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The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Thorndike Press | January 27, 2006 | Hardcover

The Lightning Thief is rated 4.6197 out of 5 by 71.
Book 1. Twelve-year-old Percy is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. But can he really be expected to stand by while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy he''s not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp . . .

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 483 pages, 3.39 × 2.24 × 0.47 in

Published: January 27, 2006

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786282258

ISBN - 13: 9780786282258

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from i read this book at least once a week 375 pg book and 1 hour 58 min 36 sec movie this title changed my life!!!! greek mythology told as a story relate able to readers
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An great start to an phenomenal series This book is what made me love books. As soon as I picked it up I could not put it down. And once it finished I begged my parents to buy the Sea Of Monsters right away. Rick Riordan has truly made a legacy that in my opinion is one of the only books that can be compared to Harry Potter. 
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this Percy Jackson is a regular kid in grade 6, except that he seems to constantly be getting into trouble and kicked out of his schools. Little does he know, but he will soon find out, that his father is a god. Once he discovers this, for his own safety, he ends up at Camp Half-Blood, where he will train and possibly even go on a quest. I really liked this. Yes, it's similar to Harry Potter, as the main character turns 12 and suddenly learns something supernatural about himself. But, that's ok. It's still a lot of fun, and of course, bringing the mythological characters to life is also enjoyable. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series at some point.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book! This book was amazing.....it was full of action, thrills and romance.i absolutely love books with romance and characters with special powers. Also I liked this book because it was funny and I like Greek gods. I find them very interesting. I think anyone with an interest in adventure and fantasy would love this book. For the age group though, I would recommend this book for more advanced readers because most of the Greek words were harder to pronounce then others. This book had an interesting problem and I liked how everything tied together at the end. If I would to rate this book I would give five stars. *****
Date published: 2013-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "The Lightning Thief, AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!" This book is about a young boy, Percy Jackson that just got kicked out of another boarding school. Lately, mythological monsters have been threatening him and trying to kill him. They seem to be walking out of Percy's mythological textbook. All this leads Percy to a place he doesn't belong. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the main suspect. To get his name of the list, he has to find the real thief. He has only 10 days for him and his friends to return the bolt to Zeus. Not only he has to find the thief, but he must come to reason with his father who abandoned him when he was young. Here is my review of Percy Jackson, The Lightning Thief... My rating out of 5 is: 4 Stars The reason I love this book so much is that it's interesting, creative and unique. It even relates to Greek Mythology. Also, the book had great characters, it's easy to understand and it was really well written. The only two things I don't like about the book is that they don't express Percy's feeling sometimes and they added freaky and unnecessary parts to the book. People who would like this book are those who like Greek mythology, originality and freaky books. This book really expresses never giving up. It shows that when your at tough times, you just got to finish it and move on. My final rating out of 5 is: 4 Stars
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I liked Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the lightning thief because the book was very suspenseful and it was so interesting that I had a hard time putting the book down. My favourite part was when Percy figured out who stole Zeus’s master bolt and Hades’s helm of darkness. It was also really funny and action-packed. Although the movie was nothing like the book I’d have to say I enjoyed the book a little more than the movie because it was a little more interesting and it had more funny parts. It surprised me the most when Percy figured out who he is.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow at first, but GREAT Loved this, definitely the best thing I've read in a while!!!
Date published: 2012-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding This book is in perspective of Perseus Jackson, son of Poseidon. He discovers who his true friends are and why he is so different then all of his classmates. He goes on a quest to retrieve Zeus' Lightning Bolt with Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood. Together they face many challenges along the way.
Date published: 2012-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Rough start, but gets better in the series. About Percy and his troubled past and his challenges of dyslexia and ADHD where he find out that he is a half-bood (no, not a vampire) more like a godling. He is on the run, until he is safe at Half-Blood Hill or though he thought. He takes Annabeth and Grover on his quest to find out what is going on. Follow him as he searches for items on his quest and battles monsters. (from a 10-year-old perspective - kewl adventures ... adult perspective - lacking a bit in storyline) Overall, good read and entertaining
Date published: 2012-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I hate to admit, but I saw the movie first which I thought was decent. Then a friend said that the book was much better (aren't they always?) so I went and picked it up. I thought this was a great children's book! A light, quick adventure with enough depth and character development to appeal to kids and adults alike. Although other reviews have compared it to Harry Potter I feel that although similar, this book is distinct. If I were to do a HP comparison I would first say that this book contains many 'scary' adventures but lacks the serious undertones of death/racism/etc that are found in HP. I feel that makes this book suitable for younger kids for which the HP series might be too 'dark'. On the flip side to this is that it may be enjoyed less by an adult audience since it is less complex. This is not really a criticism, just a comment on reader age group. I would high recommend this book to both kids and adults! In fact I may be picking up the next book in the series on a future trip to the bookstore.
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended! I really don’t think I give kids enough credit. When I started reading The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan I was amazed at how scary it was – and it was labeled as a children’s book! Right off the bat, Percy Jackson, a kid at Yancy Academy vaporizes one of his teachers and then is told that that teacher never did exist. He also reiterates a story from Greek mythology about the king titan Kronos who eats his kids, not believing they are gods – seems scary to me! There is violence and subject matter that may not be suitable for certain ages (family violence, even Greek mythology in general), but I really enjoyed reading this fast-paced novel. There is humor mixed throughout (similar to The 6th Grade Nickname Game) and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. Fans of the Harry Potter series will love this book. To me, even though the majority of the main characters are 12-years-old, it feels almost more grown up than the Harry Potter books. Being a person who took Greek mythology in university, I appreciated all of the stories of the Gods and actually checked to see if I still had my textbook from the class. Reading just the first novel in this series has peaked my interest in the subject again. But don’t get me wrong – there are definite similarities between the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series and the Harry Potter series, but it’s all part of the genre. In a book like this for kids, a boy will have his friends and he has to go somewhere to hone his talents. This is far from being the spitting image of Harry Potter and I think with it’s references to Greek mythology, it might interest a few more readers. After reading so many negative reviews from people saying that Rick Riordan copied the Harry Potter books, I just have to say that I knew nothing about these books when I bought them. In fact, if it wasn’t for my husband giving me some money as a bribe for me to take the dog to the vet, I probably would never have bought them. As it turns out, I stopped by Wal Mart and had seen this series on display and thought they might be interesting. I didn’t even know there was a movie made about them. For the record, I loved the Harry Potter books and I am loving this series as well. Just take the many books that are out in the vampire genre nowadays – they all have many similarities but there are good ones and bad ones. As a reader, you have to be able to read a book for the sake of not comparing it to another book. Isn’t that what a love of reading is all about? In fact (and I’m almost done here), I read a passage by Riordan about the similarities between these two series’ of books and he’s really just following the patterns that have been set up for a lot of books written for children in the past. From that, it’s easy to see how there will always be similarities in children’s books – it’s just that the most popular one of the time will be the comparison book, rather than the first of its genre. (As a sidenote to books, I’m a musician who plays the piano and sings – do you know how many times I’m compared to people like Tori Amos? Or basically any female singer-songwriter who uses a piano? When, really, it was Kate Bush that pretty much started the whole thing – NOT Tori. But I digress.) I highly recommend this series and I can’t wait to read more books written by Riordan!
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourite audiobooks by far Percy Jackson is a young boy who happens to be the forbidden son of the god Poseidon. That was all it took to hook me on the premise of this book. That being said, however, I put off reading it forever! Maybe it was because the series was already in progress (and I tend to feel overwhelmed when that happens), maybe it was because I was wrapped up in some other amazing book, maybe it was because the movie trailer looked like it was trying really hard to be Harry Potter. Who can say really? But now I've listened to it and I've got to say I really liked the way this story built on the original Greek myths. Rick Riordan clearly spent a good deal of time getting to know those old legends. All the classic characters were present and all were wonderful. However, what was especially neat about this book was that the gods (and associated beings) weren't just static and traditional, they were adapted for the present day and it was not only creative but they were funny! This book made me giggle repeatedly out loud and it's not often I can say that about a novel. I had a lot of fun with The Lightning Thief. It starts off simple enough – young boy on a quest. We've all seen that before. But combined with some loveable characters and some interesting updates to the traditional Greek myths it didn't feel old at all. I can't wait to dig into the rest of this series and see what Rick Riordan comes up with next. Notes on the Audio This audiobook rocked! It was great story made even better by Jesse Bernstein's incredible narration. Each character had it's own unique voice and as a result it's own personality. I really felt like I was getting to know them personally. Bernstein's voice also had just the right level of enthusiasm and excitement without sounding to earnest. I found myself utterly addicted to this audiobook – my dog ended up going on multiple walks a day and I was constantly looking for things to clean so that I could start listening again. I will definitely be continuing this series in audio and I am interested to see what else Jesse Bernstein has narrated. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books -- http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!!! It's the best thing since Harry Potter. Not as good as Harry Potter, but it's definitely up there! If you read it, you'll be hooked!
Date published: 2011-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I've read this book for a while now. Now I get to write a review! I first checked this book out from the library and then didn't touch it again until the day before it was due. I regretted it immensely. I was hooked from the first few pages. I ran to the bookstore and bought it. It's funny and everything about it is enjoyable. The Greek mythology worked well and Rick Riordan made it interesting. Percy is an extremely likable character. Annabeth and Grover too. I definitely recommend this series. It never gets boring and will leave you wanting more.
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Series for everyone of all ages I first started reading the series when the movie was coming out, and because I am interested in Greek mythology. This series is great for young readers and for people who are interested in this kind of stuff. I read all the books one after the other and can't wait for the new ones to come out.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Kids Novels Since Harry Potter Rick Riordan's talent astounds me. This series stemmed from bedtime stories that he told his son about the greek gods and a fictional demigod named Percy. And it became something so funny, spectacular and satisfyingly complete, that it was one of the only series` that I`ve ever been able to read straight threw without switching authors in between. I now compare all young adult books to the Percy Jackson series, and very few are even in the same ballpark.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mmm, greek mythology. There's nothing cooler than adding your own twist to greek mythology and applying it to modern times. I almost want to say that it's better than Harry Potter, but I'm a huge suck for magic. Nevertheless, this book is just as unique and makes me wanna be a half-blood than any comic super hero.
Date published: 2011-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! I enjoyed the detailed description of the scenes and the characters - it was easy to feel like I was in the story. A creative adventure that unfolds with many twists and turns. I would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Great for Greek myth buffs. A wonderful coming of age story about a young boy named Percy Jackson who turns out to be the son of Poseidon. The gods exist, and Zeus is really p.o'd because his lightening bolt has gone missing. And due to a ban on the three brother gods to not have any more children after WWII and the law that no god can take what belongs to another, naturally Zeus assumes his brother Poseidon had one of his demigod children take the bolt in an attempted power play. So young Percy Jackson is hounded by gods and monsters before he even knows who he is. That was quite the wake up as you can well imagine. But aided by his trusty friend Grover (who was WAY more awesome in the movie) and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, Percy is off to find the bolt, return it to Olympus, and clear his name. Fun times. Wonderfully paced, the story doesn't run so fast that you miss out on anything, nor are you bored. The writer did fantastic research for this novel, he was even able to tie the three ages of the Olympians into the story. My favorite part though was the idea that Olympus moves around in sync with the center of western civilization. Greece was once the center, it is where western civilization was born. But now the United States and Canada are considered the center, so Olympus has moved here, and the gods with it. Fascinating idea, it makes the story uniquely Riordan's. And aside from Grover, the book is 10x better than the movie.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I should have read this sooner! Seriously, why did I not begin reading this book earlier? I heard the series was popular and when the movie was released in theaters, I really enjoyed it... but I still didn't give the series a try. Anyways, I'm so so glad I didn't put it off any longer because I loved the book! I want to smack myself for not beginning the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series sooner. If I thought the movie was good, well, the book was certainly much better (as is almost always the case). Percy may be a young MC, but he narrates with a voice that feels like he's speaking directly to you with a light sarcasm that simply makes you smile. Percy Jackson's life is about to get a lot more complicated. His best friend Grover is actually a satyr and it turns out his substitute teacher was literally from the Underworld... and Percy himself? Well, he's actually a demigod- the son of Poseidon, the God of the Sea. If that wasn't enough, Zeus's lightening bolt has been stolen and Zeus is all too ready to place the blame on our young hero Percy, suspecting Poseidon has been plotting to overthrow him. Now Percy must set out on a quest with Grover, and fellow half-blood Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, in order to clear his name and retrieve the lightening bolt. Percy only has ten days to succeed and prevent a war between the Gods. No pressure. The Lightening Thief was one fun, wild thrill ride that I wished would never end! I loved how Riordan brings Greek mythology back to life, adding in his own modern twists to create an immensely enjoyable story. There was ever a dull moment! I'll be stealing- I mean, borrowing- the next book in the series, The Sea of Monsters, from my relative the first chance I get... that's for sure. You can also check out the review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/08/lightening-thief-by-rick-riordan.html
Date published: 2010-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ASTOUNDING I didnt really have anything to read until my friend introduced me to this series. I wasnt too crazy about reading it but boy i was wrong! I ended up loving the book!!! i think rick riordan is a great author and that the series is for all ages. some advice: dont watch the movie. it will dissapoint you ! you have to read the book first so you dont get confused . the movie was completely off, and you know wat they say, the book is always better. in this case, THE BOOK IS WAY BETTER. but if i dont compare it to the movie, i can still say that its amazing. this series is my FAVOURITE!
Date published: 2010-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/03/lightning-thief-rick-riordan.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series for kids!! What a great start to a new series! Kids will love to read this action packed story about a half God half human boy named Percy. Percy is a Demi God, his mother is a human and his father is Poseidon. When things keep going bad for him at school he finds out his father is a god and that he is a demi god. Zeus seems to think Percy stole his Lightning Rod and wants to punish him. Percy heads out on an adventure to clear his name which has action on every page. He meets Annabeth and Grover who are also great characters. My girls loved Annabeth and like to pretend to be her. I read this book to my kids and they LOVED it! I love reading to my kids trying to instill the love I have for reading. They were riveted during this story and kept asking for me to keep reading. If you are looking for a book for your kids this is it. I know a lot of books have a female main character and finding one for your boys to read can be difficult but I think this series will get kids and boys reading and wanting more.
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! This book was great! My son and I really enjoyed reading it and on more than one occasion he begged me to let him stay up so he could read me the next chapter! Your kids will love this book and we can't wait to read book two!
Date published: 2010-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new twist on the "already seen" I really liked this book, and definitely loved the characters. I also love the greek mythology aspect of it, as it is the first modern story that I have read with it so well incorporated. Unfortunately, I could tell exactly what was going to happen from about page 100, so that was kind of a letdown. Also, a lot of the plot twists and turns, and even the main layout, appear to be VERY SIMILAR to Harry Potter, so it's not totally fresh. The good news though? I LOVED Harry Potter and so this was definitely a good read, especially since I feel that we know more about what Percy is thinking than we ever did with Harry (seeing as how this book is written in first person). All in all though, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes greek mythology, or anyone who doesn't even know a thing about it (a.k.a. me). Also, the chapter titles rock!
Date published: 2010-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Questing to for more information on Greek Mythology This is book written in a modern world where the Greek Gods still exist. Riordan does a great job weaving modern day happenings and history into a world where the God's manipulate our everyday surroundings and influence what happens around us. This book was entertaining beginning to end. While I would not put it into the same realm as Harry Potter or Eragon (the writing just isn't there) this story is very engaging and the characters likeable. The great thing about this book is that it's gotten me interested in Greek mythology. You can't read it and not want to know more about the characters that fill its pages. Overall I would recommend it, and I've gone as far as to buy the next book in the series
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the lighting thief I'm not much of a reader but this book just changed that i loved it it is very interesting
Date published: 2010-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive Ok, so the book has the movie beaten hands down, in my humble opinion. But it's what made me get interested in the books in the first place. I'm not one to like books that have been turned into a movie, as the movie usually ruins it for me, but in this case I highly recommend it. You become attatched to Percy Jackson, and his friends as they go through their trials and tribulations, and you feel a little sorry for this poor guy who is thrust into a scary world of weird looking mythical creatures and egotistical gods, after being accused of taking an item he had no idea actually existed the day before, let alone who he REALLY was. Also, having to learn how to defend himself, when all he was worrying about the day before was his Latin exam. And how to get his Mum away from his repulsive stepdad. This book was well written, the descriptions enabling you to easily visualize the characters surroundings and understand how they relate to one another and their weaknesses and strengths, all intertwined to create a story that flows together, and leaves you wanting more.
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cute modern quest epic... This was a really cute book, and a very cleaver way to hide a classics lesson in the form of a quest story. Very rarely did I feel like Riordan was just inserting mythological references for the sake of adding them, they all seem to fit in with the plot. In fact, I think the ancient gods were very creatively inserted into modern society to explain why certain things today are the way they are. The writing style was fairly simple, but if did not have that condescending tone or constant repetition that some children’s books can have. I had most of the twists/revelations in the plot figured out before they were explicitly stated, but that didn’t detract from the pleasure of reading this adventure.
Date published: 2010-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A series never to forget! This book was really good. It was exciting from beginning to end! I saw the movie after reading the book that thought that the movie was almost just as good. I'm a huge greek mythology fan and i'd LOVE to live in the world of greek mythology, minus the underworld.lol. ANY GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND HARRY POTTER FANS WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!
Date published: 2010-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lightning Thief Wow. This book was outstanding. I read it before i saw the movie and this is probably one of my favourites! It constantly kept me on the edge of my seat. It was rare having a boring part in the book. It's always suspenseful. I just loved this series. And the movie was quite compatible to the book.
Date published: 2010-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from percy jackson and the olympians: the lightning thief all i half to say is what an amazing book! i saw the movie it was sooooooooo much different than the book. i was not very impressed. :(
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GODS!!! ok, tell me something, is it wrong to be in love with a guy in a book!? RIck Riordans use of adjectives and of wording make this book amazing. My dad kept picking this book out considering that I am greek but I always turned it down.l HOW WRONG I WAS!!! i would reccomend this to anyone who is in for and atcion-paked thrill ride. Keep on reading, xoxoxo arianna xoxoxo
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm not sure anymore I saw the trailer and I was excited and i instantly wanted to see it.However, now that i've read the book i'm not sure anymore there are so many differences including the characters being 12 in the books and 17 in the movie. I don't know if i still want to see it =[
Date published: 2010-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Book This is definately one of my all time favorite novels. I absolutely loved how Riordan wrote this novel. He took no time at all in bringing you straight into the action. I was already hooked from the bottom of page two. This book is about a 12 year old boy named Perceus Jackson, who lives with his mom and is a "troubled" teen. He has been in and out of schools and never seems to fit in. That is until he meets Grover. That is when the adventure begins and you are taken on a fast paced journey. I would highly recommend this novel to both young readers to older readers. I promise you won't be dissapointed!
Date published: 2010-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book and an easy read If your looking for an easy read and are interested in mythology this book is for you! Im looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Set in a world where the Greek Gods still exist, The Lightning Thief tells the tale of 12-year-old Percy Jackson, who after years of being a bad seed, realizes there might be more to his problems than dyslexia and ADD. Trouble has always seemed to follow Percy wherever he goes, despite how hard he tries to avoid unwanted attention. Then when his mother takes him on a summer vacation, trouble comes for them in a big way. After battling an unbelievable creature, Percy finds himself thrust into a strange world that seems impossible, but just might explain the strange things that keep happening in his life. By weaving the stories of the Greek gods into the tale of Percy Jackson, Riordan has created a magnificent world that feels entirely possible because so much of it is familiar to us. There's hardly a dull moment in the story, and by doling out bits of information slowly, the author ensures that we're always wanting more. I found myself liking all of the characters in The Lightning Thief, and enjoyed learning their back-stories. We're told at the beginning of the story that Percy is twelve, but I had a hard time picturing him as any younger than 16. Which, to me, is a good thing. I love my YA fantasy series, but I don't like to feel like I'm reading a children's book, and I believe that The Lightning Thief stands up well as a tale that will appeal to both teens and adults alike. My one criticism of the story is the glaring similarities to the Harry Potter series. Yet even with the obvious parallels, it somehow doesn't take much away from this wonderful tale. It appears the author took the shell of the Potter series - magical land known only to those who are part of it; plucky, unaware young hero; whip-smart girl, and loyal boy to aid him in his adventure; wise, knowing elder to offer advice; and a young nemesis - but then filled it with a new world and new characters. While the framework of the two stories is almost identical, I found the similarities stopped there. For those who are fans of the YA fantasy genre, the Percy Jackson series is not to be missed! The Lightning Thief is an exciting and thoroughly enjoyable read that sets up what looks to be a great series. I already have The Sea of Monsters and The Titan's Curse, the next two books in the series waiting for me, and I can't wait to dive in!
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shades of Harry Potter Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a series obviously meant to fill the void left by the end of the Harry Potter (HP) series. And while this first book in the series was entertaining, like the first book in HP, it reads kind of young and so may not appeal to older (older than say 12) readers. The similarities to HP are also too much not to comment on.... In The Lightning Thief we first meet Percy Jackson, a boy who struggles because he is clearly different than all of his peers in school. Having never known his father, he has to deal with an overbearing and rather repulsive stepfather (who could give give Uncle Vernon a run for his money). Percy has been shuffled from boarding school to boarding school, having been kicked out by the end of every school year. It's really not his fault, weird stuff just always happens around him. Things take a really strange turn the year he turns 12 when, through a series of events he discovers that he is the son of a Greek god, also called a half-blood, or demigod. Sent to a magical summer camp, Camp Half Blood (okay, not as catchy as Hogwarts, but still...), for his own safety, Percy soon teams up with two, close knit friends. His first friend, Grover Underwood, is a satyr (half goat and half human). Grover comes across as kind of an underachiever (can anyone say Ron?). Percy's second friend is a girl by the name of Annabeth Chase who is a daughter of Athena (the Goddess of Wisdom and natually her daughter is no slouch herself) and one of the longest tenured campers at Camp Half-Blood. Within a few days of being at Camp Half-Blood, Percy is singled out after being blamed with stealing Zeus’s Master Lightning Bolt, which he didn’t do. He is quickly whisked away to fulfill a quest set out by the great Oracle of Delphi. Percy leaves with his two friends to go west to Los Angeles and find Hades who is suspected to be the real culprit behind the theft. What ensues is a fun, fast, often humorous quest filled with run-ins with other gods and dangerous monsters. Written from Percy's point of view in attitude-filled prose, The Lightning Thief is sure to appeal to the young reader (I particularly liked the chapter titles). For kids, who are probably not up on their Greek mythology, the story will simply come across as a breakneck adventure involving a young hero and his friends trying to save the world. While the characters aren't emotionally involving, the story is exciting, suspenseful, and satisfying. For those of you who do know their Greek myths, while some of the monsters Percy and friends come across may not be much of a surprise, you will enjoy the clever ways Riordan has updated the gods and monsters for the 21st century. Ares is a cross between a Hell's Angel and a professional wrestler, a math teacher is a harpy in disguise, and demigods can communicate by IMing -- Iris messaging (you'll have to read it to get the details on that one). All in all, The Lightning Thief is a fun read that parents may want to enjoy by reading with their kids. 2010-024
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lightning Thief This book was great, an easy read (recomended by my brother). i liked the characters and their back grounds (being children of greek gods). Percy Jackson was a great character. the author described him well and he had many strugles but overcame them. Came Half-Blood was such a neat and hilarioious place. Annabeth was awesome, she is a VERY smart chick!!! Where places were located was funny, like Mount Olympus being on the 600th floor of the Empire State Building. great storyline. 006-2010 (sorry for all the spelling mistakes!!!!!!!!!!)
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific!!!!! Lightning Theif Stupendous Start To a funny,action-packed,romance-filled,and not to mention adventurous stories of Percy Jackson. Riordan has written quite a book , and in my point of view i see it as a GREAT oppurtunity for a fantastic movie!
Date published: 2010-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What An Amazing First Book! This was such a great read from the beginning. Although it seemed to fly by real quick for the first several chapters, it was consistant in action and suspense. I love the twists towards the end, and can only hope that the next book in the series is as good as the first, if not better. =]
Date published: 2009-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief ... Awesome! OMG ... to be honest I didn't think this was going to be a good book. I got it for Christmas last year and I read the back and never opened it until a week ago. I was bored, I had nothing to read and then I got curious. It was always in the back of my head, wanting to read it, but I never got the hint until now. Anyways, it was really good. It had the right amount of reality and the right amount of out of theis world fantasy and mythology. I seriously felt like I was in an Ancient Greek class because of the amount of Greek myths that Rick Riordan, the author, put into the book. I really liked how they had all these magically creatures, or monsters as it says in the book, and all of the Gods were amazing. I kind of wish that I was a Half-Blood, or the true word for it a Demigod. I was so believable! Just all the magic reeled me in I just couldn't stop reading it. It only took me less than two days to read. I'm really excited to read the next five books to see what happens to the characters and what happens in the end with the story.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good It Must Be A Myth! It's rare that I find a book that has as much richness as this one does. The characters are individual, uniquely imagined and incredibly memorable. In this first installment of the Percy Jackson series, we're introduced to the lead character Perseus "Percy" Jackson, a boy of twelve, who's difficulties in school have kept him moving around quite a bit. He's dyslexic and has ADD, problems which seem terribly inconvenient to him, but all to telling to others watching him. It marks him as special. It marks him a demi-god, born of a mortal and a god. He's a hero that all monsters will lick their chops and do anything to get a taste of. Percy remains perfectly oblivious to his special nature until his math teacher turns out to be monster from hell and promptly tries to eat him. It is with this catalystic scene that Percy begins to realize that not everything is quite as he has always pictured it and the amount of trouble he's faced in school is nothing compared to the troubles he's about to encounter! I'm a huge fan of greek mythology and this book did wonderously in providing lessons in the subject in relation to the characters and plot. If you don't know anything about greek myth but think it might be up your alley, grab this up quick! Percy Jackson has much in common with Harry Potter, and if you liked Harry Potter you'll be sure to love this series that Rick Riordan has created.
Date published: 2009-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Book I Have Ever Read!!! This book is a great start to the series "Percy Jackson and the Olympians". It has adventure, comody, some educational points and some twists all in one book that leaves you craving more of Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Chiron, Luke and all the greek Gods. if you are interested in greek mythology or adventure this book will have you jumping out of you chair as you are reading it! With monsters, gods, action, mystery and whole lot more, this book is for everyone!! If you haven't read I recommend it to you.
Date published: 2009-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining I started to read this book to my children, and got into it myself. I found it very entertaining in a zany way even though it was geared to young readers. Rick Riordan is exceptional at ending chapters in such a way that it drives you to read the next. My children giggled at the names of the chapters...yes, I found them amusing too. My eldest plowed through the first 3 books, and is awaiting to get his hands on the last two. We are awaiting to get the entire set in hardback because the entire family surely be wanting to read it on their own.
Date published: 2009-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good! I was a bit skeptical about picking this book up when a sales associate at Chapters recommended this to me. Upon reading the first couple of lines, I assumed this book was going to be a walking cliche, but it proved me wrong! It is a story full of wit and wild adventures that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat. I found the characters growing on me with the continuation of each new book in the series. It is a must read for both adults and children alike!
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lightning Theif This book was one of the best books I have ever read in my WHOLE LIFE. When I opened the book, I just couldn't put it down! Zeus's Master Bolt has been stolen and Percy has been tasked to find it. Will he find it before the Winter Solicitic? Let's hope so.
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely AMAZING! Since I work at Chapters, I was seeing tons of people buying this series, so I just had to see what the fuss was about. I am so glad I did. Combining ancient Greek mythology with present day hilarity, Rick Riordan has captured my heart. Percy might just be the new Harry Potter (yes, I said it). Definitely a great character and a fantastic story. I'm anxious to read the rest of the series. Strongly recommend to everyone!
Date published: 2009-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One in a Million Written by Rich Riordan, The Lightning Thief is a heart-pounding adventure. Young Percy Jackson is a boy with special, god-given talents. He lives in the east side of New York and finds that all the unusual things happening in his life are now making sence. Now Percy, along with his new friends: Grover Underwood and Anabeth Chase, has to find what was stolen and return it before the time runs out and World War III begins. This extraordinary quest will have the reader turning the pages. With humourous looks at greek mythology along with action packed situations, it's not a book you want to miss. David
Date published: 2008-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in all viewing I understand why they recomened it for younger ages, but even as a teenager I love this story, and so did our teachers when our drama club (who I am presedent of) did it for our school and got everyone into reading it. I've read all the books so far, and can't wait for more Percy.
Date published: 2008-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Worthy Adventure I have read a lot of books in my life and I must say that this was definitely one of my favourites. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes action, fantasy, myths and adventure. The Lightening Thief is a tale of courage, quests and friendships, not to mention Greek gods who are very very real. It was one of those books you just never get tired of. The sequels are definitely not a let down either.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all ages The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is an exciting fantasy novel. It deals a lot with Greek gods, which I found was very interesting. I tried to read the next novel in the series, however, I did not find that one as interesting or my thoughts may have been on something else. While Percy Jackson is at his boarding school, his pre-algebra teacher turns into a monster and attacks him. His mom decides that it’s about time that Percy finds out the truth. She then sends him to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp that is for demigods (half-god half-human). There, Percy discovers who his father is: Poseidon, the god of the sea. I recommend this fantasy novel for all ages; even older teens will enjoy it. Its educational as well, since it deals with Greek gods, and will make it easier for people to remember what each god represents.
Date published: 2008-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Fast-Paced Read After Percy Jackson is attacked by a monster he finds out that he is a demigod. His mother takes him to the summer camp where others like him are trained. It is here he finds out which god is his father and he is given his first quest, to retrieve the stolen lightning bolt of Zeus from Hades in the Underworld. This book was so much fun. A fast-paced read from beginning to end. As a fan of Greek myths I loved how the author did not tell who each monster or god was right away, giving the reader a chance to figure it out themselves. There were so many familiar myths represented here but there were also a few that were new to me as well. The characters were real and likable and I found myself comparing this to Harry Potter. Not so much in the plot (though there are some similarities) but mostly in the friendship of the three main characters, who are school mates and the dynamics between them. I can't wait to read the next book in this series and highly recommend.
Date published: 2008-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Crash Course in Greek Mythology The overriding concept of this book is that Mt. Olympus was not a fixed geographic location, but instead was an idea that followed the "golden age" of human civilization around the world to wherever that happened to be. Currently it's on the 600th floor of the Empire State building in New York; the entrance to Hades is in L.A. and Atlas holds the sky of our heads in San Fransisco (hence all the earth quakes.) If you know nothing about greek mythology, then this is a wonderful crash course and if you know all there is to know, it's a great modernization.
Date published: 2008-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book leaves you feeling like its all over for Percy when you get to the end. But it's not! Book 2 and 3 are both as good, and number 3 is outstanding.
Date published: 2007-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing beginning to a promising series! The Lightning Thief opens by introducing us to Percy Jackson, a sixth grader who (with the exception of having ADHD and dyslexia) seems like just your ordinary boy. But of course, like any story that begins with a "ordinary" person, our protagonist, Percy, quickly realizes that he is nothing near normal; he soon learns that he belongs in a legendary world of ancient Greek mythology from tens of thousands of years ago. In a heart-pounding tale full of relentless action and emotion, The Lightning Thief takes you across the heart of America, as Percy races against time to recover what rightfully belongs to his legendary uncle, and thus prevent a war between his mysterious father and his father's brothers. Writing-master Rick Riordan crafts a splendously fabulous tale, cleverly intertwining common Greek mythology with everyday happenings, to create an unforgettable tale about Percy Jackson and his fantastical world that just immediately draws you in. This is one book that you'll never want to part with. I'm anxiously looking forward to the next novel in the series, and I give The Lightning Thief 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Date published: 2007-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wicked this is the best book ever this is the firs chapter book i have ever read and it was amazing! i think everyone in the world should read this book!
Date published: 2007-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Readers will burn the midnight oil This book is about is full of adventure, mythology and many hilarious parts. Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief is suitable for all ages.
Date published: 2007-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome The best book ever! Every Harry Potter lover will totally love this series too!
Date published: 2007-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If You Don't Read This..You're Insane! Oh my god! This book was so awesome! I loved it! And my friends loved it too! I find out about this book because my teacher assigned it to my class for novel study. Then after reading it, I had to read more! I went and bought the second and book and then purchased the third the day it came out. This book is good if you like fantasy and if you like mythology. Now truthfully, I don't like mythology that much, but I still loved this book! You are so going to love it. Read my reviews for the other books in this series under the same title I used for this one!
Date published: 2007-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!! Great book, love all the heroes and the villans. I really enjoyed this book, I didn't want the book to end. I can't wait to read the next two books Rick Riordan - you outdid yourself with this book. Thank you very much!
Date published: 2007-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome the best book i have ever read. can't wait till may for the third book in the series.
Date published: 2007-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Awesome! Awesome book! It's funny, thrilling, and intresting. It also really makes you think about our world today. Very very good book. A must for any child intrested in ancient Greek mythology. Even if you dont have a very big interest in it, it's a completely awesome book!
Date published: 2007-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as Harry Potter!!!! I got this book from a book fair at my school during Christmas break and finally got to reading it over March Break. It was so interesting, I just didn't want to leave it until I was finished! My cousin had been over and she kept begging me to put it down! It has mystery, fantasy, myths and so much more packed in to just a couple hundred pages!!! I don't know how Rick Riordan did it. ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2007-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a gem among books!!! This book was packed with action and adventure and Riordan paints such a picture in your mind that it leaves you thinking you were really there, and every leaf on every tree and the crest off the waves was a sharp image planted firmly in your mind. Riordan also adds and element of surprise to the story, and the ending left me hungry for more of the excellently written series.
Date published: 2006-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's up there with Harry Potter This book is not just for kids. It's extremly well written and catches your attention very early, as you learn about a boy, Percy Jackson, who learns he is a descendant of a Greek God. Besides finding something as life changing as this, he is also in search of Zeus' object of power, his lightning bolt. Many believe he stole it. Is it true? Read to find out. This book combines a humour, creativity, and a little bit of history. It's perfect for anyone who is intrested in myths and legends, or for that person who is wondering what to read until the next "Harry Potter" comes out. It is the first book in a trilogy. A must read!!!!
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is the best I love this book so much because it has greek mytholigy and I love greek mytholigy. It's the best.
Date published: 2006-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent start to a great series I picked this book up by chace simply because I'm way into Greek Mythology. It turned out to be a fresh and exciting read using classic myths redone for a modern teen's perspective. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy and to anyone trying to find something a teenage boy might enjoy. Riordan provides a very believable voice for our young hero Percy Jackson. I have read the second in the series, Sea of Monsters, and they just keep getting better. I can't wait for the concluding book in this great trilogy.
Date published: 2006-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliantly amazing!! I really think Riordan has created a fantastical taking the modern world and adding a twist to it. I definitely think everyone should read this book before all the copies are gone(which i suspect they will be shortly).
Date published: 2006-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book Ever All I can say is, EXTRODINARY. This book is pure genius. After studying greek mythology, I picked up this book and was so entertained, I emailed the author AND did a book report on it. There are not even words to describe the excellence of this exquisite book for young teens. I can not wait until next year when the second book of the series comes out. This novel is about a 12 year old boy named Perseus Jackson that has had an unlucky life. A horrible stepdad, being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD and having weird and unexplainable things happen to him are the reason why he's been kicked out of 6 schools in 6 years. He then finds out that his father is a Greek Mythology god (in the 21st century) and that he must go to a camp for half-bloods, where they are immune to being attacked by vicious Greek Mythology monsters. Later, Percy goes on a quest and let's just say things get interesting. That is why this book is the best book ever.
Date published: 2005-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book with both modern and myth When I first read the book I couldn't put it down it was one of the best books i've ever read.One of the reasons i loved it was because it was myth which i really like and modern whick makes it not so boring like making it history and school-like.
Date published: 2005-08-19

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The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 483 pages, 3.39 × 2.24 × 0.47 in

Published: January 27, 2006

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786282258

ISBN - 13: 9780786282258

From the Publisher

Book 1. Twelve-year-old Percy is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. But can he really be expected to stand by while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy he''s not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp . . .

About the Author

Rick Riordan was born on June 5, 1964, in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in English and history, he taught in public and private middle schools for many years. He writes several children's series including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. He also writes the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. His short fiction has been featured in Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He has won Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards for his mystery novels.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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