|An Explosion for Christmas||17||(12)|
|Kidnapped by a Not-So-Stranger||39||(10)|
|Breakfast with a Crocodile||62||(22)|
|I Drop a Little Man on His Head||84||(20)|
|We Run from Four Guys in Skirts||114||(8)|
|We Meet the Human Flamethrower||130||(11)|
|A Jump Through the Hourglass||141||(5)|
|A French Guy Almost Kills Us||158||(11)|
|How Zia Lost Her Eyebrows||183||(17)|
|I Visit the Star-Spangled Goddess||247||(9)|
|Leroy Meets the Locker of Doom||267||(10)|
|Professor Thoth's Final Exam||277||(19)|
|I Blow Up Some Blue Suede Shoes||296||(15)|
|We Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to Death||311||(8)|
|Aboard the Egyptian Queen||319||(17)|
|A Demon with Free Samples||336||(10)|
|I Have a Date with the God of Toilet Paper||346||(21)|
|We Go Into the Salsa Business||415||(11)|
|Men Ask for Directions (and Other Signs of the Apocalypse)||432||(7)|
|The House Is in the House||458||(7)|
|I Ruin a Rather Important Speell||475||(18)|
|We Stop the Recording, for Now||493||(22)|
Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharoahs.
Rick Riordan (www.rickriordan.com) is the author of all the books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; The Battle of the Labyrinth; and The Last Olympian. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.
*Starred Review* Since their mother's death, six years ago, 12-year-old Sadie Kane has lived in London with her maternal grandparents while her older brother, 14-year-old Carter, has traveled the world with their father, a renowned African American Egyptologist. In London on Christmas Eve for a rare evening together, Carter and Sadie accompany their dad to the British Museum, where he blows up the Rosetta Stone in summoning an Egyptian god. Unleashed, the vengeful god overpowers and entombs him, but Sadie and Carter escape. Initially determined to rescue their father, their mission expands to include understanding their hidden magical powers as the descendants of the pharaohs and taking on the ancient forces bent on destroying mankind. The first-person narrative shifts between Carter and Sadie, giving the novel an intriguing dual perspective made more complex by their biracial heritage and the tension between the siblings, who barely know each other at the story's beginning. The first volume in the Kane Chronicles, this fantasy adventure delivers what fans loved about the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: young protagonists with previously unsuspected magical powers, a riveting story marked by headlong adventure, a complex background rooted in ancient mythology, and wry, witty twenty-first-century narration. The last pages contain a clever twist that will leave readers secretly longing to open their lockers at the start of school. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
The gods sure are busy in New York City. Manhattan was the site of the climactic battle of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Now, Brooklyn is the base for Riordan's new series involving Egyptian gods. Similar story, different gods. In fact, fans of The Lightning Thief and its sequels will find themselves put through familiar paces here-short chapters with catchy titles, cheeky characters, a lightning-paced plot, humorous banter between characters, gods with mysterious connections to their human counterparts, young protagonists with powers not yet realized and a world in grave danger unless the humans get involved. Here, it's 14-year-old Carter Kane and his 12-year-old sister Sadie, African-American siblings, who must battle the gathering forces of chaos. Lacking the more leisurely development of characters and settings of The Lightning Thief, this tale explodes into action from chapter one, when Dr. Kane, at the British Museum, unleashes mysterious forces that Carter and Sadie must stop. Readers pining for Percy Jackson will find new heroes in Carter and Sadie Kane, and that's not all bad, even if the plot will seem familiar. (Fantasy. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.