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If You Like Harry Potter

If You Like Harry Potter

 

Harry Potter. We’ll probably never see the likes of his phenomenon again, but it sure was fun while it lasted! Did you know that it all started 20 years ago? The 20th Anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was June 26, 2017. The first story alone sold over 450 million copies and was printed in 79 languages!

The Wizarding World Book Club will launch in June in celebration of the first book’s 20th anniversary! More details on Twitter.

Here are some fun things the publisher has put together to help you celebrate as well as a list of some favorite Harry Potter sites:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

If you saw the original movies, don’t miss the books, if you read the books, don’t miss the CD or Audiobook!

1: Sorcerer’s Stone on CD, eBook, eAudio
2: Chamber of Secrets on CD, eBook, eAudio
3: Prisoner of Azkaban on CD, eBook, eAudio
4: Goblet of Fire on CD, eBook, eAudio
5: Order of the Phoenix, CD, eBook, eAudio
6: Half Blood Prince on CD, eBook, eAudio
7: Deathly Hallows on CD, eBook, eAudio


Books:

Fantastic Beasts Character GuideAlbus Dumbledore Character GuideCharacter Guide Harry PotterCharacter Guide Hermione GrangerCharacter Guide Ron WeasleyFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFantastic Beasts Movie HandbookHarry Potter CookbookHarry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter Party BookIllustrated Chamber of SecretsIllustrated Sorcerer's StoneJ.K. RowlingKids Letter to Harry PotterQuidditch Through the AgesThe Tales of Beadle the BardWizarding World Movie MagicWizarding World Movie Magic 2Crafting Harry PotterNewt Scamander

If You Liked Harry Potter Try These:

Listed below are several other adventure series about friends like Harry, Ron and Hermione. Some of them are just as good. Really!

DungeoneersThe Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin’s Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.
The Dungeoneers

ArtemisFowl100Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
#1 Artemis Fowl on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Arctic Incident on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Eternity Code on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Opal Deception on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Lost Colony on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Time Paradox on CD, eBook, eAudio
#7 The Atlantis Complex on CD, eBook, eAudio
#8 The Last Guardian on CD, eAudio

RecklessReckless by Cornelia Funke
Jacob and Will Reckless have looked out for each other ever since their father disappeared, but when Jacob discovers a magical mirror that transports him to a warring world populated by witches, giants, and ogres, he keeps it to himself until Will follows him one day, with dire consequences.
#1 Reckless on CD
#2 Fearless on CD
#2 The Golden Yarn

AmuletSamarkandBartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathon Stroud
Nathaniel, a magician’s apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace.
#1 The Amulet of Samarkand on CD, eAudio
#2 The Golem’s Eye on CD, eAudio
#3 Ptolemy’s Gate on CD, eAudio

FarfieldCurseBran Hambric by Kaleb Nation
Very strange occurrences have long surrounded fourteen-year-old Bran, who learns of his link to a curse created by his murdered mother and strives to make things right, hindered by the ban on magic in the city of Dunce and pursued by his mother’s former masters.
#1 The Farfield Curse on CD
#2 The Spector Key on CD

CharmedLifeChrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones
Adventures of the Chrestomanci, an enchanter with nine lives, whose job is to control the practice of magic in the infinite parallel universes of the Twelve Related Worlds.
#1 Charmed Life
#2 The Magicians of Caprona
#3 Witch Week
#4 The Lives of Christopher Chant
#5 Mixed Magics
#6 Conrad’s Fate
#7 The Pinhoe Egg on CD

BookThreeChronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.
#1 The Book of Three on CD, eAudio
#2 The Black Cauldron on CD
#3 The Castle of Llyr
#4 Taran the Wanderer
#5 The High King

OverSeaDark is Rising Series by Susan Cooper
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
#1 Oversea, Under Stone
#2 The Dark is Rising
#3 Greenwitch on CD, eAudio
#4 The Grey King on CD
#5 The Silver on the Tree on CD

DormiaDormia by Jake Halpern
After learning of his ancestral ties to Dormia, a hidden kingdom in the Ural Mountains whose inhabitants possess the ancient power of “wakeful sleeping,” twelve-year-old Alfonso sets out on a mission to save the kingdom from destruction, discovering secrets that lurk in his own sleep.

WizardEarthseaEarthsea Cycle by Ursula Le Guin
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea, but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.
#1 A Wizard of Earthsea
#2 The Tombs of Atuan on CD
#3 The Farthest Shore
#4 Tehanu: the Last Book of Earthsea

DealingDragonsEnchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.
#1 Dealing with Dragons on CD
#2 Searching for Dragons on CD
#3 Calling on Dragons on CD
#4 Talking to Dragons on CD

FamiliarsThe Familiars by Jay Epstein
When a scrappy alley cat named Aldwyn passes himself off as a magical animal companion to Jack, a young wizard in training, Aldwyn and his fellow “familiars,” a know-it-all blue jay and bumbling tree frog, must save the kingdom after the evil queen of Vastia kidnaps Jack and two other wizards.
#1 The Familiars
#2 Secrets of the Crown
#3 Circle of Heroes
#4 Palace of Dreams

GregorOverlanderThe Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
#1 Gregor The Overlander on CD
#2 Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane on CD
#3 Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods on CD
#4 Gregor and the Marks of Secret on CD
#5 Gregor and the Code of Claw on CD

HeroCrownThe Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the blue sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

LostConspiracyThe Lost Conspiracy by Jake Halpern
When a lie is exposed and their tribe turns against them, Hathin must find a way to save her sister Arilou–once considered the tribe’s oracle–and herself.

LostMerlinThe Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron
A young boy who has no identity nor memory of his past washes ashore on the coast of Wales and finds his true name after a series of fantastic adventures.
#1 The Lost Years of Merlin on CD
#2 The Seven Songs of Merlin on CD
#3 The Fires of Merlin on CD
#4 The Mirror of Merlin on CD
#5 The Wings of Merlin on CD

MagicThiefThe Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City.
#1 The Magic Thief on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magic Thief: Lost on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Magic Thief: Found on eBook, eAudio
#4 The Magic Thief: Home on eBook, eAudiodigital short story eBook A Proper Wizard

LightningThiefPercy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
#1: Lightning Thief on CD, eBook or eAudio
#2: Sea of Monsters on CD, eBook or eAudio
#3: Titan’s Curse on CD, eBook or eAudio
#4: Battle of the Labyrinth on CD, eBook or eAudio
#5: Last Olympian on CD, eBook or eAudio

RuinsGorlanRanger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.
#1 The Ruins of Gorlan on CD, eBook
#2 The Burning Bridge on CD, eBook
#3 The Icebound Land on CD, eBook
#4 The Battle for Skandia on CD, eBook
#5 The Sorcerer of the North on CD, eBook
#6 The Siege of Macindaw on CD, eBook
#7 Erak’s Ransom on CD, eBook
#8 The Kings of Clonmel on CD
#9 Halt’s Peril on CD
#10 The Emperor of Nihon-Jin on CD
#11The Lost Stories
#12The Royal Ranger

alchemystThe Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
#1 The Alchemyst on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 The Magician on CD, eBook, eAudio
#3 The Sorceress on CD, eBook, eAudio
#4 The Necromancer on CD, eBook, eAudio
#5 The Warlock on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 The Enchantress on CD, eBook, eAudio

MagykSeptimus Heap by Angie Sage
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Magyk on CD, eBook, eAudio
#2 Flyte on CD
#3 Physik on CD
#4 Queste on CD
#5 Syren on CD, eBook, eAudio
#6 Darke on CD
#7 Fyre

SkulduggerySkulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle’s estate, she must join forces withSkulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.
#1 Skulduggery Pleasant
#2 Playing with Fire on eAudio
#3 The Faceless Ones
#4 Dark Days
#5 Mortal Coil
#6 Death Bringer
#7 Kingdom of the Wicked
#8 Last Stand of Dead Men (2013) (unreleased)
#9 Skulduggery Pleasant: Book 9 (2014) (unreleased)

AlannaSong of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412–pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.
#1 Alanna: The First Adventure on CD, eAudio
#2 In the Hand of the Goddess on CD, eAudio
#3 The Woman Who Rides Like a Man on CD, eAudio
#4 Lioness Rampant on eAudio

SoWizardYoung Wizards by Diane Duane
Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won’t fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.1058357
#1 So You Want to be a Wizard on CD, eBook
#2 Deep Wizardry on CD, eBook
#3 High Wizardry on CD, eBook
#4 A Wizard Abroad on CD, eBook
#5 The Wizard’s Dilemma on CD, eBook
#6 A Wizard Alone on CD, eBook
#7 Wizard’s Holiday on CD, eBook
#8 Wizards at War on eBook
#9 A Wizard of Mars
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Stories Told Through Letters

Stories Told Through Letters

Dying to Meet You is an epistolary story. It doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a story told through a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

Ignatius B. Grumply is a crabby old author with writer’s block who has rented a creepy old house for the summer. He doesn’t know it, but a boy named Seymour is living on the third floor and a ghost lives in the attic – a bossy old lady ghost.

The old man discovers the boy first and is none too happy. Seymour isn’t too happy about sharing the house with the old man either. They agree to communicate by letter, which is fine, until the old man shoots some accusations at Seymour that are simply not true. The slamming doors, the loudly playing piano, the falling chandalier – none of that was Seymour, that was the ghost!  Mr. Grumply doesn’t believe a word of it and he isn’t at all interested in having a liar for a housemate.

Read the letters to hear them duke it out in writing – the letters are funny exchanges between these people who don’t care for each other at all…at first!

If you like Mr. Grumply and Olive and Seymour, you might like some of these epistolary stories too:

Chapter Books:

Absolutely Normal Chaos Absolutely Normal Chaos Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning abot romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.
Daddy Long Legs Daddy-Long-Legs Orphaned Judy Abbot,who dreams of escaping a life of drudgery at the John Grier Home, accepts a wealthy benefactor’s offer to pursue an education in exchange for regular letters about college life.
Dear Hank Williams Dear Hank Williams In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.
Dear Max Dear Max As Max – who is almost ten – and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each otehr with their new books and develop a special friendship.
Dear Mr Henshaw Dear Mr. Henshaw In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.
Doodlebug Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.
Letters From Rifka Letters from Rifka In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.
Letters to Leo Letters to Leo In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie Rossi relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.
Love From Paddington Love, from Paddington Told through Paddington‘s letters to his aunt Lucy back in Peru, this new novel offers Paddington‘s own special view on some of his most famous tales, from stowing away on a ship, to working as a barber.
Love Ruby Lavender Love, Ruby Lavender When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.
Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf Ginny starts out with ten items on her to-do list for seventh grade, but notes, cartoons, and other “stuff” reveal what seems like a thousand things that go wrong between September and June, both at school and at home.
The Popularity Papers The Popularity Papers It’s summertime, and Julie and Lydia are going on a road trip! After all the ups and downs of their first year in junior high, they’re looking foward to seeing the sights and getting some new perspective on their quest for popularity. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.
PS Longer Letter Later P.S. Longer Letter Later Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr’s family moves to another state.
Regarding the Bees Regarding the Bees The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE, and try to smuggle their mascot — a bee that spells — into the local spelling competition.
Stuck in the Middle of Middle School Stuck in the Middle of Middle School: a Novel in Doodles Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADHD, her younger sister’s growing populariy, and tensions between her parents. GOod thing Doreen has her doodle journal!
Unusual CHickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Pictures Books:

CLick Clack Moo Cows That Type Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
The Day the Crayons Quit The Day the Crayons Quit When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
Dear Peter Rabbit Dear Peter Rabbit In a whimsical tale that unites popular fairy-tale characters as they exchange a series of letters, Pig One invites Peter Rabbit to a housewarming party, Goldilocks and Baby Bear plan a reunion, and Goldilocks (Mr. McGregor’s daughter) meets up with Little Red Riding Hood.
First Year Letters First Year Letters The children in Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell’s class write letters to her.
The Jolly Postman The Jolly Postman A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears. Each letter may be removed from its envelope page and read separately.
The Quiet Place The Quiet Place The story of young immigrant Isabel, who misses her family and friends back in Mexico while decorating a large box as a place of quiet contemplation and encountering new experiences, including a first snowstorm and a kind teacher.
With Love Little Red Hen With Love, Little Red Hen A series of letters describe the actions of Goldilocks, Peter Rabbit, the Three Pigs, Little Red Hen, and other storybook characters when Little Red Hen and her chicks become the target of the unsavory Wolf and his cousin, Fer O’Cious.
Yours Truly Goldilocks Yours Truly, Goldilocks Presents the correspondence of Goldilocks, the three pigs, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood as they plan to attend a housewarming party for the pigs and avoid the evil wolves in the forest.
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The Dungeoneers

The Dungeoneers

The Dungeoneers

Colm Candorly has eight sisters. Eight’s a bunch of anything, but that’s a whole lot of sisters! They call him cutesy names and steal his underwear and giggle all the time. Colm copes by hiding when he can using superior stealth skills and by teasing them mercilessly, like stealing their brushes and hair pins.

Colm’s dad has it worse – he has to feed and clothe them all. But Colm’s parents make do and are happy doing it, until Colm’s sister Seysha gets sick and their  meager stack of coins isn’t enough to pay for food as well as a doctor. Colm might get annoyed at his sisters, but he can’t stand the thought of any of them suffering. He turns his stealthy brother skills to shady but necessary use heading to the Village Square and “acquiring” a rich man’s purse with his nimble fingers. Colm justifies his actions like Robin Hood would – stealing from the rich to give to the poor. When Colm’s father sees the money he doesn’t see it that way at all and is determined to have Colm confess to the Village Magistrate and return the money. Colm’s father wants him to confess, hoping to save Colm from a more severe punishment – like the removal of his thieving hand!

At just the right moment, in steps Finn Argos, a mystery man who observed Colm’s pickpocket skills in the Village Square and has an idea for how best to use them. Mr. Argos is a teacher; a mentor, looking for an apprentice. He thinks Colm is perfect for the job. Stealthy. Quick. Nimble Fingers. What does Mr. Argos teach? “The Aquisition of Resources.”  In other words, “Thievery.” Finn Argos recruits talent for a guild lead by one Tye Thwoden. The  guild practices dungeoneering, a kind of treasure hunting that pits teams of raiders against the trolls, goblins, and other assorted monsters that guard treasure hidden in dungeons – treasure protected further by sinister booby traps, diabolical wizardry and complex locks. Finn agrees to pay off Colm’s debts in exchange for Colm’s talents – Finn wants Colm to come live at the guild and learn to be part of a dungeoneer team, because all good teams need a crack lockpick wiht nimble pickpocket fingers.

Colm takes Finn up on his offer. Arriving at the guild, Colm is put on a team specifically chosen to work together. Colm’s role is to be the Rogue, picking locks & outsmarting traps. His teammates are:

  • Lena, a warrior girl (who can’t stand the sight of her own blood)
  • Quinn, a stuttering wizard (who has major confidence issues)
  • Serene, a druid who can talk to animals (who is too afraid to talk to animals with teeth)

The four of them, with their talents and fears, become a team in Thwoden’s Legion.

Friends. Adventure. Challenges. Treasure. Glory.

It is as exactly as fun as it sounds.

“Now I’m not sure how a stuttering mage, a swooning barbarian, a timid druid, and a fledgling rogue will play out in the bards’ songs, but I’ve shaped the most brittle iron into a blade so strong it can cut through a behemoth’s hide. So as long as you are members of this guild, we will turn you into dungeoneers, or my name’s not Tye Thwodin.” (page 145)

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More Books by John David Anderson:

Standard Hero Behavior Sidekicked Minion

 

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Minion

Minion

Minion

Michael Morn lives in New Liberty, “the City without a Super” – no superheroes, not even one. New Liberty is kind of sketchy. It’s a place where a boy like Michael can live quietly with his father building top secret electronics and selling them to the highest bidding villain. It’s not a bad gig. Lucrative. Michael and his father are doing fine, as long as they lay low, don’t cause any trouble and watch each other’s back. Michael’s father is the  engineer genius and Michael helps out, learns, and does what he’s told – he’s his Dad’s minion. On the side, they rob banks!

Sidekicked

 

It’s a little known fact that Michael can control other people’s minds. In a city full of villains, it’s really best to keep that kind of information to yourself. It’s always best to be underestimated and having a secret power as the ace up your sleeve helps you keep an edge. In a city of villains, the competition is intelligent and ruthless.

And also, Michael doesn’t want to overuse his power…to take advantage. Michael might be a villain but he’s got some standards! So even though Michael’s a bad guy…he’s not such a bad guy! One of the many interesting, complicated ironies in this non-stop adventure. The characters are full of surprises and not often what you expect at first. They make you re-think how you figure out who the bad guys even ARE.

A companion to Anderson’s Sidekicked.

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More Books If You Like Superheroes:

Avengers Assemble Marvel Avengers The Avengers Movie Storybook Avengers The Origins
Iron Man and Thor Pt 1 Captain America Pt 1 Young Justice Flash and Flame
Sidekicks NERDS HIVE Sky High
How to Draw Superheroes Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
 
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The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero

LostHero2I really like the new characters: Jason and Piper and Leo. (Especially Leo!)  I lovedEspanolIcon the mechanical dragon Festus. Personally, I’d rather ride a mechanical dragon than a hippogrif, I mean, if anybody ever gives me the choice.

This one opens with Jason, Piper and Leo on a bus on a field trip. Jason has amnesia and doesn’t even know who Leo and Piper are. Monsters attack (of course!) and hey, don’t you know, these three are demi-gods and their teacher is their satyr/guardian. If you don’t have the book yet look inside at the first few chapters and then take a look at what other kids have to say about it. (Although beware spoilers!) Author: Rick Riordan

 

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