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Book review: Crossover tales will thrill fans of Riordan's books

Parents need to know that these three short stories, which combine main characters from Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series, were previously available separately as ebooks only. "The Son of Sobek" was released in 2013, "The Staff of Serapis" in 2014, and "The Crown of Ptolemy" in 2015. The hardcover book "Demigods and Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes" includes all three stories, a forward by Percy Jackson, eight full-color illustrations, and a peek at the first chapter of "The Hidden Oracle," the start of a series to be released in May 2016. Kids will need to have read at least some of the main Percy Jackson series and the slightly more complex Kane Chronicle series to get what's going on when Greek mythology and Egyptian mythology and magic collide. Expect the same kinds of fantasy violence in these shorts that you saw in the other series - battles against monsters and gods where they get stabbed with swords or blown up. The good guys - all teens - get injured but heal with their magical nectar and potions. Readers will learn a bit about Alexander the Great and how he united the Greece and Egypt in his giant empire.

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This week's best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 24, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.

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7 books we'll be talking about in May

Ah, spring: not quite humid enough to be summer yet pleasant enough to send us out to the pool with a cold beverage in one hand and a book in the other. And this month there are more than a few potential good reads looming. Get an early start on your summer reading by grabbing a few of the books that everyone will be talking about in May.

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Bobbie Lawson participates in the read-a-thon of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Barnes & Noble in Myrtle Beach. Lee's novel "Go Set A Watchman" is released Tuesday. Barnes & Noble will be open at 7 a.m. to sell the book. Customers who buy the book between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. will be given a free cup of coffee.
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