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Rick Riordan
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Book Description

4 May 2006 Percy Jackson

The Lightning Thief: the First book in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series.

The first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series.

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive.

This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

Can Percy find the lightning bolt before a fully-fledged war of the Gods erupts?

Praise for the Percy Jackson series:

'Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical...This is most likely to succeed Rowling. Puffin is on to a winner' - Amanda Craig, The Times

'Puns, jokes and subtle wit, alongside a gripping storyline' - Telegraph

'Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats' - New York Times

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. For the past fifteen years he has taught at middle schools in the San Francisco Bay area and in Texas. Rick lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the overall winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, was Rick's first novel featuring the heroic young demigod.

The Percy Jackson series:

The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Battle of the Labyrinth; The Titan's Curse; The Last Olympian

Heroes of Olympus:

The Lost Hero; The Son of Neptune; The Mark of Athena

The Kane Chronicles:

The Red Pyramid; The Throne of Fire; The Serpent's Shadow

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141319135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141319131
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's Buffy meets Artemis Fowl. Thumbs up (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rick Riordan is an award-winning mystery writer. For the past fifteen years he has taught at middle schools in the San Francisco Bay area and in Texas. Rick lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.

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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars En-Lightning!!! 10 Sep 2006
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
When this book arrived, I placed it on my bookshelf thinking I'd get around to reading it when I had nothing better to read. To put it bluntly, I really didn't think I'd like a slick American High school version of the Legends of ancient Greece (sort of Buffy meets Hercules) - but I was wrong. As soon as I started reading it I was hooked.

The pacing is dazzlingly fast; it starts at a run and ends at a gallop without ever once pausing for breath! Younger readers who might be unfamiliar with the heroes of Greek legend will probably enjoy the twists of the plot - however, adult readers might see these coming, (ie the identity Aunty "M" - owner of the Garden Statue Emporium), but somehow, this only adds to the enjoyment!

The other thing that had put me off this book ever so slightly was setting it in a school for halfbloods (children of the Greek gods); coming so close to "Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince" it felt uncomfortably derivative ... like yet another Harry Potter wannabe. However, knowing how slowly things move in the world of publishing, I realised the whole half-blood concept would have been imagined by the author at least a couple of years before HP 6 appeared.

Okay, so it's set in a boarding school for kids with magical/supernatural abilities - but don't let this put you off. So far, the Percy Jackson series has captured the efficient and succinct plotting of the first three Harry Potter books; likewise, it is something of a whodunit, in that one of the teachers or pupils at Camp Halfblood is really a baddie. The clues are subtle but entirely fair.

I liked that Percy's dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder were put down to his subconscious familiarity with ancient Greek and his need to be ever ready to fight off hoards of deadly monsters.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who's yo' Daddy? 4 July 2006
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
Percy Jackson has always been different from other kids. He's dyslexic and suffers from ADHD, and is always getting into trouble. He's been expelled several times, and the only thing that holds his interest is Greek mythology.

We soon learn that Percy has close ties with Mount Olympus, and when monsters from mythology start popping up looking for his blood, he ends up at a very special school for kids like himself, where he starts to put things together to find out who he really is.

Before he knows it, he's off on a quest with his two friends, Grover and Annabeth, to recover a powerful lightning bolt, property of Zeus, which has been stolen, supposedly by Percy himself. Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are having a little disagreement about the theft of the said lightning bolt, and unless Percy can retrieve it and return it in time, the resulting fallout will have earth-shattering consequences.

This great (albeit relatively unknown) first book of the series is an easy read, and is sure to encourage young readers to improve their knowledge of Greek mythology, especially the stories of the Minotaur, Medusa and the gods Poseidon, Ares, Zeus, Hades, Kronos, Athena and so on. Highly recommended for young readers in search of an original and imaginative adventure series.

Amanda Richards
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Percy Jackson and the peaceful driving holiday 2 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I chose this audio book to listen to while my daughter and I drove through France with her children (boy aged 6, girl aged 10). We all found it very entertaining and it held our attention on long drives - no mean feat for an age range of 6 to 60+. Perhaps its appeal lay in the story's modern setting, while introducing many of the characters of Greek mythology. That - and the excellent reader, Walter Lewis.

The children are now keen to see the film and read some of the other Percy Jackson stories.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Because I'm Mean By Nature 8 Feb 2007
When I first saw an advertisement for this book in a review, I thought 'oh, that sounds interesting'--but not quite interesting enough to actually get a copy. Then I happened to come across it at my school library and decided to read it . . .

Well, the story is that Percy Jackson -- a 'troubled' boy who's been expelled from six schools in six years and bullied by his stepfather (who richly deserves the fate he recieves at the end) -- suddenly discovers that he is a Greek demigod, and suddenly finds himself at a camp for the other offspring of Gods and mortals -- 'Camp Half-Blood'.

But when he discovers that he is the only one who can stop a war of the Gods, he has to travel the length and breadth of America with his two companions -- Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, the daughter of the goddess Athene (or, in this case, Athena), encountering various figures from Greek mythology on the way.

I really loved this -- the author has managed to successfully pull off an American interpretation of the Greek mythology -- it is very succinct, but not so succinct that it is boring or patronising. There is some very good humour in it and now I want to read all of the sequels.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is a fast paced, exciting page turner of an adventure for children from about eight up. Younger children will need to be confident readers to tackle this as the names, taken from Greek mythology are fairly complex to pronounce. The story is a modern day retelling of the Greek myths. Percy is a twelve year old boy. His home life is troubled. His school life is troubled. He struggles with ADHD and dyslexia. He does not fit. Then, one day on a school trip to the art gallery his whole world starts to come apart and Percy discovers that he is not quite the boy he thought he was, and the world he thought was real is much, much more magical, dangerous and complicated than he could ever have imagined. I loved this book. As a child I read and reread Greek and Roman mythology and I think this fresh, modern approach is a brilliant way to bring these stories to life for a new generation of readers. Although Percy is the main character, and we are told the story through his eyes, it is not completely boy centric, and there are some strong girl characters that make this book appealing to both boys and girls.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Brilliant, well written, amazing book.
Loved that it referred accurately to Greek mythology.
I would definitely recommend this book.
Loved it.
Published 2 days ago by Elsie
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
This just happens to be my friends favourite book so I decided I'd read it to please her. The character are predictable, almost unlikable and their dialogue is just so cheesy. Read more
Published 10 days ago by A very bored Booboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy jackson
I choose this rating because I always have loved books with heroes and monsters though there wasn't much good language
Published 14 days ago by MRS BABITA KANDASAMY
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a darn good proof-read!
Rick Riordan should be justifiably proud of his rip-roaring tale with lots of twists and turns, brilliant imagery and nicely developing characters. Read more
Published 25 days ago by eppingstrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
The book was awesome. It was one of the best books I have ever read yipeeeeeeee. Five stars yay !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 27 days ago by C Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Bought for DD age 10 after convincing her to go as Annabeth Chase for World Book Day, orange tee with Camp HalfBlood written on and a Pegasus perfect! Read more
Published 28 days ago by MD
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic YA Series!
This is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I loved it!

Percy Jackson is a fantastic character. He is a normal young boy with a learning disability. Or is he? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynn Worton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
My son had been going on and on about this book. He thoroughly enjoyed reading it and waited until he had finished to watch the film. Role on reading the rest now!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Lisa Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Percy jackson
I liked the part when they go off for a quest and when they go to a hotel for free and it had lots of games but they thought they only stayed there for a few hours but they stayed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by St Anthonys 02
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It is a good book over all but it has a strange story line
However the book has lots of good vocabulary that you could use in any work of your own
Over all good book
Published 1 month ago by Ben Walmsley
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