Monday, October 18, 2010

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday--The Red Pyramid (and a Giveaway!!!)

So it's Monday again--which means of course we're talking about more marvelous middle grade (I'm really not sure I'll ever get tired of that alliteration). :) And today I'm featuring a book that probably doesn't need my help--but I'm giving it a shout out anyway: THE RED PYRAMID by Rick Riordan.


In the world of middle grade, I'm pretty sure the only person to outrank Rick Riordan is J.K. Rowling. His panel at Comic Con was HUGE, and when he does a signing like a thousand people show up (at Comic Con you had to draw a lucky random ticket--and even then, that only got you one signed book). So yeah...he's basically a rock star. Which is actually pretty cool considering how under appreciated middle grade can be.

He made his mark on the children's writing world with his Percy Jackson books, but when he finished that series he launched two new series. The Heroes of Olympus  (why is B&N taking so long to ship my copy of THE LOST HERO--WHY???) and The Kane Chronicles, book one of which is THE RED PYRAMID, which came out earlier this year.

Like the Camp Halfblood books, THE RED PYRAMID is a mix of modern kids and ancient mythology--with a ton of Riordan's trademark humor. But this time he focuses on Egyptian Mythology, and the book is a dual POV between two siblings: Carter and Sadie.

Things I love about the series:

- The fact that Riordan kept writing after Percy--releasing new books with very little delay. He knew his fans wanted more and he gave it to them, which is crucial when it comes to getting kids to read (and keeping them reading).

-The book is LONG for middle grade (I am a huge fan of long middle grade--for self serving reasons of course. *coughs*)

-Carter and Sadie each have their own unique voices--and are also different from Percy. The dual POV was a new trick for Riordan, and I thought he pulled it off nicely.  I love watching authors stretch themselves and branch out.

-Kids LOVE these books. Yes, there were a lot of Camp Halfblood fans at Comic Con. But there were a lot of Carter and Sadie fans too--pretty incredible considering the book had only been out a few months.

So yeah, basically it's awesome and I'm eternally grateful to Riordan for helping keep middle grade alive and present and hot (and for writing long books--hehe). Which is why I decided to feature the book today, even though it's already sold a zillion copies.

And because I like to include a giveaway on Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, I'm giving away a copy THE RED PYRAMID to one lucky commenter. (Sadly, it's NOT signed. I could only get one signed book when I met him and well...I'm keeping that one for me. *stingy*)

But it's still a beautiful hardcover and an awesome book--and it's free to one lucky winner! All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment on today's post by 11:59 pm on Friday Oct 22nd. I'll use randomizer.org to choose the winner and post the name on Saturday, Oct. 23rd. International entries welcome!

Good luck everyone!

61 comments:

  1. That book sounds *really* interesting! I've never actually read anything of his, but I might just have to start.

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  2. I'm a huge greek mythology fan so of course I loved his Percy Jackson series. And I have been dying to read Red Pyramid. I can only imagine how insane his panel must have been! Great post as usual Shannon!

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  3. Does begging help the organizer pick? Ooo, ooo, please, pick me! No?...okay, then, that was just pathetic, wasn't it...would love to get my hands on this one, thanks for the contest, Shannon :)

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  4. I really liked this book too, though it was long. That's so cool you got to meet Rick Riordan.

    Since I already read this one, don't enter me in the contest. That's great you're offering a copy.

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  5. Love, love, love Greek mythology. Riordan's covers are always so fabulous. Thanks for the post!

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  6. Oh, Rick Riordan (even his name is awesome, it sounds like a badass character, haha) :D

    I'm excited for reading Red Pyramid -- egyptian mythology is so cool :)

    iieonegai(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. I love long upper middle grade. Makes for great reading! And I also love when successful authors keep writing!

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  8. My son read the book, but he wasn't as into it as he was with the Percy Jackson books. But that's only because he's a big fan of Greek mythology.

    My copy of THE LOST HERO was shipped out yesterday after I ordered it Saturday. :D (note it's not from B&N. But I can relate. I had to wait FOREVER for The DUFF to be shipped out to me).

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  9. OOOOH - I hope it's me!

    I've just started the Percy jackson series, and I'm loving it. It's a great example of a series that became big because it was just awesome - very little marketing went into it at the beginning. I'm looking forward to reading THE RED PYRAMID!

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  10. My daughters both love everything even remotely related to RR. They both killed the Red Pyramid in a couple of days and now have already both finished the new Heroes of Olympus book too. I wish I had that kind of free time!

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  11. I always love Rick Riordan. It's fascinating how he recreates Greek myths. and now about egyptions, I'm LIVING to read his book. yes, the lost hero also one of my anticipating book this year. his books are worth collection. thanks for the giveaway.

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

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  12. I loved the Percy Jackson series! I know a lot of people didn't care for the movie adaptation, but I thought it was good, too. Can't wait to get into this series...maybe I'll win!

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  13. So excited for this book! Percy Jackson was such a great hero, and I loved Riordan's writing. Such a rock star :)

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  14. Sweet, I'm hoping to read this one some time.

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  15. Count me in! :) Glad to hear that RR kept writing after Percy.

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  16. Hey girlie! I already have RR so no need to enter me! just wanted to say how I loved this book - oh and the Lost Hero is....AWESOME!!! YOU will love it!! I plan to give one away in my next contest - goodness knows everyone should read it!

    You are so right about his writing - I love his pacing of plot and the character development is wonderful.

    Great post!

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

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  17. I'd love to read it!

    wolferock AT earthlink.net

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  18. Count me in please!!:D thanks for making this international!<3

    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  19. Oooo, that was such a great book! I loved it! But then, what's NOT to love about Rick Riordan?! :-)

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  20. I've been meaning to read Percy! Sign me up, I need more books to read and share love with!

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  21. It's so funny, I was just talking about this book the other day with a friend of mine, and she was begging me to read it (or at the very least, add it to my growing stack of To Be Read.) Win or lose, I think I'm going to have to pick this one up, even if I'm more a fan of Greek mythology than Egyptian!

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  22. My son looooooves the Percy Jackson series and we're like number kajillion on the library's waiting list for Red Pyramid. I'll show him your review.

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  23. I would love to win. His books are awesome!

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  24. I'd keep the signed one too! hah thanks for the awesome giveaway. I follow.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

    p.s. I emailed you through the write on con email...wasn't sure if you saw it or not. :)

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  25. My reluctant reader son loved the Percy Jackson series so much I bought this the first time I saw it in the store. He read it right away and LOVED it.

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  26. Nice! I haven't read any of Rick Riordan's books. I know, shame on me. Sounds like I need to check them out though.
    lisadgibson@live.com
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  27. I keep meaning to, but I've never read any of his books. They sound fantastic though! What a great way to finally dive into one! Thanks so much for the contest.

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  28. I absolutely love Rick Riordan's books! I'm smack in the middle of book 3 of the Percy Jackson series and I can't get enough :)! I'm sure this book will not let me down! Count me in!

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  29. I haven't read Rick Riordan's books yet, but they are definitely on my list. If I win, I will bump this book to the top!

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  30. I second all your thoughts on RR. He inspires me! I'm amazed at how well he writes at such incredible speed. I don't have this book yet, so...crossing my fingers.
    Making Life a Work of Art!

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  31. I adored the Percy Jackson series. Myh copy of Lost Heroes is currently in the mail. I really want to read the Kane chronicles... my only issue? The main character Carter Kane? There is literally ONE letter that is different in the name of one of my main-ish characters. I saw it in the store and felt sick because my characters name is so HIM and its been that way for two years and I refuse to change it.... ANYWAYS. I still want my chance to win it. SO please randomizer.org pick me because somehow Rick Riordan and I had similar trains of thought when naming a boy character in a trilogy.

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  32. I love Rick Riordan, I'm not a huge fan of Middle-Grade books, but I think that's why I like his books so much and that's because they're readable for everyone no matter how old you are.
    Please enter me in this giveaway.

    vicky216n@hotmail.com

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  33. We already have this book (and LOVED it!) so no need to enter me.

    But, I wanted to pop my head out of my cave, say hi, (*HI!*) and see wazzup in the world.
    I've been hunkered down offline trying to get this round of revisions done and off to my CPs.

    Hope this finds you well. :)
    Love,
    Lola

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  34. I have really been wanting to read and review more Middle Grade books on my blog and this one sounds great! Thanks so much for the giveaway. :D

    I'm a follower.

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  35. It's sooo pretty. I am having a hard time looking away.lol

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  36. I'm a HUGE mythology fan! I'd love to read this. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  37. I don't blame you a bit for keeping the signed copy!!

    I love the Lightning Thief series - it's fabulous and I have 2 full sets in my classroom. The books are rarely on the shelf :)

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  38. Oh I've had my eye on this one! It sounds like an awesome middle grade book! I'm really looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the chance to win!

    I'm a follower

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

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  39. I've been looking forward to reading this one. Have I mentioned that I love your middle grade Mondays?

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  40. I love Rick Riordan's other books and I have not had a chance to read this one yet. It looks great! Thanks! seescootread[at]gmail[dot]com

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  41. I <3 Riordan! Thank you to him and getting my MS boys reading! *happy dance* *crosses fingers for this book for the classroom*

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  42. My 10 year read the Percy Jackson series and is reading then again!

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  43. I would love to win this one for my grandson, he loves to read!

    follow on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  44. I'd love to play please.

    Following on GFC.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. +JMJ+

    Oh, I love Rick Riordan! Thanks for this chance, Shannon. =D

    I'm a GFC Follower.

    altaemoeniaRomae [at} Gmail

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  46. Yay! Your contests are awesome. I am a happy follow of your blog :-)

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  47. I haven't had time to read this one yet - would love the chance to! Love RR and I'm so glad you got to meet him!

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  48. hi miss shannon! thanks for doing another cool middle grade monday. im getting lots of books on my wanna read list from what you say.
    wow! if i got all those books you talk about i could be reading forever. :)
    ...hugs from lenny

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  49. This sounds like a great book to read. Awesome cover! I don't blame you at all for keeping the signed copy. Have a great day!

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  50. Just read a sample of this and it sounds great. Love that Riorden's not afraid to add a little diversity to his characters.

    Can't wait to read more!

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  51. I loved the Percy Jackson series! I love Rick Riordan!Please count me in for this! Thank you so much!
    frndz.debas@gmail.com

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  52. I am not a big fan of middle grade. BUT I devoured the Percy Jackson books. I'm afraid to watch the movie though, because fantasy movies are either AWESOME or KILLMENOWICANTTAKEITANYMORE.

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  53. I hang my head and admit that I've actually never read anything of his. I've been meaning to, and this sounds like a good place to start.

    Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays are going to be deadly for my wallet, I can tell already.

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  54. I haven't read anything by him, but I've definitely been meaning to! I'm glad you gave him a shout-out, whether he needed it or not!

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  55. I haven't read any of Rick's books yet. I know shame on me but this seems like a good time as any to start.

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  56. I absolutely loved the Percy Jackson books and I definitely can't wait to read this one!

    I'm a follower.

    spettolij AT gmail DOT com

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  57. I loved the Percy Jackson books. I am glad he is doing more!! Thanks for the awesome contest.
    chickenherder@hotmail.com

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  58. I promise that if I win this, I'll give the randomizer a HUGE kiss! LOL!

    I've always wanted to read this book since I enjoyed Percy books so much. Seriously hope that I'm lucky enough o win.

    Thank you so much for opening this for your international readers =)

    Shy
    shy8629(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. I love Egyptian mythology and the cover looks awesome!

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