As of today, we have officially launched our book drive, aiming to receive at least 300 books from the Sage Hill community first semester and even more in the proceeding semester. These book will be donated to the Compton School District to hopefully provide a catalyst for greater interest in reading, writing, and storytelling. At this point in time, we already have about 50 books promised and on their way to the various “book bins” we will have spread around campus. Next Monday, we will make a town meeting announcement to raise awareness in the community and hopefully generate interest in providing a great service for the many students who miss out on their opportunity to love stories by not having the materials necessary to discover and cherish books.
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?
They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
Arguably the most popular, most exciting children’s book series of the past decade is the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. The House of Hades, Riordan’s most most recent installment was released worldwide on October 8th to excited fans eager to get their hands on the next battle-filled, plot-twisting, exciting demigod adventure. As an avid fan myself and someone who has literally grown up with these beloved stories and journeyed with the characters from fifth grade to the present, here is my review of the House of Hades:
The House of Hades went above and beyond my expectations. Every huge series has their good books and sometimes their bad ones. It’s understandable, no series is perfect. However, there seems to be no end to Riordan’s brilliance. His books tend to only increase in action, character-development, and plot complexity. As fans have grown with the series, so too has Riordan’s ability to recapture our interest every year without fail. Without getting into spoilers for those who have not yet read the book, I have to say my favorite part of this book in particular was the character development. With a story focusing on the separate subplots of almost 8 different characters, I expected the story to be more plot-driven and very thin-spread on character-development. Instead I received a compelling, diverse story that really delves into the various personalities, humor, relationships and fears of each character. It seemed that every character was “tested” and confronted with their own fears and obstacles that have been prophesied over the course of three books. As far as plot, the story was extremely gripping. It diverts between Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus and the other six demigods confronting their own motley of monsters and gods throughout their journey to the Doors of Death. Overall, the story was incredibly riveting for all age groups, setting the standard high for the next and final installment of the series, The Blood of Olympus, to be released in Fall 2014. I highly recommend that anyone who loves action, adventure, or mythology read the series. You will not regret it!
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September 29th was the 10th Annual Orange County Children’s Book Festival bringing together hundreds of authors, publishers, readers, librarians, illustrators, writers, and bloggers from all over the Orange County and Los Angeles County Area. The entire experience was very rewarding for those of us who were able to find others of the book-loving community. Outside of just books however, is the festival’s commitment to service. Among the many authors and exhibitors there was the Hope School which is an educational program for homeless children. After meeting with their program manager, La Shawn Hye, we were able to learn more about their purpose and goals, and we hope to fuel our efforts and work together in the future to provide greater educational opportunities for the homeless, especially with greater literary resources. Overall, the festival was very worthwhile, providing us with many possible collaborative opportunities with other organizations.