The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

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The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. In this book, Jackson discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt. 
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  • Anna Hughes
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. It is fast paced, well-written, and full of loveable, believable characters -- even if they are children of gods. This whole series is an excellent read for anyone, and a choice pick for parents who are looking for exciting, fun, clean books for both boys and girls to read. As a school librarian, I could rarely keep this book on the shelf more than half a day. As a grandparent, I've gifted it to the grandkids, and even given copies to adult friends. It is one of those rare finds these days: a truly well-written, good book with a universal theme that still manages to be fresh."
    Crystal Lewis
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I picked up this book for my son who absolutely loved it. This children's fantasy book is great for boys and girls alike. "
  • Bruce Sandoval
    Written on January 28, 2018
    "Highly derivative, generic fantasy. There's not really anything about this story that you haven't read at least several times already, if you're an avid reader of fantasy. Not a terrible book, but nothing new by any means. "
  • Craig Cole
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The wars between the gods is an highlight explanation of author, and the title of book is something new lightning thief explains us the the power of the war, and the incidents occur in extreme spreed. "
  • Ruth Barrett
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a good book for teenagers to read, but I was quite surprised at how much I liked this book as well. The plot and characters caught my attention. There were a lot of twists and turns that had me interested."
    Jeffrey Martin
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "My nephew loved them movie and begged me for the book. I was so happy because I didnt know he read like that. He finished in 1 week and was begging me for another."
  • Guadalupe Sánchez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I knew of the series because of the movies being released and being a big Harry Potter fan, similar genres. When my son and I finished the HP series we went looking for something else. The Percy series really hit the spot. No spoilers for the story, but the book also made my son curious about mythology"
  • Bryan Richardson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is a great book for teens based on Greek mythology that really captures the audiences attention."
    Heather Vargas
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief is an interesting Greek mythology book that will capture a teens attention right from the beginning."
  • Rachel Keller
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Exactly what I was looking for as a mythology nerd! The Lightning Thief is an enthralling fantasy book with Greek mythology references! It includes things like a minotaur, satyrs, and centaurs as well as many different gods and goddesses. Not to mention the fact that it's a great and exciting story! I'll definitely have to check out all of the Percy Jackson books."
    Louis Bryant
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I really enjoyed the lightning thief. The reading is light and easy. The story kept me entertained page after page. It took me back to when I was a child learning about Greek mythology."
  • Randy Cook
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Good book if you're into the Greek mythology, magic, etc. Obviously unrealistic, but it's a good escape from reality if you like these types of books. "
  • Anonymous
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "Of course, nothing beats the first, that's why I think this book beats every other book in the series by a mile!"
  • Denise Reid
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) was okay to me I read the book as well as watched the movie of it. It was a bit similar to Artemis Fowl they're both science fiction books and are great for young readers who likes adventure."
  • Albert Simmons
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Has little to do with thieves, but it's an entertaining romp for the YA crowd. I read it all in about two days."
  • Steven Morrison
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is probably one of the best books I have read. I was always wondering what would happen next – some parts were filled with fear and emotion and some filled with action. My favorite part of the book was when Percy fights Ares, the god of war. I could not put this book down. Wherever I went this book came with me. Rick Riordan Is a very good author and I love reading his books. I can't wait to start reading the next one."
  • Guillermina Ventura
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Interesting book to read!"
  • Rishika Bose
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I think this book is good, but it is not the best, "
  • Daniel Stevens
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "In The Lightning Thief, a boy discovers he's the son of a god. The book is certainly entertaining but falls well short of living up to the promise of the book's premise."
  • Charles Fields
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This was a pretty good book. Fans of Riordan will like it. It feels fresh and unique. I look forward to reading more in the series."
  • Peter Schultz
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Age Range: 10 - 14 years Lexile Measure: 680 (What's this?) Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Book 1) Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; 1 edition (April 1, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0786838655 ISBN-13: 978-0786838653 Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 7.6 inches"
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  • Olivia Cook
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Wonderful story to read! Looks very good!"
  • Madison Bishop
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "My niece needed a book for her birthday. She's a huge fantasy fan, and I didn't know what to get her. When I went to my local independent bookstore, the attendant recommended this book and I decided to take her up on it. My niece loved it! The plot was exciting, dark but not too disturbing, and the text was accessible and easy to understand."
  • Russell Ortiz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is the very first book of a great series. A story that involves the great greek gods and and man. A war rages on and it is Percy Jackson's job to try and put an end to the fighting. You need to read this story of an epic hero and this great challenge"
  • Jerry Cooper
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "I have always loved this book as it explores the world of Greek mythology in a very humorous and joking manner. It's engaging, but not so serious that you have to hammer down your Greek mythology to understand. It was actually made into a movie a while back, and it had a way of making each character their own. Definitely worth a try."
  • Wu Xiao
    Written on May 5, 2018
    " The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) is the first book in Rick Riordan's series Percy Jackson & the Olympians. He discovers that he's Poseidon's son and must stop a war between the gods by finding the thief who stole Zeus' master bolt."
  • Crystal Parker
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "a good modern choice"
  • Brandon Myers
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) is a book by Rick Riordan. It is available on Amazon for $6.39. This is the first book in the Percy Jackson series, and it is about Percy learning he is the son of Poseidon and he must stop a war between the gods. He must also save his mother from the depths of Hades. This is a great book that was the base for a very enjoyable movie as well. It fits the topic extremely well."
  • Joshua Castro
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This series makes the Greek stories come alive. Not only are they entertaining, they personalize and humanize the characters from these ancient myths. These books are educational as well as entertaining."
  • Brenda Fisher
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a wonderful and creative book. It is about the children of the Gods. It is very fast-paced and has a lot of action in it. It also has a lot of heart in it. The characters struggle with their roles in the world, as well as the parents that are Gods to the rest of the world. They create strong friendships and bonds as they fight against evil. "
  • Judy Carroll
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a great through the times book, that shows the coming of age and going through the changes of life."
  • Thomas Hernandez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief got my nephew interested in reading. He loved the movie and so I got him the book. He breezed through it and it is still one of his favorites. I gave it a read, and for a young adult series opener it is not bad. I enjoy the spin on classical mythology and the stories are nearly as good as Harry Potter."
  • Angela Gibson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is not a chapter book and I don't know why it was suggested as one. While it's a great book and I recommend it for youths especially it did not satisfy what I was searching for. At all."
  • Andrew Mitchell
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Read this along with a friend. When I saw the movie version years ago, i was not impressed wit it at all so I was not expecting much from the book. The book is geared for young people but has things that all can appreciate, surprisingly deep and accurate on Greek History as well."
  • David Woods
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "As I remember I saw a movie about Percy Jackson, I didn't know it was a book too. I didn't like the movie , it was more for teens than for children. This solution is not quite the best, I can recommend "Good Night New York City " by Adam Gamble. It is my son favorite."
  • Bobby Turner
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "A great book to the series of percy jackson! This is book 1, very action-paced. Things are being written to you as if it was due or die! Great Book!"
  • Eric Silva
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Percy Jackson is one of the best kids books you can read. its an adventure from beginning to end that any middle school student would love "
  • James Allen
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "maybe if you are a kid but by far not if you are an adult"
  • Ralph Kelly
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is an exciting book taking us back to adventures as a teen. Excellent for pre-teens and teens as it will connect with them nicely. It has some element of Greek mythological characters, but I would not consider this the best mythological fiction. But is an excellent read. "
  • Amy Hu
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Harry Potter fans will love this book, and once they read this one, they will want to read the whole series. This book will pull you into a world of demigods and mythical creatures. The characters are appealing and the pace really moves."
    Keith Alvarado
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Percy Jackson is a good adventure series. It is far superior to Harry Potter. Rick Riordan is a quality writer. The series is fun for a wide group of ages."
  • Angela Gomez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a good book for both youth and adults. Myself and my daughter, who is 13, both enjoyed it from cover to cover. The characters are well built and the adventures are described in great detail."
    Jacqueline Beck
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "It's an alright book for middle school children."
  • Heather Hanson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief is a great mix of Greek mythology and American history. I enjoy these books just as much as my son, which is saying a lot since he does not read very many books!"
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  • Xu Yang
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Is your child heading off to summer camp for the first time? If so, they must bring with them "The Lightning Thief" to pass the time between after activities and before bed. The story will catch their imaginations and keep them hooked page after page. It may even give them something cool to talk about with their peers at camp to help break that initial shyness many young adults may face while being away."
  • Brittany Alexander
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is about a guy, not a girl. It was still interesting to read though. It was fun reading about different Greek gods."
  • Anna Bates
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Not only is this great young adult fiction but it also touches on some of the Greek Mythology and teaches about the Greek Gods. The protagonist is a pre-teen who sees adults as silly and of course he and his friends have to save the day by solving a theft."
    Steven Scott
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A great book for young and old. I patiently waited for my 10 year old son to finish it so I could read it. A fun adventure that takes you along with the characters."
  • Katherine Kennedy
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The solution to this book fits the description of the topic well. The book is a great book to read, and I would recommend it to anyone to read the whole series. They will like the solution and will be happy reading it."
  • Tyler Murray
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "tHERE is absolutely zero indication of dislexia in the reviews or my having seen the mivie either so rated 0"
  • Matthew Graham
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I highly doubt you could put your book or kindle down by the ending of the first chapter. the contents of this book beat Harry Potter by far in my opinion. This book leaves you on a note that could get you pushing some buttons or running to the bookstore for the second book as fast as you can."
  • Lori Woods
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Summer reading lists are being made for all those kids who will soon have a lot of free time. This series, which begins with The Lightening Thief, is an excellent choice to keep your kids (and mine) reading this summer. What young adult wouldn't like to discover they are the son of a God? Tapping into every teenager's desire to be special and unique, this book will keep them intrigued this summer and promote reading the next books in this series. "
  • Philip Gardner
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Strong women have been my role models growing up. My mother and aunt have past recently so I have been reading novels of inspiring women. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) has some inspiring characters even if is just fiction. I find it enjoyable to read."
  • Marilyn Collins
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "My kid liked this book. The story is exciting with lots of adventure and entertainment. He hadn't read the books until he saw the movie and that peaked his interest. He said the books are better than the movies, and he is a kid that doesn't like reading so take that as you will."
  • Cynthia Berry
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Lightning Thief is a great choice if you are into science fiction and fantasy. Percy is immersed in the realization that he's part of the God family and everything depends on him!"
  • Rocío Olvera
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "If you've seen the Percy Jackson movies, then these books are the next step in continuing your journey with Percy and his friends! Percy, being a teenager himself, is incredibly relatable to other teenagers, while offering wit and humor. Whether you're a teen yourself - or the parent or grandparent of a teenager - this is a fantastic book to read together and experience the joys of mythology!"
  • Debra Watson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book fits into this topic category very well. This book seems hard to put down once you start to read it. It is an interesting, fast paced, full of friendships and lots of action packed nature of this book. "
  • Rakesh Chauhan
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "In the wake of the success of the Harry Potter novels, there is a huge new wave of fantasy stories that have been released. In my opinion, the best of these are the Percy Jackson series of novels. The Lightning Thief is a great and action packed start to a series that I have found to be extremely fun and engaging."
  • Martha Stevens
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a very popular young adult book. I thought it was okay, but the YA genre doesn't appeal to me all too much. I would recommend this if you like mythology and YA books in general. Otherwise, there's better books out there. "
  • Tammy Phillips
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Percy Jackson & the Olympians is a very popular ya adult series dealing with fantasy and Greek gods. Of course, everyone needs to start with the first book in the series. So, of course, this means it's the best one out there."
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  • Alan Marshall
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It was about the book of lightning thief"
  • Lee Sun
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "great solution"