"The Lightning Thief"
Published on Friday, January 15, 2010 - 10:54am
What is all the fuss about with this new movie The Lightning Thief that's coming out on February 12? If you want to know more about the book it's based on, please read on:
Percy Jackson is dyslexic, has ADHD, and enough behavioral problems that he has been kicked out of six schools in six years. His last removal was particularly interesting; he transformed his pre-algebra teacher to dust when she turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
But he’s the only one who remembers it, and he soon finds out why: he isn’t totally human, but a half-blood, son of the Sea God Poseidon. In this novel, the Greek Gods do still exist and cause all kinds of mischief in the world. Their half-blood children are sent to a summer camp on Long Island called Camp Half-Blood where they learn to fight the monsters that plague them in the real world.
Percy’s parentage also brings him a lot of trouble, as a war is brewing between Poseidon and Zeus, because Zeus thinks Poseidon used Percy to steal his master lightning bolt. Percy must travel across the country with his friends Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr) in order to clear his name, find the real thief, and discover why they want a war between the gods.
The Lightning Thief and other books in the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series by Rick Riordan are excellent books for tween and young teen readers. Check them out at Northeast Branch Library or any of the other DC Public Libraries today!