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Kids’ BookBridges: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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TITLE: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

AUTHOR: Rick Riordan

PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion

LENGTH: 396 pages

SUMMARY: (via amazon.com) Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. When his mom tells him the truth about where he came from, she takes him to the one place he’ll be safe—Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island). There, Percy learns that the father he never knew is actually Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon Percy finds himself caught up in a mystery that could lead to disastrous consequences. Together with his friends—a satyr and other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

REVIEW:Today I am going to tell you about Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I think this would be a good book for kids because it could teach them about the Greek gods and who they were. I learned that Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus were brothers and that Hades is trapped in The Underworld. I liked the book because the chapter titles were funny. I also liked the book because it was funny like when one of the gods buys Annabeth, Grover, and Percy lunch at a diner. The title of that chapter was “A God Buys Us Cheeseburgers”. I thought it was a really funny book because Grover kept on eating cans and he would sometimes hand them to Percy and say, “I saved this for you!” Percy doesn’t really eat cans and Grover keeps forgetting. I think other kids should read this book because I think they would really like it. If kids like this book then they will like the other books in the series. I am working on the second book The Sea of Monsters.

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