Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, has hailed Peter Lerangis’s bestselling The Seven Wonders series as “a high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets.” In it, thirteen-year-old Jack McKinley learns he has a rare genetic anomaly that gives him a unique skill, but one that will cause his death if he doesn’t receive mysterious treatments at a secretive institute along with three other young teens—Marco, Aly, and Cass. Their combined skills make them a formidable team, and serve them well on their quest to find the cure for their ailment, with the ingredients located at each of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In Book Four, The Curse of the King, the team is outnumbered, underequipped, and growing weary, but they must soldier on to find the long-lost Statue of Zeus.
Lerangis is the author of more than 160 books, which have sold more than 5.5 million copies and been translated into thirty-three different languages. Seven of his books have made the New York Times Children’s Bestseller List. He also wrote three of the bestselling 39 Clues books. He is known for his lively, informative events and for advocating literacy and encouraging reluctant readers to connect and explore with books.
2:00 p.m. Enjoy an adventure-filled tour of the DMA’s collection related to themes and cultures in Lerangis’s books.