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The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Thorndike Press | January 27, 2006 | Hardcover

The Lightning Thief is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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

– More About This Product –

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