Kane Chronicles: “The Red Pyramid” Mini-Excerpt and Book Cover (Part 1)

January 16th, 2010 by


For a larger version, click on the book cover and pore over it like I did: O_O

A month ago I posted breaking book news about Rick Riordan’s new series, The Kane Chronicles… along with my mock-up of the cover art. Unfortunately, the publishers didn’t think mine was that great (how dare they?!) — and now they’ve released their own cover, plus a mini-excerpt!

We only have a few hours, so listen carefully. If you’re hearing this story, you’re already in danger. Sadie and I might be your only chance.

Go to the school. Find the locker. I won’t tell you which school or which locker, because if you’re the right person, you’ll find it. The combination is 13/32/33. By the time you finish listening, you’ll know what those numbers mean. Just remember the story we’re about to tell you isn’t complete yet. How it ends will depend on you.

The most important thing: when you open the package and find what’s inside, don’t keep it longer than a week. Sure, it’ll be tempting. I mean, it will grant you almost unlimited power. But if you possess it too long, it will consume you. Learn its secrets quickly and pass it on. Hide it for the next person, the way Sadie and I did for you. Then be prepared for your life to get very interesting.

Okay, Sadie is telling me to stop stalling and get on with the story. Fine. I guess it started in London, the night our dad blew up the British Museum.

OMG! This sounds amazing. WHAT-IS-IN-THAT-PACKAGE?! I bet those numbers mean something! HE-BLEW-UP-THE-BRITISH-MUSEUM?! What are these secrets? UNLIMITED-POWER?! OMG-egghhhhh-cough-cough-cough.

(“egghhhhh” is the sound of me choking on my own spit, out of excitement.)

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my coverage of The Red Pyramid, where I dissect the book cover — I’ll be spending a lot of time examining the interactive book cover on the official website.

— Nancy

NOTE: This mini-excerpt was given exclusively to The Wall Street Journal, but we wanted to reproduce it here for you guys. If you’re reading WSJ on your own, well, more power to you. But we’re certainly not on their site every day. No time to read about finance — must read kids’ books…

UPDATE: Here’s Part 2!

11 Responses

  • Kelly writes:
    May 21st, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    The Kane Chronicles is awsome! I love it and Im only in chapter 36. I love how its a recording but on paper. My favorite character is Bast. [spoiler]The sad part was that Bast got sucked into the Duat trying to proect Sadie and Carter. Carter is funny and all, but Sadie always harasses Carter, and thats probley what I’m going to do to my brother for life.Bye[/spoiler]

    • Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
      May 21st, 2010 at 6:13 pm

      Kelly, I put some the plot points you mentioned in your comment in the “Show Spoiler” link, in case there are others still in the middle of the book! 😀

  • Kelly writes:
    May 23rd, 2010 at 9:23 am

    OK thats fine. I shouldnt have said that anyway, so thanks nancy.Sorry

    • Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
      May 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 am

      Kelly, no need to apologize! Your comment is still appreciated, thanks for visiting Kidsmomo! 🙂

  • Luke writes:
    May 23rd, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I am done with the book,i enjoyed reading it,[spoiler]I love when they used sada to open the library doors in amos house!![/spoiler]really funny

  • Megan writes:
    May 29th, 2010 at 1:04 am

    I’m not done with the book yet but it’s been amazing! I’m on chapter 37.
    The charaters are amazing, the book is going to be a best seller. The book has action, humor, and it has lots of details to keep the book interesting. Like Riordan said, kids will recommend his book to friends ( I just got that from the web). The sad thing is when your done with the book, you will want more to read, but you can read it over again ( which is a good thing!).
    Chapter 28: The part when Sadie was… going “Boy Crazy” I was like “Wow” It didn’t seem like her at all. That made me laugh ( It was a cute moment ). Bye!

    • Nancy from Kidsmomo writes:
      May 29th, 2010 at 9:03 am

      Wow, Megan, this is a GREAT review so far! When you’re done with the book, I hope we see your full review submitted to the Review by You(th) section… and then we can feature it in the podcast! 🙂

  • Esther writes:
    July 2nd, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I read this book at my school library and i was one of the first ones to read it at my school. It was such an exciting and interesting book. Once I started it, I couldn’t stop reading. I even started reading when i got home instead of doing my homework. It was like I was addicted to the book. I usually hate books, but I loved this one. Whoever hates books should really read this. This book isn’t just a book it has adventure, revenge, and other great deeds you would want to read about. I hope this comment helps for everyone to read “THE RED PYRAMID”, the most exciting book i ever read. I HOPE YOU LIKE IT! 🙂

    • Hahaha me writes:
      July 2nd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

      I started out kind of slow but got a lot better. It was like there was a magnet between myself and The Red Pyramid; I would be making my lunch and in the middle of smacking some peanut butter onto the bread I would rush to my bookshelf, pull The Red Pyramid off and read it while I finished making my sandwich.

    • Karen from Kidsmomo writes:
      July 10th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks for your great review, Esther! Have you tried reading Rick Riordan’s other books? Since you liked The Red Pyramid, you might like his Percy Jackson series too. Also, try Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers. It’s also an adventure story involving Egyptian mythology — and it’s awesome! I think you’d like it.

  • rose writes:
    April 1st, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    i love the red pyramid is soo cute/funny when sadie goes boy crazy!! =b

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