AUTHOR =RICK RIORDAN
GENRE= ADVENTURE, QUEST, MYTHS & LEGENDS, FANTASY
INTEREST LEVEL =YEARS 7 – 9
Percy Jackson has always felt a bit of a misfit at school – suffering from ADHD and dyslexia, he often finds the academic side of school a bit of a struggle. And he somehow seems to always get into trouble. Six schools in six years is not a great track record.. from the outside it seems he might be a troubled kid …but from the inside he is just a bit confused. And he rapidly becomes even more confused when he finds himself battling his Maths teacher (who has somehow transformed herself into a monster with bat wings and talons) and not long afterwards, trying to survive against a minotaur! Percy has never met his dad – and when he learns who his father really is… and that Percy himself (fullname: Perseus) is a half-blood, who has been accused of stealing Zeus’ lightning bolt, then the stage is set for an epic quest across America. Fortunately, Percy is not alone on his quest, with the beautiful Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and Grover (a satyr) to help him on his way. Still, it is Percy who must unravel the mystery and bravely face not only Hades and Zeus, but also the Furies who are out to destroy him before he can complete his quest. This is a thoroughly entertaining merging of Ancient Greek myths and the modern world – the action is non-stop and brilliantly woven with humour (the chapter titles alone are quite often very funny). So readers are sure to enjoy this novel, which is the first in a series of five. So, there is plenty more to enjoy o9nce you have finished this one!
Highly Recommended (dma) *****