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

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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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  • tinylittlebunny
    tinylittlebunnySunday, February 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm
    This book is good. The whole series is fantastic!!! You should read this!
    • teacher_611
      Sarah EdgeSunday, February 5, 2012 at 11:07 am55 stars
      The story from Percy's point of view makes this series one of the funniest I've read in a long time!
      • galfriend
        galfriendFriday, February 3, 2012 at 8:33 am55 stars
        theese books are a very delightful and adoring i highly recomend them and to read them in order please read them and not break my heart
        • soccergod123
          soccergod123Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:04 pm
          I loved this book also, but I think that I like the red pyramid by the same author as the lightneen theif. It is about carter and sadie defeating a god called set, later to go on a quest to defeat a god called sechment.
          • dogonewsrules
            dogonewsrulesThursday, January 26, 2012 at 6:46 pm44 stars
            A Great And Amazing Book And Start To A Series By Rick Riordan.
            • girlygirlll123
              girlygirlll123Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 3:16 pm
              I read half of this book. The part that I did read is really good and intresting!
              • liviosangel
                liviosangelThursday, January 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm
                I love this book and i would recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and or mystical creatures also it has a lot of action all in all its a great book.☺
                • cheesemonkey
                  cheesemonkeyThursday, January 26, 2012 at 10:01 am
                  I think the lightning thief is the best book in the world! I think that because it is very exciting because it leaves you off of your chair thinking of is he going to die or not?
                  • dancegirl
                    dancegirlThursday, January 26, 2012 at 7:53 am
                    in this book there is deffently a lot of adventure. Percy and his friends go through lots of trouble being very lucky to survive.
                    • 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.