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Recent Arrivals: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

by Ann-Katrina

Recent Arrivals chronicles the books that have made their way onto the Today, I Read… bookshelf. Here’s the latest arrival: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan


First line: Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood.

Initial thoughts: I’d seen this title around for a while, but it didn’t hit home until I was standing in line for the November elections and saw a woman well into her fifties reading it. When I asked what she thought about it, she was completely smitten. So that’s when I knew I needed to get a copy of the book. (BTW, she was reading it because she wanted to know what her kids were into.)

Book description:

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’s 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’s 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.

Book Details: 392 pages; Miramax Books; Pub. March 21, 2006

Comments on Recent Arrivals: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

  1. # Lisette wrote on July 5, 2009 at 11:33 am:

    I’ve heard a bit about this one. It sound VERY interesting and that first line makes me want to read more.

  2. # Karissa Eckert wrote on July 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm:

    I absolutely love this series! My husband and I listen to it on audio book…no kids involved :-) I am really excited to listen to the next one. The Greek Mythology in it is wonderful and the characters are spot on!

  3. # Sheri wrote on July 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm:

    I read and reviewed this book. My kids and I are in a mother/kidlet book club and this is our selection. They’ve both read 4 out of the 5 in the series.

  4. # Ann-Kat wrote on July 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm:

    Wow, you guys make me want to set aside my current read and dig into this one. But, I must be strong and resist urge. LOL Still, I can’t wait to get to it now though. :D

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