The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is the first in a series. It is about a boy named Percy Jackson who is having a hard time at boarding school and can’t understand why. Percy’s mother finally tells him the truth about where he is from and she sends him to the one place he’ll be safe, a camp for demigods, Camp Half Blood. Here he meets his dad for the first time, who just happens to be the God of the Sea.
This story relates to the Greek Gods and uses related language, you should keep this in mind if you are not familiar with greek myths. Recommend for children 9 and older, particularly to children interested in the Greek mythology, and in a fantastic fantasy world with swordplay and monsters. The main character, Percy, is easy to identify with and can be seen as a role model with his bravery, loyalty and good heart. This is a great and adventurous tale about identity, discovery, love, bravery, and family.