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With so many camps cancelled and our kids in need of fun and engaging summer activities, capitalize on their love of reading Rick Riordan books with a DIY Camp Half Blood. This October The Tower of Nero, the fifth and final installment of The Trials of Apollo series, will be released- making now a great time to revisit this exciting series. (Don’t miss the giveaway at the of this post for your chance to win the books!)
At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling The Trials of Apollo series is coming. We all want to know if Greek god Apollo, cast down to earth in the pathetic mortal form of a teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, will finally regain his place on Mount Olympus.
If you’re not familiar with The Trials of Apollo- don’t worry! It’s not too late for your child to get into this series or to pick up where they left off. So as to not spoil the series, this post is spoiler-free!
Author Rick Riordan’s series is about an arrogant god turned hapless human- Apollo. Our protagonist’s task is to restore five ancient Oracles. Along the way he has to battle a triumvirate of evil Roman emperors to regain his place in Mount Olympus.
The problem? He’s a mortal sixteen-year-old trying to earn his way back into Zeus’s favor who has to manage without his godly powers.
The series is narrated by Apollo which provides comedy because of the great disparity between his godly assumptions and his disappointing reality. Fans familiar with The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will delight in the fact that beloved diverse characters from Camp Half-Blood will be on-hand to witness whether Apollo earns back his place in Mt. Olympus.
6 The Trials of Apollo Themed Activities for DIY Camp Half Blood
Whether your family is new to the series or serious fans, these fun The Trials of Apollo themed DIY Camp Half Blood activities are designed to foster a love of reading as you look forward to the release of The Tower of Nero.
Return to Camp Half-Blood with The Trials of Apollo Series
When was the last time you visited Camp Half-Blood? Start your DIY Camp Half Blood experience by reliving memories from past books.
Here’s a list of the titles in the series to help jog your memory:
- The Hidden Oracle
- The Dark Prophecy
- The Burning Maze
- The Tyrant’s Tomb
- The Tower of Nero: final release coming October 6, 2020!
Make Your Own Camp Half-Blood Necklace
Worn by Apollo, Percy Jackson, and others, the camp necklace is given to each Camp Half-Blood camper at the end of each summer. Head counselors vote on the biggest event of the summer which is painted on a bead. Campers add their beads to their necklaces.
For example, Percy Jackson’s necklace features a black bead with a turquoise trident. This bead represents a son of Poseidon going into the darkness of the Underworld, and making it out alive.
To make your own DIY Camp Half Blood necklace, follow this Camp Half-Blood Necklace tutorial from Instructables. The hardest part of making your necklace will be choosing major events from The Trials of Apollo series, the year 2020, or a combination of both!
Test Your Trials of Apollo Knowledge
How big of a fan of The Trials of Apollo are you? Test your knowledge of which character said what with The Trials of Apollo “Who Said That” online quiz from Read Riordan. This online DIY Camp Half Blood activity requires young fans to match up quotes with the correct characters for bragging rights!
Re-Read the Books Then Take a Quiz to Figure Out What to Read Next
We all love a great series but what happens when you finish it? If you haven’t read every Rick Riordan novel multiple times, this online recommendation tool can help! This free online 8 question quiz is helpful in figuring out which Riordan book to read next.
Make a Prophecy
There is no shortage of prophecies in The Trials of Apollo books so why not make your own! Different from a prediction which is often based on logic, a prophecy is a declaration of what’s to come. Prophecies are inspired by the divine so why not take on the role of a prophet and make a prophecy about the end of the series or how 2020 will end! Tuck away your prophecy and have fun reading it when you finish The Tower of Nero or as we await the arrival of 2021.
Host a Campfire Reading of Apollo’s Haikus
Did you know that the Trials of Apollo chapters are written in haiku? As you flip back through the books, you’ll notice these Japanese poems of seventeen syllables adorning the pages of the book.
Written in three lines of five, seven, and five, Apollo’s haiku’s may not be the best but they’re sure fun to read! Gather the family for an evening of DIY Camp Half Blood and take turns reading Apollo’s haikus around your backyard fire pit or around a campfire. Apollo’s haikus may not evoke images of the natural world as haikus typically do but at least they’ll provide some summer entertainment.
Enter to Win the 4 Books in The Trials of Apollo Series!
To celebrate The Tower of Nero coming out on October 6, 2020, Disney Book Group is giving away a The Trials of Apollo prize pack!
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to receive the 4 books in The Trials of Apollo series, plus Camp Half-Blood swag including a drawstring backpack, t-shirt, hat, and decal.
This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only.