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The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordin

Since I work with kids, I like to try to read a few of the books they are reading.  One series that is very popular (I taught a 4th grade class where every kid but one had read at least the first book) is the Percy Jackson books.  I recently read the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief.

Percy Jackson is a kid that has a lot of trouble at school.  He is usually in trouble, and he changes schools every year.  But this year has been different.  He finally makes a friend, finds a teacher that believes in him, and starts learning about Ancient Greece and Rome.  Then, he starts to have run-ins with monsters, one of which used to be his Algebra teacher…

When Percy’s mother and his new friend Grover find out what is going on, they insist that Percy go to a summer camp where he will be safe.  But Camp Halfblood is no ordinary summer camp.  Percy soon learns that it is a special camp for half human children born to the Greek gods, which means that Percy’s father must be a god as well.

One of the fun things about reading this book as an adult is that the mythological characters are probably familiar from high school or college English classes.  As a result, you might find that you recognize certain characters (especially the villains) before Percy and his friends do.

I enjoyed reading this book.  Although the target audience is children, it is an imaginative book that adults can enjoy.  It’s easy to see why so many kids are fans of the series.  I would give this book four stars, and I’m considering reading the next book in the series sometime.  ★★★★



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