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The Lightning Thief (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Rick Riordan (Author)

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Title:The Lightning Thief
Authors:Rick Riordan (Author)
Info:Miramax (2006), Edition: 1, Paperback, 392 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Read in 2012
Rating:***1/2
Tags:fiction, YA, american literature, fantasy

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (2006)

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians is about a troubled kid with ADD who keeps getting kicked out of private schools. One day he discovers that he is a demigod, half human, half Greek god. He is whisked away to Camp Half-Blood when his mother is kidnapped. At the camp he discovers that he is the son of Poseidon, the god of the seas and is accused of steeling Zeus's lightning bolt. He goes on a quest with his friends Annabeth and Grover (a centaur) to find his mom after hearing a prophecy. The three heroes encounter fantastic creatures and eventually travel to the underworld to clear his name and save his mom. I thought that this book was super creative and fun to read. The plot is interesting and it has really witty dialogue. Another thing that I appreciated about this book was that the characters were relatable. Percy is ADD and has a hard tie in school. Grover is insecure and kind. Annabeth is considered bossy and a know-it-all. All three characters are not perfect and have flaws which I think is easier for kids to relate to. I would definitely recommend this to my future students.
  siobhan.mcsweeney | Jan 18, 2017 |
The Percy Jackson books just aren't as good as Harry Potter. They are more juvenile, and just don't keep my interest. My 8 yr old liked them though. ( )
  flyboysgu | Jan 13, 2017 |
Perfectly fun, but the writing isn't exactly compelling. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
You see the many challenges Percy faces in the real world, never truly fitting in. But we soon see where he really belongs and his true family. The protagonist goes on the emotional roller coaster and it's written like we are right there watching over him. ( )
  abiseto | Jan 5, 2017 |
A good middle grades adventure story. Some fun sly humor for older readers as well and while most of the mythological content is pretty basic, there are a couple of interesting twists. The only real criticism I had was that it seems to rely too heavily for my comfort on gender stereotypes at times (the angelic mother, the smart but not esp. physical girl companion, the struggle for dominance among adolescent males, the importance of being claimed by a father figure). Still, that probably comes with the territory of incorporating Western mythology into the story. I also think the author lays it on a bit thick about the role of "the heart of Western Civilization" as the center of human survival. But, my 12 year old daughter loved it and for myself, I liked it well enough to read more . ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
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"The Lightning Thief" is perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats, and mysteries opening out in sequence. The action never feels gratuitous; it draws its depth from the myths at its source.
 
Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and funny.
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Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.
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Book Description

In this stunning collectors' edition of The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson's world is brought to life with eight full-color plates by the series jacket artist John Rocco. The edition comes in an elegant slipcase with a ribbon bookmark, rough edges, and cloth cover--a perfect keepsake for fans of this truly epic series.

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There's little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus.

This first installment of Rick Riordan's best-selling series is a non-stop thrill-ride and a classic of mythic proportions.



A Note for Amazon Customers from Illustrator John Rocco

Dear Readers,

When I was about eight years old I had the great luck of stumbling upon my father’s collection of Classics Illustrated comic books. I instantly fell in love with the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, and James Fenimore Cooper. Many years later, when I became interested in illustration, I discovered the beautiful hardbound editions of these stories featuring the arresting artwork of incredible artists like N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Maxfield Parrish. What I love about their paintings is not just the beautiful draftsmanship, color and composition, but their ability to capture a moment that held the promise of swashbuckling adventure. That promise let me know that if I read the words surrounding that picture, I could unlock the adventure.

That promise is what I tried to achieve when creating the pictures for this incredible series. My approach has never been just to describe a scene from the book, but to create an illustration that offers tension and mystery--an image that provides just enough information to leave the viewer wanting to know more.

When I was asked to create images for the Deluxe Edition of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief it was a dream come true. It was my chance to illustrate what I consider to be a new classic. The Lightning Thief has so many wonderful moments it was difficult to choose what to paint, but I knew I wanted to create a balance of dramatic scenes and quiet moments and to capture the spirit of Rick’s unforgettable characters. It has been my own great adventure to help bring this book to life in a new way, in color, on the page.

I hope you enjoy this Deluxe Edition of The Lightning Thief.

Yours,

John



Illustrations from Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Deluxe Edition
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Percy and a Nereid Percy and Annabelle on their way to Las Vegas Percy at the Entrance to Mount Olympus

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After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

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