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Author: Rick Riordan
The escapades of the Greek gods and heroes get a fresh spin
in the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians
series, about a contemporary 12-year-old New Yorker who
learns he's a demigod. Perseus, aka Percy Jackson, thinks he
has big problems. His father left before he was born, he's
been kicked out of six schools in six years, he's dyslexic,
and he has ADHD. What a surprise when he finds out that
that's only the tip of the iceberg: he vaporizes his
pre-algebra teacher, learns his best friend is a satyr, and
is almost killed by a minotaur before his mother manages to
get him to the safety of Camp Half-Blood--where he discovers
that Poseidon is his father. But that's a problem, too.
Poseidon has been accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt,
and unless Percy can return the bolt, humankind is doomed.
Riordan's fast-paced adventure is fresh, dangerous, and
funny. Percy is an appealing, but reluctant hero, the
modernized gods are hilarious, and the parallels to Harry
Potter are frequent and obvious. Because Riordan is faithful
to the original myths, librarians should be prepared for a
rush of readers wanting the classic stories.
Released: 21 March
Themes: Adventure, thriller,
Mythology, Greek & Roman
Formats: Also available in
hardback, Large print hardcover,
Jackson and the Lightning Thief is scheduled to
release on February 12, 2010 in the United States.
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