Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. New York, Miramax Books/Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2006. Print.
Written by: Rick Riordan
Reviewed by: Ramon Hernandez
Recommended Audience: Juvenile
A twelve year old boy named Perseus “Percy” Jackson has lots of trouble in school and has changed many different schools throughout his lifetime. He lives with his mom, Sally Jackson in New York. In the beginning of the book he attends Yancy Acadamy which is a private school for troubled students. He isn’t the best student but one of his teachers Mr. Brunner always encourages Percy to succeed in his history class. Even though Percy has never gotten a grade better than a C- he seems to know all of the answers to Greek mythology questions in Mr. Brunner’s class. On a field trip to a museum one of the other teachers wants to speak with him in private. She ends up thriving into a winged creature and attacks Percy luckily his teacher Mr. Brunner was there to save him. He then finds out that he is a half-blood, which is half god and half human, and that his best friend Grover is a “satyr”, which is half goat and man but has no soul.
After the incident at the museum he is forced to go to Camp Half-Blood, which is a camp for other kids like Percy, that are half god and human. It is at this camp that he meets another one of the main characters, Annabeth. While at this camp he finds out he is the son of Poseidon and that Annabeth is the daughter of Athena. While at this camp he learns about the different gods and what the camp is about. He then discovers that the gods from mt. Olympus are mad at him, and are accusing him of stealing Zeus’s lightning bolt. He then decides to go on a quest to prove his innocence to the gods and travels to many new places including the underworld. His two friends Grover and Annabeth decide to tag along for the journey to find out who is the real lightning thief