The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book 1)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Miramax Books/ Hyperion (June 28, 2005)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I Read (and Loved) it Again:
I’ve heard a lot of controversy about this series, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what there is to complain about. I read the entire series a few years ago and just recently reread The Lightning Thief. It was just as much fun the second time around and I’m considering reading the rest of the books again. This is such a good series and the fact that it has so many kids reading is reason enough to like it. It’s funny, action packed, and has a great story.
Percy is not your typical hero, but that’s what makes him so likable. He has ADHD and dyslexia, he’s hot tempered, and he has a knack for finding trouble. He’s a protagonist that kids can relate to. Annabeth and Grover are good sidekicks and each add their own special element and depth to the story.
I can easily see why these books are so popular with middle school kids, and I hope that Rick Riordan keeps writing books for this age group!
About the Book:
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.