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.

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  • siennasuperstar
    siennasuperstar5 days55 stars
    I haven't read this book but I've watched the film and it is amazing!!!
    • newsgirl11
      newsgirl1118 days55 stars
      This book is awesome! I love the series. It is very close to Harry Potter so Harry Potter fans, I suggest this book. You will love it!
    • eagle_fan123
      eagle_fan12319 days55 starsFeatured
      Percy Jackson is an amazing book for three reasons. The first reason is how fun and fast paced the storyline is. The story is always moving and adding plot twists every chapter. Second, the characters are hard not to love and cheer on through out the book. Lastly, the cliff hangers keep you reading and asking for more and Riordan does not let you down. every thing that happens in the book has an equally interesting and important reason for why it happens or how. All I can say now is: READ this book! You will be very happy you did and I highly recommend it!
      • creamyblueberry
        This book is really interesting and SO relatable and funny. If you have finished the series, don't worry! There is the Heroes of Olympus series that also includes Percy and Annabeth (and some new characters!) in the books. After you finish that you can read Magnus Chase or Kane Chronicles.
        • silverstream77
          silverstream7723 days55 stars
          I love this book! It is action packed and I love all the unexpected gasp moments!
          • nat_3
            nat_3about 2 months55 stars
            • purplepearls
              purplepearls2 months55 stars
              I am a PJO fan. A HUGE PJO fan.
              • younge
                younge2 months55 stars
                I love the lightning thief bc most of the chapters have a twist it makes you want to keep reading. And it's so good. It made me feel like I was rite there. I was so amazed on how a book make you feel sad or mad at a person in the book .I read this in 3rd grade so I didn't read that much so I thot it was so cool. I recomend this book.
                • silverstream77
                  silverstream7723 days55 stars
                  YES! I know exactly what you're talking about!!!!
                • go_pottah_1980
                  go_pottah_19802 months55 stars
                  I love it!! Soo good!!
                  • silvoyz
                    silvoyz3 months55 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.