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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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  • bub
    bubMonday, January 9, 2012 at 6:12 pm55 stars
    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S BETTER THAN "HARRY POTTER"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • lizzie_london
      lizzie_londonSunday, January 8, 2012 at 9:01 am
      i think this is a book where u might find other people reading it and some characters dont turn out who thought they would so read it im sure u will love it
      • arianna
        ariannaSunday, January 8, 2012 at 8:47 am44 stars
        Sounds like a cool book!
        • coconutmustache
          coconutmustacheSaturday, January 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm
          I can't believe the series is finally over. I wish Rick Riordan would make another book. Oh wait he did and I read that too. This book is amazing and so is the series.
          • swirlylollypops
            swirlylollypopsFriday, January 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm55 stars
            I was introduced to the series by my uncle. I have read all of the books and am really excited for the upcoming book: The Mark of Athena
            • swirlylollypops
              swirlylollypopsFriday, January 6, 2012 at 10:52 am55 stars
              I really like greek myths now. One of my fav. books
              • samirose
                samiroseWednesday, January 4, 2012 at 11:43 am
                love this book read all but stop at the 4th book i think
                • sheetu
                  sheetuTuesday, January 3, 2012 at 4:52 am
                  this story is about aboy called percy . it is a mysterious story i ever read
                  • singingbird123
                    singingbird123Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm
                    I was hooked on this book from the beginning. Creating a whole new fantasy world that i would abosolutely love to live in. The Lightning Thief is full of intriguing characters and has a story that will catch your intrest.
                    • baker123
                      baker123Friday, December 30, 2011 at 7:12 pm
                      The book is way better than the movie! We read this for a school book, i have to admit its not my favorite book but its still good! I recoment reading it, the beginning may be a little boring for you, but it gets way better! I think the ending could have been slightly better though!

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