Meeting Ridley Pearson and Rick Riordan, Kingdom Keepers

Meeting Ridley Pearson and Rick Riordan

My son and I have been really excited to meet Rick Riordan now that he moved to Boston. Our first opportunity was at the MegaAwesome Author Event one town over. Rick was speaking along with three other authors: Ridley Pearson (Kingdom Keepers, Peter and the Star Catchers), Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), and Jonathan Stroud (Bartimaeus).

Rick Riordan and Mega Awesome book event

We were clearly here for Rick Riordan but the marketing genius of Disney was such that we would walk away in love with three more authors. (Percy Jackson is published by Hyperion which is owned by Disney). Because the other three authors truly were Mega Awesome as promised, I am going to do a four post series on each of them. Today, I want you to meet Ridley Pearson as I did.

Ridley Pearson at Mega Awesome author event in Wellesley MA

Yes, here we are together in the mega long line in order to get our books and enter the auditorium. Ridley walked up and down the line to introduce himself to the kids in line, apologizing that he, in fact, was not Rick Riordan. What a nice thing to do. There wasn’t a book signing line, so this was the only personal interaction with all four authors at the event. Kudos to Ridley for taking time to meet the kids!

Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson

His books were on display and signed copies of Kingdom Keepers sold out that day.

Kingdom Keepers VII: The Insider by Ridley Pearson

Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage by Ridley Pearson

Kingdom Keepers V: Shell Game by Ridley Pearson

Kingdom Keepers IV: Power Play by Ridley Pearson

Kingdom Keepers III: Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson

Kingdom Keepers II: Disney at Dawn by Ridley Pearson

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson

In truth because my two oldest are girls, I had only heard of Peter and the Star Catchers which Grasshopper and Sensei had read in 5th grade and loved.

Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Peter and the Starcatchers) by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers) by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Peter and the Sword of Mercy (Peter and the Starcatchers)  by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry

Now, let’s meet Ridley Scott!
Ridley Pearson

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Meeting Ridley Pearson and Rick Riordan, Kingdom Keepers

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  1. Jim Westcott

    Awesome event! Ridley should not have apologized:) Your audience is what it is all about. Or at least should be! Another great share! Thanks, Mia.
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  2. Wow! What a thrill! I didn’t realize Rick Riordan lived in Boston either–and what a great gathering of awesome writers.
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    • Hi Asakiyume,
      Rick is from San Antonio and I think his stint is Boston is temporary. I heard he was here to research is latest series on the Norse gods but we are hoping that he stays here! Everyone in Boston is thrilled to have him as there are many more opportunities to meet him! Fingers crossed that the miserable winter this year did not turn him off Boston!!!
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  3. LOL, this was NOT the winter for a Texan to experience if he wants to contemplate putting down roots in Boston 😛
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  4. Ah, what a GREAT event. Being huge Disney fans, when we discovered the Kingdom Keepers and Peter and the Starcatchers a few years back, my daughter was hooked!
    That was so very kind of Mr. Pearson to visit with everyone in the line – what a smart and nice thing for him to do.
    You probably know how we feel about Mr. Riordan. We were lucky enough to catch him on his House of Hades Tour (so funny) and then what will most likely be a highlight of my daughter’s life – she was on HuffPost Live with him and Erik of This Kid Reviews Books. Mr. Riordan is as nice as he is funny. Great guy!
    I love that you are sharing with us. Thank you.
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  5. Ridley was smart to interact the kids standing in line, because he showed them that he cared about them. Great way to gain readers. But, his books are popular among the tweens. Loved the pictures.
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    • Hi Patricia,
      I honestly think that Ridley is enough of a rockstar that he didn’t have to greet the kids in line but did it out of kindness and thoughtfulness. I didn’t think we read his books but then I remembered that my oldest loved his Peter and the Starcatcher series in 5th grade. I think he is just a old fashioned gentleman with very good manners!
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  6. Good for Ridley to interact with the kids! I love when authors do that. Do you know Laini Taylor? She is one of my favorite YA authors (DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series), and she will be at the Children’s bookshop of the Brookline public library this Wednesday (4/23) at 7pm if you are interested. She will be speaking about the newly released third book of the series DREAMS OF GOD AND MONSTERS. I’ll be there 🙂
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  7. Are there a bunch of cool kid authors that live in MA? Or do you just hit the traveling ones? I love that there was a whole event!
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  8. Ann

    What a great event and a neat concept that these books take place at Disney! Also LOVE the cover art of his earlier series.
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  9. You are so good at meeting authors – I love that you find these opportunities for your kids!

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  10. Wow, what an all star event, Eion Colfer and Rick Riordan as well as Ridley. I know the first two but not the latter, so we will have to check him out. What a dream it would be to included in an event with authors that you truly admire. I would be happy to be the lesser known in an event like that, just to have the experience, he he. Thanks so much for a fab rundown on the event and for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop
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    • Hi Julie,
      Their publisher, Disney Hyperion, pulled that Mega Awesome event together but I bet you can pull one together as well by reaching out to the authors at your publisher or just local children’s book authors with new book releases. I think the more the merrier! A panel is great though you need a moderator to move it along. I went to one event where a local librarian did the Q and A.
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  11. What a treasure that picture will be.. the one with RR! I can honestly say that you look thrilled to be there!! 🙂
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks
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  12. I know, it was AH-mazing. Rick gives tips to young writers in the program, too. The post below links to the program in case you/your son would like to check it out.
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  13. What an amazing event! To have all those guys together in one place?! I probably would have gone all fangirl and cried with excitement! Very cool of Ridley to talk to the kids in line.

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