Sometime in 2006, my husband started reading Percy Jackson. After raving about how great the book was, I started teasing him because they were written primarily for young adults. It turns out I ate crow because I, too, love the series.
Imagine the gods of Olympus alive and well in the 21st Century, falling in love with mortals and bearing children worthy of becoming great heroes. Now imagine you are one such child. That child is twelve-year-old Percy Jackson, and he’s on a quest across the United States to catch a thief who has stolen Zeus’ master bolt. Thankfully, he’s accompanied by his best friend, Grover, a satyr, and Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, because he’s facing some pretty crazy stuff… mythological enemies, an Oracle’s warning and then there’s the father he’s never known.
These books are fun and narrated by the main character, Percy Jackson. It’s all ordinary, everyday life until he vaporizes his math teacher. While attending a Long Island summer camp, Percy discovers he’s the son of Poseidon.
I love mythology, and this series mixes myths with modern-day everything making for some hilarious moments and some great adventures.
The first book Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was released as a movie in February of 2010.
The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series makes a perfect gift for readers ten and up, though my six-year-old thinks they’re fun when we read them as a family.
Book 1: The Lightning Thief
Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
Book 3: The Titan’s Curse
About the Author
Rick Riordan is best known for his bestselling YA series Percy Jackson and the Olympians and for a series of award-winning adult mysteries featuring San Antonio P.I. Tres Navarre.