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Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Popular Middle School Series by Rick Riordan


Cover art of The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book One

Series Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Author: Rick Riordan, who is also the author of The Heroes of Olympus series and The Kane Chronicles series.

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Length of Books: Range from 288- to 400-pages long

Recommended for: Ages 10-14, grades 5-8; also appeals to many younger readers (grades 3-4) and to reluctant readers

Awards: The books in the series have won numerous awards. For example, the first book in the series, The Lightning Thief, has won Readers' Choice Awards in 21 states. It was also selected for numerous annual notable children's books lists and honored as a: Best Book of 2005, School Library Journal; New York Times Notable Book of 2005; Best Book of 2005, Child Magazine; Askews Torchlight Award (UK) Winner, 2006; Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book List, 2005; an ALA Notable Book for 2005; CCBC Choice Award 2006, Cooperative Children’s Book Center; and a 2006 Notable Children’s Book, National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE). (Source: Rick Riordan's website)

Overview: Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a lively mixture of fantasy, adventure and Greek mythology, with touches of humor thrown in, told from the perspective of a middle school student with problems, Percy Jackson. It's bad enough that he has trouble in school, doesn't know who is father is and that very strange things happen to him on school field trips, but things get rapidly worse when Percy turns twelve years old. It turns out that Percy is the son of the god Poseidon, which makes him both a demigod and in danger from various creatures of mythology. He goes to Camp Half-Blood, meets other kids who are demigods, deals with danger and uncertainty and goes on various quests, all of which grab and keep the readers' attention throughout the series.

Available Formats: Hardcover, library binding, large print hardcover, paperback, audiobook on CD, audio for download and ebook for Kindle. The Lightning Thief is also available in a Deluxe Edition. Boxed sets of the entire series are available in paperback or hardbound versions.

Categories: Adventure, fantasy, Greek mythology

Books in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book One)
Hardcover: 384 pages (Disney-Hyperion, 2005. ISBN-13: 9780641723445)  Read the book review of The Lightning Thief.

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Two)
Hardcover: 288 pages (Disney-Hyperion, 2006. ISBN: 9780786856862)

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Three)
Hardcover: 320 pages (Disney-Hyperion, 2007. ISBN: 9781423101451)

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Four)
Hardcover: 368 pages (Disney-Hyperion, 2008. ISBN: 9781423101468)

The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book Five)
Hardcover: 400 pages (Disney-Hyperion, 2009. ISBN: 9781423101475)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set (Books 1-5)
(Disney-Hyperion, 2010. ISBN: 9781423141891)

Recommended Reading for Kids Who Love the Percy Jackson Series:
Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series starts after the end of the Percy Jackson series and introduces new main characters while including some of the characters and settings from the Percy Jackson series. Rick Riordan's The Kane Chronicles, is a fantasy action-adventure series that focuses on Egyptian mythology and a brother and sister duo.

Another fantasy your kids might enjoy is A Wrinkle in Time, a classic by Madeleine L'Engle. They might also enjoy the recent adaptation of the book, A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel.

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