Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #1) (Hardcover)

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Summer Camps can be brutal places that teach you a little about yourself, but for Percy waking up in a summer camp after watching his mother get dragged to the Underworld, killing his teacher who turned out to be a monster, and a minatour has shown him one thing. The Old Gods are real and they still watch from up high in Olympus. Someone has stolen Zeus' thunderbot and hidden it deep in the Underworld and a war is brewing. Percy, his best friend Grover, and Annabeth a daughter of Athena are all sent on a journey to prevent war by finding the bolt and returning it to it's rightful place. All while something even more ancient than the gods uses one of their own for it's own purposes.

— Peter S.


The classic first book about Percy Jackson, the troubled boy who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, and his adventures with demigods, monsters, and Greek gods. 
  • This classic by #1 New York Times best selling author Rick Riordan has sold millions of copies throughout the world
  • It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 10 years
  • Read in classrooms across the US
  • Adapted into a movie, a Broadway musical, and soon, a TV series on Disney+
  • Brings Greek mythology to life for modern readers
  • Features beloved characters such as Annabeth Chase and Grover the satyr
  • Funny and fast-paced
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.

About the Author

Rick Riordan, dubbed "storyteller of the gods" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and the Trials of Apollo, based on Greek and Roman mythology; the Kane Chronicles, based on Ancient Egyptian mythology; and Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, based on Norse mythology. Rick collaborated with illustrator John Rocco on two #1 New York Times best-selling collections of Greek myths for the whole family: Percy Jackson's Greek Gods and Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes. Rick is also the publisher of an imprint at Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents, dedicated to finding other authors of highly entertaining fiction based on world cultures and mythologies. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @RickRiordan.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780786856299
ISBN-10: 0786856297
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: June 28th, 2005
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians