Demi Gods and Heroes
This year we invited you to Imagine Your Story for our Summer Reading Program. We’ve been celebrating fairy tales, folk tales, and mythology!
And one of the most popular middle grade series that leans into greek mythology is Rick Riordan’s incredibly popular series about demigod Percy Jackson.
If your young reader has already made their way through this series, you are probably wondering what you can give them to read next! And we are here to help! Check out some of these fresh titles that focus on fantastic new heroes and draw on myths and legends from all around the world!
In a warlike land of wind and sunlight, “ringed by a restless sea,” live Rhaskos and Melisto, spiritual twins with little in common beyond the violent and mysterious forces that dictate their lives. A Thracian slave in a Greek household, Rhaskos is as common as clay, a stable boy worth less than a donkey, much less a horse. Wrenched from his mother at a tender age, he nurtures in secret, aided by Socrates, his passions for art and philosophy. Melisto is a spoiled aristocrat, a girl as precious as amber but willful and wild. She’ll marry and be tamed–the curse of all highborn girls–but risk her life for a season first to serve Artemis, goddess of the hunt.
Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he’s going to spend on his grandparents’ farm in Alabama, where he’s being sent to heal from the tragedy.
But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie’s notebook. Tristan chases after it–is that a doll?–and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature’s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world.
Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left Black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price.
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.
While thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen has always known he’s a modern-day descendent of Thor, he’s been living a normal kid’s life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt’s classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.
But now Ragnarok is coming, and it’s up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen’s lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor’s hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.
As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret.
Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon–and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year.
Bookmark Challenge Winners
During the month of February, children had the chance to create their own bookmark based on books, reading, or their favorite character and enter it into a contest. We had a fantastic turnout and wanted to share the winners here. The winners will have their bookmarks printed and placed throughout the Children’s Area for our younger patrons to take and enjoy. Congratulations to all the winners!
Kindergarten-Audrey Jansky First Grade-Rowan Novak
Second Grade-Adelene Third Grade-Brody
Fourth Grade-Mia Marich Fifth Grade-Charles A. Poggemeyer
Sixth Grade-Anna Sweet
Seek and Find Books/Picture Puzzles
Who doesn’t love a good visual puzzle? Already tried out all of the Where’s Waldo and I Spy books? Well here are some more seek and find style books to check out!
On of these things is not like the others. Featuring rhyming texting and fun illustrations, this book is great a great first seek and find book for your little one.
Underground: Subway Systems Around the World by Uijung Kim
Ever wondered what trains and subways look like around the world? This book gives a quick peek at stations from NYC, to Tokyo, to Australia. Each page has a list of items to find, but there are plenty more hidden images and cultural items to find.
The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud
A little bear wakes up early from his hibernation and begins tracking a bee, because where there’s a bee there’s honey. The bee takes him on a wild chase through the city and even an opera house!
Have You Seen My Dragon? By Steve Light
There’s more to this city than meets the eye. As a boy searches for his friend, see if you can spot the dragons hiding around town.
Park: A Foldout Book in Four Seasons by James Gulliver Hancock
Central Park is the place to be in NYC, no matter what time of year it is. This book has an illustrated insert that folds out to be almost 5 feet long! Take a look and see what you can find as Central Park goes transforms through all of the seasons.
Bucketload of Friends: A Look and Find Book by Mia Cassany
Lucas is on the hunt for his best friend, but there sure are a lot of people around! Can you help him? Each page is stuffed to the edge with an interesting cast of characters. Who will you find?
Search and Spot: Animals! By Laura Ljungkvist
So many animals, this book is bursting with them! Each page has new animals. Can you find them all? Perfect for your little animal lover.