March 7, 2011

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Summary: 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 come 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.

This book was a lot of fun to read.

Rick Riordan starts out the book with Percy Jackson a troubled boy with ADHD and dyslexia. It turns out that he is the son of a greek god of olympus (half blood) and even though ADHD and dyslexia is a challenge in human society he needs it to help him the "mythical" world.

Percy has been accused of stealing Zeus's Lightning Bolt and it may cause World War III. It is Percy's mission to find the Lightning Bolt and return it to Zeus to prevent a war between the three most powerful gods and brothers Zeus, Poseiden and Hades.

I am going to challenge my little (6th grade) nephew to read it. I told him that if he reads it before the movie comes out in Jan '10, I will take him to the movie.


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