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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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  • jenny12345678
    jenny12345678Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:24 pm44 stars
    This book is amazing and I definitely would recommend it. Percy Jackson, the main character, and is a half-blood, which means he is half human, half god. He is the son of Poseidon, who is the god of the seas. After Percy found out about being a half-blood, he goes to a camp for half-bloods. The rest of the story focuses on Percy's "quest" to find Zeus's lightning bolt.
    • selina
      selinaSaturday, July 21, 2018 at 8:37 am55 stars
      12-year-old Percy Jackson is a good kid. But no matter how hard he tries he can't sit still and he can't seem to control his temper. And his life may have gone to a whole other level of weird because during a class trip to the museum he could have sworn that his teacher turned into this demon who wanted to murder him. When his mother, Sally Jackson, found out she decided to tell him the truth and send him off to Camp Half-Blood, in Long Island, where Sally knows Percy will be safe. There he finds out his father is Poseidon, Greek god of the seas. When one mystery unfolds after another, Percy sets off to the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena to prevent a brewing war between the Gods.
      • nasuada
        nasuadaSaturday, July 21, 2018 at 6:35 am55 stars
        This is a great book. It merges Greek mythology with modern life, with contemporary demigods, ancient gods, and monsters. Riordan has created lovable characters and a plot that never stops moving along. I read it once when I was around 8 and another time when I was 11, and both times it was a really good read. I recommend it to anyone interested in mythology and/or fantasy.
        • spykitten
          spykittenThursday, July 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm55 stars
          I always knew that this was a really popular book but I never actually read it. But since it was on the 2018 summer reading list I thought I might as well read it. And it is SO GOOD! Percy Jackson is a kid that always has a hard time at school. But at his current school his pre-algebra teacher, Mrs. Dodds becomes all evil and tries to kill Percy. But Percy ends up vaporizing her and now no one remembers her. You with have to read the book to find out what happens next! I would recommend this book.
          • readingkendal
            readingkendalTuesday, July 17, 2018 at 12:06 pm55 stars
            Percy has been kicked out of schools 6 different for weird things that happen and he has never met his dad. After the 6th time he and his mom go to the beach. When a crazy hurricane hits his mom takes him to Camp Half - Blood. His mom never had wanted to send him there but his dad did. When his mom disappears he is shocked and his friend brings him to the camp. He later finds out who his dad is and is sent on a quest to return Zeus's master bolt that he was mistakenly accused of taking in 10 days. Will he find it in time? or will all hope be lost?
            • 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.

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