Lightning ThiefTitle: The Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
ISBN: 0786856297
Pages: 377 pages
Publisher: Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, c2005.

“Sir,” I said, “where’s Mrs. Dodds?”
He stared at me blankly. “Who?”
“The other chaperone. Mrs. Dodds. The pre-algebra teacher.”
He frowned and sat forward, looking mildly concerned. “Percy, there is no Mrs. Dodds on this trip. As far as I know, there has never been a Mrs. Dodds at Yancy Academy. Are you feeling alright?” (15)

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson has had some weird things happen to him before, as he has been to six schools in six years. But when his pre-algebra teacher attacks him while on a field trip, and then disappears with no one remembering her, that’s just the start of Percy’s adventure. Soon he finds himself be shipped away to summer camp for the offerspring of the Olympic gods and goddesses. But Percy seems to have discovered his new identity just in time, as he is sent on a quest for an item stolen by the gods. If you haven’t started the series by Rick Riordan yet, now’s the time to start with The Lightning Thief.

I think I read a review that described a book as melding modern with myths, and that’s a perfect way to describe this book. (even if it wasn’t describing this book). For people familiar with the myths, Percy’s lineage is a little obvious to figure out, but for others it’s a good introduction. The gods are not your typical etheral, other worldly beings and they certainly have their own personality, with Posideon portrayed as a surfer dude and Ares as a leather clad biker. While the betrayal at the end seems to be an afterthought, the story flows well, and it’s a nice tidy ending. The descriptions are wonderful, and I can imagine them making it into a movie, although I haven’t heard anything to that affect. Yet.

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