The Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1
by Rick Riordan
Goodreads blurb: 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.
About the Author: Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, the Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.
For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.
While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.
Today over forty million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons. (Get more info HERE!!!)
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Narrated by Jesse Bernstein, see more of his work here!!!
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!!
***Borrowed the audiobook from the local library and I have a copy in paperback of the whole series :)
The cover will definitely attract a boy to pick it up because it is a boy holding a sword!!
I borrowed the audiobook from my local library to listen in the car to it with my son. We both loved listening to it.
First thing we noticed is that it is different than the movie. I enjoyed the movie, but both my son and I agree that the book is way better :) and the kids are younger in the book than in the movie and everything just fits together better.
The narrator Jesse does a fantastic job using different voices and tones, and he makes the story come alive. Together Jesse with his narration and Rick with his fantastic writing and storyline, everything just becomes this epic adventure that you do not want to stop listening to.
Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are my favorites as well as Chiron. I love their bravery and how they are there for each other. I especially love Annabeth teasing Percy and calling him Sea Weed Brain. This is a great book for tweens and teens, but I think if you love reading or listening to books that it doesn’t matter how old you are that you will love this book :) It is a great adventure, and I can wait to read/listen to more :) I have already started book 2 :)
I highly recommend this book in any form to anyone who love a good mythological adventure :)
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