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The Lightning Thief

After being asked several times recently for “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, I realized that generally I was being asked for the book by the same audience- 4th-6th grade boys. So I decided to read it, to see what makes this title (first in the series) so popular.

I was immediately caught up in the fast paced story, which is a blend of fantasy, myth, and monsters. It’s a winning combination. Twelve year old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of school (again). How can he stand by and watch his scrawny best friend be bullied, or not defend himself when his algebra teacher turns herself into a monster and tries to kill him? It turns out that Percy is the son of Poseidon and a mortal woman. As he discovers his heritage, he loses his mother and finds himself in real danger, along with his new friends Grover, a satyr, and Annabelle, a daughter of Athena. The Greek gods are still very much alive and well in the modern world. They are feuding over Zeus’ lost thunderbolt, and Percy and his  friends depart on a quest across America to retrieve it. Along the way, in addition to the non-stop action, issues are also raised about trust, family, and the environment. 

Now I know why kids have been requesting these fast moving, humorous adventure stories- (what one reviewer called “an adventure quest with a hip edge.” ) They’re good reads.

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The Lightning Thief
0786856297

The Lightning Thief

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After being asked several times recently for “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, I realized that generally I was being asked for the book by the same audience- 4th-6th grade boys. So I decided to read it, to see what makes this title (first in the series) so popular.

I was immediately caught up in the fast paced story, which is a blend of fantasy, myth, and monsters. It’s a winning combination. Twelve year old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of school (again). How can he stand by and watch his scrawny best friend be bullied, or not defend himself when his algebra teacher turns herself into a monster and tries to kill him? It turns out that Percy is the son of Poseidon and a mortal woman. As he discovers his heritage, he loses his mother and finds himself in real danger, along with his new friends Grover, a satyr, and Annabelle, a daughter of Athena. The Greek gods are still very much alive and well in the modern world. They are feuding over Zeus’ lost thunderbolt, and Percy and his  friends depart on a quest across America to retrieve it. Along the way, in addition to the non-stop action, issues are also raised about trust, family, and the environment. 

Now I know why kids have been requesting these fast moving, humorous adventure stories- (what one reviewer called “an adventure quest with a hip edge.” ) They’re good reads.

Book

The Lightning Thief
0786856297

Posted by Nancy Stern at 11/24/2009 04:27:17 PM | 


It’s a winning combination. Twelve year old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of school (again).
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Posted by: julia ( Email | Visit ) at 12/8/2009 4:39 AM


Rick Riordan's books never fail to amazed me and keep me thrilled. My imagination while reading his book is so wide like I almost thought I'm part of the story. The last book of the Olympian series which is The Last Olympian blew my mind out. I liked it so much, I want the series to turn out into a flick. I just hope movie producers would are aware of Rick Riordan's creations. They just can't let the series pass by. I'd say the series are just as great as the Harry Potter series. Well I like Percy Jackson's character a bit more than Harry's character cause Percy is just way to cool. He is the man indeed!
Posted by: Diane ( Email | Visit ) at 2/2/2010 5:46 AM


This is another amazing videos like "The Jumper" and it really makes me excited whenever I see its trailer.
This kind of movie surely is not cheap, you can see from it's graphics and productions.
Posted by: Diane ( Email | Visit ) at 2/11/2010 7:51 AM


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