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HSL Book Deal of the Day 5.10.17: The Trials of Apollo Book One: The Hidden Oracle

Need a new series to sink your teeth into this summer? Here you go: Rick Riordan heads back to Greek mythology with this series, which sets a turned-into-a-human-teen Apollo (he made Zeus mad once too often) in modern-day New York City. To survive—Apollo's made a lot of enemies who are ready to take advantage of his vulnerable human form—he's going to need some help from the Camp Half-Blood gang. This series kickoff is exactly what you'd expect from Riordan: non-stop action, lots of wit and pop culture references, and plenty of mythological mayhem. And who can resist a book for less than a buck?

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Summer Reading: If You Liked the Percy Jackson Series

Secret worlds, real-life mythology in action, and heroes-in-the-making—who can resist the lure of stories steeped in legend?


Your next picture book

Young Zeus
By G. Brian Karas

In Young Zeus, the future king of the gods enlists the assistance of a motley crew of super-powered creatures to become the ruler on Mount Olympus.


Your next chapter book

Odysseus in the Serpent Maze (Young Heroes)
By Jane Yolen, Robert J. Harris

What were the great Greek heroes like when they were Percy and Annabeth’s age? You can find out in Odysseus and the Serpent Maze, in which teenage Odysseus (and some other kids you might recognize) are kidnapped by pirates.


Your next readaloud

By Brandon Mull

Like Percy and his Camp Half-Blood pals, Kendra and Seth discover that mythology is very real—and very, very dangerous. In Fablehaven, first in a series, they find out their grandparents’ farm is actually a preserve for mythic creatures.


Your next teen read

In The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, holistic detective Dirk Gently finds himself caught up in a mystery surrounding some pretty disgruntled Norse deities. 


Your next grown-up book

American Gods
By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s dark, complicated American Gods is superficially about a squabble between the New World’s old and new gods is full of big questions.

Stuff We Like :: 6.10.16

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

around the web

I think we all know what I want for Hanukkah this year: this. (Think I can convince Jason to grow a mustache for this one?) Eternal thanks to Stephanie for bringing this to my attention.

Helen Keller is so much cooler than we think she is.

Fascinating: Exploring a French cave has expanded our knowledge of Neanderthals in some really interesting ways

I am not displeased to have ended up as Lucy Honeychurch in this Which Helena Bonham Carter character are you? quiz. (You should take it, too, but use caution: You could be Bellatrix Lestrange.)

Because I would read a cereal box about the Mitford sisters.


at home | school | life

for subscribers: I uploaded a summer bingo reading card to the subscribers’ library. It ties into our summer reading series this year, so grab one if you want to play along! 

on the blog: I liked our new blogger Carrie Pomeroy already, but she totally won me over with her adolescent V.C. Andrews sneak-reading. And I love her post on supporting her kids in their book choices, whatever her personal feelings about them might be.

on the podcast: Suzanne and I are talking about how we got started as homeschoolers.

in the classroom: We’re toying with the idea of doing a one-day workshop online later this summer. Is there something in particular you’d like us to cover?

in the magazine: Coming in July: 8 questions to ask before you buy anything new for your homeschool

in the archives: It’s that time again: The Dreaded Summer Break Question


reading list

on my night table: Greensleeves (my reading pick for the HSL podcast); The Mysterious Affair at Styles (I read this in high school last, and I’d totally forgotten whodunnit); Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories (since I need to brush up on my early U.S. literature for this fall), Anglo-American Feminist Challenges to the Rhetorical Traditions: Virginia Woolf, Mary Daly, Adrienne Rich (really digging this)

on my 14-year-old’s night table: Conrad’s Fate, The Princess Diaries, Eight Cousins, Nimona

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Junie B. Jones: Shipwrecked

together: Owls in the Family, The Lost Hero (the kick-off to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series, which the kids picked as our summer readaloud series)


at home

watching: Mercy Street with Jason, about a Civil War hospital in Alexandria that treated both Union and Confederate soldiers—it's espeically interesting from a feminist perspective since the show focuses on "ladies" who take on the fairly unladylike task of nursing (I’ve ordered the book Heroines of Mercy Street so that I can nitpick, but I am really enjoying it); Annedroids with the kids—who doesn't love a girl scientist?

knitting: Finishing up my Goldwing, which is pretty and pink (and easy to remember, which makes it great for pool knitting). I made the large version with two skeins of Hawthorne, and it's pretty close to exactly enough yarn.

playing: Super Mario Bros U

eating: haricots verts with herb butter with pretty much every meal

listening: Wild Honey (possibly the perfect pool album) around the web

Stuff We Like :: 5.13.16

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

Hello, weekend, my old friend! This week we wrapped up our homeschool classes (and I got a little weepy saying happy graduation to a couple of my favorite creative writing students), made lots of waffles with my Mother’s Day waffle iron, and were supposed to clean out the linen closet but ended up reading in the sunshine instead. I hope your week’s been equally delightful—but I’m definitely not sorry it’s Friday!

around the web

Apparently Rick Riordan is not a big fan of the Percy Jackson movies either.

How “women’s empowerment” has become about selling us stuff.

At least I can say that being persnickety about grammar is a legitimate part of my personality type.

Is it weird that this piece about the role of hedgehogs in Slavic fairy tales is one of my favorite things I’ve read all month?

I remember 3-2-1 Contact! (I still find myself humming the Bloodhound Gang’s theme song now and again.)


at home | school | life

on the blog: Shelli’s sharing how her kindergarten in her homeschool worked this year.

in the magazine: We’re having a grand time coming up with book lists for our summer reading guide.

on pinterest: Our current snack obsession

in the magazine: I’ve gotten a couple of emails recently asking if we still do group subscriptions—we do! If you can get at least 20 people together, you can each get your subscription for a bargain $10.

in the archives: There should be more curriculum humor in the world.


reading list

on my night table: Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea (I love books that obsess over some small thing—in this case, tea), Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley (highly recommend), and Love Letters (because you can’t always be a Serious Reader and sometimes you just want to read about a brilliant Irish author with writer’s block and the up-and-coming editor who re-inspires him)

on my 14-year-old’s night table: The Wee Free Men and Yummy Kawaii Bento

on my 8-year-old’s night table: Warriors: Into the Wild (borrowed from his sister’s bookcase) and The Adventures of Captain Underpants

together: A Tale of Time City, Around the World in a Hundred Years


at home

watching: The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which I am forcing myself to dole out in small doses so I don’t binge it all at once

knitting: Semele

planning: High school! (Look for a post this summer breaking down our plans.)

eating: Calas (I am seriously obsessed with these—they call them rice beignets, and that’s pretty much what they are—yum)

listening: The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories

9 new books to read this fall

Grab your library list—these are the new fall books we're most excited about.

Grab your library list -- this are the fall books we're most excited about
The Marvels
By Brian Selznick


A book by the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an event, and Selznick’s latest—a story of an 18th century shipwreck, told mostly in pictures, twined with a seemingly unrelated tale of late 20th century London, told mostly in prose—is worth the hype.




He’s explored Greek and Egyptian mythology; now the Percy Jackson author turns his attention to Norse myths.


Leo: A Ghost Story
By Mac Barnett



Leo knows he’d make a wonderful friend, if only he could find someone who doesn’t immediately race off in terror when he bids a ghostly “hello.”




Beard’s sprawling, bawdy history of the Roman empire features the usual suspects (Caesar, Nero) as well as a host of ordinary folks that don't always show up in history, including bakers, jokers, and women.





Carry On: A Novel
By Rainbow Rowell



Following up on the success of Fangirl, Rowell returns to the world of Simon Snow, this time in a story focused on the boy wizard himself.




The Pigeon creator heads to Paris with his first chapter book about a homebody dog who meets a wandering cat and finds true friendship.



What is life like for the teenagers who aren’t the ones destined to battle evil forces? Ness’s protagonists have bigger problems than preventing the end of the world or falling in love with vampires—problems like getting a date for prom and passing biology.



A little boy makes two friends to help him cope with his fears about his new house in this delightfully illustrated picture book.


Lenny & Lucy
By Philip C. Stead



Riggs wraps up the quirky trilogy that started with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.