The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must comes to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion, 2018
Edition: Illustrated edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781484787786
Call Number: jF RIOR
Characteristics: 226 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Rocco, John - Illustrator


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"Mythology is a way of explaining something that can’t be explained, except by allegory, and my son’s struggle in school definitely applied. He completely bought in to the idea that ADHD/dyslexia, taken together, was an almost sure sign that you have Olympian blood." - Rick Riordan

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

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Feb 29, 2020

"Tin cans. A perfectly good bag of tin cans." -Grover Underwood

Feb 28, 2020

This book was amazing!! Loved it! I totally recommend the BOOK not the MOVIE (IT WAS TERRIBLE) seriously, don't watch, READ!!!!

Feb 20, 2020

Read it. Loved it. You should too.

Jan 02, 2020

I enjoyed reading "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief". It is full of action and it makes me continue reading the book. After reading the first book, I liked it so much, I finished the series.

Dec 23, 2019

Percy Jackson and the Olympians - BOOK 1

Dec 03, 2019

I can't wait to read this!!! My friends have been requesting it for a while, and now I really want to read it; I've been too stuck reading Harry Potter.

Nov 27, 2019

When I was first given this book to read, I adamantly refused to read it, then I decided to try and see if I would like it, so I read it. As of now, I have read every one of Riordan's books, and I have loved every one!

Positively electrifying! A great read for any myth-o-maniacs out there :)

Oct 14, 2019

My favorite book series. Have read all of Rick Riordan's books, they're really good.

Oct 12, 2019

Percy Jackson is the first book in the series called "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" out of 5. The book was recommended to me by one of my close friends and to be honest, I don’t regret listening to her recommendation! Who is Percy Jackson? He is a half-blood main character who is diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Percy also almost never manages to pass his classes. That makes him hate school (obviously). But the truth turns out to be more shocking… Percy isn’t fully human! He is a demigod. While his mother is human, his dad is a god. I am not saying which god that is, 90% sure Riordan makes it very obvious almost from the very beginning. But what I will say is that the book has a lot of Greek mythology and can seamlessly integrate into it *wink wink*. This is the good news. The bad news is that Zeus is very angry at Percy for stealing the light bolt. He is mad convinced that Percy was the one who snuck onto Olympus and stole a very important object, the lightning, from the most powerful god up there. Clearly, logic isn’t Zeus’ greatest strength. Percy finds out that he is the one being accused and that if he doesn’t find the lightning bolt, the consequences will be very severe for everyone involved and not involved. In the book, I liked the wittiness of characters. I am not saying every single joke was the best form of comedy I have ever seen, but some of them were pretty good. Another thing that makes the book worth it, is a smooth transition between our world and the Greek mythology. As a person who has been a fan of Greek mythology for quite some time several years ago, it was very interesting to see what Rick Riordan would say about the matter. 5/5 Stars. @readermariacom of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is a thrilling sci-fi book that will take you on a crazy ride all about gods and monsters. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first book of a six book series about 12 year old Percy, who is living with his mother and his awful step dad. This great book is written by Rick Riordan and takes you on Percy’s journey as he discovers his identity. Out of five stars I would rate this a four star because it was super exciting and had some twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I recommend it for pre-teen and teen audiences.
@Wolves_14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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May 16, 2019

" 'How did you die?'
'We er...drowned in a bathtub.'
'All three of you?'
'It was a big bathtub.' "

Jan 04, 2019

“Deadlines just aren't real to me until I'm staring one in the face.”

Jul 31, 2018

"It's just that if you died... aside from the fact that it would really suck for you, it would mean the quest was over. This may be my only chance to see the real world." -Annabeth

Jun 29, 2017

"Die, Honey!"
-Mrs. Dodds

Jun 20, 2016

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

Jun 19, 2016

A need-to read book for those who love Greek mythology and modern comedy

Jun 30, 2015

"You drool in your sleep"

Sep 18, 2014

...I could see people being chased by hellhounds, burned at the stake, forced to run naked through cactus patches or listen to opera music.

red_zebu_50 Aug 15, 2014

I was barefoot since I gave my shoes to Grover. Better that they wonder why one of us was barefoot than why one of us had hooves.

Jul 19, 2014

am i a troubled kid?
yeah, you could say that. - Percy Jackson

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Mar 27, 2020

Middle school student Percy Jackson fears getting expelled (AGAIN) when he destroys one of his teachers after she transforms into a Fury and tries to murder him. However, his troubles are only beginning. His best friend Grover reveals himself to be a satyr and tells Percy he is in mortal danger. Percy's mother, Sally, rushes Percy and Grover to the mysterious Camp Half-Blood but is attacked by a minotaur and disappears in a golden light. Percy kills the minotaur, but fears that his mother is dead. At Camp Half-Blood, Percy discovers that his favorite teacher is actually Chiron, the centaur who trained many Ancient Greek heroes. Percy and the other campers are all half-bloods- the children of a greek god or goddess and a mortal parent. After Percy is claimed by his father Poseidon, he sets out on a quest with Grover and Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, to locate Zeus's missing master bolt before Zeus and Poseidon (whom Zeus believes is the thief) go to war. Together they face off against Medusa, Echidna, the Furies, and even Ares, the god of war himself. After a visit with Hades helps Percy realize he's been set up by Ares, he finds the master bolt and must return it to Zeus before the Summer Solstice. If he's successful, not only will he prevent a war among the gods, but he may also save his mother, who is being held captive in the underworld. This is the first in a 5 book series about Percy and his friends.

Jun 29, 2017

Percy Jackson was never a "normal" kid-always getting in trouble and switching schools, just trying to fit in. When strange things start happening and a teacher attacks him, claiming that he is a thief, Percy's whole world was turned upside down when he finds out he is more than just a kid-and the "gods" are more than just myths. Grover, a spunky satyr, Annabeth, a determined teen, and and Percy, a relentless newbie proceed to go on a grand adventure to clear Percy's name.

Jun 19, 2016

Percy Jackson, a 11 year-old boy discovered that he is a demigod with the abilities to control water and all this comes from his father,Poseidon.

Jun 01, 2016

Percy finds who stole the master bolt... and the helm of darkness.

Mar 28, 2016

Grade 6 student Percy Jackson thinks he's human. Sure, a dyslexic human with ADHD, but still a human. But he's wrong. Percy is really a half-blood, a mix between a Greek God and a human. And his best friend, whom he also thought was human, is half goat.

Mar 18, 2016

Percy Jackson, an ADHD and a dyslexic boy, struggles to find a school that will except him. With the help of his friend, Grover, he finds out that he is a demigod, but loses his mom on the way. Devastated, Percy and Grover go to Camp Half-Blood where Percy finds out that he is the son of Poseidon. His father and Zeus are fighting because Zeus thinks Poseidon has stole his master bolt. Percy then goes on a quest to find the master bolt with Grover and Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena. Percy faces Medusa, Hades, and even battle it out with Ares, to get the master bolt. On the way Percy gets his mom back. Percy then goes to Olympus to give back the master bolt and meets his father. He tells everyone about his adventures. The gods think that Cronus is rising. Meanwhile Percy goes back and finds out that Luke, son of Hermes and friend of Percy, is actually a follower of Cronus. Luke then attempts to kill Percy, but fails. This is the beginning of the war between the demigods and Cronus.

Aug 11, 2015

Percy An adhd finds out his dad is Poseidon (god of the sea) and learns that he has been accused of stealing Zeus lightning bolt and has to find it so he can clear his name

Jul 04, 2015

Percy was running for his life as the minotaur charged for him grover and his mom and again his freind grover was a satyr half goat half human

Jul 02, 2015

The main character, Percy Jackson, is having lots of trouble in school. All of the sudden, countless surprises confront him and he find out an unbelievable secret about himself. He makes new friends and has to go on a dangerous quest with them. It is really going to put him to the test...

Jun 27, 2015

The Lightning Thief:
Percy Jackson son of Poseidon is accused of stealing Zeus' Lightning Bolt. He is innocent and goes to find it to prove his innocence. He runs into many monsters. He faces Medusa. Hades too. Will he make it? Will he not? Read to find out.

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red_zebu_50 Aug 15, 2014

Other: Very adventurous with Percy looking for the bolt.

Oct 17, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: there are a bit of monsters but NOT scary. People who get scared easily might get the willies.

Apr 25, 2013

Violence: a little here a little there so yea

Mar 02, 2013

Violence: When the capture the flag game starts.

May 25, 2012

Violence: When Ares and Percy have a battle 1 on 1 to win the Master Bolt and Helm of Darkness.

Apr 14, 2012

Violence: When Percy Annabeth, and Grover go to Madusa's fortress and a little bit more.

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