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It began as a simple father-son bedtime story.

A son with dyslexia and ADHD. A father who piqued his interest in reading with tales of ancient Greek myths. Night after night.

Until, at last, Rick Riordan ran out of myths to tell his son. Time came for him to invent his own — and so Percy Jackson & the Olympians was born.

Now it's a bestselling children’s series and a new Hollywood movie. And there's a whole new series in the works.

This hour, On Point: author Rick Riordan on Percy Jackson & the Olympians.Guest:

Rick Riordan, best-selling author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for children and the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. Until 2005, he taught English and history at public and private middle schools in California and in Texas. On May 4th his new book, "The Red Pyramid," will be released. It's the first in a new Egyptian mythology series called '"The Kane Chronicles." And in September another new series will begin, this series based off Percy Jackson & The Olympians.

Read an excerpt from Rick Riordan's new book, "The Red Pyramid."

This program aired on February 17, 2010.

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