The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan, is the first book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. We first learn about a boy named Percy Jackson, who has dyslexia and ADHD and keeps getting kicked out of school year after year. He discovers that he is a demigod because he is the son of the mortal Sally Jackson and the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. He discovers more about himself at Camp Half-Blood, and is eventually sent on a quest, with his "friends" Grover and Annabeth, to find Zeus's missing master lightning bolt. They encounter many mythological monsters and memorable situations that lead them through twists and turns in their journey.

Many of my students are enthralled in this series, so I just had to check out what all the fuss was... and I was certainly not disappointed! So much action and adventure was crammed into these pages that I have a hard time deciding what my favorite part was. One of the most memorable scenes was when they encountered Medusa, which reminded me of the scene from one of my favorite classic movies, Clash of the Titans. It makes perfect sense that since mythological gods live forever, then they would still be alive in present time. The combination of today's modern technology with history's mythological stories becomes a fresh new blend of genres and story lines. This was a magnificent beginning to a series I'm looking forward to continuing to dive deeper into!

--Mr. Riedl