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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents 10 new stories - including one of his own - about beloved heroes that sprang from the imaginations of some of the best middle grade authors working today. 

"I hope you enjoy your trip through the multiverse mansion as much as I did. The real danger is that once you start exploring all the wonders herein, you may want to stay forever." (Rick Riordan) 

A cave monster...an abandoned demon...a ghost who wants to erase history...a killer commandant.... These are just some of the challenges confronting the young heroes in this highly entertaining anthology. All but one of the heroes previously starred in a popular book from Rick Riordan Presents. You'll be reunited with Aru Shah, Zane Obispo, Min the fox spirit, Sal and Gabi, Gum Baby, Nizhoni Begay, Paola Santiago, Sikander Aziz, and Riley Oh. Who is the new hero? Listen to Rick Riordan's short story to find out! 

Ten best-selling and award-winning middle grade authors contributed to this collection: Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, Graci Kim, and Rick Riordan, who also served as the editor. The cultures represented by these own-voices stories are: Indian, Mesoamerican, Korean, Cuban, Black American, African, Navajo, Mexican, Mesopotamian, and Celtic. There's something for everyone in this collection of fast-paced and funny adventure stories that show what it takes to be a hero in any time, setting, and universe. 

Learn more about the heroes in these best-selling books: 

Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Rick Riordan Presents: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Rick Riordan Presents: Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

Rick Riordan Presents: Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Rick Riordan Presents: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Rick Riordan Presents: Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Rick Riordan Presents: Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Rick Riordan Presents: City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

Rick Riordan Presents: The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim

©2021 Rick Riordan (P)2021 Rick Riordan Presents

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Not standalone stories

These are not standalone stories and frequently reference other books. You're expected to already know and like the characters (except for the Gifted Carnival and Child Outlaw). The mix of mythologies was pretty impressive and narration was well done across the board. I would read the other books first or just pass on this.

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Another Winner from the Riordan Universe

One liner: Fans of Percy Jackson will love this collection of short stories from the Rick Riordan Presents worlds.

The book ends with Rick Riordan giving us a new hero in the world of Celtic Myhology. It ends at the exact point a new series could kick off. Wishful thinking?

My son and I love reading the Rick Riordan and Rick Riordan presents books together. This was a great chance to visit old friends and see them in a new adventure. It is also a great way to test out if you want to jump into the Rick Riordan Presents world if you haven't already.

I am thankful for the electronic copy of the book that I received from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I purchased the audible version on my own.