The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

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Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. 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 and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But 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 betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. This deluxe gift edition of the internationally best-selling first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, lavishly illustrated by series artist John Rocco, is a must-have for Riordan fans.
Publisher: New York : Disney/Hyperion, 2018.
Edition: Illustrated edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9781484787786
Branch Call Number: j F RIORDAN bk. 1
Characteristics: 226 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Rocco, John - Illustrator


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After his pre-algebra teacher turns in to a monster and tries to kill him, Percy is sent away to Camp Half Blood, where he learns he is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Adventurous and exciting, this is the series most people turn to when they're going through HP-withdrawal.

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Dec 05, 2018

This is a great series for reluctant readers! The narrator is very snarky and relatable. If you enjoy books that are equal parts character-driven and plot-driven, give this a try! --Alexa Marie (for more of Alexa's reading suggestions, follow WoodneathAlexa in the catalog.)

Jul 31, 2018

I love this book as well as pretty much all of the other Rick Riordan books

Jul 16, 2018

This series has quickly become one of my all-time favorites. I didn't start reading these until I was 20 years old, even though book 1, The Lightning Thief, was released when I was in the 4th grade! Now I can't get enough of Rick Riordan books. These stories are timeless and can appeal to people of all ages. In the first series Riordan's main protagonist, Percy Jackson, discovers his father is an Ancient Greek god. He then finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, a place full of other demigod children. He then goes on many quests and adventures to try to prevent a prophecy and war between the gods. Riordan has also written two other series that branch off of the original, all involving some of the original main characters and storyline. Series #1)Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Series #2)Heroes of Olympus. Series #3)The Trials of Apollo.

Jul 03, 2018

white_dove_652 You need to take a chill pill. If you actually gave the series a chance you'd see that Annabeth is one of the most strong female characters out there, there are plenty of female characters that use swords, and the series is definitely not sexist. Maybe if you actually used your eyes and read and not just instantly started whining without checking your facts, you'd actually see that it's a good series that is diverse with its powerful characters (Annabeth fricken carries the sky and way longer than Percy did), POC, AND LGBTQ+.

Very good series! And the following one, Heroes of Olympus, is even better!! I recommend this to people who are looking for an action packed fantasy that has good bonding between all of its characters!! I give it a 5/5!

Jun 23, 2018

It is a page turner for sure. There is excitement in every chapter, and a close ending. My favorite god is Hades because he has a whole ARMY of dead soldiers from all of the wars. :o I'm excited for book 2.

Jun 12, 2018

if you're going to write another series or book, MAKE AT LEAST ONE OF THE GIRLS HAVE SWORDS. its really tiring to read about girls having daggers. plus why are there only boys on the cover????? super annoying. BOYS TO NOT RUN THIS WORLD!!!!!! girls are part of this.

Jun 11, 2018

Extremely entertaining and hard to put down! This book is packed with action and adventure (and humour) as half-blood Percy Jackson embarks on his first quest to find Zeus' missing master bolt. I would recommend this book to any young teens wanting a new and exciting read this summer.

May 23, 2018

This is one of the best books ever!!!

May 14, 2018

Very entertaining, and I like the characters, but it is not my favourite.

May 13, 2018

I would say this is definitely still pretty fun and interesting. My reading this time was super disjointed (there's a gap because it was a library book) but it was still super fun to read, still very engaging, and a quick read that sucks you right in. The world is really great and I really want to read more of it!

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Dec 06, 2018

burgundy_zebu_37 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Oct 29, 2018

nmuraya thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jul 31, 2018

pink_crocodile_48 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Jul 31, 2018

violet_dog_6820 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

May 07, 2018

blue_penguin_2674 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Feb 26, 2018

Wyatt_130 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

yellow_giraffe_1133 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Oct 16, 2017

blue_dolphin_5432 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

Jun 29, 2017

KyraJR thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

May 21, 2017

black_penguin_521 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Jul 31, 2018

"It's just that if you died... aside from the fact that it would really suck for you, it would mean the quest was over. This may be my only chance to see the real world." -Annabeth

"Die, Honey!"
-Mrs. Dodds

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

Jun 20, 2016

“If my life is going to mean anything, I have to live it myself.”

Jun 19, 2016

A need-to read book for those who love Greek mythology and modern comedy

Jun 30, 2015

"You drool in your sleep"

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.

Jul 19, 2014

am i a troubled kid?
yeah, you could say that. - Percy Jackson

Jul 18, 2014

interesting and cool book to read

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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.

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.

Jun 01, 2016

Percy finds who stole the master bolt... and the helm of darkness.

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.

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.

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

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

Apr 25, 2013

Violence: a little here a little there so yea

Mar 02, 2013

Violence: When the capture the flag game starts.

May 25, 2012

Violence: When Ares and Percy have a battle 1 on 1 to win the Master Bolt and Helm of Darkness.

Apr 14, 2012

Violence: When Percy Annabeth, and Grover go to Madusa's fortress and a little bit more.

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