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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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The Lightning Thief is a story with the suggested age range of nine years old to adult. Rick Riordan did a great job giving details to describe things that are going on in the story. He had to give those vivid details because there are no illustrations in the book. Rick created this book originally for his son, but now gives kids and adults a chance to go on an adventure through this very unrealistic yet exciting story. According to David L. Russell's book Literature for Children, The Lightning Thief fits the description of an enchanted journey. Russell states that "protagonist sets out - sometimes intentionally, sometimes by accident - through unfamiliar territory to accomplish some purpose" (221). This could fit in with Percy setting out to return the lightning bolt back to Zeus. Although the book has a lot of good qualities, it does have a few drawbacks. In the story, Percy seems to disrespect a lot of adults and in one instant wishes to inflict harm on a fellow class mate (3). Of course he seems to never be at fault, but the message that is implied may give children the wrong idea. The other drawback that was noticeable was the whole Greek mythology. The author does explain some of the Greek Gods, but children may be confused to what they actually are. Overall the book was quite interesting and it can be recommended for kids who are seeking an wild adventure.
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