The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Lia (Library Patron)

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy who has dyslexia and ADHD. He was always a troubled kid, getting kicked out of many schools, not having many true friends, and seeing things that no one else could. His whole life flipped on its head when he discovers that his father (who he never knew) is a Greek god. In this book, he finds friendship, family, and adventure. Percy and two of his new friends set out on a quest to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. Within the fourteen days he had to complete his quest, he discovers things out of this world. This book has a hint of everything–adventure, mystery, action, and of course Greek and Roman mythology.

I love this book and the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! I have read it once before, but am now reading it again and I still love it! I can appreciate how this book sets up for the other books in the series. The author is one of my favorites because he knows how to hook people in and his foreshadowing skills are amazing! Some parts seem so unexpected but then I remember how the author hinted about it earlier in the book. Connecting the dots is truly a great feeling. I’d like to think that I am well-versed in this genre. I think that teens who are interested in Greek and Roman mythology, or just fantasy in general, would greatly benefit from reading this book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)

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