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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Mass Market Paperback – 2008 by Rick Riordan (Author)

I bought this book because it was on one of those $. 99 lists and I thought, "What the heck. " This book took me back 50 years to some of my first pre-teen adventure books, e.g. the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The book is written from the standpoint of the protagonist who is pretty much a current pre-teen (I have 2 and one teen) with a wry irreverent sense of humor, as have many of the characters, "We don’t say the "c" word. " It’s not the "c" word you think. The book is fun and fast moving and if you have teen/pre-teens you will recognize a fair amount of their behavior while chuckling at them. The adults are also somewhat caricatures of the typical adult, but probably as many pre-teens see us. It’s fun. If you are an adult read it with your pre-teen, early teen as something to do together or in the car on a trip. You may surprise yourself that you have really enjoyed it. Check it out!

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief Mass Market Paperback – 2008 by Rick Riordan (Author) Review

Rick Riordan has hit on a winning formula in the Percy Jackson series! Lots of adventure aimed directly at the 10-13 year old reluctant reader. The story line and characters are as addictive as Rowling’s Harry Potter books, but instead of using wizardry and witchcraft, Riordan empowers his heroes and heroines through the magic of Greek mythology. Tons of monster-fighting, problem-solving, and even a bit of age-appropriate romance thrown in as the characters age along with the target audience. As a reader, a parent, and a middle-school English teacher, I cannot say enough good about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! At least a dozen parents have thanked me for introducing this story to their sons, who would not read a book until this one came along, and who have now read and re-read the entire series. I even know of some teenagers (both boys and girls) who had a race to see who could finish the latest book first! Not only are they entertained by these stories, but they are also learning about the root mythology of Western civilization while traveling to all the major landmarks of the U.S.A. (and, in the Heroes of Olympus series, across the Atlantic to Europe as well); when they get on to high school and have to study Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, they are making straight A’s without effort! Last year I read the series aloud to my son, who has always been a struggling reader, and now he is re-reading it independently and loving it even more the second time around. DO NOT BE TURNED AWAY BY THE POOR MOVIE ADAPTATION! -Read Reviews-

I knew of the series because of the movies being released and being a big Harry Potter fan, similar genres. When my son and I finished the HP series we went looking for something else. The Percy series really hit the spot. No spoilers for the story, but the book also made my son curious about mythology.

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