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The Serpent's Shadow

Title

The Serpent's Shadow

Authors

Rick Riordan

Publisher

Disney/Hyperion

Pages

406 pages

Publication Year

2012

ISBN

9781423142027

Genre

fantasy

Topic

Racial Diversity; Family Relationships; Biracial; Family member death; mixed race; death of parents; biracial child

Annotation

Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sadie Kane can't seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. Unfortunately, the magicians of the House of Life are on the brink of civil war, the gods are divided, and the young initiates of Brooklyn House stand almost alone against the forces of chaos. The Kanes' only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent's own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician who might be able to lead them to the serpent's shadow...or might lead them to their deaths in the depths of the underworld.

Grade Level

6-8

Family Formation

brother and sister

Main Character

boy and girl

Diversity Impact

indirect

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Awards

Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2012 Berkshire Book Award, 2013, Longlist, Children's Book Goodreads Choice Award, 2012, Nominee, Middle Grade

Keywords

mythology, magic, quests, brother and sister, fantasy, siblings, adventures, serpents

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

The Serpent's Shadow

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