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  • Published: New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Description: 375 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 740

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0786838655
  • 0786856297 :



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Percy Jackson & the Olympians. The lightning thief

by Riordan, Rick.

There are currently 2 available and 1 request on 20 copies

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Call number: Y Fiction (Paperback), Y Fiction

Available Copies: Pittsfield Youth, West Youth

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Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse -- Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon, a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Community Reviews

better tha harry potter



This book was awesome.

Favorite series

Best books ever. Love percy Jackson

Greek Mythology

Raised by a single mother, Percy struggles with school because of his dyslexia and ADHD. This makes the series one of the few positive portrayals of people with disabilities in science fiction, especially as the dyslexia turns out to be due to his ability to read ancient Greek, and the ADHD an ability to sword fight.
The series is also a great way to get a new generation learning about ancient Greek mythology, including such Gods and Goddesses as Poseidon and Athena.

Great first read in the series

A must read. Great writing pulls in Kids and parents alike.

a great series for 3-6th grade

woo hoo!

I've read this whole series! Both series! You should totally read them!:)
eva petroff age 10


This is a great book. If you liked Harry Potter, Eragon, Lord of the Rings, Ranger's Apprentice, or any other fantasy books, you'll like this book. A great start to a great series.


This book was amazing!

Probably one of the best books of our time

Percy Jackson is truly amazing. It is such a fresh, unique idea that it sets itself apart from other books and is truly enjoyable. Move over Harry Potter! Percy Jackson is bent on world domination!

Real Cool

If you read harry potter first, when you read percy jackson, harry potter is awful!



im a fan

read all his books! Percy Jackson good!






awesome book! like harry potter


great book. I have loved greek mythology ever since


Really good books get better and better and when u finish this series read the lost hero or the red pyramid!!!

Good Book

I really like this book because it somehow mixes older things (like Greek Mythology) and newer things (like cell phones). This book is also very funny, with a lot of wit and action on almost every page.

Start of a good series

I love this series and think this is a great book to start it. I love the series because you learn about greek mythology while enjoying the adventure Percy Jackson goes on with his friends by his side.

Greek Myths

I liked it and it's great for Harry Potter lovers and people who enjoy greek myths.

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