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

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Grades 5 - 8Grades 3 - 8W4.787223

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.

Hardcover, 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0141381477
ISBN-13: 9780141381473
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  • iam_bannai
    iam_bannaiMonday, March 1, 2021 at 1:39 pm44 stars
    It i long but it is very intresting and a lot about mytholygy.
    • orangeme
      orangemeThursday, February 25, 2021 at 8:30 am55 stars
      This book is awesome! So much adventure and comedy.
      • stockriderspace
        stockriderspaceWednesday, February 24, 2021 at 1:03 pm55 stars
        It's super good! If you like mythology, or magic, or action, or adventure, or a lot of other stuff, try it out! It's one of the longer books in the series (I have the Percy Jackson series at home) but it's very good, and you'll finish it wanting to read more! It also makes a lot of sense and everything fits together really well. I think you should try it out no matter what your interests are.
        • mercury_dust
          mercury_dustFriday, February 19, 2021 at 3:18 pm55 stars
          Ok. First, it's freaking HILARIOUS and l laughed a whole lot the whole time l was reading it. It's about a boy named Percy Jackson who finds out his dad is a Greek God and he gets sent of to Camp-Half-Blood where he trains to fight monsters with other half bloods. If you think the Greek Gods are interesting, you'll really want to read this.
          • caninelover101
            caninelover101Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:25 pm55 stars
            The book was wonderful!!! I had already read all the books in this series add all of those stories are soooo exciting! I really recommend it, especially if you like Greek myths!
            • lil_boySunday, February 7, 2021 at 7:30 am
              I have read all the Percy Jackson books and I am now on a similar series called The Heroes of Olympus. It actually connects to the Percy Jackson series and is just as good.
              • danny-boy
                danny-boyFriday, February 5, 2021 at 1:53 pm55 stars
                It is amazing. You should try it.
                • genie_lamp
                  genie_lampWednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:17 am44 stars
                  If you like fighting, Chacrters you already know then this is the book for you.
                  • colulk
                    colulkTuesday, January 26, 2021 at 8:10 am55 stars
                    Imagine seeing a minotaur chase you well that happened to Percy Jackson. In the book Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The book starts in school where he starts seeing creatures appearing in front of his eyes. No one believes that his teacher turned into a monster; he doesn’t even believe it himself! When he gets in Camp half blood he finds out someone stole Zeus's Lightning bolt and Percy is the prime suspect. He has until summer solstice (10 days) to go and find it with his accomplices Grover and Annabeth. If they don’t the gods will start a war possibly killing millions of people. He has to go through this journey all the way down to the gates of the underworld in Los Angeles. This journey will face many challenges will Percy Jackson retrieve the thunder bolt and find the true thief before summer solstice or will he not. I think this book is good for people who like action,mystery and fantasy. I recommend this book for 5th graders and above.
                    • quantan
                      quantanSunday, January 24, 2021 at 1:57 pm55 stars
                      Wow, Long, but entertaining.