Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series has been a school and library favorite for nearly two decades. With it's relatable protagonist, non-stop action, and Greek mythology academic ties, the books have hooked in reluctant readers and turned them into superfans. With the recent surge in popularity caused by the release of the Disney + television show adaptation, I'm sure you have scores of readers clambering for more. We've put together a list of some amazing books that are the perfect next reads for half-bloods.
For Fans of Action and Adventure
This the first book in a fast-paced Afrofantasy series that lends itself to one-session reading. Adia is an orphan, and her aunt and uncle suspect her of being posessed by a demon, something that is hard to deny when she suddenly manifests mysterious powers. But when she runs away to be an apprentice and discovers that the emperor actually IS posessed by a demon, Adia and her new allies need to save the realm.
Prince Jin needs to find a monster companion before he turns 13 or he risks losing the throne. Thus starts his quest, leading him to the dangerous Whisper Island. Full of dragons and other magical creatures, danger awaits at every turn in this standalone fantasy adventure.
This trilogy is complete and perfect to hand to the reader that's going to devour them back to back. Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurances like werehyenas stalking the streets at night. So when her Papa goes missing, she has to find a way to uncover the truth, even if she has to do it alone.
Shad doesn't quite fit in. He'd rather spend his time cooking than hang out with the other kids at school. But when he is attacked by a shadowy monster, he discovers a world of magic and alchemy that he's invited to join.
When a powerful desert spirit kidnaps her sister, Cece Rios must learn forbidden magic to get her back. The remote desert setting full of brujas and magica creatures will transport readers, who will be anxiously awaiting the third book in the series coming March 12th!
Mari is trying to do everything to separate herself from her family's "Peak Cubanity" and avoid being teased at school. But when she doesn't participate their biggest tradition on New Year's Eve, she brings something much worse upon herself at school - a curse.
When Nathan goes to visit his grandma, Nali, at her mobile summer home on the Navajo reservation, he knows he’s in for a pretty uneventful summer, with no electricity or cell service. But one night, while lost in the nearby desert, Nathan finds someone extraordinary: a Holy Being from the Navajo Creation Story—a Water Monster—in need of help.
Inspired by Greek Mythology
Percy Jackson meets Wednesday Addams in this fantastical adventure about Ava, who attends a boarding school for the descendants of Greek monsters and uncovers a terrible secret that could change the world forever.
This is the first title in a gripping new series from National Book Award finalist, Katherine Marsh.
Cassandra, a princess of Troy and follower of Apollo, is delighted when the god himself appears to her. Apollo asks to love her in exchange for giving her future sight, and she agrees—but recoils when he kisses her. Enraged, the god transforms his gift into a curse: Cassandra’s visions will never be believed.
Gail Carson Levin, the Newbery Honor author of Ella Enchanted, brings readers another female-lead story full of action and adventure.
Herc Beal knows who he's named after—a mythical hero—but he's no superhero. He's the smallest kid in his class. So when his homeroom teacher at his new middle school gives him the assignment of duplicating the mythical Hercules's amazing feats in real life, he's skeptical. After all, there are no Nemean Lions on Cape Cod—and not a single Hydra in sight.
Nerbery Honor winner and National Book Award finalist Gary D. Schmidt makes the Labors of Hercules accessible and relevant to a modern audience.
Love at first sight isn’t a myth. For seventh graders Olivia and Eden, it’s fate. Olivia is a capital-P Poet, and Eden thinks she wants to be a musician one day, but for now she’s just the new girl. And then Eden shows up to Poetry Club and everything changes.
Eden isn’t out, and she has rules for dating Olivia: don’t call. Don’t tell her friends. And don’t let anyone know they’re together.
But when jealousy creeps in, it’s Olivia’s words that push Eden away. While Eden sets out to find herself, Olivia begins a journey to bring Eden back—using poetry. Both Olivia and Eden will learn just how powerful their words can be to bring them together . . . or tear them apart forever.
If you could choose to be a god forever, would you do it?
Every winter solstice, today’s Earthly descendants of Greek gods, nymphs, and muses must visit Mount Olympus to preserve their near-godly status. Until Dorothy’s mother refuses to go, sealing her fate and dying a human death shortly after. In retaliation, the gods release an ultimatum: return to the heavens as gods or live as humans on Earth. Everyone must now make a choice.
Oh My Gods!, the first in a middle grade graphic novel series, reads as if Raina Telgemeier and Rick Riordan teamed up to write a comic, and offers a fresh and funny spin on Greek mythology. When an average girl moves to Mt. Olympus, she discovers her new classmates are gods and mythological creatures are actually real—as if junior high isn't hard enough!
Callie Martinez-Silva didn’t mean to turn her best friend into a pop star. But when a simple pep talk leads to miraculous results, Callie learns she’s the newest muse of epic poetry, one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology tasked with protecting humanity’s fate in secret.
Whisked away to Muse Headquarters, she joins three recruits her age, who call themselves the Muse Squad. Together, the junior muses are tasked with using their magic to inspire and empower—not an easy feat when you’re eleven and still figuring out the goddess within.