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Contributor(s): Riordan, Rick (Author)

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ISBN: 0786856297     ISBN-13: 9780786856299
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2005

Annotation: Classic Greek mythology is mixed with modern adventure in this brand-new, action-packed series. After learning he is a demigod, Percy Jackson is sent to a summer camp on Long Island, where he meets the father he never knew--Poseidon, God of the Sea.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables - General
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 2005299400
Age Level: 10-14
Grade Level: 5-9
Lexile Measure: 680(Not Available)
Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Physical Information: 1.5" H x 5.9" W x 8.3" (1.20 lbs) 377 pages
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award, Winner, Grades 4-8, 2009
Georgia Children's Book Award, Winner, Children's Book, 2009
North Carolina Children's Book Award, Nominee, Junior Book, 2008
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, Winner, Grades 6-8, 2008
Virginia Readers Choice Award, Winner, Middle School, 2008
Golden Sower Award, Winner, Young Adult, 2008
Maine Student Book Award, Winner, Grades 4-8, 2007
Nutmeg Book Award, Winner, Teen, 2008
South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award, Winner, Junior Book, 2007
Iowa Teen Award, Winner, Young Adult, 2009
Grand Canyon Reader Award, Winner, Tween, 2008
Volunteer State Book Awards, Winner, Young Adult, 2008
Colorado Blue Spruce Award, Nominee, Young Adult, 2008
Colorado Children's Book Award, Runner-Up, Junior Novel, 2008
Golden Archer Award, Nominee, Middle/Junior High, 2009
Nene Award, Recommended, Children's Fiction, 2007
Nene Award, Winner, Children's Fiction, 2008
Rhode Island Teen Book Award, Nominee, Ages 12 & Up, 2007
Massachusetts Children's Book Award, Winner, Children's Book, 2007
Isinglass Teen Read Award, Nominee, Grades 6-8, 2007
West Virginia Children's Book Award, Nominee, Children's, 2008
Sequoyah Book Awards, Winner, Young Adult, 2008
Beehive Awards, Winner, Young Adult, 2007
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, Winner, Grades 6-8, 2008
Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, Winner, Grades 6-8, 2009
Bluebonnet Awards, Nominee, Children's, 2007
Young Reader's Choice Award, Winner, Intermediate/Grades 7-9, 2008
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, Winner, Grades 6-8, 2008
Mark Twain Readers Award, Winner, Grades 4-6, 2007
Review Citations: Ingram Children's Advance 07/01/2005 pg. 56
Kirkus Review - Children 06/15/2005 pg. 690
Horn Book Magazine 07/01/2005 pg. 479
Publishers Weekly 07/18/2005 pg. 207
Voice of Youth Advocates 08/01/2005 pg. 237 - Recommended - Readable
School Library Journal 08/01/2005 pg. 134
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2006 pg. 74 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Booklist 09/15/2005 pg. 59
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2005 pg. 113 - Recommended
SLJ's Best Books 12/01/2005 pg. 48
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 01/01/2006 pg. 231
ALA Best Books Young Adults 03/01/2006 pg. 8
ALA Notable Children's Books 03/01/2006 pg. 30
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 89885
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
The classic first book about Percy Jackson, the troubled boy who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, and his adventures with demigods, monsters, and Greek gods.
  • This classic by #1 New York Times best selling author Rick Riordan has sold millions of copies throughout the world
  • It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 10 years
  • Read in classrooms across the US
  • Adapted into a movie, a Broadway musical, and soon, a TV series on Disney+
  • Brings Greek mythology to life for modern readers
  • Features beloved characters such as Annabeth Chase and Grover the satyr
  • Funny and fast-paced
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse--Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him.
When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, god of the sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends--one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena--Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
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