What's Next After Percy Jackson?
Published on Saturday, September 25, 2010 - 1:02pm
Rick Riordan's smash-hit Percy Jackson series, starring the heroic yet smart-alecky teenage son of the Greek god Poseidon, has tons of fans all over the world. Maybe your 12-year-old is one of them--or maybe you are!
Many of those fans are counting the days until The Lost Hero (Riordan's newest adventure in the Percy Jackson universe, starring a new generation of heroes) is released on October 12. While you're waiting, check out this list of great reads!
Some of them are also based on Greek mythology, while others have the same mixture of humor, action and fantasy that made Percy Jackson so great.
For readers who are interested in learning more about the Greek myths that inspired the Percy Jackson books, check out two classic collections of tales: Tales of the Greek Heroes by Roger Lancelyn Green and D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Edgar and Ingri D'Aulaire, which is beautifully illustrated and contains family trees and charts that show the connections between different gods and heroes.
Another great series that is inspired by Greek mythology is The Night Tourist, and its sequel The Twilight Prisoner by Katherine Marsh. When Jack, a 14-year-old Classics genius, absent-mindedly steps in front of a moving car, his spirit hovers between life and death. Can he escape from the underworld (and maybe even find his mother) with the help of a mysterious girl named Euri?
If New York had a mythology, complete with gods, spirits, heroes, and monsters, what would it be like? In Scott Mebus's Gods of Manhattan, 13-year-old Rory finds out when he discovers that he can see into Manahatta, the world of myth that exists parallel to the everyday New York. Can he save Manahatta from an ancient evil?
For a very different (but equally fun!) take on this idea, try Changeling by Delia Sherman. Neef is a human changling who has lived her whole life among the fairies and magical creatures who make up New York Between. But her gift for getting in trouble has offended the Green Lady of Central Park, and unless she can rescue a series of magical treasures, she will be sacrificed to the Wild Hunt!
Finally, we cross the ocean to London for another great urban adventure! Have you ever wondered what it would be like if statues could come to life? In Charlie Fletcher's Stoneheart, George finds out and he doesn't like it one bit! When he accidentally breaks a stone dragon's head, he awakens the statues of London and tumbles into a terrifying war between them. Will he and a brave street girl named Edie be able to set things right?
Enjoy these exciting reads and check with your local children's or teen librarian for more great ideas!