Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12, Young Adult 12-15

Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

Author: Rick Riordan 

Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Branch

Ages 8 and up

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. 

This is such an amazing book. It is so well written, easy to read and very relatable. Rick Riordan is such an amazing writer and I love that the Greek gods are alive and breathing in the 21st century. Percy Jackson is an amazing character, a bit clueless at times, but his story is one that I go back to on a regular basis. This book is one that everyone should read.

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