By Rick Riordan

5 Stars

“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.”  

You could say Percy Jackson is a pretty average 12-year-old boy.  

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He’d probably say the same, despite being labelled a “trouble-maker” and getting kicked out to a new school every year. But this year has been great for Percy. He finally made a friend in his school, Grover, and has almost made it through the school year without something messed up happening. That is until a seemingly normal class trip to a museum took a turn for the worst. Percy couldn’t believe his eyes when his math teacher turned into a full-blown monster and was even more shocked when he defeated her. This was the first duel he faced as a demigod. Percy is brought then to Camp Half-Blood, the only safe place in the world for people like him, children of the Greek gods and goddesses. What Percy didn’t expect is that he already had a bad reputation with the gods. They believed he stole Zeus’s master bolt, one of Olympus’s most powerful weapons. Now, Percy must complete a risky quest—return the master bolt by the summer solstice. Will he succeed in his mission, or forever be known as the lightning thief? 

In my opinion, The Lightning Thief is an absolutely incredible book for children, teens, and even adults alike. Percy has an easy-going, funny, and slightly sarcastic personality that makes the book not only easy to follow but also very entertaining. This book also is an amazing way to familiarize yourself with Greek mythology, as author Rick Riordan depicts in a modern scene making it easy to learn. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new read to enjoy that has an adventure quality while also being fun and educational, look no further than The Lightning Thief.  

Michelle G.

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Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson realizes that he is not like other kids his age and suspects there is an issue with his body, along with how he sees the world. That’s when he learns he is a half-blood; half-human, half-Greek God. Percy is the son of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea, who is the brother to Zeus and Hades. When taken to a Half-Blood camp, an organization for kids like Percy to escape and hide from monsters that attack half-bloods, Percy finds out that someone stole Zeus’s master bolt and that he is blaming Poseidon for the theft. If Poseidon fails to retrieve the master bolt and return it to Zeus on Mount Olympus, Zeus will declare war on his brother which will ultimately result in the downfall of the entire God and Goddess system. In order to save his father, Percy goes on a quest to retrieve Zeus’s master bolt along with other members of the camp where they meet monsters and Gods such as Medusa, notorious for her snake hair and ability to turn anyone to stone, Ares, the God of War, and Hades, the God of the Dead. Percy must fight off many of these beings and begins to learn dark truths regarding his family and the plans for potentially the most significant war of all time between the big three Gods, Hades, Zeus and Poseidon. Unfortunately, a twist occurs where Percy becomes responsible for the theft of Zeus’s master bolt.

This novel, along with the other books in series, is an exciting, mysterious and suspenseful story, especially for those readers that have an interest in Greek Mythology. It can teach readers to be determined in any project and advises them to protect one another like family. This story keeps the reader guessing and allows them to develop an interest in fantasy style novels, and fall in love with a potential hero. I would recommend this book to readers above grade 7. -Eesa K.

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