Publish Date: 3/1/06
Author: Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
My students kept telling me to read this! I am in the process of starting to set my students up for reading The Odyssey. I had a ton of students answering questions and comparing lessons to circumstances in The Lightning Thief so I knew that I had to read it. I always am happy to read something that my students recommend and in this instance, it’s been such a help now that I can use it for my students to reference during reading.
I loved this. I am so happy to have finally gotten to it. Percy and the other characters were so likable. This also serves as a great outlet to Greek mythology. I found myself reading and recognizing so many characters and instances in the story and was in awe on how Riordan was able to utilize all of it.
The best part about this is how Riordan was able to modernize Greek mythology. He didn’t stray from the gods’ characteristics in any way but was able to incorporate them into modern times in such an amazing way. The setting was even more surprising as Mount Olympus was found on the top of the Empire State building where Hades was found in good ol’ L.A (can you imagine why?). It serves as a great outlet for kiddos to learn about Greek mythology and making it feel relevant.
I left this book excited to read more of the series and if I didn’t have so many deadlines for other books at the moment, I would have already dove into it! I HIGHLY suggest giving this middle grade novel a chance no matter what age you are! You won’t regret it in any way.