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Title:
The lightning thief
ISBN:
9780307245311

9780307245304
Publication Information:
New York : Listening Library, p2005.
Physical Description:
8 sound discs (10 hr., 2 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Unabridged.

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
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Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp.

Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends-one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena-will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Author Notes

Rick Riordan was born on June 5, 1964, in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in English and history, he taught in public and private middle schools for many years.

He writes several children's series including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo. He also writes the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. He has won Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards for his mystery novels. .

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-At the outset of this fast-paced tale by Rick Riordan (Hyperion/Miramax, 2005), it would seem that Percy Jackson is just another New York kid diagnosed with ADHD, who has good intentions, a nasty stepfather, and a long line of schools that have rejected him. The revelation of his status as half-blood offspring of one of the Greek gods is nicely packaged, and it's easy to believe that Mount Olympus, in modern times, has migrated to the 600th floor of the Empire State Building (the center of Western civilization) while the door to Hades can be found at DOA Recording Studio, somewhere in LA. With his new friends, a disguised satyr, and the half-blood daughter of Athena, Percy sets out across the country to rectify a feud between Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Along the way they must cope with the Furies, Medusa, motorcycle thug Aires, and various other immortals. Although some of Jesse Bernstein's accents fail (the monster from Georgia, for instance, has no Southern trace in her voice), he does a fine job of keeping the main characters' tones and accents distinguishable. He convincingly portrays Percy, voicing just the right amount of prepubescent confusion, ironic wit, and the ebbing and waning of concern for himself and those around him. Mythology fans will love this take and kids who haven't been inculcated with the Classical canon will learn aspects of it here while having no trouble following a rollicking good-and modern-adventure.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

For this fast-paced adventure that zaps characters from Greek mythology into modern times, Bernstein gets the reading rhythm just right. He conveys Riordan's notes of humor, sarcasm and downright amazement in the voice of 12-year-old Percy Jackson, a smart kid who seems to be a magnet for trouble. But one day Percy discovers that being kicked out of a different school every year and dealing with learning challenges like ADHD is nothing compared to the truth of his life: he's a demigod, the son of Poseidon. Of course, among other things, that means an action-packed mission to the Underworld to find Zeus's stolen lightning bolt and return it to Mount Olympus (specially accessed as the 600th floor in the Empire State Building). Listeners will be hanging on every zippy chapter here and will be eager to find out where Percy heads next in this planned series. Ages 10-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Guardian Review

Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 384pp, Puffin, pounds 12.99 Perseus is alive and kicking and living in Manhattan. He goes by the name of Percy Jackson, he's 12 years old and has been shunted from one special school to another. He suffers from attention- deficit disorder and severe dyslexia. Does this sound like the stuff of Greek legend? Rick Riordan's book Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief unleashes the extraordinary lurking beyond the mundane. Percy prefaces his tale with a warning to all "half-bloods" like him who might be reading the book: "Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time, it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways." The story begins with Percy believing that he has an over- vivid imagination. Surely this is why he sees his maths teacher turn into a beast with claws, bat wings and fangs, and then attack him. A pen thrown to him by his Latin teacher turns into a sword, and he swipes the thing into nothingness. Then he goes home for summer vacation and heads to Long Island with his mum. When his best friend from school, Grover, shows up with shaggy hindquarters and hooves, urging them to flee from a man with a bull's head who manages to evaporate his mother, Percy can no longer sustain the illusion that he is even remotely normal. He and Grover take sanctuary in a summer camp at Half Blood Hill. This is a training ground for those who are half mortal and half god, for a half-blood has one divine parent. The identity of Percy's absent father is soon revealed to be Poseidon, brother of Zeus and Hades. A war is brewing between these three brothers. Someone has stolen Zeus's thunderbolt and he is blaming Poseidon, who in turn suspects Hades of the crime. If Percy can succeed in crossing the US to the entrance to the Underworld and retrieve the missing thunderbolt to return to Zeus before the summer solstice in just over a week's time, then a major breakout of hostilities encompassing the entire globe will be averted. Accompanied by his satyr friend, Grover, and Annabeth, a half- blood daughter of Athene, goddess of wisdom, Percy fights and journeys his way across modern America, where the challenges include his mythological namesake's original quarry, the gorgon Medusa, with her petrifying gaze and hair of snakes. He makes an enemy of the war god Ares, a leather-bound biker with shades and fire in his eyes, and discovers that a more ancient and darker force, defeated by Zeus before the onset of the Golden Age, is stirring up trouble and attempting to make an appalling return to dominance. This is a fast-paced, entertaining read with lots of imaginative moments and a quirky take on classical Greek mythology. Even if you don't know what a fury or a chimera is, you get the idea when you meet them. Riordan gleefully interprets ancient myth in the modern idiom and this makes for great fun for the reader, even if there are glaring inconsistencies. The original Perseus, for example, was not the son of Poseidon but of Zeus. It is also hard not to be reminded of the Harry Potter books. There is an ever-present whiff of a formula being applied and of marketing at play throughout the genuinely lively storytelling. Also there are grand statements about the second world war really being an epic battle between Poseidon and Zeus and a reference to Hades' resemblance to "pictures I'd seen of Adolf Hitler, or Napoleon, or the terrorist leaders who direct suicide bombers". These weighty contemporary and historical references sit uneasily in what is in effect a light-hearted jape. There is an intended irony in the joke that the entrance to the Underworld is in a Los Angeles recording studio. The unintended irony is that this racy adventure story really does give Greek mythology the Hollywood treatment. Diane Samuels is Pearson Creative Research Fellow at the British Library, researching magic. To order Percy Jackson and the Olympians for pounds 11.99 with free UK p&p call Guardian book service on 0870 836 0875 or go to guardian.co.uk/bookshop Caption: article-percy.1 He and Grover take sanctuary in a summer camp at Half Blood Hill. This is a training ground for those who are half mortal and half god, for a half-blood has one divine parent. The identity of Percy's absent father is soon revealed to be Poseidon, brother of Zeus and Hades. A war is brewing between these three brothers. Someone has stolen Zeus's thunderbolt and he is blaming Poseidon, who in turn suspects Hades of the crime. If [Percy Jackson] can succeed in crossing the US to the entrance to the Underworld and retrieve the missing thunderbolt to return to Zeus before the summer solstice in just over a week's time, then a major breakout of hostilities encompassing the entire globe will be averted. - Diane Samuels.