Author Highlight: Rick Riordan...and beyond!
Guess who’s back, back again….with another author highlight! This time I will be taking an author and recommending a couple of others that are similar to help you with the “I’ve read all this author has written” blues. The author for this blog post will be Rick Riordan, who is another personal favorite of mine. I first read his Percy Jackson series when I was younger and was hooked pretty fast. I then read The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase, and The Apollo Trials series. His books have become pretty popular and I think what really draws people in is his books have a good balance of humor, action, adventure, and mythology that gives fantasy lovers a different element. It can be tough finding another author to read after him that fills that void..but that is why I am here to help!
This recommendation is actually not going to focus on one specific author, but rather a group of authors that are publishing their works under a special branch of Disney-Hyperion Publishing, the ones responsible for publishing Rick Riordan’s books. “Rick Riordan Presents” is a branch of Disney-Hyperion Publishing that aims to publish works that appeal to kids in a way similar to how Rick Riordan’s books appeal to them. The books are not written by Rick Riordan, nor do the authors ghostwrite for him, but Rick Riordan does help promote them and offer advice when needed. Otherwise, these authors are completely independent from him. The aim is to allow these authors to write novels that highlight other mythologies, especially ones from their own cultures. Some of these authors include Roshani Chokshi, author of Aru Shah and the End of Time; Yoon Ha Lee, author of Dragon Pearl, and Kwame Mbali, author of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky. There are many more authors that are publishing under this imprint. You can check them out here, and also get some more information on the imprint.