Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, c2005.

Plot Description:
             Percy Jackson has always felt different from others his age.  Maybe its because he’s always in trouble, or the fact that he’s never stayed at one school longer than a year.  Or maybe it’s because he’s a demi-god and his father is Poseidon, God of the Seas.  Or so he finds out the year he turns 12, where after a series of events he ends up at Camp Half Blood.  Here he can be with other demigods, and learn how to survive.  But when he is given a quest to find whoever stole Zeus’s master bolt he must use all his wits ot survive.

            A very engrossing book about a boy, the Greek gods, and an adventure.  One of the most interesting things about the book is how it weaves so much Greek mythology into it, keeping kids both interested in the story as well as a culture that they had to learn about in school.  Percy is a likeable character and a heroic one.  The book’s ending definitely encourages one to read the entire series.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Reading level: 5th-6th Grade

Similar Books: Harry Potter

Reader’s Advisory:
Personal thoughts- Very fun book
Subjects/themes- Gods, Friendship, Greek Mythology, Adventure, Quest
Series information- Book 1 of 5
Character names/descriptions-
            Percy Jackson- 12 year old son of Poseidon, thought to be the one who will bring
down the gods
            Annabelle- daughter of Athena, helps Percy on his quest
            Grover- Percy’s protector
            Chiron- Teacher at Camp Half Blood
            Luke- son of Hades who pretends to be Percy’s friend
Annotation: Being the son of a god isn’t all fun and games

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