The Lightninhg Thief
FTC: I purchased this book.
Synopsis by Barnes and Noble:
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.
Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.
Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends–one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena–will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
I will not lie, the reason I read this book was so I could see the movie. I am very glad I read the book, because it was amazing. Rick Riordan did an amazing job in this book. The characters were very well developed and very unique. It was very fun being able to see the Greek Gods pictured in a children's book, in a way that children could understand them. I loved the adventure in the story, and the theme of ffriendship throughout. This was a fun book to sit down and read, and I found myself having a hard time putting it down. Obviously the main characters were much younger than I am, but I was still able to find things in each of them to relate to. I Loved the book!
Recommendations: Younger readers looking for a good book
Age: 11 and up