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Children’s Books: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I was looking for a new series to introduce to G1 to expand his reading a little when I came across the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. If you’re a movie goer, you may be familiar with the Percy Jackson movies – The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. Truth be told, the movies were my first encounter with Percy Jackson. I can’t say I was crazy about them but I found them entertaining enough. G1 has never seen the movies but since he’s been interested in Greek Mythology and Greek Gods, I figured it was worth a try.

We got him the Lightning Thief – book one from Percy Jackson and the Olympians series…

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: He is a demigod, half human, half immortal. Even more stunning: His father is the Greek god Poseidon, ruler of the sea, making Percy one of the most powerful demigods alive. There’s little time to process this news. All too soon, a cryptic prophecy from the Oracle sends Percy on his first quest, a mission to the Underworld to prevent a war among the gods of Olympus. – Amazon Review

All I can say is “wow”… I had to confiscate it so he couldn’t sneak it into his room to read at night. I think the Irish Times had it right when they said it was “unputdownable”. G1 started the series on the weekend and he’s now onto book 4. I don’t know what magic Rick Riordan has weaved into his stories but he certainly pulled the rabbit out of the hat for this series.

A decorated author, Rick Riordan is not only a best-selling author for children’s fiction but he’s also written a multi-award winning series for adult fiction – a mystery series called Tres Navarre (something I should look up for myself perhaps).

Rick Riordan has also written a second series called The Heroes of Olympus and a series on the Egyptian Gods, titled The Kane Chronicles.

At the pace G1’s been devouring these books, I’m not sure how long they will keep him occupied for but I must say that this was a really good pick. Percy Jackson has been recommended for children anywhere between 8 to 14 years old, although Commonsense Media has rated it 9 years and up.

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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