Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

Reading Age: 9+

Interest level: 9+

Book one of the Percy Jackson series

by Rick Riordan

In this leftfield comic fantasy novel, 12-year-old Percy Jackson discovers that the Greek gods of Olympus are alive and living in modern-day New York, and that his true father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea.


At Half Blood Hill, a summer camp dedicated to training demigods, Percy learns that his fate is to undertake a dangerous quest across the United States to retrieve Zeus' stolen lightning bolt and avert a War of the Gods.


Along the way Percy must face a host of mythological enemies determined to get in his way.


Publisher: Puffin

About the author

  • Rick Riordan

    Rick Riordan spent fifteen years as a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 1997 he began publishing mystery novels for adults. His popular Tres Nevarre series has won the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. He began The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his son. The novel draws on Riordan’s experience teaching Greek mythology and his interaction with students who have learning difficulties. Rick lives in Texas (apart from his summers on Half Blood Hill) with his wife and two sons.

    Rick Riordan Photo: Puffin
    Rick Riordan Photo: Puffin

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This was a great start to the brilliant series all about Percy Jackson. I really enjoyed this. I suggest this for anybody over eight. JOIN THE FANDOM!

Rating: 5 star
16 January 2016

Absolutely an awe-struck fantasy adventure. It's one of those rare breed of books that can not replace that feeling of the continuos dramatic pleasure and emotions nor can not be replaced. It's been a book that I have not recommended but begged people to read. You can not like it, never. It's a book that is always loved.

Rating: 5 star
Rare breed searcher
27 September 2015

Percy Jackson is the most amazing book. I loved it so much, i read all five books in the series, then the next five in the next series.I recommend it to all people who liked Harry Potter.

Rating: 5 star
North America
5 August 2015

I used to think loads of books were amazing before I started on this series. But once I started I couldn't stop!!!!! This book has set my standard and I am now comparing every book I read to Percy Jackson.

Rating: 5 star
unicycling duck
1 August 2014

I loved this book. Once I picked it up, I was not able to put it down. It is one of my favourite books. I have read the whole series and I could not stop reading them. I would recommend this book to you if you like reading myths and legends, and like adventure books!

Rating: 5 star
31 July 2014

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