Riordan, Rick Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1), 361 pages. Disney Hyperion, 2016 $20. Language: G; Mature Content: PG (mention of gay relationship); Violence: PG (mild, not graphic).
Apollo has been mortal before, but this time he thinks Zeus is really, really mad at him. Why else would he send him to Earth looking like a dumpy, pimply teenaged boy named Lester? To make things worse, through his own carelessness, he makes himself the servant of Meg, a pre-teen street rat with a really bad attitude and no manners at all. Apollo is sure if they can find Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus, everything will be better. Unfortunately, Percy gives him the brushoff and none of the other Heroes are at Camp during the school year. When self-centered Apollo realizes that the current crisis really is his fault, is he even capable of stepping up to help solve the dire problems about to hit Camp Half-Blood?
Wow! Riordan has concocted a fitting continuation of the Percy Jackson series. Unlike Magnus Chase, this one will segue well even for elementary students. Watching Apollo mature is going to be fun!
EL, MS, HS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher