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
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9781423131892
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 14, 2020

This is the incredible book that started an incredible series by an incredible author. So much fun to read, and you can tell how well the author understands Greek mythology

Jul 04, 2020

[MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS] This series is awesome. While the introduction is a little sloppy, it is filled with enough humor and goes quickly to make way for the real introduction. Awesome series, although Rick seems to be mentioning the ADHD clique too lightly. This series goes a little slow at times, like book #4, but is thoroughly entertaining. This series sets pavement for the other series in the same world, which are just as if not more entertaining. Recommend.
Before reading this, I always thought Rick R. was just another overrated, overblown author (like JK rowling's, which sucks terribly). It's great that I was wrong, because it meant more good books for me to consume!

Jun 24, 2020

Me encanta est libro! He sugerido este a muchos de mis amigos y familia! Hay muchas detalles pequeños que añaden mucho a la historia de Percy.

Jun 18, 2020

SPOILER FREE- What can I say, I LOVE THIS BOOK. The characters are amazing, the plot is thrilling and engaging, the action is perfectly written and is great. This was Rick Riordans first adventure into Greek mythology and he handles it perfectly, making it believable that the Olympians are still roaming in New York. I absolutely love Percy as a character and narrator. This is not only one of the best Percy Jackson books, not only one of the best Rick Riordan books, but of the best books of all time.

Jun 17, 2020

Percy Jackson is so awesome I love it 10/10, Whether you're a beginner or not it's an awesome choice. Rick Riordan is a genius.

Jun 16, 2020

i love this book!!!

Jun 15, 2020

After getting hooked on the Percy Jackson series, I found this book to be amazing! It's filled with action, drama, and everything in between! I cannot stop reading this series!

Jun 10, 2020

Percy Jackson is just another normal 12 year old boy living in New York, except he has ADHD and is picked on by many of his teachers and peers. When one of his teachers suddenly turns livid, Percy's life changes forever. His only friend, who turns out to be half human, leads Percy to a camp like no other, where he does not only find the truth about his father, but also embarks on a risky quest with new acquaintances to take back a stolen lightning bolt.

The Lightning Thief is the first book of a 7-book series filled with suspense, elementary humor, and references to mythology that will keep the reader turning the page to the end of the plot; The plot may be quite complex to young readers, but is beneficial in developing their vocabulary. For those who have read this before, it is worth rereading, as it brings back many childhood memories.

*I highly recommend reading the book instead of watching the movie, which was poorly directed.

May 14, 2020

I really loved this book. I learned so much about greek mythology and had a good laugh. I totally recommend.

May 12, 2020

I remember hearing about this book from so many people. So many people from my school kept urging me to read it, since it was a very popular read for middle schoolers. I used to read this book, slowly, day by day, until I finished, and then moved on to the rest of the series. Personally, I enjoyed the book, mainly because it connected our life to the life of greek demigods. It’s a way to escape from reality, and learn about the life of different people. I liked this book so much, I finished the entire series and reread it again. I also continued to read books of the same author, Rick Riordan, a really popular author. He mainly writes books about mythology. The Lightning Thief is just a start of what comes next. The rest of the series is amazing as well. I definitely recommend this book, and I really recommend reading the book before watching the movie.

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Jun 16, 2020

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May 14, 2020

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May 02, 2020

"Ares has strength. That's all he has.
Even strength has to
bow to wisdom sometimes." - Annabeth

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.

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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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