The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Audio CD Read by Jesse Bernstein

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Audio CD ISBN: 978-0307245304, Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (June 14, 2005)

Plot Summary:

Something weird is happening to Percy Jackson. Percy always knew that he was different; he is a twelve year old that suffers from dyslexia and ADHD. He has also been kicked out of every school that he ever attended. Yancy Academy might be his last chance. When Percy Jackson’s math teacher turns into a harpy and attacks him, Percy is forced to flee. Percy arrives at Half-Blood Hill with his best friend who turns out to be a Satyr. Percy learns that the Greek Gods are real and that he is a demi-god, half god half human. Having a god for a father has some benefits; the symptoms of his ADHD are actually just battle instincts and he is also a lot harder to kill than a regular human, being the son of a god also has some downsides…

Critical Summary: 

This is a fun book that many Potter fans will enjoy. Like the Potter series, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series features a very complete world that is contained within the real world, but that mundane people do not know exists. Like Hogwarts, Camp Half-Blood acts as a training ground, but instead of wizards, the camp is home to demi-gods. The camp is split into houses depending upon which god is the parent and is a sanctuary to these young heroes who would otherwise be attracting monster attacks. The reader for this audio book version adds another element to this book and was perfectly fine for the main character, but really only has three voices and so the listener is treated to an Ares that sounds like a surfer and a truly horrible rendition of an English accent that actually managed to sound Southern American and English by turns. The Lightning thief is a fun read that does not take itself too seriously.

Information about the author:

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Reader’s Annotation:

Percy Jackson always knew that he was different. He is a twelve year old that suffers from dyslexia and ADHD. He has also been kicked out of every school that he ever attended. Weird things just seem to happen to him… but the son of a god, is that even possible?

Genre:

Fantasy

Curriculum Ties:

Greek gods and classical literature

Booktalking Ideas:

How do you think that it would feel to discover that your father was a powerful immortal.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

Grades 5-9

Challenge Issues:

Magic and some violence.

I would make sure that all material was purchased in accordance with my library’s collection development policy and make sure to keep a file containing positive reviews for books that I thought might be challenged. In the event of a challenge, I would actively listen to the parent’s concern and ask if they had read the book. I would then explain why the book had been added to the collection and provide with the reviews and a copy of the collection development policy. I would affirm that they are within their rights to limit what their children read, but that other parents also have the right to determine what their children can read. If all else failed, I would provide the parent with a reconsideration form.

Reasons for inclusion:

This is a very popular series.

 

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