The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes (Paperback)
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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? Read Rick Riordan's short story to find out!
Ten bestselling 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 best-selling collection of fast-paced and funny adventure stories that show what it takes to be a hero in any time, setting, and universe.
Read 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
"This collection will appeal to any middle grade reader who loves fantasy. Each simply-told story has a similar tone with contemporary, believable dialogue and features action as the focal point. Fans of the authors' works will be delighted to read a new adventure by their favorite heroes and hopefully will be inspired to read books by the other authors featured in the collection. The short chapters are perfect for classroom read-alouds."—School Library Connection
"With an inclusive range of contributors drawing upon their respective heritages and experiences to craft culturally specific, gratifyingly adventurous tales, there's a little something for everyone here, like a world tour of wonder and excitement."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)