Title Profile & Character Information

The Lightning Thief

Annotation
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. 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. The gods of Mount Olympus, he's coming to realize, are very much alive in the twenty-first century. And worse, he's angered a few of them: Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property, and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. On a daring road trip from their summer camp in New York to the gates of the Underworld in Los Angeles, Percy and his friends-one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena-will face a host of enemies determined to stop them. To succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of failure and betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

Awards
2007  Maine Student Book Award
2007-2008  Sequoyah Book Award
2008  Nutmeg Children's Book Award
2007-2008  SCASL Book Award (South Carolina)
2007-2008  Mark Twain Award
2008  Nene Award
2008  Grand Canyon Reader Award
2007-2008  Sunshine State Young Reader's Book Award
2008-2009  Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Book Award
2007-2008  Massachusetts Children's Book Award
2007-2008  Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award
2007-2008  Virginia Reader's Choice Awards
2008-2009  Volunteer State Book Award
2008  Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award
2009  Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award
2008-2009  Iowa Teen Award
2009  Maud Hart Lovelace Award
2009  Georgia Children's Book Award

Characters
NameJackson, Percy
GenderBoy
OccupationStudent
TraitsHuman
God

NameAnnabeth
GenderFemale
OccupationStudent
TraitsHuman
God

NameTyson
GenderMale
OccupationStudent
TraitsCyclops
Homeless

NameGrover
GenderBoy
OccupationStudent
TraitSatyr

GenreFiction
Juvenile
Adventure
    --Survival
Action
Fantasy
Science fiction
TopicsMythology
Fairy tales
Greek mythology
Friendship
Gods and goddesses


Series
  Percy Jackson and the Olympians
1The Lightning thief
2The Sea of monsters
3The Titan's curse
4The Battle of the Labyrinth
5The Last Olympian