4 excellent adventure books for young readers
With its whopping 2.5 million-copy print run, â€śInheritanceâ€ť is very likely the fantasy book in which your favorite teen has his or her nose buried this month. The fourth and final installment of Christopher Paoliniâ€™s books about Eragon, the orphaned farm boy-turned-dragon rider, offers all the action and answers its fans have waited eight years for.
But â€śInheritanceâ€ť is also darker than its predecessors, and its graphic violence includes the prolonged torture of a young woman. Knopf recommends it for ages â€ś12 and up,â€ť and I wouldnâ€™t hand it to anybody younger.
For those seeking alternatives, this fall offers four excellent adventure tales for young readers. There are museums, pirates, gods, rodents, runaways, and lots and lots salt water.
1. "The Son of Neptune," by Rick Riordan
In Rick Riordanâ€™s The Son of Neptune, Percy Jackson is back. After months in a goddess-induced coma, heâ€™s wound up at Camp Jupiter, the â€śotherâ€ť camp for demigods in â€śThe Son of Neptuneâ€ť â€“ with his sword, Riptide, but without his memory. Mother Nature, Gaea, is in a very bad mood, and the monsters Percy kills just wonâ€™t stay dead.
The first book in Riordanâ€™s new â€śThe Heroes of Olympusâ€ť series, â€śThe Lost Hero,â€ť was a letdown for the 9-year-old â€śLightning Thiefâ€ť fan in my life. Happily, â€śThe Son of Neptuneâ€ť marks a welcome return to form. The humor and cleverness from the first series are back, as is Riordanâ€™s trademark blending of myth and modern life. The bookâ€™s high point is a showdown with the Amazons, whose secret headquarters are based at a certain online behemoth in Seattle. And Percyâ€™s companions, Hazel and Frank, are incredibly appealing.
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