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The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1
Author: Rick Riordan
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 th...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780786838653
ISBN-10: 0786838655
Publication Date: 4/1/2006
Pages: 400
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 600 ratings
Publisher: Miramax
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 94 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
How could Harry Potter be better? Forget that wizard nonsense, let's have a series about how Greek mythology is real! There are kids who have one parent who is a Greek god, and they all need special training to defend themselves against the mythological monsters. Almost every child I've recommended this to has come right back for the sequel. As an adult reader who likes some children's fantasy writing but not all, I think this and the Peter and the Starcatcher books are the best I've come across in the last few years.
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Helpful Score: 5
I really enjoyed this book. I love the idea of the Greek gods being real. If you like mythology I think you'll like this book. Sure it's a children's book but I bought it for myself!
justread01 avatar reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Very clever! I haven't read anything this entertaining about Greek mythology in a very long time - if ever. The characters are well-detailed and interesting, and the action is fresh and flowing.
BlueShoes7 avatar reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 20 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This book is written for any reader 12 years old and up, but the story can be enjoyed by every reading level. Even if you know only the tiniest bit of Greek mythology, it's not difficult to follow the story at all, since pieces of famous Greek myths are peppered throughout. Riordan's ability to transform the ancient Greeks' views of the gods into modern representations is an enjoyable adventure. His description of Ares is my particular favorite. This is the first in the series, so there are plenty more to look forward to after you're done.
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Helpful Score: 4
I LOVED this book. The book was fuuny from the first sentence and the chapters names make you wants to read on and find out how they came up with such a strange name.
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reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on
Great novel. Fast Pace. Action moved a lot.
reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Brilliant! Gives a fresh outlook on the Ancient Greek Gods. Colorful, realistic, yet mystical characters and a thrilling plot. I couldn't put it down!
latenightbookclub avatar reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 26 more book reviews
What fun! I really enjoyed this. It was a smooth quick fun read. A little to symetrical with Harry Potter, but it's still good.
reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 6 more book reviews
Oh my goodness...this is one of the books that contributed to my mythology obsession. After reading it, I could not help but wish that I was a half-blood at the camp, too. Thank you, Rick Riordan!
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Great book, horrible movie. As someone with ADHD having characters who have difficulties similar to me is really comforting.
katander88 avatar reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Love, love, love this series. Packed with action and excitement. The students love it, and it has fostered a curiosity about Greek Mythology in many. Read it before you see the movie!
kiorabree avatar reviewed The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Bk 1) on + 38 more book reviews
Surprisingly pleasing. For those that enjoy Harry Potter, this intro to the series downplays the anglo-classroom atmosphere, but compensates with more adventure and a fun modern twist on Greek mythology.
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Great book for a young reader who is advanced in reading.
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Read the book so I could discuss with my Grandson. We both enjoyed the story.

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