The Lost Hero (Heros of Olympus Series #1) by Rick Riordan
published October 2010
Pre-req reading: The Percy Jackson Series
Upcoming sequeal: The Son of Neptune releases Oct 2011
The Hook: A new brat pack of heros, Jason, Piper and Leo are sent on a quest to save Hera and stop the awakening of a new bigger-(& older)-than-titans threat.
Why I loved it: Action and tension. Riordan is a master when it comes to page turning adventure. In true Riordan fashion, buckle up for a ride that starts in chapter one. He does rely on the reader knowing the half-blood lingo and all of Percy's friends. So you may want to read the whole Percy Jackson series before you start this one. Riordan's bi-polar Greek/Roman Gods twist is fun and a bit tricky to keep straight. But he sets up the new series nicely, and I'm sure we'll see Percy as a major character in the next book. Son of Neptune (wink). This is a great adventure for boys (and girls will love it too).