The gods of Olympus are alive in the 21st Century. They still fall in love with mortals and have children who might become great heroes, but by the age of twelve most of these children meet horrible fates at the hands of monsters. Only a lucky few learn the truth of their identity and make their way to Half Blood Hill, a summer camp dedicated to training young demigods. Such is the revelation that launches young Percy Jackson on a quest to help his real father, Poseidon, avert a war among the gods. With the help of Grover the satyr and Annabeth the daughter of Athena, Percy journeys across the US to catch a thief who has stolen the original weapon of mass destruction - Zeus' master bolt. Along the way, they must face a host of mythological enemies. Most of all, Percy must come to terms with a father he has never known, and an Oracle that has warned him of betrayal by a friend.
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It's Buffy meets Artemis Fowl. Thumbs up ( Sunday Times)About the Author:
Rick Riordan is a teacher and a writer, and has won many awards for his mystery novels for adults. He says that the idea for Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief first came to him while he was teaching Greek mythology at middle school in San Francisco. But rumour has it that Camp Half Blood actually exists, and Rick spends his summers there recording the adventures of young demigods. Some believe that, to avoid a mass panic among the mortal population, he was forced to swear on the River Styx to present Percy Jackson's story as fiction. Rick lives in Texas (apart from his summers on Half Blood Hill) with his wife and two sons.
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