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The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
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PublisherDisney Hyperion
Release Date2009-05-02 (added to CC 2 Jul 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank57
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.

Member Reviews
(10 Jun 2016)
(20 Sep 2014)
(2 Jul 2013)
(5 Jul 2012)
I thought the story was a strong one and stood on its own merits. Trouble was, the writing mechanics in it were absolutely BOGGED in passive voice, adjectives, adverbs, and everything else editors and agents tell us to avoid doing during a first novel (which might be why he got the deal; the story carried much of the weight the writing mechanics failed to do).

anyway, still a decent read. Kids will like Percy, and it's a very unique spin on an old tale. You'll enjoy it.
(14 Jun 2012)
(6 Jul 2011)
(20 Dec 2010)
If you're into Greek mythology, check it out.
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