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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, 416 pages
Published on March 21, 2006 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 0786838655
ISBN-13: 9780786838653
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  • callie_b
    callie_bSaturday, July 14, 2018 at 8:49 am44 starsFeatured
    Percy Jackson is not normal. Every school he is enrolled to, he gets kicked out of. And it usually isn't his fault! I mean, what would YOU do if your teacher morphed into a monster? When Percy goes on vacation with his awesome mom, he feels like he really belongs somewhere again. But then even MORE weird things keep happening! A Minotaur from Greek mythology takes Percy's mom and Percy is stuck at a weird camp, Camp Halfblood, where he finds his friend Grover and a new friend named Annabeth. He learns that Poseidon is his father and is like, WHAT!?! Major shocker for Percy! Poseidon is from GREEK MYTHOLOGY! Percy didn't even believe in mythology before coming to Camp Halfblood! Turns out all the kids there are kids of gods and humans, called demigods or halfbloods. But not all the gods are happy. Zeus, the head god and ruler of Olympus, thinks PERCY, of all people, stole his lightning bolt! Even though Percy has no idea what Zeus is talking about, he is forced to go on a quest with only Grover and Annabeth by his side. If he can't find the lightning bolt in time, then he will never get his mom back and the hatred of Zeus will be upon him. PRETTY INTENSE, I gotta say! Facing trials like Medusa, cyclops, time-sucking lotus flowers and more, will Percy and his friends ever get out of this mess and save Percy's mom? And will Percy ever meet his dad, Poseidon? Find out in this fast-paced adventure novel! I love this book because I learned SO MUCH about Greek mythology from it! I never knew about all the Greek gods until reading this! This book is funny, clever, and Rick Riordan, the author, is amazing! He is very descriptive and great at incorporating everything you need to write a great book. This series is one of the most hyped-up series of all time, and I can see why, because I couldn't put it down and there were many plot twists I didn't see coming! If you enjoy mythology or anything else by Rick Riordan, you will definitely love this awesome book. I rate it 4/5 stars and for ages 9+.
    • midnightluna
      midnightlunaWednesday, July 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm55 stars
      Percy Jackson is one of the best book series you will ever read! It's fun, smart, sassy, and get's better with each book! The movies do not do this book justice at all!
      • jaden07
        jaden07Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:25 am55 stars
        After i read this book , i got really interested in greek mythology. This was really a great book.. i was on the edge of my seat the whole time. the underworld was creepy. At least Percy knows who is his real dad, the sea god.No more smelly Gabe. I thought the hotel was very cool. if i related to a god, i would choose ATHENA GODDESS OF WISDOM
        • dreambig100
          dreambig100Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 8:44 pm44 stars
          The Percy Jackson series is amazing. This is one of my favorite books. All of Rick Riordan's books are so well written. I recommend this book to grades 4 and up.
          • eybook2018
            eybook2018Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm55 stars
            The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) is a demigod and is going to a demigod camp to get zusus lighting bolt to help his friends Annabeth and Grover.
            • dragonwizard
              dragonwizardFriday, July 6, 2018 at 12:25 pm33 stars
              Percy Jackson is a demigod and goes into a demigod camp. He must find Zeus's lightning bolt. He has the help of his two friends, Annabeth and Grover.
              • 30057
                30057Friday, July 6, 2018 at 8:01 am55 stars
                I LOVE adventure tales, which is why I felt this book is awesome! In the story, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy figures out that he is a demigod, and soon is enrolled into Camp Half blood along with his best friend Grover, who just so happens to be a satyr and Percy's guide. Totally normal. Anyways, in the camp, he meets a girl names Annabeth and they soon become good friends. Now, Percy, Annabeth and Grover are on a great adventure to return the lightning to the God, Zeus, along with some dangerous obstacles on the way, like meeting Medusa for the first time and having Luke literally trying to kill Percy and stop him from returning the lightning bolt to Zeus. This book was an amazing book which was full of action, and I recommend it.
                • kateWednesday, July 4, 2018 at 1:07 am
                  question:how do you steal lightning?!!!
                  • kingkitty2005
                    kingkitty2005Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm55 stars
                    This first book of the Percy Jackson series starts the adventure of a demigod named Percy Jackson. After having his first accident with water on his most current field trip, he is attacked by a monster and is quickly recruited by Camp Half-Blood. He learns his godly parent is Poseidon, and engages in a quest to stop a godly war between his father, Zeus, and Hades.
                    • pizzagirl7
                      pizzagirl7Monday, July 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm55 stars
                      Percy Jackson........ok so Percy Jackson a normal kid with his mom dating someone else which he doesn't like...BUT!later in the book he finds out he is the son of the Greek God Poseidon so NOW...he is a demo god!so now he goes to the camp halfblood with his best friend grover and he meets annabeth daughter of Athena and they go on a awesome adventure to find Zeus Lightning bolt and they only have 10 days and they fight medusa and lots other it was a wonderful book I recommend it to 10 to 16 year olds!I rate it 5 stars!!😘😘😘

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