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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Written by: Rick Riordan
Reviewed by: Phu Pham
Recommended Audience: Middle School
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, is about a twelve year old boy name Percy Jackson. He has ADHD and dyslexia and he was always expelled from every school he went to. One day he took a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. That is when he found Mrs. Dodd his pre-Algebra teacher transform into a fury and attacked him. Mr. Brunner threw him a sword call a Ripetide and killed the fury. When he went outside, nobody saw or even remembers who Mrs. Dodd was. He went on a trip with his mom and his friend Grover.
Their trip was interrupted by a minitaur and Percy ends up in camp half-blood. He found out that he was a half-blood (has a god and a mortal parents). He found out that Grover was a satyr and Mr. Brunner was a centaur. Percy found out that his father was the god Poseidon. During the time when he was in the camp, he discovered that his mother was captured by Hades. He met Annabeth, the daughter of Athena and Luke, son of Hermes. He realized that his mother was taken by the minitaur. He set out on a quest and disobeyed the rule. He is accompanied by Annabeth and Grover. Also during that time, Zeus’s lightning bolt was stolen. Percy was told to find the bolt. As the story goes on, Percy traveled to different places and defeats different mystical creatures. Percy must find a way to recover the bolt and save his mother.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, connect reality and fantasy. The author uses real location like New York and made it interact with places like Olympia. Reader can relate themselves to the hero because Percy was always define as odd or weird throughout the story. As the story continues, Percy start to put the pieces together. The reader can visualize the journey that Percy has been through and the struggle that he faced. This is a great novel for middle school because it’s a place where kids struggle for a place to fit in. This story teach a person that it is normal to be different and you should not be discourage by what others think of you.
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