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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One

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ISBN13: 9780786838653
ISBN10: 0786838655
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Percy Jackson is not normal. He's got ADHD and attention deficit, and he's been kicked out of every school he's ever attended. Now he discovers he's a half blood: half human, half Olympian god. But his problems are only beginning. Someone has stolen Zeus's thunderbolt — and Percy's being blamed.
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What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21st Century? What if they still fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes — like Theseus, Jason and Hercules?

What if you were one of those children?

Such is the discovery that launches twelve-year-old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. With the help of a satyr and a daughter of Athena, Percy must journey across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction — Zeus' master bolt. Along the way, he must face a host of mythological enemies determined to stop him. Most of all, he must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.

Review:

"A clever concept drives Riordan's highly charged children's book debut (the first in a series): the Greek Gods still rule, though now from a Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their offspring, demigods, live among human beings. Narrator Percy Jackson thinks he's just another troubled 12-year-old, until he vaporizes his math teacher, learns his best friend, Grover, is a satyr and narrowly escapes a minotaur to arrive at Camp Half-Blood. After a humorous stint at camp, Percy learns he's the son of Poseidon and embarks on a quest to the Underworld with Grover and Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) to resolve a battle between Zeus and Poseidon over Zeus's stolen 'master' lightning bolt. Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into the tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results (such as Hades ranting about the problem of 'sprawl,' or population explosion). However, on emotional notes the novel proves less strong (for example, Percy's grief for his mother rings hollow; readers will likely spot the 'friend' who betrays the hero, as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, before Percy does) and their ultimate confrontation proves a bit anticlimactic. Still, this swift and humorous adventure will leave many readers eager for the next installment. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"An adventure-quest with a hip edge." School Library Journal (Starred Review)

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"Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny." Booklist

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"The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty." Kirkus Reviews

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"One could easily compile a grocery list of Harry Potter likenesses....Imitation aside, Riordan is a talented, funny writer." VOYA

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"He has a knack for showing readers a crazy good time." New York Times Book Review

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"Packed with humorous allusions to Greek mythology...along with rip-snorting action sequences, this book really shines." Horn Book Magazine

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"A fantastical blend of myth and modern." Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

Synopsis:

Classic Greek mythology is mixed with modern adventure in this brand-new, action-packed series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew — Poseidon, God of the Sea.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is the author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as well as the hugely popular Tres Navarre mysteries, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. For the past fifteen years, Rick has taught in middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and two sons.

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moiraethefatesbookreview, February 8, 2014 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Paperback: 416 pages
* Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (March 21, 2006)
* ISBN-10: 0786838655
* Author: Rick Riordan
* Cover art: Love it!
* Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: My personal bookshelf.



The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews



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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But 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 betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)


This was a re-read. I really liked this, I forgot how good of a story it was. In someways the movie is close to the book, but for the most part it's very different. You can enjoy each as their own separate thing.


I really like how Riordan weaves his stories. Yes, the book has elements of Greek Mythology, but it's not Greek Mythology. I love the idea of camp half-blood! I also loved the interaction between Percy, Grover and Annabeth. The dialog was great and the character development was fantastic.


If you have a hard time reading books and find yourself feeling bored this is the series for you, it moves very fast and there is always more action around the corner.

It's such a fun and fast read, people of all ages can really enjoy it.


I really liked the descriptions of the camp and each of the cabins. In short, if you love Greek Myths and want a fun fast paced read, then pick up Percy Jackson today!
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Daniella7725, January 23, 2014 (view all comments by Daniella7725)
To be completely honest, this was an amazing book. The protagonist, Percy Jackson finds out he is a demigod to a powerful god, and must go on a quest to find Zeus's master lightning bolt with friends, Annabeth and Grover. The whole time, I was on the edge of my seat, inching to find out more. I instantly became in love with this series! Being in Percy's point of view, the book is quite witty and humorous, while still being adventurous and exciting! It adds a modern twist to Greek mythology. I would definitely recommend this to anybody who thinks of buying it. Reading this books have literally changed the way I think!
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BethanyP, May 30, 2013 (view all comments by BethanyP)
This is the only book I read in this series, but I really enjoyed it. It is meant more for children, but I read this as a senior in high school and enjoyed it. I would recommend reading it before seeing the movie. I thought the characters were fun, as was the plot line.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786838653
Author:
Riordan, Rick
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Author:
Paver, Michelle
Subject:
General
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Gods and Warriors
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
April 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
10-22

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Percy Jackson is not normal. He's got ADHD and attention deficit, and he's been kicked out of every school he's ever attended. Now he discovers he's a half blood: half human, half Olympian god. But his problems are only beginning. Someone has stolen Zeus's thunderbolt — and Percy's being blamed.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A clever concept drives Riordan's highly charged children's book debut (the first in a series): the Greek Gods still rule, though now from a Mt. Olympus on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building, and their offspring, demigods, live among human beings. Narrator Percy Jackson thinks he's just another troubled 12-year-old, until he vaporizes his math teacher, learns his best friend, Grover, is a satyr and narrowly escapes a minotaur to arrive at Camp Half-Blood. After a humorous stint at camp, Percy learns he's the son of Poseidon and embarks on a quest to the Underworld with Grover and Annabeth (a daughter of Athena) to resolve a battle between Zeus and Poseidon over Zeus's stolen 'master' lightning bolt. Without sacrificing plot or pacing, Riordan integrates a great deal of mythology into the tale and believably places mythical characters into modern times, often with hilarious results (such as Hades ranting about the problem of 'sprawl,' or population explosion). However, on emotional notes the novel proves less strong (for example, Percy's grief for his mother rings hollow; readers will likely spot the 'friend' who betrays the hero, as foretold by the Oracle of Delphi, before Percy does) and their ultimate confrontation proves a bit anticlimactic. Still, this swift and humorous adventure will leave many readers eager for the next installment. Ages 10-up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "An adventure-quest with a hip edge."
"Review" by , "Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny."
"Review" by , "The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty."
"Review" by , "One could easily compile a grocery list of Harry Potter likenesses....Imitation aside, Riordan is a talented, funny writer."
"Review" by , "He has a knack for showing readers a crazy good time."
"Review" by , "Packed with humorous allusions to Greek mythology...along with rip-snorting action sequences, this book really shines."
"Review" by , "A fantastical blend of myth and modern."
"Synopsis" by , Classic Greek mythology is mixed with modern adventure in this brand-new, action-packed series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew — Poseidon, God of the Sea.
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