1. Bibliography: Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief.
2. Genre and Awards:
Percy Jackson (Percival, hmmm) is a misfit. He keeps getting kicked out of schools, and weird things keep happening to him. In fact, he winds up at “Half-blood camp” for the summer where he manages to make some pretty important Greek gods pretty unhappy. In this novel, Percy works on discovering who he is while engaging in a quest of mythic (literally) proportions.4. Characters:
Along with a host of highly entertaining cameos by many Greek gods and mythological creatures; Percy Jackson is the main character. He is raised by his mom, because his dad is mysteriously absent??? His best friend, Grover, is always wearing a Rasta hat for some reason, and his favorite teacher teaches him all about Greek mythology, and seems to be the only person who really believes that Percy has the capacity to learn it. As the book progresses, my favorite character, Annabeth, daughter of Athena is the girl who travels with Percy on his adventures.
Percy discovers he is the son of a Greek god. In his journey to find himself and make peace with the gods, he has many hilarious encounters with other mythological beasts. This book is packed with action, and yet it is really relatable. I don’t want to give to much plot away, because much of the this book is in uncovering the plot twists as Percy learns not only who he is, but what he can do.
6. Needs of adolescents:
The Lightning Thief is a great book for middle and junior high students. Boys will love the action and love Percy, but girls will really enjoy Annabeth and the strong portrayal of female characters. This book deals with a single-parent household and many perilous situations that Percy and his friends encounter. It shows in a fantastical way how kids deal with bullying and being an outcast.
The Lightning Thief would be an excellent read aloud or small group book as well as a great book for an individual. Of course, it is not on the AR list (wink/wink). This book would be a great introduction to Greek mythology, the Iliad or The Odyssey. It would also be great as an introduction into creative writing.
The Lightning Thief is written for 7-10 graders.
9. Personal Reactions
Holy moly, my boys and I loved this one! It is so exciting and there is so much action, I couldn’t put it down. It is also really funny. If you want to get a 13-year old boy talking, give him this book. Every person I know that has read this that is under the age of 30 wants to talk about it, and everyone has a favorite part. I think it is a great bridge to many classics, and kids won’t even know what they are getting into. Rick Riordan has started something new and exciting, inviting in classic literature in a way that is relatable, entertaining and engaging.