The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 5 - 8Grades 3 - 8W4.787223

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.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published on January 5, 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 142313494X
ISBN-13: 9781423134947
1539 Book Reviews
  • silverstream77
    silverstream775 months55 stars
    THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLY INSANE! It is so incredibly vivid, and it is amazing. This book will hook you, and you´ll have to finish it!!!!
    • crystalwind13
      crystalwind135 months44 stars
      I haven't read it yet but my friend is OBSESSED with it, so I assume it's really good (she has good taste in a lot of things)
      • baseballmvp-5
        baseballmvp-55 months44 stars
        Good book
        • ccpuppylover248
          ccpuppylover2485 months55 stars
          Perfect for everyone interested in Greek Myth! Read this book and check out the rest of the series! Happy Reading!
          • mhoward672
            mhoward6725 months55 stars
            This book was really good. I read it when I was in 5th grade and literally could not put it down. I have read this book soooo many times!
            • pinkcat3
              pinkcat36 months55 stars
              Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is a middle-grade novel written by Rick Riordan. Jump into a world of urban fantasy, fantasy, and mythology.
              • kermituwu
                kermituwu7 months55 stars
                It was amazing, with humor and a great story as well.
                • plmoknijbuhvygc
                  plmoknijbuhvygc8 months55 stars
                  This book is about Greek mythology and it's the first book of the first series of Rick Riordan's books. It is really interesting and it explains everything you need to know and understand what's happening in the story. I got addicted to it once I started.
                  • damare_damare
                    I have read all the Percy Jackson books and they are all scary, funny, and a little sad.
                    • blueberryyogurt
                      blueberryyogurt8 months55 stars
                      I absolutey LOVED this book! The characters are developed really well and I love how there's also some humour. I found this book really interesting and I believe it has a really compelling plot. I find this series similar to Harry Potter, so for those potterheads who don't know what to read next, this is definitely the book for you. I also think this would be a great book for those who enjoy reading fantasy and are interested in Greek Mythology. This book deserves a big 5 stars!