In Rick Riordan’s World, ADHD Is a Mark of the Gods

Terena Bell
4 min readJul 15, 2019

An interview with the novelist on fiction’s power to fight stigma

Photo: Bob Hallinen, AP

Approximately 25 million copies of the Percy books have been published, “give or take a million” per Disney Publishing Worldwide publicity director Seale Ballenger.

Emailing through Ballenger, I interviewed Riordan about why he chose Attention Deficit and how his novels help kids with…

Terena Bell

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