Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan. Review by Tommy H.

This quarter I read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This was one of the best books I've ever read, and definitely my favorite. I liked it so much that on some nights I would stay up almost all night just to read it. It is a very adventurous and treacherous story filled with monsters and gods and at least one battle or dangerous predicament in every chapter. I'd recommend it to almost anyone because pretty sure you'll like it just as much as I did, but you have to pay very close attention to every little detail because odds are it will connect with something later in the book.

The story is about a boy in sixth grade named Perseus Jackson, but most people call him Percy. He is a trouble child, and he is dyslexic. One day when he is on a field trip to a museum something happens that changes his life forever. When he is getting into trouble with Nancy Bobofit he gets called aside by his least favorite teacher Ms.Dodds. When he gets there his teacher isn't there. Instead there is a strange bird creature with a beak and talons, and as it attacks his favorite teacher Mr.Brunner (who is in a wheelchair) throws him a pen and tells him to uncap it. He does and it turns into a sword wich he uses to vanquish Ms.Dodds. His teacher is a monster. When he gets outside nobody knows what he is talking about when he mentions Ms.Dodds including his best friend Grover. Grover is a small boy the same age as Percy, but he has a beard on his chin. And he has to walk around with crutches because he is crippled. Or is he? Eventually he finds out he is the son of the sea god Poseidon, and that Grover and Mr.Brunner aren't crippled, they are just magical creatures hiding their real form. Then he is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt. And that sends him on a treacherous mission to find the lightning bolt and prevent the gods from starting world war III. And you'll find that an unexpected thief stole the bolt.

As I said I really liked this book and recomend it to anyone looking for a top notch 5 star book. And right now I'm finishing the second book "The Sea of Monsters" and it's another great book by Rick Riordan that I recomend you read too. Also be sure you see the movie too. Although it's not as good as the book, it's still a really enjoyable and fun movie to see.

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