This week Ava, Brayden, and Niamh begin their journey with Apollo, discuss what it means go from high status to low status, and why Rick thrives in first person. Together the team analyzes Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle, Chapters 1 – 4 through the theme of Status.

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The story opens with the book’s first-person narrator Apollo, the Olympian God of the sun, prophecies, archery, music, and healing, falling into a garbage dump in an alley in Manhattan, New York. Apollo has been cast out of heaven by his father, Zeus, who blames Apollo for helping facilitate a war between Greek and Roman demigods. As punishment, Zeus has turned Apollo into a mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos, complete with acne and flab. Apollo has lost all his godly powers. Apollo is mugged and beaten up in the alley by two mysterious youth who appear to have been sent by someone to specifically target him. Twelve-year-old Meg MaCaffery rescues Apollo by raising a volley of rotten fruit against the muggers. Recognizing Meg as a demigod, Apollo reveals his true identity to her and tells her he can turn back into a god once he has been in the service of a mortal. Meg immediately claims Apollo’s service, which means that he is bound to her until she releases him or considers his service complete. Apollo suggests that they seek out Percy Jackson

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Return to Camp Half-Blood is an independent podcast by Brayden Stallman, Niamh Sherlock, and Ava Pirie. Each week these friends from college dive deep into the books of the Percy Jackson universe by Rick Riordan, starting with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and now Trials of Apollo. While analyzing each set of chapters, the trio takes an english class approach while diving into how this effects their lives, relates to pop culture, and means about its relationship to literature and the Greek classics. Find out more about this podcast at

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