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cover the Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief (2005)
Percy Jackson & the Olympians Book One

Disney Hyperion Books paperback
covert art by John Rocco
375 pages (left)

movie tie-in cover (right)
The Lightning Thief movie tie-in cover

From the back cover of the paperback:
       Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again.  And that's the least of his troubles.  Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life.  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 and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.  But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more that 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 betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful that the gods themselves.

Read for group discussion on February 10, 2010
How we each rated this book
Dan - Amy 6 stack of books 10   Wow! Don't miss it
8-9  Highly recommended
7    Recommended
5-6  Mild recommendation
3-4  Take your chances
1-2  Below average; skip it
0    Get out the flamethrower!
U    Unfinishable or unreadable
-    Skipped or no rating given
Cheri 5.5 Barb -
Aaron - Cynthia -
Jackie - Ron 5
Bob 3 Molly 3
Mike 4    

Rick Riordan (1964-     ) is US writer of young adult fantasy and detective fiction for adults.

1998 Shamus Award and Anthony Award for Big Red Tequila
1999 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original for The Widower's Two-Step
2008 Mark Twain Award for The Lightning Thief
2009 Mark Twain Award for The Sea of Monsters
2009 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award for The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series books
-- The Lightning Thief (2005)
-- The Sea of Monsters (2006)
-- The Titan's Curse (2007)
-- The Battle of the Labyrinth (2008)
-- The Last Olympian (2009)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians companion books
-- The Demigod Files (2009)
-- Demigods and Monsters (2009)
-- The Ultimate Guide (2009)

The 39 Clues, YA adventure books
-- The Maze of Bones (2009)

Tres Navarre Series, mysteries for adults
-- Big Red Tequila (1997)
-- Widower's Two-Step (1998)
-- The Last King of Texas (2000)
-- The Devil Went Down to Austin (2001)
-- Southtown (2004)
-- Mission Road (2005)
-- Rebel Island (2007)

Other mysteries for adults
-- Cold Springs (2003)

Rick Riordan official website
Rick Riordan - Wikipedia
Hyperion books for children: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Percy Jackson UK site

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