The Lightening Thief: Percy Jackson and The Olympians, Book One, by Rick Riordan.Posted: April 29, 2011
Plot: Percy Jackson is a kid who hasn’t had it easy, and maybe that’s why he’s so appealing. Diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, he has had a hard time staying in school, in fact, he has been kicked out of several. But, when he’s twelve years old, Percy finds out something about himself that he never could have imagined. His father, who he has never known, is a Greek god. His mother is mortal, so Percy is a demigod or “half-blood.” His mother takes him to Camp Half-Blood where he meets other half-bloods and finds out which god his father is. After discovering the identity of his father, Percy, along with his friends Annabeth, a demigod daughter of Athena, and Grover, a satyr, must go on a quest. There is trouble brewing amongst the gods and Percy et al must succeed in their quest in order to avoid a large scale battle of the gods. Will they survive? Will they succeed? And who is Percy’s father, anyway?
Review: This book has it all: humor, adventure, mystery, fantasy and likable, dimensional characters. Percy’s flaws make him all the more real. Imminently readable and interesting, this book draws readers in with twists and turns, lots of adventure, and a plot filled with Greek mythology references. Luckily, this book is part of a series, so we don’t have to leave Percy just yet.
Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Realistic Fiction, Mystery
Reading/Interest Level: 9-13 years
Available in: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
Similar Books: Other books in the Percy Jackson series, The Demigod Files (A Percy Jackson and the Olympians Guide), Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie, Harry Potter series
Subjects: family, friendship, war, Greek Mythology, ADHD, Dyslexia
Series Information: The Lightning Thief is the first book in a five book Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, books two through five are: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian
Selected Awards: 2006 YASLA Best Books for Young Adults List, School Library Journal Best Book of 2005