Billy K. Willard
Language Arts III
May 10, 2010
Percy Jackson & The Olympians
There are some things books don’t do, and that’s bringing history into perspective for children and still have fun reading it. Well Percy Jackson & the Olympians does just that. It brings Ancient Greek Mythology and puts it into a story about Demi Gods and a great battle between good and evil. It teaches a lot about Ancient Greek Mythology and it’s still a great series to read and enjoy. This series was written an author who has already written many books, Rick Riordan. I think that the Greek Mythology is very well written into the life of modern day society and life.
The first book of the series, The Lightning Thief, starts out with a boy named Percy Jackson who lives with his mom and turns out to be a amazing swimmer but with a form of dyslexia and ADHD. He soon comes to find out that he is the son of a god. He is then taken to a place for Demi Gods like him, called Camp Halfblood. There he meets others just like him. Not to far after does he find out through a game of capture the flag does he find out he is the son of the Greek god Poseidon, one of the Big Three. Once that happens, things go from good to worse. Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’s masterbolt, the model for every lightning bolt made. He and his friends are given ten days to return the thunderbolt to Mount Olympus in order to stop a war between the gods from starting and save his mother. After that, through a series of events through some of the United States landmarks, Percy finds out that his friend Luke stole it to try to resurrect a forgotten Titan Kronos. In the end Percy stops him on top of the Empire State building, which is Mount Olympus, and clears his name with the gods. There that book ends.