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Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: Lightning Thief, The. No spoilers for the story, but the book also made my son curious about mythology. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Book 1) (Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan. Read online, or by Rick Riordan. Series: Percy Jackson (No. 1). The hero in question is Percy Jackson, who may not have a lightning scar, but does set out on a quest to return a lightning bolt in the first book.

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The Lightning Thief is an American fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology, the . Percy takes the master bolt back to Zeus, who rewards the young hero by not killing him as his laws recommend. Percy returns to camp a hero and. Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians The sea does not like to be restrained. Hear the first part of the first Percy Jackson book, as read by the author. Read saving The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) . Makenzie First off, the movies do not do the books justice:) But yes, definitely read.

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself. Until the Minotaur chases him to summer camp. Suddenly, mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life.

However, she tries to turn them to stone instead of using them as models because she is Medusa. Percy cuts off her head, and they leave. They buy train tickets with that money and get off at the Gateway Arch. When Percy is alone on the top, Echidna reveals herself, along with her pet, the Chimera. Percy battles the Chimera and is poisoned during the fight. Knowing that the water beneath him will purge the poison from his system, Percy jumps into the Mississippi River to escape the Chimera and is on the news — in a bad way.

After Percy lands in the Mississippi River he discovers some of his powers which include breathing and staying dry underwater. A Nereid then appears and tells him to go to the ocean before he goes into the Underworld. Percy finds his friends, and they get back on the train and are taken to Denver. They get off, and go into a diner. Ares comes in and tells them to get his shield at Waterland , and, in turn, he would give them a ride west and information about Percy's mom.

They go to Waterland and find out the ride was set up with a trap by Hephaestus. They get out with Aphrodite's Scarf and go back to the diner, and Ares shows them a Kindness International truck.

He also reveals that Percy's mother is not dead; instead, she has been taken as a hostage by Hades. Immediately, without even having to pay for anything, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are given a room. The tree is still not referred to, but her history remains the same, hinting to a role in possible sequels as in the books. There also appears to be a pine tree just outside the gate to camp. The story is told by Percy at the beginning of the Sea of Monsters movie.

The Big House is an important place. It is prominently featured in the Sea of Monsters movie, however. Grover is shy and very clumsy. Grover is outgoing, funny, and shows an extreme interest in women. Yancy Academy is a private school.

Yancy Academy is a public school. Dodds is a pre-algebra teacher. Dodds is a substitute teacher in English. Percy is at Camp Half-Blood for two weeks before his quest. The day Percy arrives at camp, he sneaks out for his quest. The Pact of the Big Three is a main focus. Luke is given his flying shoes for his quest from his father. Luke steals the shoes from his father's house. There is to be no technology whatsoever at Camp Half-Blood because they attracted monsters.

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Luke's tent is decked out with HD TV's, a couple of game systems, and an Apple computer, all of which that can be assumed he snuck into camp. Poseidon left before Percy was born. Poseidon left when Percy was seven months old because Poseidon was becoming too "human". The Minotaur has Fruit of the Loom underwear.

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The Minotaur has no clothing. Sally kept her maiden name, Jackson. Sally is referred to as "Sally Ugliano", which is Gabe's family name. No one knows who Percy's father is until Capture the Flag. Everyone is well aware of who Percy's father is except him until he arrives at Camp Half-Blood. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover use an Iris Message to contact camp. There is quite a bit of detail regarding Annabeth and Luke's past.

There is no mention of their past whatsoever, so Luke's betrayal seems irrelevant, except for the fact that he was angry at the gods, though the Sea of Monsters movie sheds some light on their past. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth never check in at the hotel. Camp Half-Blood is fairly spread out, over strawberry fields. Camp Half-Blood is crammed and in the middle of a forest. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth meet Ares and go to Denver. They never encounter Ares and do not go to Denver.

Instead, they go to a replica of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee in search of one of the three pearls following Luke's map.

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Sally makes blue food as a sign of defiance. There is no blue food. The Three Fates appear before Percy and cut a blue string. The Three Fates are never seen or mentioned. Only Alecto is seen. Cabin Three was most likely built by campers. Percy's father, Poseidon, built the cabin for him.

The Underworld's entrance is in a production studio. The Underworld's entrance is at the Hollywood sign and opens when one reads the phrase: "Woe to all Depraved Souls". Percy is given the pearls by one of Poseidon's Nereids in Santa Monica.

Persephone has three pearls hidden in America for her visitors to escape the Underworld. Percy, Grover, and Annabeth encounter Procrustes in a water bed shop.

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They never encounter Procrustes or go into a water bed shop. Annabeth has met Athena and her mother has helped guide her. Annabeth says that she has never met her mother until she went to Olympus with Percy. She did mention that her mother talked to her telepathically to guide her.

Percy and Sally were on a summer trip to Montauk Beach using Gabe's car. Percy and Sally never go on their trip. Percy attacks Mrs. Dodds using Riptide. Chiron threatens to hurt Mrs. She flees, crashing through the museum window. Dodds asks Percy to speak with her privately because he attacked Nancy Bobofit. Dodds asks Percy to speak with her privately after he correctly reads a stone statue that says "Perseus Defeating Cetus," in Greek, not because of the incident with Nancy Bobofit.

Also, Nancy Bobofit only has a small part in the movie, where she only accuses Grover of "being a perv", toning down her bullying from the book. She is also Asian, unlike in the books where she is Caucasian. Percy promises to come back to Camp Half-Blood next summer at the end of the book. At the end of the movie, Percy is seen staying at camp, possibly year round. Medusa's body dissolves leaving the head. Medusa's body does not dissolve as the heroes take the pearl and head.

Percy breaks off the Minotaur's horn and uses it to kill the Minotaur. The Minotaur breaks its own horn off after running into a tree. Percy pulls it out and stabs the Minotaur with it.

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The Minotaur dissolves after Percy kills it. The Minotaur does not dissolve after Percy kills it. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover use the ransom of a pink poodle named Gladiola to get money for a train ride across the country. They never encounter Gladiola and instead drive across the country but there is a poster of him hung up.

The zoo truck never appears and is never mentioned; instead the three drive across country following Luke's map. Hades' Helm of Darkness was also missing. Hades' Helm of Darkness was never stolen or mentioned. Percy encounters a Hellhound in the forest at camp.

Percy never encounters a hellhound in the forest. Instead, a demonic form of Hades appears from the camp fire and tries to persuade Percy to give him the Master Bolt. Percy is called "Seaweed Brain" throughout the story on various occasions by Annabeth. The nickname "Seaweed Brain," is never used by Annabeth or anyone else. Annabeth owns a Yankees cap of invisibility a gift from her mother Athena that she uses constantly. Clarisse attacks Percy during the game of Capture the Flag.

Annabeth attacks Percy while he is trying to get the flag. The shoes 'activate' when you say the word ' Maia '. According to Luke, the shoes activate when you have a running start like a plane on a runway. Grover explains to Percy why Sally married Gabe. Chiron explains to Percy why Sally married Gabe. Percy hears Kronos speak to him in his dreams and asks him to join him in his war against the gods.

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Percy does not have dreams and only hears his father's voice guiding him. Percy believes that Hades stole the bolt. Hades is never accused of stealing the bolt.

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Percy's purpose in confronting Hades is to get his mother back from the Underworld. Ares is a cross between a Hell's Angel and a professional wrestler, a math teacher is a harpy in disguise, and demigods can communicate by IMing -- Iris messaging you'll have to read it to get the details on that one.

A fun read for anyone, and a great read-aloud for a class studying mythology. Families can talk about the references to Greek gods and myths. Issues such as urban sprawl and environmental destruction are also raised. Why are they so important to Grover and his kind especially? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book. Educational Value. Incorporates many references to Greek gods and myths. Positive Messages. Percy's stepfather smokes cigars and drinks beer to excess.