The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

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Grades 5 - 8Grades 3 - 8W4.787223

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp. Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Hardcover, 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0141381477
ISBN-13: 9780141381473
1483 Book Reviews
  • lil_boySunday, February 7, 2021 at 7:30 am
    I have read all the Percy Jackson books and I am now on a similar series called The Heroes of Olympus. It actually connects to the Percy Jackson series and is just as good.
    • danny-boy
      danny-boyFriday, February 5, 2021 at 1:53 pm55 stars
      It is amazing. You should try it.
      • genie_lamp
        genie_lampWednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:17 am44 stars
        If you like fighting, Chacrters you already know then this is the book for you.
        • colulk
          colulkTuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8:10 am55 stars
          Imagine seeing a minotaur chase you well that happened to Percy Jackson. In the book Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The book starts in school where he starts seeing creatures appearing in front of his eyes. No one believes that his teacher turned into a monster; he doesn’t even believe it himself! When he gets in Camp half blood he finds out someone stole Zeus's Lightning bolt and Percy is the prime suspect. He has until summer solstice (10 days) to go and find it with his accomplices Grover and Annabeth. If they don’t the gods will start a war possibly killing millions of people. He has to go through this journey all the way down to the gates of the underworld in Los Angeles. This journey will face many challenges will Percy Jackson retrieve the thunder bolt and find the true thief before summer solstice or will he not. I think this book is good for people who like action,mystery and fantasy. I recommend this book for 5th graders and above.
          • quantan
            quantanSunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:57 pm55 stars
            Wow, Long, but entertaining.
            • ananyadhar05
              ananyadhar05Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 12:45 pm55 stars
              I loved this book. Totally recommend it.
              • yena-marie
                yena-marieFriday, January 22, 2021 at 11:22 am55 stars
                BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!
                • linkofthepast
                  linkofthepastWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm55 stars
                  This book is cool and I recommend it.
                  • percyisthebest
                    percyisthebestSaturday, March 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm
                    Best Book Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • poseidoncabin
                    poseidoncabinSaturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:18 am55 stars
                    as you can tell by my username, I am a HUGE Percy Jackson fan. as soon as I picked up this book I couldn’t put it down. i love all the mythology and fantasy . it’s an action packed book with friendship and courage. definitely recommend to those who love fantasy and especially greek mythology.
                    • percyisthebest
                      percyisthebestSaturday, March 13, 2021 at 3:54 pm
                      I love Percy as you can see.
                    • unipug2
                      unipug2Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 6:15 pm55 stars
                      Awesome! I need to find the other books. What do you guys think of Percy Jackson? I read the whole book in one night and love it so much I read it thrice.

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