The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Greek mythology with a modern edge, watch out world.
Percy isn’t your average kid. He’s dyslexic, has ADD and earns straight F’s. He’s been to six schools in six years- and he’s on the brink of expulsion- again. No one knows what to do with him. No one seems to believe in him- except three people.
His Latin teacher, Mr. Brunner- who expects him not only to do well, but to do better. Percy doesn’t understand why. His mother, who never says much about Percy’s father, and has secrets of her own. And then there’s Grover, Percy’s best friend.
But all this is about to change. The weather’s been strange- thunder storms, tornadoes, that kind of think- everywhere. No one knows why- but it isn’t global warming- it’s something much more dangerous.
On a camping trip with his mother, Percy has a strange dream and awakens to find Grover at the cabin door, with a monster on his heels. The three flee, heading to a summer camp Percy’s father told his mother about before Percy was born. And on the property line, a battle ensues- between Percy, and a myth- the Minotaur. When Percy’s mother vanishes and Percy awakens inside the camp, he learns the truth- he is a half-blood–half mortal and half Greek god. When he is offered a Quest and a chance to save his mother, Percy embarks with Grover( who happens to be a goat from the waist down), his new friend Annabeth (the battle wise daughter of Athena), and a magic ballpoint pen on a journey to save the world from a war between the gods- and something much, much more evil.
This is the first title in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Reviewed by Naysomay
This book is available at the Berkeley Public Library.