The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

lightningthiefEven though Percy Jackson had been kicked out of 5 schools in 5 years, it wasn’t his fault! At least, none of the things he did were ever intentional. Odd things were always happening to him. Unexplained things that he would get blamed for. For instance, on a school field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He didn’t really push Nancy Bobofit into the fountain outside the museum. Or at least he didn’t think he did.

But that wasn’t the weirdest thing about the trip. It went something like this: His teacher, Mrs. Dodds (who never liked him very much anyway), pulled him aside to yell at him. She starts telling him that he has to confess, that his time is up. And then, out of nowhere, she turns into some sort of monster. Bat wings, yellow teeth, claws.

All of a sudden, Mr. Burnner rolls in with his wheelchair. He tosses Percy a pen (show the pen). The pen transforms into a sword. He cuts the monster down. But strangest of all, when he rejoins his school group, no one has ever even heard of Mrs. Dodds. Mrs. Kerr is there and everyone thinks she has always been their teacher, not Mrs. Dodds.

After that day at the Museum, Percy is no longer safe. It turns out that the gods of the Greek myths he learned about in Classics class are real. And there is trouble in Mt. Olympus, home of the Greek gods. The gods are ready to go to war with each other because someone has stolen Zeus’ lightning bolt scepter. Soon, Percy finds out that he is a demigod himself–half human, half god. He also learns that he has been framed for the theft of the lightning bolt. If he doesn’t find the bolt and clear his name, the resulting war between the gods will destroy all of humanity in its aftermath. And with some mythical creature trying to kill him whenever he turns around, it won’t be easy either.

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