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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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  • bball11
    bball11Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:22 am55 stars
    The Lightning Thief was a great book. It was action packed, and written by a very good author, Rick Riordan. I liked all the thrill rides it took you on. It is one of the best books I have ever read and you should read it to.
    • jw115
      jw115Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm
      I loved the book it is the best book in history. I recomend it. Read the rest of the series too.
      • picklerules24
        picklerules24Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm
        the lighting thief was good i really loved it such good vocab really good plot. Everything was just really good peace
        • born2game
          born2gameWednesday, January 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm
          This book is the best book ever it keeps readers at the edge of their seats.Tons of action and a bit of comedy.
          • whatdoucare
            whatdoucareTuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm
            what a great serise. ditto what i said on the son of neptune times ten!! i love you Rick Riorden!!!
            • waterlily06
              waterlily06Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm
              i read this book so many times and it still doesnt bore me!!! i love it so much! i got introduced to the percy jackson series by my friend.
              • maddyrocks13
                maddyrocks13Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm55 stars
                this is only one of my favorite books ever! Percy Jackson is a demigod (one parent god, one parent human) and these books are about his adventures fighting monsters and following the great prophecy! You should read it! so much better than the movie!
                • annabethSaturday, January 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm
                  this book is very interesting and its really great. Its good for anyone 10 and up i think. if you've only seen the movie, its not as good as the book so if you want the real deal read the book!!!!!
                  • cleany
                    cleanySaturday, January 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm
                    this movie is the best its about a boy who goes to this magical school and finds him self fighting out
                    • lizzy_gurl
                      lizzy_gurlThursday, January 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm
                      I love this book. I would recommend this book to people who like adventure, humor, mythology, or wants to learn about mythology in a fun way.

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