The Lightning Thief in TIME for Kids

My son Haley has been doing TFK (Time for Kids) assignments all year. When he saw this review of his dad’s book was coming out in the summer issue, when he would not be in class, he says, “Rats! I would’ve gotten a 100 on that assignment for sure!”

The Lightning ThiefBook 1: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
By Rick Riordan(available July)
Reviewed by TFK Kid Reporter Emily E. Russell

Genre: Fiction

Number of Pages: 375

What’s the basic storyline?

This is a book about ancient gods in modern times. It focuses on a boy named Perseus “Percy” Jackson. Percy is a “half-blood,” because his mom is a human and his dad is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. Percy and his friends must prevent a war between the gods. This is not an easy task, especially because monsters will do anything to stop them along the way.

Were the characters believable? What made them believable or unbelievable?

The characters are unbelievable but fun! One character is half human, half goat and he has flying shoes. Some other characters are “half-bloods,” meaning one of their parents is a god, and the other is human. The characters may be unbelievable, but that’s what makes this book so great!

Would you recommend this book to other kids? If so, why?

I definitely recommend this book. It is filled with adventure and the events are far from predictable!

What’s not-so-great about the book?

There are many different creatures in the book. It got a little bit confusing.

On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), how would you rate this book?

I give this book an eight out of ten rating because it is suspenseful and creative. It is an incredible book.

Rick Riordan