Dubbed “Storyteller of the Gods” by Publishers Weekly, The Hidden Oracle is Rick Riordan’s latest book inspired by Greek mythology. Tweens who have already devoured Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus will enjoy The Hidden Oracle, the first book in the The Trials of Apollo series.
About The Trials of Apollo
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.
But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
5 Reasons Tweens Will Love The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
1. Spin Off of Percy Jackson
If your tween loved Percy Jackson, they’ll love this new spin off series that’s full of action and adventure both in new and familiar places.
2. Told from the Perspective of a God
Past series have always told the story from the vantage point of tween demigods who have served as the main characters but this series flips to give us a peek at Apollo’s viewpoint and personality.
3. Continuation of a Familiar Storyline
Remember how I suggested that tweens should complete Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus first? Those familiar with Heroes of Olympus know that the series ends at with a war and The Trials of Apollo begin right after it ends, providing a nice continuation of the story told from a different point of view. While I’m sure a tween could pick up this book and enjoy it, it becomes more enjoyable with the background knowledge that can only come from reading the previous two series.
4. Incorporates Favorite Characters
Fans who have read the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series will enjoy The Trials of Apollo more because of the references to familiar characters and places.
More Greek Mythology Taught in a Fun Way
I loved learning about Roman and Greek mythology through books like D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths when I was a tween but Rick Riordan’s take on these heroes is a modern way of teaching the classics to our kids in a fun and memorable way through characters that they identify with. Parents who have tweens that don’t want to pick up a book but have loved reading thanks to Percy Jackson will appreciate that this series maintains the motivation to read thanks to the continuing story.
The Hidden Oracle is out now! To learn more, read an Excerpt at the Official Site, download the Activity Kit, or shop for the five retail-specific editions. Each edition includes a unique insert that you can get exclusively from that retailer. Take a look at the exclusive content you can get when you purchase your copy of The Hidden Oracle from these retailers:
- Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a Camp Half-Blood letter from Apollo to Zeus!
- Target Exclusive Edition includes an illustrated map of Apollo’s Trials at Camp Half-Blood
- Books-a-Million Exclusive Edition includes an Apollo Bumper Sticker (“I’d Rather be Driving by Sun Chariot”)
- Walmart Exclusive Edition includes a 2-sided bookmark with character art of Apollo and his mortal counterpart, Lester.
- Costco Exclusive Edition includes an illustrated poster depicting the “Plague of Secrets” scene from The Hidden Oracle
Win a copy of The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle!
Disney-Hyperion is providing the following items for The Trials of Apollo giveaway. One winner will receive:
- A copy of The Hidden Oracle with one of the exclusive inserts
- A $25 Visa gift card!
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