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Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades / Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks [Paperback]

Rick Riordan
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Feb. 26 2009
This title contains a brilliant "Percy Jackson" mini adventure plus "Horrible Histories Groovy Greeks" - a winning combo for "World Book Day!" The goddess Persephone has summoned Percy, Thalia and Nico to the Underworld in order to retrieve Hades' powerful sword before it falls into the wrong hands. Easier said than done in a world full of evil daimons, ghosts and ghouls. Not to mention Iapetos - brother of the powerful Titan lord, Kronos. This time the young demigods are really up against it - will Percy manage to return the sword before it's too late? Flip the book over for lots more ancient Greek fun with Terry Deary's brilliant Groovy Greeks: It's history with the nasty bits left in! Want to know: Why some groovy Greek girls ran about naked pretending to be bears? Who had the world's first flushing toilet? Why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax? Discover all the foul facts about the Groovy Greeks - all the gore and more!

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Rick Riordan is an award-winning writer of adult mysteries. For fifteen years he taught at middle schools in the San Francisco Bay area and in Texas. Rick lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demi-god, was the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award in 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Riordan review July 11 2013
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My kids loved it! Enough said..."bring on the next book, Mom!!" They love Rick Riordan!! Quick ship, great price...can't go wrong!
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Short Novel addition to the Olympians series Aug. 2 2012
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a novella length book that was created in Great Britain for World Book Day, which was organized by UNESCO. Every year a few popular children's authors are asked to write a special short edition from their most popular series to contribute to the affair. The books are then made available to kid readers in exchange for a Book Token. Book Tokens are sent to schools to be distributed, and kids can use their Token to get any one of approximately eight available titles.

Anyway, this was Rick Riordan's contribution, which explains why you won't find it in U.S. bookstores or generally available as part of the Percy Jackson series.

This is basically a stand-alone story. The usual gang has to go to Hades to accomplish a task that is part of, but not essential to, the larger Olympians story arc.

This is a great book to get if you have finished the Olympians series and are hungry for just a bit more. All of the characters are as you remember them, and the novella has the same feel as the novel length books. It is certainly a worthwhile addition to the series, and a satisfying acquisition for the completist in you.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great additional Percy Jackson Material Dec 28 2012
By J. Hsu - Published on Amazon.com
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Both my kids love Percy Jackson and they have read all the books from this series. This title is an additional extension to the series and both kids just love reading it.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read Dec 6 2012
By rcook612 - Published on Amazon.com
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Was a great read for the afternoon. Quick adventure the Percy has with some friends and meet some great charcters. Still full of great teenage attitude and sarcaism as the novels. Rick is a wonderful writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing Feb. 21 2013
By justbeccaz - Published on Amazon.com
The Sword of Hades is a wonderful short story set in Rick Riordan's world of Greek heroes. If I remember correctly, it's told in the classic Percy Jackson style and is set chronologically between Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian (there's even a few references in TLO). Until now, i didn't even know that it had been released by itself in an acutal book format: i read it as part of the collection "The Demigod Files," which is also completely amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for a little fill- in about Percy and Annabeth April 13 2013
By Kelly Bonar - Published on Amazon.com
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Thisa isn't meant to be a great novel. The short story is entertaining, gives us a glimpse of Percy and Annabeth when things are supposed to be going well. Would be nice to develop the godess Persephone's personality/role rather than simply making her another irritating godess like Hera.
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