Friday, May 15, 2015

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan-ESSENTIAL

Riordan, Rick, ill. By Nate Powell. The Lost Hero. Pgs. 192. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG

Jason woke up on a bus going to the Grand Canyon that he doesn’t remember getting on, with a school he doesn’t recall ever going to. In fact, he doesn’t remember anything about himself. The only thing he does know is a lot about Roman Mythology, that two kids he’s by, Piper and Leo, seem to know him, that he’s a half-blood, and that he’s in great danger. After some “venti” creatures attack them at the site of the field trip and reinforcements show up in the form of a satyr coach and greek half-bloods, Jason knows something is definitely up, especially when he’s not surprised by the interruptions like Piper and Leo are and knows how to fight. When they group arrives at Camp Half-Blood, things only get weirder when Hera appears in a vision to everyone and demands they come save her. Who is Jason? What kind of game has Hera started? Can the trio save her?

A great adaptation of Rick Riordan’s series. The illustrations are rich, well-done, and vivid. The text is close to the original book. Together, the two do a great job of transitioning between the different scenes in the story. Readers who like Rick Riordan, graphic novels, and mythology adventures will enjoy reading this book. EL. MS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High. 

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