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Richard Russell Riordan Jr. ( RIRE-dən; born June 5, 1964) is an American author, best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Riordan's books have been translated into forty-two languages and sold more than thirty million copies in the United States. 20th Century Fox adapted the first two books of his Percy Jackson series as part of a series of films in which Riordan was not involved. Riordan currently serves as a co-creator and executive producer on the television series adaption of the book series that was released on Disney+ in 2023. Riordan's books have also spawned other related media, such as graphic novels and short story collections. Riordan's first full-length novel was Big Red Tequila, which became the first book in the Tres Navarre series. His big breakthrough was The Lightning Thief (2005), the first novel in the five-volume Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which placed a group of modern-day adolescents in a Greco-Roman mythological setting. Since then, Riordan has written The Heroes of Olympus, a sequel to the Percy Jackson series; The Kane Chronicles, a trilogy of similar premise focusing on Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, again a trilogy of similar premise focusing on Norse mythology. Riordan also helped Scholastic Press develop The 39 Clues series and its spinoffs, and penned its first book, The Maze of Bones. In 2021, he published Daughter of the Deep. His third standalone novel, The Sun and the Star, co-written with author Mark Oshiro, was published on May 2, 2023. Life and career Riordan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School, and first attended the music program at North Texas State University, wanting to be a guitarist. He transferred to the University of Texas at Austin and studied English and History. He received his teaching certification in those subjects from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He taught English and Social Studies for eight years at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. Rick married Becky Riordan in 1985 on the couple's shared birthday. They have two sons, Haley and Patrick. They moved from San Antonio to Boston in June 2013, in conjunction with older son Haley starting college in Boston. Riordan has created several successful book series. Tres Navarre, an adult mystery series about a Texas private eye, won the Shamus, Anthony, and Edgar Awards. He conceived the idea for the Percy Jackson series as bedtime stories about ancient Greek heroes for his son Haley. Haley had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, inspiring Riordan to make the titular protagonist hyperactive and dyslexic. Riordan published the first novel in the series, The Lightning Thief, in 2005. Four sequels followed, with the last, The Last Olympian, in 2009. Prior to Percy Jackson, Riordan had written the Tres Navarres series, a series of mystery novels for adult readers. His Percy Jackson & the Olympians series features the titular twelve-year-old who discovers he is the modern-day son of the ancient Greek god Poseidon. 20th Century Fox purchased the film rights and released two feature film adaptations between 2010 and 2013. Following the success of Percy Jackson, Riordan created The Kane Chronicles, which features a modern-day Egyptian pantheon and two new sibling protagonists, Sadie and Carter Kane. Riordan also created a sequel series to Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus. Riordan also helped create the children's book series The 39 Clues. He authored several of its books, including The Maze of Bones, which topped The New York Times Best Seller list on September 28, 2008. He also wrote the introduction to the Puffin Classics edition of Roger Lancelyn Green's Tales of the Greek Heroes, in which he states that the book influenced him to write his Greek mythology series. In 2022, Riordan co-wrote the pilot for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series on Disney+ and is serving as an executive producer for the show. Disney had earlier acquired Fox in 2019, allowing it to gain the rights to adapt the Percy Jackson novels. Awards 1998 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel and Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original for Big Red Tequila 1999 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original for The Widower's Two-Step 2008 Mark Twain Award for The Lightning Thief 2009 Mark Twain Award for The Sea of Monsters 2009 Rebecca Caudill Award for The Lightning Thief 2010 School Library Journal's Best Book for The Red Pyramid 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards: Author of the Year 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards: Fifth Grade to Sixth Grade Book of the Year for The Red Pyramid 2011 Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award for The Last Olympian 2011 Milner Award for Percy Jackson and the Olympians series 2012 Indian Paintbrush Award for The Red Pyramid 2013 Best Fiction Book for Children in Bulgaria for The Mark of Athena 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Middle Grade and Children’s for The Trials of Apollo 2017 Stonewall Book Award for Children's literature for The Hammer of Thor Publications Percy Jackson & the Olympians The Lightning Thief (2005) The Sea of Monsters (2006) The Titan's Curse (2007) The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008) The Last Olympian (2009) The Chalice of the Gods (2023) Wrath of the Triple Goddess (2024) Related books The Demigod Files (2009) The Ultimate Guide (2010, in collaboration with Antonio Caparo, Philip Chidlow, and Keven Hays) Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (2013; short story published in Guys Read) Percy Jackson's Greek Gods (2014, illustrations by John Rocco) Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes (2015, illustrations by John Rocco) The Percy Jackson Coloring Book (2017, artwork by Keith Robinson) The Lightning Thief: Illustrated Edition (August 14, 2018, illustrated by John Rocco) The Heroes of Olympus The Lost Hero (2010) The Son of Neptune (2011) The Mark of Athena (2012) The House of Hades (2013) The Blood of Olympus (2014) Related books The Demigod Diaries (2012) Demigods of Olympus (2015, interactive e-book) The Kane Chronicles The Red Pyramid (2010) The Throne of Fire (2011) The Serpent's Shadow (2012) Related books Survival Guide (2012) Brooklyn House Magician's Manual (2018) Demigods and Magicians Published individually first, then as an anthology titled Demigods and Magicians in 2016. The Son of Sobek (2013) The Staff of Serapis (2014) The Crown of Ptolemy (2015) Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard The Sword of Summer (2015) The Hammer of Thor (2016) The Ship of the Dead (2017) Related books Hotel Valhalla: Guide to the Norse Worlds (2016) The Magnus Chase Coloring Book (August 14, 2018, artwork by Keith Robinson) 9 from the Nine Worlds (October 2, 2018) The Trials of Apollo The Hidden Oracle (2016) The Dark Prophecy (2017) The Burning Maze (2018) The Tyrant's Tomb (2019) The Tower of Nero (2020) Related books Camp Half-Blood Confidential (2017) Camp Jupiter Classified (2020) Tres Navarre Big Red Tequila (199.... Discover the Rick Riordan popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Rick Riordan books.

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    The End of Infinity

    Matt Myklusch

    Jack Blank confronts his destiny in this actionpacked conclusion to the trilogy Publishers Weekly calls a “noholdsbarred adventure.”Ever since Jack Blank learned that he came from ...

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    Athena the Proud

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    Athena wants to upgrade a labyrinth for King Minos, but her approach causes problems in this Goddess Girls adventure.Athena’s arrogance gets the best of her when her attempts to im...

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    The Secret War

    Matt Myklusch

    The second installment of the actionpacked fantasy thrill ride that began with The Accidental Hero!Jack and his fellow students are now well into their School of Thought training a...

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    Artemis the Brave

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    In Athena the Brain, Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn’t realize that she was a goddess! When she’s whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries abou...

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    Rebel Island

    Rick Riordan

    Triplecrown winner of mystery’s most coveted awardsthe Edgar, the Anthony, and the ShamusRick Riordan and his Texasstyle take on the crime novel have never been bigger or darker th...

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    Raven Rise

    D.J. MacHale

    This is where it begins. The showdown for Halla. At stake is nothing less than all that ever was and all that will be. There's only one thing missingBobby Pendragon. While Bobby ...

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    Storm of Locusts

    Rebecca Roanhorse

    Kai and Caleb Goodacre have been kidnapped just as rumors of a cult sweeping across the reservation leads Maggie and Hastiin to investigate an outpost, and what they find there wil...

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    Big Red Tequila

    Rick Riordan

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series  Everything in Texas is bigger . . . even murder. Meet Tres Navarretequila drinker,...

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    The Never War

    D.J. MacHale

    The third installment in an epic series of adventures First Earth Fourteenyearold Bobby Pendragon is a loyal friend, sports star, devoted pet owner and Traveler. Along with his ...

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    Time Jumpers

    Brandon Mull

    Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole’s epic adventure comes to a close in book five of the New York Times bestselling “fanciful, actionpacked advent...

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    Persephone the Daring

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    Mortal rock star Orpheus steals the spotlight in this Goddess Girls tale of love and lyres!Orpheus is a mortal rock god, and the girls at Mount Olympus Academy are wild about him! ...

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    Aphrodite the Diva

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to, from dealing with bullies like Medusa to a first crush on an unlikely b...

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    Rick Riordan Series Sampler

    Rick Riordan

    Available for the first time, a sampler of the riveting opening chapters from all five of Rick Riordan’s New York Times megabestselling series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: TH...

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    Iris the Colorful

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    Iris has a rainbow of colorful experiences, from visiting the Underworld to conversing with her crush in this Goddess Girls adventure.Iris is the most colorful goddess girl at Moun...

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    Artemis the Loyal

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    It's time for the annual Olympic Games, and the four goddessgirls are not happy! It's boys onlyand the girls at MOA are not pleased. Led by Artemis, Athena, Persphone and Aphrodite...

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    Rick Riordan

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series  For Tres Navarre, English professor turned private investigator, business has late...

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    Rick Riordan Presents Free Sampler

    Roshani Chokshi, Yoon Ha Lee, J.C. Cervantes, Carlos Hernandez, Rebecca Roanhorse & Kwame Mbalia

    Rick Riordan Presents, a new imprint headed by the author of Percy Jackson and four other New York Times #1 bestselling series, is dedicated to publishing highly entertaining middl...

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    The Shadow Thieves

    Anne Ursu

    See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetzski. And something extraordinary is about to happen to her...

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    The Last King of Texas

    Rick Riordan

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series  Multipleawardwinning author Rick Riordan brings back smartmouthed Texas P.I. Tres ...

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    Trail of Lightning

    Rebecca Roanhorse

    One of the Time 100 Best Fantasy Books Of All Time2019 LOCUS AWARD WINNER, BEST FIRST NOVEL2019 HUGO AWARD FINALIST, BEST NOVEL Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel One of Bustle’s...

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    The Quillan Games

    D.J. MacHale

    Let the Games Begin.... Quillan is a territory on the verge of destruction. The people have lost control of their own future and must struggle simply to survive. The only chance th...

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    Medusa the Mean

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    Medusa is the ultimate mean girl in this series that blends modern drama with ancient myths.Well researched and true to the original myths, each volume in the Goddess Girls series ...

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    Mission Road

    Rick Riordan

    Rick Riordan, triplecrown winner of mystery’s most prestigious awardsthe Edgar, the Anthony, and the Shamusreturns with a hotterthanTexaschili Tres Navarre crime drama. This time N...

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    Pheme the Gossip

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    Get to know Goddess Girl Pheme…the original “gossip girl”!As the goddess girl of rumor and gossip, Pheme prides herself on being “in the know” and having the most uptodate info on ...

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    Twice Upon a Time

    James Riley

    Pirates and mermaids face off in this fracturedfairy tale sequel to Half Upon a Time!Jack and May are back for another adventure in the world of fairy tales with a twist. Now that ...

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    The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

    Trenton Lee Stewart & Diana Sudyka

    The fearsome foursome is back in the second installment of the New York Times bestselling series praised by Rick Riordan! The Mysterious Benedict Society is up against a new missi...

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    Cassandra the Lucky

    Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

    Meet Cassandra, the newest student at Mount Olympus Academy! She has an amazing talentbut will her new friends believe her?This Goddess Girls story is based on the myth of Cassandr...

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    The End of the World

    Martin H. Greenberg & Robert Silverberg

    Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive coll...

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    Death Weavers

    Brandon Mull

    Trapped in a world where magic is powerful and dreams are real, Cole’s epic adventure continues in book four of the New York Times bestselling “fanciful, actionpacked adventure” se...

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    Rick Riordan

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    The Merchant of Death

    D.J. MacHale

    D.J. MacHale’s New York Times bestselling middle grade fantasy series about Bobby Pendragon, a regular kid about to find himself and his two friends pulled into one epic adventure ...