Review: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Riordan, R. (2005). Percy Jackson and the lightning thief. London, UK: Puffin Books. [Fantasy]

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Percy Jackson has trouble at school.  He’s dyslexic, has ADHD, and is attending his sixth school in six years.  Things just seem to happen around him; like in the fifth-grade when Percy accidentally shot the school bus with a cannon during a field trip, or the time in fourth-grade when his entire class ended up swimming in a shark pool.  What could possibly go wrong with Percy’s latest school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

It turns out quite a lot.  When Percy’s maths teacher attacks him in a quiet spot of the museum he is forced to protect himself and accidentally vaporizes her.  With a ballpoint pen.  This sets off a chain of events in which Percy discovers that he is a ‘half-blood’; his mother is human but his father is one of Ancient Greece’s great gods – it’s just no one’s quite sure which one.  Percy is soon sent on an important quest.  If he is successful he will stop a giant battle being waged between Zeus and Poseidon.  But if Percy fails, it will be disastrous for the whole planet.

This is a fast-paced adventure that plunges straight into action in the first chapter.  Percy tells his story with great humour and lashings of snark.  The short chapters will attract less confident readers, while the inclusion of Greek gods and their mythology will appeal to those more able and knowledgeable readers.  Recommended for ages 9 and up.

I got my copy of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief from my nephew.

If your nephew doesn’t have a copy you can grab one from Napier Libraries.

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