- US Edition
The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities
Rick Riordan presents ten new stories about beloved heroes that sprang from the imaginations of some of the best middle grade authors working today.
An instant New York Times Bestseller!
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 Sikander Aziz, Aru Shah, Zane Obispo, Min the fox spirit, Sal and Gabi, Gum Baby, Nizhoni Begay, Paola Santiago, 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: Sarwat Chadda, Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, 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 collection of fast-paced and funny adventure stories that show what it takes to be a hero in any time, setting, and universe.
A first-generation immigrant, Sarwat Chadda has spent a lifetime integrating the best of his Muslim heritage with the country of his birth. There have been tensions and celebrations, but he’d not wish it any other way.
A life-long gamer, he embraced his passion for over-the-top adventure stories by swapping a twenty-year career in engineering for a new one as a writer. That resulted in his first novel, Devil’s Kiss, back in 2009. Since then he has been published in a dozen languages, writing novels such as the Indian mythology-inspired Ash Mistry series, the Shadow Magic trilogy (as Joshua Khan), and the bestselling City of the Plague God, a Rick Riordan Presents title. While he’s traveled far and wide, he’s most at home in London, with his wife, two daughters, and an aloof cat.