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The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is a hilarious adventure story full of unexpected twists. Twelve-year-old Perseus Jackson, known to his friends as Percy, has as one of his teachers put, "... un-groovy karma that disrupts the whole school." Percy has ADHD and dyslexia, but those aren't his biggest problems. His biggest problem is that lately, Ancient Greek monsters have been attacking him.

Percy is a half-blood. His mother is mortal and his father is Poseidon, God of the sea. I bet right now you're thinking, "Wow! I want to be a child of Poseidon!" Percy doesn't want to be. After World War II (which in this book was basically a war between the gods) the "Big Three" (Poseidon, Hades and Zeus) made a pact not to have anymore children because they were too powerful.

Half the gods on Olympus want to kill Percy, as does something evil in the depths of Tartarus. Zeus thinks that Percy stole his Master Lightning bolt, and now Percy must find it. Percy's trainer (and former Latin teacher) Chiron believes that the bolt is in the Underworld. Percy must get the bolt and bring it back to Olympus in ten days.

Accompanying him on his quest are his two best friends - Annabeth, a child of Athena, and Grover, a satyr. Together they must save the world.

I liked this book because Rick Riordan knows how kids talk and think. Other writers have kids say and do things a normal kid would never do. Riordan makes Percy and his friends come alive in your mind.


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