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The Lightning Thief

A book by Rick Riordan

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A Middle School Read that Adults will enjoy reading with their children.

  • Jun 2, 2010
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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 5th grade literature cirlces as a student teacher.  My group decided to read this book, which meant it was time for me to get back into some adolescent literature.  Turns out my group was 6 girls and me and we all LOVED this book.

We would all recommend this book to our parents, our friends, neighbors, anyone who likes a good book.  It is one of those page turning books...you just HAVE to find out what happens to Percy! You don't want to go to sleep and worry about him not winning that last battle, or saving that last friendship.  It is a book that can relate to simple things in life that we have all experienced and then also can teach us new information about greek myths that we never connected in the past.

While as a young adult and teacher I enjoyed this book, I also enjoy the fact that while reading this book, my students did not even realize how much they were learning.  They could answer my questions with such creativity and knew more about gods and goddesses than anyone in their class.

Their reading this book has truly made everyone in their 5th grade class want to read it and to watch the movie.  I have yet to see the movie but I sure hope it lives up to this wonderful imagination I have and my students have had reading this book! 

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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
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I love Rick Riordan. I thought this book had great humor and tapped ingeniously into the Greek myths.
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 …
review by . February 08, 2009
Percy Jackson has always been different from other kids. He's dyslexic and suffers from ADHD, and is always getting into trouble. He's been expelled several times, and the only thing that holds his interest is Greek mythology.     We soon learn that Percy has close ties with Mount Olympus, and when monsters from mythology start popping up looking for his blood, he ends up at a very special school for kids like himself, where he starts to put things together to find out who he …
review by . February 04, 2008
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 …
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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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