Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

By Jatin Singhal

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If the world of magic, gods & Demi gods, spells and constant suspense entices you, this book is for you. A world of magic like Harry Potter but standing on its own Rick Riordan has made the character of Percy Jackson a house hold name. The popularity of the book series can be gauged by the fact that it has been made into movie series too.

This book was published in 2005. It is first in the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. The books start off with a boy named Percy Jackson who suffers from dyslexia and ADHD. He has a very soft-hearted mom, Sally Jackson but a very rude, arrogant and lazy step-dad, Gabe Ugliano. Percy also has a very good friend, Grover Underwood. One day, their English teacher goes absent for the day, so a substitute English teacher was invited, who turned out to be a monster hunting down Percy because he was believed to have stolen the lightning bolt. Percy was confused as to what was happening.

Later, with the help of Grover and one of his teachers (who was called ‘Chiron’ in the magical world), he found out that the world of Greek Gods was all real. Percy was not a normal human child, he was a demigod, the offspring of a god and a human. The lightning bolt of Zeus was stolen and almost everyone in the world were suspecting Percy Jackson to have stolen it. Grover and Percy’s mother decided to take him to the camp of demigods, Camp Half-Blood. When they were almost in the camp, they were attacked by another monster, who killed Percy’s mother. After he got settled in the camp, he was sent a ‘message by Hades’ that his mother was captured and would be let free if he gives the lightning bolt to him. Was he able to solve all this misunderstanding and commotion between the gods? Was he able to return the bolt safely to Zeus? Read the book to find it out for yourself!

I liked this book a lot, especially because of how unexpected changes occur in the storyline. It was easy to understand and the suspense builds up almost immediately after starting the book. The storyline goes on smoothly throughout the book and all changes still feel ‘attached’ to each other.

I would really recommend this book to others as it is a perfect example as to how much the imagination of a writer can do. It teaches the children about logical thinking, teamwork, hard work and builds up qualities like compassion, helpfulness, creativity etc. Young writers can take a lot of inspiration through this book.

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