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Although Daughter of the Deep isn’t out until October 5th, I had to share the news that prolific author Rick Riordan is starting a new series based on one of my favorite childhood classics, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Rick Riordan is one of my all time favorite middle school authors because of the way he brings different cultures to life with wonderful diversity and an impish sense of humor. Whether he’s writing about Greek and Roman mythology (Percy Jackson series, The Heroes of Olympus, & The Trials of Apollo), ancient Egyptian mythology (The Kane Chronicles), or Norse gods (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard), Rick Riordan both entertains and educates with his magnificent storytelling! While I’ve emailed Disney Worldwide Publishing to request (beg for) an ARC, I’ve also already preordered this on Amazon and have filled out a Request for Purchase form at my library. Check out the gorgeous cover and exciting synopsis below!

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New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan pays homage to Jules Verne in his exciting modern take on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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Ana Dakkar is a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Ana’s parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family’s she’s got left is her older brother, Dev, also a student at HP. Ana’s freshman year culminates with the class’s weekend trial at sea, the details of which have been kept secret. She only hopes she has what it’ll take to succeed. All her worries are blown out of the water when, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will change the trajectory of their lives.

But wait, there’s more. The professor accompanying them informs Ana that their rival school, Land Institute, and Harding-Pencroft have been fighting a cold war for a hundred and fifty years. Now that cold war has been turned up to a full broil, and the freshman are in danger of becoming fish food. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and astounding discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.

Rick Riordan’s trademark humor, fast-paced action, and wide cast of characters are on full display in this undersea adventure. (Goodreads)

Here’s how I feel in Disney gifs:

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