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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief [Paperback]

Rick Riordan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome blend of myth and modern Jan. 30 2006
By Matthew
Format:Audio CD
This book is so good I couldn't put it down for a second. I have now read it three times and plan to read it more. I am dying for the second book to come out and hope it does come soon. Percy Jackson who lives in Manhattan has to go on a life-changing adventure to stop the Olympian gods of Greece from making world war three. The author mixes a setting from today with the gods and creatures of ancient Greek mythology. It involves action and adventure, lots of fighting, and many hilarious comments. I highly recommend this book to anybody who is interested in mythology!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's yo' Daddy? June 25 2006
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Percy Jackson has always been different from other kids. He's dyslexic and suffers from ADHD, and is always getting into trouble. He's been expelled several times, and the only thing that holds his interest is Greek mythology.

We soon learn that Percy has close ties with Mount Olympus, and when monsters from mythology start popping up looking for his blood, he ends up at a very special school for kids like himself, where he starts to put things together to find out who he really is.

Before he knows it, he's off on a quest with his two friends, Grover and Annabeth, to recover a powerful lightning bolt, property of Zeus, which has been stolen, supposedly by Percy himself. Zeus, Poseidon and Hades are having a little disagreement about the theft of the said lightning bolt, and unless Percy can retrieve it and return it in time, the resulting fallout will have earth-shattering consequences.

This great (albeit relatively unknown) first book of the series is an easy read, and is sure to encourage young readers to improve their knowledge of Greek mythology, especially the stories of the Minotaur, Medusa and the gods Poseidon, Ares, Zeus, Hades, Kronos, Athena and so on. Highly recommended for young readers in search of an original and imaginative adventure series.

Amanda Richards
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will find out later how the boys liked it. Jan. 17 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought for two boys. Don't know their reaction yet but the masses say it is awesome. Will continue the series if they like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read Nov. 19 2013
By Danica
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My son loves this book and also the series. A great book to read with your kids or have them read it themselves
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! Nov. 10 2013
Format:Hardcover
The Gods are brought back to life, as Rick Riordan gives Greek Mythology a makeover.

Percy Jackson keeps having problems at school, mainly caused by his ADHD and dyslexia. Little does he know that his life is about to change -- taking a turn for the worst -- as his mother is attacked by a creature and Percy forced to shelter at Camp Half-Blood where he is declared a Demi-God. He will now have to take on the task of hero and accept a quest to find Zeus' missing lightning bolt.

Well-written and plotted, The Lightning Thief knows no boundaries when it comes to action. Percy is strong, wise for his age, and yet grows as a character before our eyes. But what makes the book impossible to put down are the magical scenes including Centaurs and The Fates.

Glad to see the movie doesn't deviate too much from the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Aug. 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is an amazing read especially if you enjoy fantasy as much as I do. The main thing you mist know is that the movie does not follow this book really well. So if you are buying this because you want to know where the movie came from, just know they are very different.

Thanks amazon for a speedy ship and deliver i love getting my books from amazon.ca
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great summer read for all ages Aug. 2 2013
By Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
What a great little book!! I know it was written for kids but it was written well and it was entertaining - perfect for summer reading.

Percy is a very likeable, average kid who just happens to be a demi-god. He's not the most popular kid in the mortal world. His best friend (only friend) Grover is half goat and the only teacher he's had that doesn't pick on him is half horse, but he doesn't know any of this at first. After Percy learns what and who he is, the adventure begins. Percy does make a couple of new friends along the way but that just evens the scales as he also makes a few more enemies. If you don't know your Greek mythology, that's OK because it will be explained throughout the book in a way you can remember.

This was a really fun story, and a very easy and quick read. Good thing it is a series!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute June 18 2013
By Ally
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This was a really cute book, and I think if I had been 10 years younger, I would have really enjoyed it. It is packed full of Greek mythological references, so I think for kids or teenagers who enjoy that sort of stuff (as I really did), it's an excellent buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Son of a god
If you know anything about Greek mythology, you'll know that their gods had a tendency to produce demigod kids by the dozen. Read more
Published on May 16 2010 by E. A Solinas
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I thought the person reading this book did a very good job of assuming different voice inflections for different characters. Read more
Published on April 5 2010 by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Books Ever
Percy Jackson and the Lightneing Theif was a great book!!! Even the Movie was great but the books are almost always better.You can almost tell what the auther meant by the gods. Read more
Published on March 7 2010 by A. Bruce
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Set in a world where the Greek Gods still exist, The Lightning Thief tells the tale of 12-year-old Percy Jackson, who after years of being a bad seed, realizes there might be more... Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2010 by J. Scully
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
My friend gave me her book to read because she loves it so much. I really didn't think I would want to read it, seeing as this book was written for younger children and we are both... Read more
Published on Dec 29 2009 by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
I bought this book for my 9 year old son and gave it to him at Christmas. This book had to compete with a new Nintendo DS, Wii games, R/C truck, and innumerable other Christmas... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2008 by D. C. Barrett
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!!
I really like this series (have read the first two so far), and it's a shame that it isn't more well known. Read more
Published on Dec 22 2007 by Tommy Tom Tom
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