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Rick Riordan
Riordan signing copies of The Battle of the Labyrinth on November 3, 2007
Riordan signing copies of The Battle of the Labyrinth on November 3, 2007
Occupation Author
Genre Fantasy, Detective fiction, Mythology
Notable works Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr. (born June 5, 1964) is the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He also wrote the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults and helped to edit Demigods and Monsters, a collection of essays on the topic of his Percy Jackson series. He helped develop the 10 books in The 39 Clues series, published by Scholastic Corporation, and wrote the first book in the series, The Maze of Bones.

Life and career

Riordan was born in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin where he double-majored in English and history. For fifteen years, he taught in public and private schools in California and in San Antonio. He was awarded St. Mary's Hall's first Master Teacher Award in 2002.

Riordan is the multi-award-winning author of the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults; his The Maze of Bones reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list on September 28, 2008. His Percy Jackson and the Olympians series features a twelve-year-old boy who discovers he is the modern-day son of an ancient Greek god. Film rights were purchased by Twentieth Century Fox and a feature film was released on February 12, 2010. Riordan lives in San Antonio with his wife and their two sons. Recently, Riordan has stated that he is working on a new series based upon the Egyptian pantheon, which then turned out to be The Kane Chronicles, with the first book, The Red Pyramid, to be released May 4, 2010. He also won 13 awards the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original, the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Middle Grade & Children's ( 5 times 2011-2015 ), Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original ( 5 times 2011-2015 ), Hampshire Book Award, and the Shamus award for best first PI novel!

Published books

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

(Film: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief )

  • The Lightning Thief – June 28, 2005 hardcover, March 21, 2006 paperback
  • The Sea of Monsters – May 3, 2006
  • The Titan's Curse – May 1, 2007
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth – U.S.A. May 6, 2008, U.K. July 3, 2008
  • The Last Olympian – May 5, 2009

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Book(s)

  • The Demigod Files – February 10, 2009
  • The Demigod Diaries- Unknown
  • Demigods and Monsters – February 10, 2009
  • The Ultimate Guide – January 19, 2010

The 39 Clues

(Series: 39 clues)

  • The Maze of Bones – September 9, 2008

Note:This is the first and last book series written by Rick Riordan,rest of the books were written by 2 other authors with him.

Tres Navarre Series

  • Big Red Tequila – June 1997
  • Widower's Two-Step – June 1998
  • The Last King of Texas – January 2000
  • The Devil Went Down to Austin – June 2001
  • Southtown – April 2004
  • Mission Road – June 2005
  • Rebel Island– August 2007

The Kane Chronicles

  • The Red Pyramid – May 4, 2010
  • The Throne of Fire - May 3, 2011
  • The Serpent's Shadow - May 1, 2012

Heroes of Olympus Series

  • The Lost Hero – Fall 2010
  • The Son of Neptune - Fall 2011
  • The Mark of Athena - October 2012
  • The House of Hades - October 2013
  • The Blood of Olympus - Winter 2014

Note: This book series is the sequel to Percy Jackson & the Olympians.

The Trials of Apollo Series

  • The Hidden Oracle

Magnus Chase Series

  • The Sword Of Summer
  • The Hammer Of Thor

Awards

  • 1998 Shamus Award and Anthony Award 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

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