The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, Book 1

eBook - 2009
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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.
Audience: Text Difficulty 3 - Text Difficulty 4
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Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9781423131892
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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WoodneathReads
Dec 05, 2018

This is a great series for reluctant readers! The narrator is very snarky and relatable. If you enjoy books that are equal parts character-driven and plot-driven, give this a try! --Alexa Marie (for more of Alexa's reading suggestions, follow WoodneathAlexa in the catalog.)

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pink_crocodile_48
Jul 31, 2018

I love this book as well as pretty much all of the other Rick Riordan books

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WoodneathAlexa
Jul 16, 2018

This series has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. I didn't start reading these until I was 20 years old, even though book 1, The Lightning Thief, was released when I was in the 4th grade! Now I can't get enough of Rick Riordan books. These stories are timeless and can appeal to people of all ages. In the first series Riordan's main protagonist, Percy Jackson, discovers his father is an Ancient Greek god. He then finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, a place full of other demigod children. He then goes on many quests and adventures to try to prevent a prophecy and war between the gods. Riordan has also written two other series that branch off of the original, all involving some of the original main characters and storyline. Series #1)Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Series #2)Heroes of Olympus. Series #3)The Trials of Apollo.

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Caleaha
Jul 03, 2018

white_dove_652 You need to take a chill pill. If you actually gave the series a chance you'd see that Annabeth is one of the most strong female characters out there, there are plenty of female characters that use swords, and the series is definitely not sexist. Maybe if you actually used your eyes and read and not just instantly started whining without checking your facts, you'd actually see that it's a good series that is diverse with its powerful characters (Annabeth fricken carries the sky and way longer than Percy did), POC, AND LGBTQ+.

Very good series! And the following one, Heroes of Olympus, is even better!! I recommend this to people who are looking for an action packed fantasy that has good bonding between all of its characters!! I give it a 5/5!

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red_dog_17354
Jun 23, 2018

It is a page turner for sure. There is excitement in every chapter, and a close ending. My favorite god is Hades because he has a whole ARMY of dead soldiers from all of the wars. :o I'm excited for book 2.

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white_dove_652
Jun 12, 2018

if you're going to write another series or book, MAKE AT LEAST ONE OF THE GIRLS HAVE SWORDS. its really tiring to read about girls having daggers. plus why are there only boys on the cover????? super annoying. BOYS TO NOT RUN THIS WORLD!!!!!! girls are part of this.

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lbowlby11
Jun 11, 2018

Extremely entertaining and hard to put down! This book is packed with action and adventure (and humour) as half-blood Percy Jackson embarks on his first quest to find Zeus' missing master bolt. I would recommend this book to any young teens wanting a new and exciting read this summer.

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green_shark_1428
May 23, 2018

This is one of the best books ever!!!

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Gwen904
May 14, 2018

Very entertaining, and I like the characters, but it is not my favourite.

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aimiller
May 13, 2018

I would say this is definitely still pretty fun and interesting. My reading this time was super disjointed (there's a gap because it was a library book) but it was still super fun to read, still very engaging, and a quick read that sucks you right in. The world is really great and I really want to read more of it!

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burgundy_zebu_37
Dec 06, 2018

burgundy_zebu_37 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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nmuraya
Oct 29, 2018

nmuraya thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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pink_crocodile_48
Jul 31, 2018

pink_crocodile_48 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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violet_dog_6820
Jul 31, 2018

violet_dog_6820 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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blue_penguin_2674
May 07, 2018

blue_penguin_2674 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Wyatt_130
Feb 26, 2018

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blue_dolphin_5432
Oct 16, 2017

blue_dolphin_5432 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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KyraJR
Jun 29, 2017

KyraJR thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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black_penguin_521
May 21, 2017

black_penguin_521 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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pink_crocodile_48
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

"Die, Honey!"
-Mrs. Dodds

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rheading
Aug 03, 2016

"You are so not making this easy" "I am never, ever going to make things easy for you seaweed brain. Get used to it." -Percy Jackson to Annabeth Chase

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Flora_Cho
Jun 20, 2016

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

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AngelAngie22
Jun 19, 2016

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

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Saltyohcean
Jun 30, 2015

"You drool in your sleep"
~Annabeth

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Rainman
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.

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JodiMB
Jul 19, 2014

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

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Man123
Jul 18, 2014

interesting and cool book to read

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KyraJR
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.

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AngelAngie22
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.

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pink_dolphin
Jun 01, 2016

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

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EvelynB2004
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.

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Anilkumarpillai
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.

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Eghose
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

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ABINASH10
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

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Lauryn_A
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...

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Thomas5200
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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ahmad_11
Jul 18, 2014

Percy Jackson- Book 1

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red_zebu_50 Aug 15, 2014

Other: Very adventurous with Percy looking for the bolt.

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deannamt
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.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 25, 2013

Violence: a little here a little there so yea

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NubDub
Mar 02, 2013

Violence: When the capture the flag game starts.

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breader11201
May 25, 2012

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

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xhenalatifi
Apr 14, 2012

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

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