Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books to Try if You Like Rick Riordin

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme from the awesome team at The Broke and The Bookish. 

toptentuesdayCan’t wait for Magnus Chase & The Sword of Summer to come out this October? Here are ten books to try if you like Rick Riordin, and are looking for your next adventurous read.

Gregor the Overlander

1. Gregor the Overlander / Suzanne Collins

“When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.”

The Ruins of Gorlan

2. Ruins of Gorlan / John Flanagan

“When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.”

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

3. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians / Brandon Sanderson

“On his thirteenth birthday, foster child Alcatraz Smedry receives a bag of sand which is immediately stolen by the evil Librarians who are trying to take over the world, and Alcatraz is introduced to his grandfather and his own special talent, and told that he must use it to save civilization. “

The Dark Is Rising

4. The Dark is Rising / Susan Cooper

“On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.”

The Alchemyst

5. The Alchemyst : The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel / Michael Scott

“While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.”

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

6. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos / R. L. LaFevers

“Twelve-year-old Theo uses arcane knowledge and her own special talent when she encounters two secret societies, one sworn to protect the world from ancient Egyptian magic and one planning to harness it to bring chaos to the world, both of which want a valuable artifact stolen from the London museum for which her parents work.”

The Hound of Rowan

7. The Hound of Rowan / Henry H. Neff

“After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in “mystics and combat” in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping children like him.”

Fablehaven

8. Fablehaven / Brandon Mull

“When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.”

A World Without Heroes

9. A World Without Heroes / Brandon Mull

“Fourteen-year-old Jason Walker is transported to a strange world called Lyrian, where he joins Rachel, who was also drawn there from our world, and a few rebels, to piece together the Word that can destroy the malicious wizard emperor, Surroth.”

Loki's Wolves

10. Loki’s Wolves / Kelley Armstrong

“Matt Thorsen is a direct descendent of the order-keeping god Thor, and his classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke are descendents of the trickster god Loki. When Ragnarok–the apocalypse–threatens, the human descendents of the gods must fight monsters to stop the end of the world.”

Five Finds – What to Read After Percy Jackson

Since I’ve been off work for a while (all rest and no work make Jane a bored girl…), I haven’t had too many reader’s advisory questions come my way, so I’m dipping into the vault for this one. My colleague had a request from a parent for recommendations for a boy who had burned through the Percy Jackson series, and was looking for more action-adventure-mythology series to try. Here are a few series my colleague and I discovered that might just fit the bill for other Percy Jackson enthusiasts. All descriptions have been taken from library catalogs.

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The Alchemist / Michael Scott

While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.

Gods of Manhattan / Scott Mebus

Thirteen-year-old Rory discovers a spirit world that thrives alongside his contemporary New York City, filled with fantastical creatures and people from the city’s colorful past who have become gods and goddesses and who have chosen Rory to perform a dangerous mission.

Fablehaven / Brandon Mull

When Kendra and Seth go to stay at their grandparents’ estate, they discover that it is a sanctuary for magical creatures and that a battle between good and evil is looming.

The Spook’s Apprentice / Joseph Delaney

First in series about a young boy training to be an exorcist. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the County, the horror begins . . . Sometimes bleak, sometimes bloodthirsty, but never boring.

The Ruins of Gorlan / John Flanagan

When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.