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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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  • turtlenicole
    turtlenicoleWednesday, June 27, 2018 at 3:30 pm55 stars
    12-year-old ADHD and dyslexic Percy Jackson narrates the story of his summer discovering his identity as a demigod. After an incident with a Fury on a school field trip, Percy discovers that something is not normal about him. After school is over, his mom sends him to a summer camp for demigods. Camp Half-Blood. However, Ms. Jackson is attacked and taken by the Minotaur along the way, and Percy could not save her. At camp, he makes two friends named Grover and Annabeth. They are destined to go on a mission together to find Zeus's master lightning bolt. There is some pressure on the trio because they have the find the bolt before a huge war begins. Luckily, Percy returns the bolt to Zeus and is rewarded by him with no punishment. On the last day of camp, Percy finds out that a friend name Luke was the one who stole the bolt because he wanted to overthrow the gods. He offers Percy to join him on the mission to take revenge on the gods but Percy refuses. Because of this, Luke attempts to murder him with the venom of a scorpion. At the end, Percy leaves camp to be finally reunited with his mother.
    • momoko12
      momoko12Monday, June 25, 2018 at 11:35 pm55 stars
      Percy Jackson is such a fun book series to read, I didn't think I was going to like it because it's meant for kids but once I finally read it I fell in love. The characters are so unique and funny I wish that they were my friends, they go on an epic quest and there's lots of action. The main point for the book is Greek mythology and I think the author did a really good job of incorporating it into the story and explaining it all in a way that anyone could understand after reading the book I feel like a know a lot more about Greek myths than most people do.
      • spiderbelle
        spiderbelleThursday, June 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm44 stars
        I think this is amazing. This is the best book I ever read.I would recomend this book to people who love books. They will love it!
        • jwarne
          jwarneFriday, June 15, 2018 at 6:20 pm55 stars
          I love this book! This is absolutely one of my favorites. I like a lot of Rick Riordan's books, but this one is especially my favorite. Percy is so relatable as a character and doesn't seem like the son of a god. He seems like a guy I'd hang out with, and that drew me into the story.
          • looneylovegood1
            looneylovegood1Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 3:31 pm33 stars
            To be honest, I never really got hooked into the Percy Jackson series, though I know mast people are. However, I would say that this book is good because it is the introduction of the series and it gets you kicked into the series. My favorite part of the book was when Percy joined Camp Olympus and got introduced to his half brother, who turned out the be a cyclops. Over all, I think that this was a pretty good book and a great start to an action packed series.
            • jmvolcano
              jmvolcanoSunday, June 10, 2018 at 11:32 am44 stars
              Well, I, for one, love the way Riordan mixes the modern world with the ancient one of Greek mythology. After reading this book (and series) I learned a LOT more about Greek mythology than I had before. Percy Jackson is a funny, risk-taker, brave character in this book. Riordan really shows the personalities in synchronization with the old myths of the gods and monsters of the Underworld. I’d never thought of there being demigods, children of the most famous twelve Greek gods and goddesses, children with the personalities of the gods themselves. Percy may give the impression of someone who dosen’t know much about the Greek world, but when it comes to saving those he cares about, he’ll do anything to help. This book is funny, woven with just the right amount of seriousness, betrayal, mystery, and overall, the mix of two well-known worlds.
              • pikachu1228
                pikachu1228Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 10:32 am55 stars
                It was good and very entertaining! If you enjoy action packed stories and funny stories, you would like this book very much! If you read it, you would like it!
                • belle252
                  belle252Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 9:15 pm22 stars
                  Okay to be honest it was not the best book as i heard people say, I feel like i am not really into such things, like i read it but just to see how it ends and give it a chance.
                  • dragonfireboss
                    dragonfirebossSaturday, June 9, 2018 at 9:11 am22 stars
                    I did'nt personlay like the book, but I know a lot of other people like the book. If you like mithology you should deffinitly read the book.
                    • film_theory
                      film_theorySaturday, June 9, 2018 at 3:55 am55 stars
                      The movies ruined it. =(

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