Sunday, November 29, 2009

Today's Podcast 11/29/2009

    New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2008
    IL 5-8, RL 4.1
    ISBN 1423101464

    In this fourth installment of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy goes on a quest with his demigod friend Annabeth in search of Daedalus. They must find him and convince him to help the Olympians by preventing the demigod traitor Luke and the growing Titan army from invading Camp Half-Blood through the Labyrinth. Originally created by the mortal inventor Daedalus for King Minos, the Labyrinth, like Mount Olympus, has shifted locations and now continues to grow beneath the cities of the United States. Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, the Greek goddess of Wisdom, breaks the sacred rule of three and asks Percy, his Cyclops half-brother Tyson, and Grover, the satyr seeker, to accompany her on her quest. Along the way they encounter numerous monsters and mythological creatures that seek to impede their progress. Lord Kronos gathers strength and war between the Olympians and the evil Titans seems imminent.

    Author Rick Riordan has written a compelling episode that will continue to delight readers interested in Greek and Roman mythology. Percy is a likable hero who falls into unbelievable circumstances that are only possible in the world of fantasy. Although readers not familiar with the previous three novels in the series may have some initial questions, enough background is provided that permits novices to get caught up in the story and root for the heroes. All four novels are great companions for a mythology unit and bring the ancient world to life in contemporary American society. The Battle of the Labyrinth even features a scene set in our beautiful state of Colorado.
    Reviewed by Jenna Obee for Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award

    tags: podcasts, stateawards, colorado

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