Rick Riordan

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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
Born (1964-06-05) June 5, 1964 (age 59)
San Antonio, Texas
GenreFantasy, Detective fiction, Mythology
Notable worksPercy Jackson and the Olympians series

Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr. (born June 5, 1964)[1] is an American author best known for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. He also wrote the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults[2] 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.[3]

Life and career[change | change source]

Riordan was born in San Antonio, Texas.[4] 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.[5] He was awarded St. Mary's Hall's first Master Teacher Award in 2002.[6]

Riordan is the multi-award-winning[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] In January 2022, Disney+ gave the green light for a TV Show adaptation of the series.[10] As of December 2022, more than half of the first book has been filmed. 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.[11] 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[change | change source]

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series[change | change source]

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

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Companion Books[change | change source]

The 39 Clues[change | change source]

(Series: 39 clues)

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

Tres Navarre Series[change | change source]

  • 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 series[change | change source]

  • The Red Pyramid – May 4, 2010[11]
  • The Throne of Fire - May 3, 2011
  • The Serpent's Shadow - May 1, 2012

Heroes of Olympus Series (Sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians)[change | change source]

The Trials of Apollo Series (Sequel to Heroes of Olympus)[change | change source]

  • The Hidden Oracle - May 3, 2016
  • The Dark Prophecy - May 2, 2017
  • The Burning Maze - May 1, 2018
  • The Tyrant's Tomb - September 24, 2019
  • The Tower of Nero - October 6, 2020

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series[change | change source]

  • The Sword of Summer - October 6, 2015
  • The Hammer of Thor - October 4, 2016
  • The Ship of the Dead - October 3, 2017
  • Nine from the 9 Worlds (companion book) - October 2, 2018

Awards[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/bexar/vitals/births/1964/bexab64i.txt[permanent dead link]
  2. "About the Author". powells.com. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  3. Italie, Hillel (September 1, 2008). "'Potter' publisher looks to promote next big thing". FoxNews. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  4. "Rick Riordan ID Card". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  5. "Rick Riordan". Scholastic. Archived from the original on 2008-12-26. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  6. "About the Author" (PDF). Hyperion Books for Children. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Big Red Tequila". Powells Bookstore. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  8. "Children's Books". The New York Times. September 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  9. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" – via www.imdb.com.
  10. "Color Me Green | Rick Riordan". 2022-01-29. Retrieved 2022-12-06.
  11. 11.0 11.1 "/404". www.publishersweekly.com.
  12. "Edgar Allan Poe Awards". book.consumerhelpweb.com. Archived from the original on 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2009-04-26.

To know more about the author and his books go to www.rickriordan.co.uk

Other websites[change | change source]