Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Teen Review by Lauren. . .The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Ever think your math teacher might really be out to get you? Ever think your friend is a little on the odd side? This may mean absolutely nothing but, just in case, you may want to ask your Latin teacher for an extra pen. Then you can be ready when that math teacher actually does try to kill you.

At least you will be prepared if your math teacher is a Fury, your Latin teacher is a centaur, and that ballpoint pen he gave you turns into a celestial bronze sword that can vaporize said Fury. Through this turn of events, Percy Jackson is pulled into a world of Greek mythology after Zeus' master bolt is stolen, and Percy is the top suspect. He quickly joins up with Grover the Satyr and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, on a quest to clear his name and return the bolt. On the journey west, the group runs into plenty of monsters, myths, and supernatural tricks.

In this book and the rest in the series, Percy and his friends face down the worst monsters and ancient foes, while encountering many unexpected twists. After fighting the minotaur in Greek battle armor, you may run into Apollo himself driving his Maserati sun-chariot. This is definitely a must-read series.

Great review, Lauren! With its amazing rise in popularity (partly due to the movie), you may have already read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. If that's the case, how about one of these books:

The Red Pyramid
(The Kane Chronicles book 1)

by Rick Riordan

The Maze of Bones
(The 39 Clues book 1)

by Rick Riordan

The Extraordinary Adventures
of Alfred Kropp

by Rick Yancey

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