On The Same Page 2007

Reviews

"Packed with humorous allusions to Greek mythology and clever updates of the old stories, along with rip-snorting action sequences, the book really shines in the depiction of Percy-wry, impatient, academically hopeless, with the sort of cut-to-the-chase bluntness one would wish for in a hero of old."
-Horn Book Magazine, July/August 2005

"One need not be an expert in Greek mythology to enjoy Percy's journey to retrieve Zeus's master bolt from the Underworld, but those who are familiar with the deities and demi-gods will have many an ah-ha moment. Along the way, Percy and his cohort run into Medusa, Cerberus and Pan, among others. The sardonic tone of the narrator's voice lends a refreshing air of realism to this riotously paced quest tale of heroism that questions the realities of our world, family, friendship and loyalty."
-Kirkus Reviews, June 2005

Our selection for teens in 2007 is The Lightning Thief, Book One of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan. In this humorous and adventurous tale, Percy Jackson is a good kid who manages to get kicked out of yet another school after he accidentally vaporizes his math teacher. After learning that his absent father is actually one of the gods from Mt. Olympus, Percy heads to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and gets swept up in a quest to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Teen Services Coordinator Paula Brehm-Heeger enthusiastically endorsed the selection of The Lightning Thief, describing it as "a fantastic, fast-paced adventure story combining mythology, comedy, and non-stop action that is sure to thrill a wide variety of teen readers."

Book Two, The Sea of Monsters, was published in April 2006, and book three, The Titan's Curse, is slated for publication in spring 2007. Author Rick Riordan plans to publish five books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

Excerpt:

I held a shimmering bronze sword with a double-edged blade, a leather-wrapped grip, and a flat hilt riveted with gold studs. It was the first weapon that actually felt balanced in my hand.
"The sword has a long and tragic history that we need not go into," Chiron told me. "Its name is Anaklusmos."
"Riptide," I translated, surprised the ancient Greek came so easily.
"Use it only for emergencies," Chiron said, "and only against monsters. No hero should harm mortals unless absolutely necessary, of course, but this sword wouldn't harm them in any case."
I looked at the wickedly sharp blade. "What do you mean it wouldn't harm mortals? How could it not?"
"The sword is celestial bronze. Forged by the Cyclopes, tempered in the heart of Mount Etna, cooled in the River Lethe. It's deadly to monsters, to any creature from the Underworld, provided they don't kill you first. But the blade will pass through mortals like an illusion. They simply are not important enough for the blade to kill. And I should warn you: as a demigod, you can be killed by either celestial or normal weapons. You are twice as vulnerable." (pp.153-154)