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

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

By Rick Riordan

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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.

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-13: 9780786838653
ISBN-10: 0786838655
Published on 3/21/2006
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 416

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This book has lots of humor and is great for people of all ages! Read the whole series, it’s worth it. Don’t watch the movie before you read the books, it’s not like the book at all and the author hates it (he didn’t get any input in the story). If you want to read more about Percy Jackson, you can read the Heroes of Olympus series, but it’s not as good as the original.

I love these books read them all

I think it is a lot like Harry Potter but it is not the same.

I have not finished it yet but so far it is amazing

This book is awesome and I want to set an example for others.

I love the Percy Jackson series. I saw the movie, they were both really good. I recommend it for 8 to 15 years old

This book is amazing! It takes us in to adventures and made us feel in suspence. I love the part where Percy met his farther and every thing was happy again. I have also saw this movie and they are both good. I recomend it to 8 to 18 years old.

i love it its such a good book:)

This book is all right, but the move is much better.

I completely disagree but everyone has their own opinions :)

The 1st book of an amazing series. Words literally can't explain how much I love Percy Jackson! Trust me, it will be one of your favourite book series. I recommend it for people who like Greek Mythology/Fantasy or looking for a series that's super interesting and funny too. The characters are really well developed and you'll love the main characters, Percy, Annabeth and Grover. You should also read this book if you like Harry Potter, it's quite similar but with a bit more humour and character development. Any age can read this, but it's best for probably ages 9+. Enjoy!

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