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The Lightning Thief ( Percy Jackson and the Olympians) (Paperback) by Rick Riordan

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About the Book

Now in paperback--the first novel of a new series that mixes classic Greek mythology with modern adventure. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew--Poseidon, god of the sea.

Book Synopsis

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 world
  • It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 10 years
  • Read in classrooms across the US
  • Adapted into a movie, a Broadway musical, and soon, a TV series on Disney+
  • Brings Greek mythology to life for modern readers
  • Features beloved characters such as Annabeth Chase and Grover the satyr
  • Funny and fast-paced
Percy 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.

About The Author

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.
Dimensions (Overall): 7.5 Inches (H) x 5.2 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .55 Pounds
Suggested Age: 9-12 Years
Number of Pages: 377
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction, Science Fiction + Fantasy
Sub-Genre: Science Fiction + Fantasy
Series Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Publisher: Disney Pr
Format: Paperback
Author: Rick Riordan
Language: English
Street Date: April 1, 2006
TCIN: 11327183
UPC: 9780786838653
Item Number (DPCI): 059-13-0196
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 7.54 inches length x 5.13 inches width x 1.14 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.42 pounds
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4.8 out of 5 stars with 42 reviews
66% would recommend
6 recommendations

Ripped Pages

3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Ephil - 4 months ago
It’s a good book, but I just bought it today and the pages are ripping as I’m turning them.
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3 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Angel - 4 years ago, Verified purchaser
The quality of the book is not the best. Get it if you don?t care about it having some wear and tear.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Grandma - 4 years ago, Verified purchaser
Definitely a five.. My 9 year old Grandson could not be it down... Said it made him scared but loved the adventure. Wants all the other books in the series.
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Great fantasy series

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
CeLtsMom84 - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
Husband and I have both read the series, got it for our early teenage nephew as a gift hoping he will enjoy too.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
kat61884 - 7 years ago
A great book and a great series! Highly recommended!
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Great Book for Readers of All Ages

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Rpd6198 - 9 years ago
My 7 year old is an avid reader and I was looking for a challenge for him. He moved a bit slowly through the book, but was focused and fascinated the entire way through. When he finished, I read it and can say it was better than the movie by a long shot. And with the Target Red Card, our 5% discount and free shipping make shopping online better than ever.
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This book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 out of 5 stars
HEB - 10 years ago
This book is amazing. It follows a demigod, Percy Jackson. When he discovers what he is and that is mom was taken, he decides to go on a quest. With some new friends at his side, will he ever get his mom back? Can he return the master bolt to Zeus and the helm of darkness to Hades? The suspense leads you through unlikely friendship and betrayal. Can he make it by the summer solstice? Can he make it out alive? The reason why I liked this book so much is because it is always has new twists in the story. You never know what will happen next (even if you have seen the movie)! It takes you on a roller coaster of danger and curiosity. In my opinion, this is a must read! :)
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The Lightening Thief

5 out of 5 stars
Diane - 11 years ago
My daughter just loves this book!
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5 out of 5 stars
Mace - 11 years ago
I got this book from my school library, and now I am literley glued to it!!!!!!! i would so recommend this book!
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The Lightning Thief, an exciting start to the Percy Jackson Trilogy

5 out of 5 stars
justin - 11 years ago
If you love the Harry Potter series then this is a book for you. Percy Jackson is the main character he thinks that he is dyslexic and suffering from ADHD. He has been kicked out from school to school because unexpected things keep happening to him. Little does he know he's a "Half-Blood" which is the offspring of a powerful Greek God and a mortal. There is a special place for these special people, "Camp Half-blood" where they learn how to control their powers. But Percy's mother has been captured and he has been accused of stealing Zeus's lightning bolt, the most powerful weapon in the world. He is now on a race against time to save his mother. He must prove that he did not steal the lightning bolt before the summer solstice or there will be a war against the gods that will tear the world to pieces! This is a fast paced book with plenty of exciting twists and turns to keep the reader's interest. The different characters from Greek mythology all have unique powers and you will learn a lot about them. It makes you want to learn more about this subject. I think teenage boys will enjoy this book the most, but my sister loved it too. If you're looking for a fun read, pick up a copy today!
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Lightning Thief Book Review

5 out of 5 stars
- 14 years ago
My son loved this book and since reading this one, he has read the series and we have seen the movie. It is filled with action and adventure and uses great imagination. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to read and has a sense of adventure.
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one of my favorite books

5 out of 5 stars
- 15 years ago
The cover of the book I read looks different, I've never seen this cover. It's really good, though. Don't judge a book by its cover! This book is a story about Greek mythology. I read this book because in Beta club at school, there is a committee for convention called Battle of the Books. You get a list of books you have to read. This was by far my favorite. This might even be my favorite book ever. It is action-packed and doesn't get boring in any parts like some books do. This was a REALLY good book. Also read the other books in the series.
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5 out of 5 stars
Lil Cutie - 15 years ago
I read this book because my cousins said it was a like really good so I started reading it! I'm on the third book and it's like sooooooo good!! You should read it!!
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