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!