The Lightning Thief

People have been telling me for a very long time that I need to read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I had checked The Lightning Thief out at one point and then (rather stupidly) did not get around to reading it before it was due back at the library.  So when I saw it on the express loan shelf I jumped at it.

Percy is a mostly normal sixth grader. He has ADHD and dyslexia but he tries really hard. Unfortunately for him he seems to attract trouble like a magnet. It's hard to remember how many schools he'd been to before he ended up at his current boarding school. And he's pretty sure that one of his teachers tried to kill him. When weird things start to happen on his way home for summer vacation and his mother finds out she decides it's time for Percy to go to the one place she knows he'll be safe. And she decides it's time for him to know who he really is - a demi-god.

The thing that struck me while I was reading this is that I've forgotten most of everything I knew about Greek mythology. And I really used to like Greek mythology. It was one of my favourite classics in my first year of university (my professor was rather smitten with Apollo, which was amusing). When I was reading little tidbits from that class would push their way forward from the depths of my memory.

It was a lot of fun to read. I really liked how it present mythology in a fun way that didn't talk down to kids. If I had read this when I was a kid, right after checking out the rest of the books in the series I would have been digging for books on mythology. As it is I promptly added the rest of the books in the series to my request list.

If you haven't started this series yet I highly recommend it.