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.

Paperback, 1032 pages
Published on September 16, 2008 by Hyperion Book CH
ISBN-10: 1423113497
ISBN-13: 9781423113492
1502 Book Reviews
  • silvoyz
    silvoyz3 days55 stars
    it is sooo!!! cool love this book so much. and it is so cool that percy is the son of posidon wich makes him a god.
    • 2027gpell
      2027gpell8 days55 stars
      best book series ever!!! super funny and action packed. if you've read the book series you should search pjo memes, there is a ton of funny things!!! Also who thinks percy is just a liiiiittle sassy, LOL
      • dogolover99
        dogolover9915 days55 stars
        I loved it SOOOOOOOO much! I fell in love with Percy Jackson (him and the Percy Jackson books) and I can't stop reading the series! I think you guys should read them!!!
        • rosarioe
          rosarioe17 days55 stars
          I love this book and how he de cause it shows how mythical creatures defeats them in battles. 1000/1000
          • rosarioe
            rosarioe17 days55 stars
            I love this book because it shows mythical creatures and how he defeats them in battles. 1000/1000
            • ponyan1011
              ponyan1011about 1 month55 stars
              I like it so much I wish there’s more Percy Jackson books
              • pumpkinartist11
                pumpkinartist11about 2 months55 stars
                Percy Jackson is about to get kicked from Yancy Academy. This hasn't been the first time. Being kicked out of private school, that is. You can only get kicked out of a school once. He wonders how Grover will survive the school year. After all, Nancy Bobofit teases him! And, a random downside, he has the same name as a sesame street Muppet. But when Perry's mom takes him to Montauk beach, he is filled with joy. It was the place she met Perry's dad. Speaking of him... Percy discovers he us the son of Poseidon at a place called Camp Half Blood. Now he's on a quest with a girl named Annabeth and Grover, who is a satyr, half human half goat hybrid. It is time to toughen up, because you've got a big journey, Percy!!
                • pumpkinartist11
                  pumpkinartist112 months55 stars
                  Wowzarific!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— This book is really lovable. It is genuinely hilarious! Who knew mythology could be awesome!
                  • wanmeideta
                    wanmeideta3 months55 stars
                    I am completely obsessed with the PJO and the HOO books, mainly cuz i ship percabeth :I but this book is amazing still
                    • ivyian
                      ivyian3 months55 stars
                      I think the book is extremely amazing! It truly introduce me to a brand new world of Greek mythology. BEST recommended~