Jason has a problem. He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids." What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea--except that everything seems very wrong.
Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?
Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all--including Leo--related to a god.
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Rick Riordan is the author of all the books in the New York Times #1 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 other novels for children include the New York Times #1 best-selling series The Kane Chronicles (The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpent's Shadow) and The Heroes of Olympus (The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, The Mark of Athena, and The House of Hades). He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Learn more at RickRiordan.com.
Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive and The Surrogates, as well as The Surrogates: Flesh and Bone. He also adapted the New York Times best-selling The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel; The Sea of Monsters, The Graphic Novel; and Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel. In 2012, he launched the critically acclaimed ongoing comic book series X-O Manowar. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit his Web site at RobertVenditti.com.
Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling comic book artist/writer. He began self-publishing at age 14, and graduated from School of Visual Arts in 2000. His work includes the critically acclaimed Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole (Eisner Award winner for Best Graphic Novel, Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and Ignatz Award winner), The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, and Sounds Of Your Name. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and daughter. Visit him at seemybrotherdance.blogspot.com.
Orpheus Collar is a storyboard artist and illustrator who received his BFA from the Maryland Institute of Art. He has contributed his coloring skills to numerous titles, including The Amazing Spider-Man and Ultimate X-Men. Orpheus also provided the storyboards for The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel, and adapted and illustrated The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel. Orpheus lives in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at Orpheusartist.com.
Gr 4–8—Riordan's ever-popular mythology series that resonates so strongly with reluctant readers and those who yearn for action-packed adventure now have the option to follow the story in graphic novel format. If the traditional narrative version of The Lost Hero (Disney-Hyperion, 2010) hit the ground running, it is nothing compared to what awaits readers in a sequential art format. It takes fewer than 10 pages for the story to start with a [quite literal] bang, and it relents very infrequently thereafter. Powell does an excellent job of adapting the original story into pictorial format, hitting all of the high points and representing all of the major details in the drawings, so little is lost. For those unfamiliar with Riordan's storytelling, they will receive a healthy introduction to his easy-to-follow story lines that teach with great accuracy the mythologies that students will undoubtedly learn in the classroom but with such fun and ease that it will hardly feel like school. Readers who are new to reading comic books will be no less entertained; there are a few pages here and there that may make following the panels in order a touch challenging, but they will catch on quickly. It goes without saying that this book will fly off the shelves; Riordan, of course, has a ready-made audience, but he always does a good job of welcoming new readers, so this one is a must for both school and public libraries.—Trina Bolfing, Westbank Libraries, Austin, TX
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