The Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanBook: The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Published: March 1, 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Format: Print
Source: Purchased


Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. (Goodreads)

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My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.


This book was so much fun! Percy is a pretty normal kid, but weird things keep happening to him. The weirder they get, the more entertaining they are.

The Lightning Thief is a wild ride! It’s epic journey story of three grade six kids to find answers, solve a mystery, and save the world as they know it.

I bought this book at a charity book sale ages ago and finally picked it up as one of my vacation reads for my trip to New Zealand. I’m so glad I did! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Percy Jackson and the Olympians may be my new pick to search for at used book sales and stores. I definitely want to know what happens next to Percy and his friends.

The story moves swiftly and is filled with interesting details, clear explanations of Greek Mythology, entertaining moments, lots of action, and some really sweet moments too. It’s full of well-rounded characters, cool world-building, and quite a bit of humour too.

The Lightning Thief is a great middle grade read for classes and families to discover a little bit about Greek Mythology and bravery.

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Have you read Percy Jackson and the Olympians? What did you think?

  1. And don’t bother watching the movie. They put the big twist at the very beginning, change the entire plot/story, add in Persephone for no real reason, cast someone all wrong for Annabelle, make Camp Half Blood unnecessarily deadly, and basically ignore most of what was actually really enjoyable about the book. *rolls eyes*

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