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.

Hardcover, 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0141381477
ISBN-13: 9780141381473
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  • 2029
    2029Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:27 am
    I should probably finish reading this book and then comment but its a really good book
    • hockey_kid77
      hockey_kid77Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:04 pm55 stars
      Loved this book, period. The series is amazing, and it shows me what it's like to be in a pickle, and then getting out! This first book was the intro to the whole thing, which is very important.
      • xxbooksloverxx
        xxbooksloverxxThursday, July 16, 2020 at 1:10 pm55 stars
        This is book is absolutely the BEST I’ve read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Hero’s of Olympus, and reading trails of Apollo. (SPOILER ALERT) Percy and annabeth become boyfriend and girlfriend!!
        • owlfluff
          owlfluffWednesday, July 15, 2020 at 2:28 pm55 stars
          This book is splendiferous. I read these books so, so much, and they are slightly addictive because they are so fun.
          • undyneundying
            undyneundyingMonday, July 13, 2020 at 10:17 am55 stars
            This book makes me to scream with happiness!
            • artemiskid4ever
              artemiskid4everMonday, July 13, 2020 at 9:31 am55 stars
              AHHH!!!! OMG!!!! BEST BOOK EVER!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK I CANNOT STOP READING IT I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE WHOLE SERIES OF PERCY JACKSON!!, I LOOOVE IT SOMUCH!!!! READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
              • artemiskid4ever
                artemiskid4everMonday, July 13, 2020 at 9:30 am55 stars
                AH!!! OMG!!!! BEST BOOK EVER!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK I CANNOT STOP READING IT I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THE WHOLE SERIES OF PERCY JACKSON!!, I LOOVE IT SOOOO MUCH!!!! READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
                • doodlebug09
                  doodlebug09Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 1:11 pm55 stars
                  I love these books soooooooo much they are all amazing I fell in love when I read it and I'm still reading the different series that he has wrote they are extraordinary
                  • therandomasian
                    therandomasianFriday, July 10, 2020 at 4:46 pm55 stars
                    This is an extraordinary book about the Percy Jackson going on a quest with his friends to find the thief who stole the lightning bolt of Zues. Percy Jackson finds out about his water powers (being the son of Poseidon) and goes down to the Underworld. He has to make a decision to save his mom who was captured by Hades or his best friend. He makes a decision to save his friends and finds out that Ares, the war God stole the lightning bolt. They have an intense battle and at the end, Percy Jackson wins. Because of this he goes to Mount Olympus and gives Zues his lightning bolt. When he thought everything was going to end happily, he finds out that his friend, Luke was going to help Kronos come back to reign the world.
                    • legolover2008
                      legolover2008Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 4:24 pm55 stars
                      Have you ever imagined that the gods walk the earth. Have you ever imagined yourself being one of their kids, and being all strong, and famous, and having all these super cool powers? Well what if I told you that they do, well at least in Rick Riordan’s books they do, although, not the whole strong, god kid thing. Meet Percy Jackson, demigod son of Poseidon. If he didn’t tell you and you didn’t see him sending giant tidal waves at his enemies you wouldn’t know we was a demigod. He was brought to a safe haven for demigods called Camp Half Blood by his best friend and protecter, Grover, who also happens to be a sayter (half man, half goat). Percy, Grover, and Annabeth, one of his new friends from camp, set off on a journey of a lifetime