The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

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After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Publisher: New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children
Copyright Date: ©2005
Characteristics: text file
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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The author himself would tell you to skip the movies...

The first in the epic series about demi-god Percy Jackson!


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sjangam
Nov 13, 2017

This book is filled with adventure, suspense, thriller, sadness, and some fear. There are many emotions included within this book. While reading, I laughed, cried, feared and got scary vibes. This was my first ever book I read in 13 years and loved it. And I am very sure, I will finish reading the whole series.

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Nerdy_Bookworm
Oct 28, 2017

This book really is awesome. I say that everybody who reads this reads the whole series and magnus chase and all of the riordan books.

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Mcfall5
Oct 27, 2017

BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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Abbott Messer
Sep 30, 2017

Percy Jackson is a series with magnificent series. The author Rick Riorden adds so much detail into his books it always makes an outstanding book to read.

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navy_wolf_412
Sep 04, 2017

i loved it. one of the bests book i've read in a while

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TheFastReader
Aug 30, 2017

The book has the ultimate parent agreement - the kids love it, it is part educational, and is funny. What more could you need? Percy is a 12 year old boy who is living with his mom and step dad, Gabe. When he goes on a holiday in the summer with his mom, he finds out that his real dad is Poseidon, and there are more children like him. When he arrives at the camp for all the demigods, he finds out he needs to stop a war between the gods, or he might not be around for much longer. I would suggest this book for ages 10-16, because any younger and it would be too scary, and any older and it would be boring. This book is lots of fun, and I suggest it a lot.

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SehraT
Aug 15, 2017

This was one of the first book series I always aspired to read, even though my kid-self had thought reading was one of the worst activities in the whole world. Percy's constant sarcasm and heroic quests is the reason I savor every moment I have reading.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, better known as the first novel in the Percy Jackson franchise, was the beginning of a legacy. The book follows young, troubled student Percy Jackson in his earliest years as he discovers more about his ancestry, specifically that his father was a god. Percy meets kids like him at Camp Half-Blood, where he establishes new bonds and creates new memories year after year throughout the entire series. But the Lightning Thief is the book where it all began. In this novel, Percy goes on a quest with two new friends, Annabeth and Grover. He constantly feels the need to show them what he is capable of because he wants to show that he belongs in their world. Percy goes to great lengths to achieve this acceptance which is very admirable. Percy is persistent, slightly impulsive, and fun-loving, which makes him an incredible and interesting main character for the franchise. He goes through the unthinkable for a young boy and grows from that and becomes more educated and immersed in his ancestry on his fathers side. I also loved that this book was educational on greek mythology and teaches readers about that culture more so. I learned a lot about that topic simply from reading this series and have been drawn to it since, as the way the mythology is portrayed in a modern way is both exciting and educational. The Percy Jackson series is one of the most popular book series today, and rightfully so, in my opinion. I loved this novel and it is what pushed me to read his entire series until the very end. I would rate this novel a 5/5.
- @AllegroReader of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I really enjoyed this book and it made me realize that the book is explaining how everyone is different or unique in their own way. This book is about a boy named Percy and he has had many problems fitting in at school. He has been kicked out of school multiple times and sees things that know one else normally sees. When Percy gets attacked by a mythological creature he soon finds out that something terrible has happened. Zeus's master lightning bolt was stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now with the help of some new friends Percy must find out who has taken it and return it in just ten days. All he has to do is follow the oracle and unravel the secrets of his life. I give this book a 4.5/5 star rating.
- @PrimaBallerina of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. There was lots of action and adventure. Percy Jackson has unique characteristics and is very cool. His friend Grover is a very funny character and is half man – half goat. Annabeth who is Percy’s girlfriend is a very kind person and is also very smart. The book was really well written in terms of the fighting scenes. This book had many suspenseful parts as well which left me very determined to find out what was going to happen next. I felt very connected to this book because it gets very emotional at some parts too.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
Writing: 10/10
Rick Riordan is the funniest MG writer I know, and this iconic start to his world of the Olympians is worth reading again and again.

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Mrojas0799
Jul 14, 2017

Rick Riordan's writing is so funny and relatable. The book is great

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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

RobertELPL Mar 01, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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green_cobra_1087
Jan 27, 2017

green_cobra_1087 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16

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red_horse_1346
Oct 20, 2016

red_horse_1346 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ADWithrow
Jul 20, 2016

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black_horse_451
Jul 09, 2016

black_horse_451 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Blizzard1234
Jul 04, 2016

Blizzard1234 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 40

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yellow_duck_279
Jun 27, 2016

yellow_duck_279 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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"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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readingqueen26
Jul 25, 2016

“Hades raised an eyebrow. When he sat forward in his throne, shadowy faces appeared in the folds of his black robes, faces of torment,as if the garment was stitched of trapped souls from the Fields of Punishment, trying to get out. The ADHD part of me wondered, off-task, whether the rest of his clothes were made the same way. What horrible things would you have to do in your life to get woven into Hades' underwear?”

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readingqueen26
Jul 25, 2016

“In a way, it's nice to know that there are Greek gods out there, because you have somebody to blame when things go wrong. For instance, when you're walking away from a bus that's just been attacked by monster hags and blown up by lightning, and it's raining on top of everything else, most people might think that's just really bad luck; when you're a half-blood, you understand that some devine force is really trying to mess up your day.”

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readingqueen26
Jul 25, 2016

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

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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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billyinford
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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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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billyinford
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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TheOvereagerReader
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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