The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief

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The classic first book about Percy Jackson, the troubled boy who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, and his adventures with demigods, monsters, and Greek gods. This classic by #1 New York Times best selling author Rick Riordan has sold millions of copies throughout the worldIt has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 10 yearsRead in classrooms across the USAdapted into a movie, a Broadway musical, and soon, a TV series on Disney+Brings Greek mythology to life for modern readersFeatures beloved characters such as Annabeth Chase and Grover the satyrFunny and fast-pacedPercy 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.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 377 pages
  • 150 x 211 x 38mm | 544g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0786856297
  • 9780786856299
  • 47,037

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @RickRiordan.
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2,200,206 ratings
4.27 out of 5 stars
5 51% (1,124,751)
4 30% (665,722)
3 14% (311,306)
2 3% (68,586)
1 1% (29,841)

Our customer reviews

I first heard about this book when I was watching the special features on the movie version of The Lightning Thief. I absolutely loved the movie (and still intend on purchasing it) but didn't realize until afterwards that it was actually based on a book. Of course, after viewing the movie, I instantly wished I had read the book first. Since the movie came out, I've been dying to get my hands on a copy. So of course, when I saw it at Goodwill for only $.50 I had to snatch it up before someone else did. This book is absolutely amazing. Even better than the movie (as most are). Admittedly, it's the first book I've ever read that deals with the Greek gods. Not that the books aren't out there, I just have yet to manage to get my hands on them. Now that I've read this one, I'm even more interested in reading books of the nature. I absolutely loved it. As soon as I began reading I fell in love with the character of Percy Jackson. The things he goes through, magical and non-magical, on a daily basis are amazing and I loved following along as he grew and learned with the rest of us. I found myself getting lost in his world and I really cannot wait to read the rest of the series. (Now if they would only make the rest of the books into movies, I would be a happy (Half-Blood) camper...)show more
by Rainy Days and Pajamas
If you like books filled with adventure and Greek mythology, you have to read The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson is a twelve years old boy who has been expelled from a couple of schools and can't concentrate. Everybody thinks he's a failure, except his mother. So it isn't exactly surprising that he has only one friend and his school and a teacher hates him. What he wasn't expecting was that her teacher became a monster and tried to kill him. Nobody seems to remind that little detail, but he's sure he isn't crazy. But Percy's past is full of secrets, and his mother has tried to protect him until now. Percy's voices trapped me from the beginning. He's young, but extremely fun and mature, and innocent. When he discovers he's a demigod, things starts to get complicated. First, nobody knows who is his father and now he's being accused of stealing Zeus lightning bolt. That's why he, and his friends Grover and Annabeth decides to discovers who is the real thief and that way stop a war between gods. But of course, the Gods have never been very fair and some of them wants Percy to be guilty. Their journey is so much fun. Full of adventures and dangers, there were always twists that managed to surprise me. The writing is simple and with Percy's voice, I read it very quickly. It was never boring or too intense, and I always wanted to read more. Overall, The Lightning Thief is a story with Greek mythology interlaced with the modern world that I loved, and I regret I didn't read it when I was younger. I'm definitely going to read more of the Percy Jackson's books, I believe it's going to be one of my favorite series!show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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