Saturday, December 15, 2012

Student Saturdays: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

Student Reviewer:  Elizabeth
From Goodreads:
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves

Student's Thoughts:
The book Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is about Percy Jackson, Annabeth, and Grover setting off on a quest to retrieve the lightning bolt and capture the lightning thief.  Their thrilling adventure starts out at Camp Half-Blood and works its way all around the United States.  Throughout their journey, they have to solve a challenging riddle created by the Oracle of Delphi.  They have ten days until Zeus commences a war that will be unlike any others.  Percy Jackson is a typical teenager who lives a normal life, but little did he know he is the son of Poseidon and that he is going to recover the lightning bolt and catch the lightning thief.  As he and his loyal companions travel from one place to the next, they unravel a secret more powerful than they could ever imagine.  When they begin their mission they don’t know what terrifying creature awaits them, all they know is that they need to be armed with weapons of all kinds.

 As they search, they come across places with monsters lurking at every corner.  They also come across ancient monsters and mythological creatures and Percy even confronts a War God named Ares.  It is not the smartest choice that he could’ve made.  As they travel they face various obstacles that could wound them or even get them killed.  Percy and his friends encounter risks they willhave to take.  Along the way they have to contemplate their decisions and avoid quarreling or else Percy and his friends might face drastic measures.  While they maneuver through cities and states they will have to reflect on what they have accomplished during their adventure.  Percy, Annabeth, and Grover also make mortal and immortal enemies.  Throughout their astounding expedition they learn that friends stick together forever.

This book will have you on the edge of your seat, dying to know more.  Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief reminds me of some other books I have read.  They have the same amazing descriptions and it also has to do with fantasy creatures.  Those who love fantasy you will love the mythological creatures, the action, and to top it all off, it has you using your imagination!  I recommend Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief to those who love fascinating, fantasy and I recommend this book to my fellow classmates.  It is full of excitement and it has you thinking.

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