On Wednesday evening, my 12yo daughter and I were able to go to a book signing for one of her favorite authors – Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for Young Adults.
All of my children have really enjoyed this book series (which takes a modern twist on Greek mythology) but none more than M12. The newest book in the series, The Last Olympian, came out on Tuesday, and she saved her babysitting money specifically to buy her own hardback copy!
We showed up early on Wednesday to wait to hear from Mr. Riordan (big thanks to Blue Willow Bookshop for putting on the event!). Here’s M12, barely able to contain her enthusiasm:
Mr. Riordan (pronounced rye-er-den, I found out!) came out and talked for a minute, then took several questions from the audience. He was charming and funny, and very animated – it was hard to get a clear picture of him, he was moving all the time!
After the brief Q &A, we sat and waited for our turn to go through the signing line. It was really well organized, and I was glad to be sitting in a comfortable, air-conditioned school auditorium for the experience!
When it was my daughter’s turn to meet him, he asked her if she had any questions. She said “Well, actually, I have a comment…” and proceeded to tell him something she felt he should work into the storyline for the next book series (which will be related to the Percy Jackson series, but not follow the main characters from this first series). I shot video of the whole exchange, and was so grateful for how pleasant and patient he was! I cut the video off before I could catch him saying, “You know, that’s a good idea. I think YOU should write that story!” What a class act!