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February 01, 2010

The Lightning Thief - Percy Jackson — I haven’t been this….

Posted in: Children's Books, Writing for Children

I’m reading the story of Percy Jackson, in The Lightning Thief and I haven’t been this excited about a book series since Harry Potter. . I do vaguely remember hearing this book mentionned at a children’s writing conference, but it certainly hasn’t had the buzz that Harry Potter did and yet… I like it just as much.

I’m not sure what surprises me the most - that I find the Greek mythology aspect of the story interesting - I always considered mythology - B - O - R - I - N - G. Or that I haven’t heard people talking about the stories more (There are already five books and counting and Percy Jackson and the Olympians boxed sets are available. The Lightning Thief is about to be released as a movie, so perhaps more people will become aware of these great books.

To Rick Riordan (the author), my hats off. Riordan said he hopes adults enjoy the Percy Jackson series, as much as kids do. I know I am. The professional book reviewers reported the book is for grades 5 - 9, but a much wider range than that will gobble up this book and beg for more. The Lightning Thief is a great read, highly creative. I just have one complaint, but it’s a big one!!

This book is NOT good for reading at bedtime. It does NOT slow down and you will NOT find your eyelids growing heavy. Instead you will stay up much later than is good for you, reading several chapters when you had planned to only read one. The next morning will find you cranky and feeling like you are a child of Ares. Which is funny because you never knew or cared who Ares was until now.

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