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.

Paperback, 416 pages
Published on March 21, 2006 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 0786838655
ISBN-13: 9780786838653
1534 Book Reviews
  • plmoknijbuhvygc
    plmoknijbuhvygc3 months55 stars
    This book is about Greek mythology and it's the first book of the first series of Rick Riordan's books. It is really interesting and it explains everything you need to know and understand what's happening in the story. I got addicted to it once I started.
    • damare_damare
      I have read all the Percy Jackson books and they are all scary, funny, and a little sad.
      • creamyblueberry
        creamyblueberry3 months55 stars
        I absolutey LOVED this book! The characters are developed really well and I love how there's also some humour. I found this book really interesting and I believe it has a really compelling plot. I find this series similar to Harry Potter, so for those potterheads who don't know what to read next, this is definitely the book for you. I also think this would be a great book for those who enjoy reading fantasy and are interested in Greek Mythology. This book deserves a big 5 stars!
        • miss_gurl
          miss_gurl3 months55 stars
          love the series
          • mattchien
            mattchien3 months55 stars
            awesome book!
            • mattchien
              mattchien3 months55 stars
              Great story with lots of stunning effects , i personally love this book!(and i don't say that very often!)LOL!
              • solace17
                solace174 months55 stars
                The first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy goes on a quest with his friends Grover and Annabeth to find Zeus's missing lightning bolt.
                • mko1647
                  mko16474 months44 stars
                  So far, I really liked this book. Highly recommend this book to people who enjoy Greek mythology mixed with the modern world.
                  • horse56
                    horse564 months11 star
                    If you like Greek mythology than this is the book for you I did not enjoyed this book I got super bored reading this it is not good things in this book made me uncomfortable
                    • edwardhp101010
                      edwardhp1010105 months55 stars
                      I love Rick Riordan and pery jackson.