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The Lightning Thief

A book by Rick Riordan

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SFC 5 star review

  • Feb 4, 2008
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New York Best-selling and multi-award winning author Rick Rioradn has out done himself with his is newest series Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.

The first book, The Lightning Thief begins with a troubled youth named Percy Jackson, who is constantly being thrown out of schools. His mother is remarried to a man Percy calls, Smelly Gabe, because well the man smells of course. Percy has one friend who happens to be almost as odd as he is named, Grover. Together the boys try their best to stay out of trouble, but unfortunately for Percy that is easier said than done.

You see Percy Jackson is a half blood. Not a half blood in the meaning of half muggle half wizard. No. Percy is half "God". His father is one of the Greek Gods from mythology, just he doesn't know it yet and when he does find out. Well let's say Percy has to run for his life. No really he has to run and make it to a place called, Camp Half-Blood.

Things to settle down for Percy once he makes it to Camp Half-Blood. After only being in the camp for a few days, Percy finds out that the god Zeus thinks he has stolen his Lightning Bolt. Percy now must go on a quest with two of his friends to find the Lightning Bolt of Zeus to clear not only his name, but also the name of his father.

I truly thought this book was going to be yet another Harry Potter type fantasy book, but I was deeply mistaken. Riordan has done such a wonderful job of taking mythology and bringing it into our world with The Lightning Thief.

The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.

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review by . June 14, 2010
My son brought home The Lightning Thief in fifth grade for a book report project.  He is not one that enjoys reading.  Wow, did that change with this book.  He was completely into it, enough so that I had to read it after him.  It was entertaining for me, as well.        The story is about a boy, Percy Jackson, who is always getting into trouble in school, suffers from dyslexia, and hates his stepdad.  During a field trip to the museum …
Quick Tip by . June 21, 2010
a great adolescent book
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2010
great book
review by . June 03, 2010
   So from time to time I hear about a book, usually fantasy, written for the Young Adult market that gets my attention much like Harry Potter did over a decade ago.  I was browsing the local library and came across a copy of the Lightning Thief, the first of the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series.  Seeing as how I love all things mythology, I decided to give it a shot.  I prepared myself for a slow beginning, as these Young Adult series …
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I love Rick Riordan. I thought this book had great humor and tapped ingeniously into the Greek myths.
review by . June 02, 2010
Consider what you already know about Gods and Goddesses and about Greek Myths.  Consider how the book cover illustrations reflect a boy type books and the age level this might be directed at, middle school - teenager.        Now consider me, a young adult in their 20's, female, and not a genius on Greek mythology.      Know what this proves?  This book is honestly for anyone!! I loved this book.  I began reading it when helping with …
Quick Tip by . May 19, 2010
Nice way to work in Greek mythology and kid lit.
review by . February 06, 2010
Quickie POV: Compelled to read because of the impending movie release I was captivated by the rich and entertaining story. The Lightening Thief is fast-paced and high-energy, keeping you on your toes the entire time. Yet, I found myself throughout the entire book thinking Dumbeldore might pop up at any moment and instead of a capture the flag tournament they might all run out and play Quidditch.    Review: Perseus Jackson, known to his friends if he had any as Percy, is a troubled …
review by . November 17, 2009
After months of procrastinating, I read this book based on a family recommendation.    When it comes to YA/MG fantasy, I'm torn between reading books that provide lots of depth and books that move at a brisk pace.    The latter type often makes for a more entertaining read, while the former is more compelling.    I found The Lightning Thief to be a relatively light read (perfect for middle grade and late elementary readers) that's full …
review by . October 19, 2009
As there are umpteen reviews I won't say much except that of the 4 books in the "Percy and the Olympians" series that I've read thus far, this first one is the weakest. "The Lightening Thief" drags a bit, as if it's not confident in where it's going, and isn't as tightly plotted as the following books. But do, DO! read it and the rest of the series if you love a good, intelligent adventure. The book is suitable for any one and is a most satisfying read. The characters are fun, there's frequent laughs …
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ISBN-10: 0786838655
ISBN-13: 978-0786838653
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Teens
Publisher: Miramax (March 21, 2006)
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