The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning ThiefThis book was a personal purchase.

The Greek myths are among the richest and most well known ancient stories. Tales of gods and monsters, heroes and villains, they’ve provided a vast well of action and pathos. And no matter how many times they’re fodder for books and movies, they still delight and enchant. The Lightning Thief is one of the more recent examples of this phenomenon.

Percy Jackson has been kicked out of every school he’s been in, even though it’s not his fault that weird stuff happens around him. It’s definitely not his fault that his math teacher just turned into a winged hag and tried to kill him. And it’s really not his fault that Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and the gods are blaming him for it.

But because of all of this, Percy learns that his father was one of the gods of Mount Olympus. Percy is a half-blood, and now it’s up to him and his friends to find Zeus’s bolt before the summer solstice. If they fail, all hell will break loose—literally.

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