The lightning thief

by Riordan, Rick,

Format: Print Book 2010
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Summary
The classic first book about Percy Jackson, the troubled boy who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, and his adventures with demigods, monsters, and Greek gods. This classic by #1 New York Times best selling author Rick Riordan has sold millions of copies throughout the world It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 10 years Read in classrooms across the US Adapted into a movie, a Broadway musical, and soon, a TV series on Disney+ Brings Greek mythology to life for modern readers Features beloved characters such as Annabeth Chase and Grover the satyr Funny and fast-paced Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse--Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, god of the sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends--one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena--Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-9. The escapades of the Greek gods and heroes get a fresh spin in the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, about a contemporary 12-year-old New Yorker who learns he's a demigod. Perseus, aka Percy Jackson, thinks he has big problems. His father left before he was born, he's been kicked out of six schools in six years, he's dyslexic, and he has ADHD. What a surprise when he finds out that that's only the tip of the iceberg: he vaporizes his pre-algebra teacher, learns his best friend is a satyr, and is almost killed by a minotaur before his mother manages to get him to the safety of Camp Half-Blood--where he discovers that Poseidon is his father. But that's a problem, too. Poseidon has been accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, and unless Percy can return the bolt, humankind is doomed. Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny. Percy is an appealing, but reluctant hero, the modernized gods are hilarious, and the parallels to Harry Potter are frequent and obvious. Because Riordan is faithful to the original myths, librarians should be prepared for a rush of readers wanting the classic stories. --Chris Sherman Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into this tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson & the Olympians ; bk. 1.
#1 - The Lightning thief
#2 - The Sea of monsters
#3 - The Titan's curse
#4 - The Battle of the Labyrinth
#5 - The Last Olympian
Subjects Poseidon -- (Greek deity) -- Juvenile fiction.
Hades -- (Greek deity) -- Juvenile fiction.
Zeus -- (Greek deity) -- Juvenile fiction.
Poseidon -- (Greek deity) -- Fiction.
Hades -- (Greek deity) -- Fiction.
Zeus -- (Greek deity) -- Fiction.
Mythology, Greek -- Juvenile fiction.
Camps -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Mythology, Greek -- Fiction.
Camps -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Fantasy.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2010
Edition First Disney Hyperion paperback edition.
Language English
Description 377 pages ; 20 cm.
ISBN 9780786838653
0786838655
9781423134947
142313494X
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