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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

This was a book that CJ talked about often these past few months. She read it for her English class, which amazingly, is one of her favorite classes.

The movie version of this is coming out in early 2010, so I had more incentive to read it...besides CJ telling me over and over to read it.

I started on Assassination Vacation but my book request for this one came in sooner than I expected. Note: I also got The Help, finally, but 'declined' it since I have two other books (including Assassination Vacation) waiting to be read.

I really enjoyed this although I would say I read it 'casually', meaning, slowly during the before-bedtime hours. It's not my type of genre. I'm not a fantasy loving book reader *but* I found this entertaining enough to read the rest of the series.

The hero of the book is Perseus Jackson, AKA Percy Jackson. He has trouble in school and can't seem to stay out of trouble in school. His mom has sent him to a private 'reform' type school, where he tried to stay out of trouble.

His best friend is Grover and he seems to have a connection with his Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner.

However, Mrs. Dodds is not the teacher he connects well with and on a field trip, Mrs. Dodds shows her true colors and turns into shriveled bat-like creature. This is the point where we know that Percy Jackson is not a normal 12-year old boy, but in fact, a demigod...son of one of the Greek gods.

The adventure will soon begin and we learn a lot about Greek Mythology. This is why this book is so popular with teachers and educators: it incorporates Greek Mythology into this novel. Someone has stolen Zeus' thunderbolt and Percy, Grover (who turns out to be a satyr) and Annabeth, a fellow demigod (well, demigoddess), go on a quest to find the bolt and return it to its rightful owner.

CJ really enjoyed this book and I am really glad to see her read novels like these: very inventive, mixing education with adventure, in characters that we (yes, even an old fogey like me) can relate to.

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