are Alexandra Daddario and Leven Rambin talking about what it was like to make this movie.

Q: Describe your character in Sea of Monsters.
Alexandra:
I play Annabeth. My character is the daughter of Athena. I came back for the second film in sort of a different character. Same character but a little bit of a different side of her. You see a more vulnerable, sensitive side of Annabeth in this film, whereas in the first film, she was a lot tougher and more of a warrior. In this film you really see what makes her tick, and you see her sweetness and trength as well.
Leven: Clarisse is the daughter of the god of war. And she’s just like a big, fat, ugly bully. (laughter) And so that was something to try to incorporate into my physicality and into my attitude. I think she’s a really good counterpart to Annabeth in this movie. She kind of highlights Percy’s weaknesses. And she learns a lot about teamwork and accepting help from others.

Q: If you could be any of the characters in the Percy movies in real life, which would you pick?
Alexandra: I mean, I love playing Annabeth. I think Percy Jackson has the coolest powers, you know – the ability to control water. I think that some of the shots in the film where he’s controlling these walls of water and controlling the ocean are so epic and cool. I think that’s a really cool power.
Leven: I also like playing Clarisse, just because she’s somewhat of a normal girl, but she has an extraordinary ego and ability to be victorious. She’s just very able. Percy’s physical power with the water is really powerful. And I think that that would be the coolest thing to have.

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Q: You filmed part of the movie at an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans. What was that like?
Alexandra: I thought that was insanely cool. I mean, I had never been to New Orleans before we went down to shoot there. It was so devastated by Hurricane Katrina. And it’s this whole amusement park that’s still standing, but it’s completely abandoned. It was filled with alligators before we went; they had to get rid of alligators and armadillos and bugs everywhere. It’s a really cool place to shoot because, you know, you don’t have to build the creepiness level. It’s already there. So you’re shooting a really cinematic, creepy place. There was a lot to explore. It’s going to look amazing on screen. We did some really incredible stunts on the roller coaster there. And it was a really, was a really interesting experience to be able to shoot there.
Leven: Yeah, it was. It had its challenges because it was so old and dingy and felt kind of haunted. But that was kind of good because it’s supposed to be this ominous place where all the action happens. It’s this cool backdrop of this old rickety thing. And then these amazing monsters are there and these epic fights happen against the backdrop of this crazy old, like, abandoned roller coaster. I agree it was, like, super beautiful on screen.  It kind of had its own story, its own life to it. It’s like a big character in the movie.

Q: What was the most difficult scene to shoot in this movie? 
Alexandra: I love making these movies. I think the hardest parts for me were the night shoots in the park because you start late and then you’re sitting in the mud, and getting eaten by bugs. And it’s either too cold or too hot, depending what time of the year you’re shooting.  It’s a great challenge, and I love my job. But I would say that posed the biggest challenge for me – just dealing with the elements.

Q: In what ways are you and your character alike?
Leven: I definitely think I’m a tomboy. I discovered that about myself a lot to play Clarisse. I was able to really transform physically to be something different than I’ve ever been. And I also related a lot to that side of myself. She’s definitely very prideful. I really don’t take myself that seriously. So it was fun playing up this side of myself that I don’t really have, but maybe I got a little bit from playing her.
Alexandra: Annabeth is a combination of strength and weakness like we all are.  During some of my fight scenes, I get to bring out my inner tough girl. I don’t normally have sword fights where I beat people up. But that’s the pretty cool part of myself that I didn’t know I had, this very intense action hero type. And I think also, I’m weak just like anybody else, and I have my vulnerabilities.  It’s interesting to play both her strengths and weaknesses, and find strengths within her weakness.

If you liked this interview, also read our interview with the Sea of Monsters actors, Logan Lerman and Brandon T. Jackson.

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

Interview by Nicole Tocco
Movie Image courtesy of 20th Century Fox

April 3, 2013

Percy Jackson Readalikes

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Today’s Readalikes are for the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. These books follow Percy as he discovers to his amazement that his father is Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, and Percy is one of many “half-bloods” in the world who must battle ancient and powerful enemies.

There are 5 books in the PJO series, plus 5 books in the Heroes of Olympus series. But once you’ve finished all those, what to read next? Look for these other fantasy books about ancient mythology for ages 9-12.

Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Carter and Sadie’s father has unleashed the Egyptian god Set and they’ve found themselves on a dangerous journey with family secrets popping up every step of the way.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
It’s fairies vs. a 12-year-old evil genius mastermind who is trying to steal their gold. But he has no idea what he is up against!

The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost
In order to find his missing father, Sam must travel through time to ancient Egypt, medieval Ireland, and even Dracula’s Castle. See also the other books in The Book of Time series.

The Bridge to Never Land by Dave Barry and Ridley Pierson
Aiden and Sarah uncover a mysterious document about the origins of Peter Pan that gets the pair chased by someone – or something- that will stop at nothing to get it from them.

Have a Hot Time, Hades! by Kate McMullan
Learn how Hades and his brothers and sisters defeated bad dad Cronus after he swallowed them whole. See also the other books in the Myth-o-Mania series.

The Books of Beginning: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens
Kate, Michael, and Emma have been tossed from one orphanage to another for the last ten years. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil they know nothing about. . . Until now. See also the other books in The Books of Beginning series.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Seth and Kendra realize that their grandparents’ estate, called Fablehaven, is a sanctuary for magical creatures, and not all of them are good. When the ancient laws get broken, powerful forces are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. See also the other books in the Fablehaven series.

His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
11-year-old Lyra is a precocious orphan growing up within Jordan College in Oxford, England, but Lyra’s world is not precisely like our own. In Lyra’s world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar that represents her soul. Lyra and her daemon are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. See also the other books His Dark Materials Trilogy.

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Read the original stories of gods, monsters, and human heroes that inspired the characters in The Lightning Thief.

Mythlopedia: Oh My Gods! by Megan E. Bryant
A Look-It-Up Guide to the Gods of Mythology! In this funny and fast-paced book, learn the honest, no-holds-barred truths about the men of Mount Olympus. See also the other books in the Mythlopedia series for stories about Olympian goddesses and monsters.

The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
Jack and Lucy are kidnapped by Viking Berserkers and become caught in a quest to the home of the trolls. See also the other books in The Sea of Trolls Trilogy.

Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr
John and Philippa Gaunt discover that they are descended from djinn, giving them the power to grant wishes and travel instantaneously anywhere in the world. See also the other books in the Children of the Lamp series.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
Skulduggery Pleasant is a powerful mage who has escaped the grave to become a living skeleton… so why must he team up with an ordinary 12-year-old girl named Stephanie to save the world from evil? Find out in this screwball book. See also the other books in the Skullduggery Pleasant series.

Odysseus in the Serpent Maze by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
What would Odysseus, Penelope, and Helen of Troy have been like as young teenagers? Find out in this book. See also the other books in the Young Heroes series.

Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney
Anaxandra takes on the identity of Princess Callisto to survive a pirate attack and finds herself in the middle of the Trojan War.

The Cronus Chronicles: The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu
Modern-day teens Charlotte and Zee set out for the Underworld on a quest to cure their mysteriously ill friends. See also the other books in the Cronus Chronicles.

Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
13-year-old New Yorker Rory Hennessy can see things no one else can. When a magician’s trick opens his eyes to Mannahatta, Rory finds an amazing spirit city coexisting alongside modern-day Manhattan, a place where ancient warriors and children live, ruled by the immortal Gods of Manhattan. See also the other books in the Gods of Manhattan series.

The Oracle Prophesies: The Oracle Betrayed by Catherine Fisher
Mirany, an oracle’s apprentice, and Seth, a tomb-robbing scribe, join forces to root out a traitorous plot to rule their world. See also the other books in The Oracle Prophecies.

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo—and only Theo—who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. Sneaking behind her father’s back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces that lurk in the museum’s dark hallways. See also the other books in the Theodosia series.

Hope you enjoy our Readalikes! PS. If you still can’t get enough PJO, test your skills in this Percy Jackson Trivia Quiz, and read an excerpt of Rick Riordan’s story “The Son of Sobek.

—Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

March 6, 2013

Percy Jackson and The Son of Sobek

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Rick Riordan’s short story: “The Son of Sobek”

Have you read the first short story featuring Percy Jackson AND Carter Kane? “The Son of Sobek,” the first ever Percy Jackson-Carter Kane crossover story is included in the back of the paperback edition of The Kane Chronicles, Book #3: The Serpent’s Shadow, in stores on May 7, 2013.

image from kids.scholastic.comSonja, STACKS Staffer

 

November 28, 2011

Pokemon or Percy Jackson Writing Prompt

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Writingprompt_bookThis week’s Write On! Writing Prompt presents choices. Pokemon or Percy Jackson? Both heroes, both residing in a magical world, both taking part in awesome battles . . . and of course, both starting with the letter “P.” So check out this week’s 2 Writing Prompts.

The first one was submitted by Corey:
What would you do if you found yourself in the Unova Region of Pokemon?

And the second one by moth821:
You are in the world of Percy Jackson. Who is your godly parent and how do you contribute to the series?

The choice is in your hands. Percy? Or Pokemon? Or dare I say both? Leave your answers in the Comments below!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer