Perseus Jackson always knew he was a little different- but he didn’t know how different until he was attacked by his math teacher and he turned her to dust. Now everything’s gone haywire as he learns that his Latin teacher is the centaur Chiron, his best friend, Grover, is a satyr, and, oh yeah, his father is none other than the Greek god Poseidon.
The only place where Percy is safe is Camp Half-Blood, where the mortal children of the gods learn to protect themselves against all the monsters out there. But then he learns that Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and he suspects Percy.
What’s a young demigod to do?
In The Lightning Thief, first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians (links to Amazon) series, Rick Riordan takes legends and myths that were around for hundreds of years and sets them in modern times, making it a great read for older kids. But be warned- while he toned it down for kids, some of the descriptions and monsters are still frightening.