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, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780786838653
9780786856299
0786856297
Branch Call Number: j RIORDAN
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 22 cm

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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.

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.

Percy Jackson discovers that being kicked out of a different school every year and dealing with ADHD is nothing compared to the truth: he's a demigod, the son of Poseidon.

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. Sequels: Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labryi... Read More »

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.


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Mrojas0799
Jul 14, 2017

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

This book is SO GOOD! I've probably read it a dozen times and it seems like it gets better each time. Definitely would recommend it.

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black_horse_628
May 10, 2017

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! I am very into Greek mythology and this book series is probably your best bet if you want to find something actually interesting and fun. I can rarely find a book this well written! I finished this book in two days flat. Yes I know I'm a nerd :)

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mchelli
Mar 19, 2017

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.

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KittyCat_
Jan 19, 2017

I enjoyed this book so much! Its a really nice introduction to Percy's world of mythology, and the way Rick Riordan characterizes all the different mythological characters is really awesome. Almost makes you believe that us mortals can't see any of this through the mist. :P

Percy Jackson is in quite a predicament. Zeus has lost his lightning bolt and blames him for it. There fallows an adventurous time where they try to bring it back. Review by Avonlea.

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Tinkerdanielle
Dec 22, 2016

This book was very, very well done!! There was so many details in it, but what I thought sucked about it, was the chapters. They were all like, 22 pages long. But, at least they were very detailed. So detailed, that they were just like short stories, that all follow along the same way...if you know what I mean?? But I still think it was very well done, and very detailed. If you like action/fantasy stories, I totally recommend you read this.

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jeanniefashion10
Aug 31, 2016

When I went to summer school, we had a novel study which was the Percy Jackson and the Olympians; The Lightning Thief. At first, I thought like why is our teacher making us read this ridiculous boyish book. But what I didn't know was that it was about to become my favorite series. ;)

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kelintan
Aug 14, 2016

This book is what made me interested in Greek Mythology, Gods and Goddesses. I can't keep my eyes of the book, Percy is clumsy ( which I like about him) Annabeth is wise ( really help for the team) and Grover is a wonderful protector. I will most definitely continue reading this series.

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ShaizaAhmed
Aug 07, 2016

This was so amazing, and beautiful. Can't wait to read the next book.

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pink_horse_965
Jun 29, 2017

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black_penguin_521
May 21, 2017

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red_badger_774
Jan 27, 2017

red_badger_774 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 16

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red_horse_1346
Oct 20, 2016

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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

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Jun 06, 2016

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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.

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Blue_Fox_58
Aug 29, 2014

“I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my own mortality, laughed in the face of death, et cetera.

The truth? My only thought was: Aaaaggghhhhh!” - Percy Jackson

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pink_horse_965
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.

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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Drigon
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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