The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

Book - 2006 | First Paperback edition
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Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Publisher: New York :, Disney/Hyperion Books,, [2006]
Edition: First Paperback edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2005
ISBN: 9780786838653
Branch Call Number: FANTASY J RIO
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 20 cm


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Jun 17, 2021

Percy Jackson, a normal twelve year old boy who struggles with having dyslexia and ADHD, studies under Yancy Academy. Yancy Academy is a private school for troubled rich kids in upstate New York. As he is about to be kicked out of Yancy Academy, he is met with a dangerous entity while driving in the middle of a storm with his mother and only friend, Grover. As he starts his epic journey to recover Zeus’s master lightning bolt to clear his name, he will learn the truth about his family and make many close friends along the way. What I liked about this amazing book is that it was about a normal boy who was not very enthusiastic about his life until the events leading to his adventure. He had a few obstacles in his life but he never gave up and tried hard to help people even if they appeared to be rude. There was not a moment when I thought the book was boring or not up to my tastes. A great book for those who do not like to read.

Age 9+

May 18, 2021

The Lightning Thief introduces readers to Rick Riordan's story of the Greek gods and the absurd adventures of their children. Readers are thrown into this surreal world with Percy Jackson as he tangles with the horrors of New York. Where we journey with the lovable dork Percy as he battles mythical monsters, visit familiar yet odd locations, and meet grumpy deities. This comes after Percy is accused by Zeus of stealing his lightning bolt with a limited time to bring it back before he is killed. Personally, I have always been a fan of Rick Riordan's entertaining stories filled with slapstick humor. It is a story that many readers can pick up and enjoy that is suited for most ages. Plus, readers will learn and meet many different characters from Greek mythology and experience their quicky personalities.

May 14, 2021

Percy Jackson is one of my favorite book series ever and this book is simply a classic! 10/10

May 01, 2021

Percy Jackson is a young boy who has a unique feature of getting in trouble no matter where he goes, this is what gets him kicked out of school. He finds out that he is special and different from most. He is sent to camp and meets some people but in the end, does he know who is his friend and who is not. This is a great book and one of my favourites it is very entertaining and it starts you off on a path towards a very interesting story that you just can't put down. I would recommend reading this book for anyone and everyone.

Book review by gbodepudi604

great boo, but poor start. I almost desisted to stop reading it. It gets better in the middle.

Apr 21, 2021

The lighting thief is a good first book to introduce you to an amazing series. Percy Jackson is a troublesome teen with dyslexia and adhd who is struggling in school. When reading the book you slowly begin to learn more about the world Percy Jackson is living in while he goes on a quest that helps him discover more about himself and his father. The lightning thief has a lot of humorous quotes involving Greek mythology and the characters in the book. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially to kids who like action, fantasy and Greek mythology. I think that the lightning thief is a great introduction to the world of Percy Jackson and really sets up the theme for the next books. 5/5 stars
@Chiaki_ of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This is the first book in the Percy Jackson Series and it really sets a great tone for all the next books. It is interesting, comedic and easy to read. If you are a fan of greek mythology but don't want to read something heavy, this is the book for you. All the characters are very unique and interesting and the plot is so unpredictable it really makes the readers want more. Once you read the first book you keep on wanting more. I would definitely give this book a 5/5.
@BookHoi127 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Lightning Thief is the first novel of an amazing series. It is action-packed, and the main character and narrator, Percy Jackson, gives a very funny and interesting take on Greek Mythology. I would recommend this book to ages 10+, and if you enjoy this book you should definitely continue to read Rick Riordan’s entire demigod collection, starting with the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
@teen_reader19 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The book starts with a blast, it was a fast, exciting and creepy. After reading half the book it all went downhill from there. Once the mystery around the house was explored which was somewhat early. It became a very boring and almost absurd story, which I was not expecting at all. thought that it was different from other books that showed photos that were scattered throughout the book, I thought that concept was very interesting. It's also really well written with great creativity, but it lacked the same passed it had throughout the book. I would give this novel a rating of 2 stars. Only recommend to people who like fantasy.
@Nando90 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

SAPL_Teens Apr 01, 2021

The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. It is a true staple for anyone who loves Greek mythology and fantasy. In the beginning of the book, we see that Percy’s biggest problem is getting kicked out of his school. This later becomes extraneous when he figures out he is related to the Greek mythological gods. And the worst part? Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’s master lightning bolt. New to Camp Half-blood and the demi-god life, he must find the master bolt and return it to Mount Olympus while risking the outburst of a world war. Furthermore, solving the riddle of the camp Oracle. This book is an amazing read with lots of action and adventure. I loved the writing style and perspective in this series. The characters are also incredibly real and well-written. This is truly the perfect book for anyone who wants to get lost in a world of mythology and adventure. 5/5 stars, Nevaeh, 13, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Mar 31, 2021

Percy Jackson is a relatively average boy at first until he learns that he is actually the son of the Greek God Poseidon. When he arrives at a camp for children of deities called Camp Half-Blood, he is accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning staff and Hade’s Helf of Darkness, to which he must prove his innocence by trying to prevent an all-out war between Hades, Zeus, and Poseidon. This classic novel regarding tales and fantasy should appeal to readers who are interested in Greek mythology.

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

Published in June 2005 and written by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is infinitely better than its movie. I’ve been meaning to read it for a while now, but finally got to it after a bunch of friends demanded me to. After reading it, the book did not disappoint. It uses enough Greek mythology to give readers an idea of the purpose behind the plot, but also create enough room for new concepts. Though a bold claim, Percy Jackson could have been the successor to Harry Potter if not for the movie adaptations. The Lightning Thief is about Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who is always trouble. To be safe from danger and monsters, he travels to Camp Half-Blood, a sacred area where demigods can live peacefully. Along the way, however, he loses his mother to Hades, god of the underworld. Once there, Percy discovers he is the son of Poseidon, both a good and bad thing. He hones his god-like abilities to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt and rescue his mother, alongside Annabeth and Grover. My favourite aspect of this book, other than modernized Greek mythology, are the characters. For example, Percy Jackson is one of the most likeable and relatable protagonists I have read in a while. Combined with his sarcastic demeanour and impulsive actions, he just wants to be a good kid. Not only does he have ADHD and dyslexia, but so does all of the other half-bloods. The other protagonists and side-characters are just as interesting and relatable. Reading this book was amazing and it wasn't a mistake. To anyone who enjoys the prospect of an action-packed adventure novel with a hint of Greek myths: you'll probably like this too.

Mar 22, 2021

My bro said it was awesome and so I picked it up... but then it turned out to be traaash. So you read Harry Potter and finished the series. Everyone reccomends this book... but when you finshed every good read this can't compare. Yeah-- and the events happened too fast. Also, Krishnastar, I know it is your favorite series. But everyone has a diffrent opinion! I think this is just a way to get kids into greek mythology-- don't let them fool you! It's just with heroes and swords to make it not seem boring... but truthfully, it's just to get kids reading. Yeah, it's not really applicable for older readers.

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Nov 18, 2020

"You have evil thoughts for a goat." - Percy

Nov 18, 2020

""Be honored, Percy Jackson. Lord Zeus rarely allows me to test a hero with one of my brood. For I am the Mother of Monsters, the terrible Echidna!"
I stared at her. All I could think to say was: "Isn't that a kind of anteater?"" - The Lightning Thief

Nov 18, 2020

""Meat!" he said scornfully. "I'm a vegetarian."
"You eat cheese enchiladas and aluminium cans," I reminded him.
"Those are vegetables."" - The Lightning Thief

Nov 18, 2020

""Another time, Athena and Poseidon competed to be the patron god for the city of Athens. Your dad created some stupid saltwater spring for his gift. My mom created the olive tree. The people saw that her gift was better, so they named the city after her. "
"They must really like olives."" - The Lightning Thief

Nov 17, 2020

" If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself." - Sally Jackson

Aug 11, 2020


Jul 26, 2020

"Look I didn't want to be a half-blood"- Percy Jackson

May 02, 2020

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

Apr 02, 2020

I saw a lot out there in the world, Percy. Didn’t you feel it—the darkness gathering, the monsters growing stronger? Didn’t you realize how useless it all is? All the heroics—being pawns of the gods. They should’ve been overthrown thousands of years ago, but they’ve hung on, thanks to us half-bloods.

May 16, 2019

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

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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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