The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson has always had a tough time at school, but he wasn't expecting his math teacher to turn into a demon and attack him during the field trip - nor that his favorite teacher would toss him a sword to fight with. What Percy discovers is that he is the son of a Greek god and is, as a result, a hero like Hercules. But whose son is he, and will he survive his terrifying quest to retrieve an invaluable weapon?
The Lightning Thief is exciting, funny (I laughed out loud a number of times) and full of interesting characters. It's a great twist on Greek mythology and how it fits into modern life with oodles of adventure and humour. I've not spoken to anyone who read the first one and didn't want to read more.
Luckily, this is the first in a series and the sequels include The sea of monsters and The Titan's curse, both of which are also available at the PRES library. The battle of the labyrinth and yet-to-be-published The last Olympian will be arriving soon.
4 stars out of 5 for The Lightning Thief.
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