Lightning Thief

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The Lightning Thief

by Chloe and Ryan

The Lightning Thief once again was one of our top books for Novel Madness 2013. Read this year’s persuasive essay.

Lightning strikes your mind as you read the pages of a book. You have been lured into the world of the most amazing book ever, The Lightning Thief! Some people might think The Lightning Thief is a horrible book; however, it can interest children and adults. The book shows readers courage, teamwork, and descriptive details.

Some people may feel that The Lightning Thief isn’t intriguing, but it involves teamwork. Three friends, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, work together to fight the evil. They work all of their plans together without leaving a person behind. Also, they sometimes sacrifice themselves to save each other. Their work helps them succeed at their goal and increase their friendship. The three friends take on tasks and challenge themselves.

Most people may think The Lightning Thief has lack of details, but it provides immense descriptions of places. For example, “Clinging to the mountainside were dozens of multileveled palaces – a city of mansions—all with white colored porticos, gilded terraces, and bronze barriers glowing with a thousand fires.” This example gives you an image of Mount Olympus, home of the gods. Here’s another one. It describes the cabin on Montauk Beach,” Our rental cabin was on the south shore, way out at the tip of Long Island. It was a little pastel box with faded curtains, half sunken into the dunes. There was always sand in the sheets and spiders in the cabinets, and most of the time the sea was too cold to swim in.” It’s amazing how the author, Rick Riordan, can write all of these amazing descriptive details.

Even though some people might think The Lightning Thief has no moral, it shows readers courage. Readers can see that the characters in the book have a lot of courage, or bravery, to face or challenge gods and demons, like a Chimera, Cerberus, Ares, and Medusa. The characters have immense bravery to challenge monsters. Readers are taught to conquer their fears. You can see that the book has characters that believe in themselves.

The Lightning Thiefmakes you laugh and enjoy learning about Greek gods! It provides readers bravery, cooperation, and makes images come alive. Vote for The Lightning Thief or suffer the consequences!


The Lightning Thief 

by Lauren and Nam

         The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan is an entertaining story that combines modern-day life with ancient Greek mythology to create a fantastic novel that teaches you about mythology while you enjoy hearing about Percy Jackson, a teenage boy who is half god (his father is Poseidon). He attends a camp for people like him who are part god.

In this novel, Percy is accused of stealing Zeus’s master (lightning) bolt and he goes on a quest with Annabeth, a daughter of the Greek goddess, Athena, and Grover, a young satyr, to prove his innocence and rescue his mother, who has been kidnapped by the god Hades. At the book’s end there is a surprising twist that will leave readers stunned.

This story is filled with lots of action. All ages can read this book for it interests people of all ages. There are many ways that you can relate to the characters. When you read this novel you can tell that Rick Riordan has put a lot of effort into this book for it is very well written.

You will never put down this book. In our classroom, during Novel Madness 2012, this book placed second while another Rick Riordan book, Maze of Bones, placed first. Like our classroom, many people agree that The Lightning Thief is among some of the best books.

18 thoughts on “Lightning Thief”

  1. That’s such an amazing review! I’ve read the all of the books in the series and I loved every one (though my favorite is the first). And what the review says about The Lightning Thief is totally true and makes me want to read it all over again! I definitely agree that people of all ages can read this book!

    1. I totally agree with you Kayla! This book made me want to read it again. Rick Riordan, the author of the book, made every single book great. Not just this one, but all.

    2. I totally agree with you Kayla. Except, for me this book wasn’t my favorite of the series, it is actually the Mark of Athena.

  2. The Lightning Thief is an AWESOME book! I love the way of the Greek Mythology information the book gives you, which makes you so inspired Greek Mythology. I got into Greek Myth. by this book.

  3. This book was so amazing. It has so much detail and action that I couldn’t even put the book down once I started reading it (although I had to put the book down at some point) :(. I really like how all the friends cooperate. I love Greek mythology, so this book was one of my favorite books. I have finished the whole series. I have also finished The Lost Hero, The Son of Neptune, and I am currently reading the Mark of Athena. They are marvelous, too! If you love Greek mythology, then you should read the Kane series, such as The Red Pyramid, The Throne of Fire, and The Serpents Shadows. All those books are by Rick Riordan, too. Instead of Greek mythology, it is about Egyptian mythology. All of them are amazing, too. i know since I have reread all of them at least three times.

  4. I loved this book. It had so much action in it. When I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to keep reading it. I can’t wait to read them all! 🙂

  5. I loved this book! I checked it out of the library and when I had to return it, I didn’t want to. I love it when Percy is so determined to get the lightning bolt. If you like this one then you should read them all. I am currently reading The Sea of Monsters. I can’t wait to finish it, it’s so exciting. Also you should read the Kane series. It is also by Rick Riordan so keep reading! These books are so great!

  6. I liked this book of how he started this series. It gave a big boost and made me not want to put it down. This book also gave the relationship with Annabeth and Percy some hint of what will be later on. This book has so many questions in my mind like where is Luke now, what will Percy do, and what their next quest would be. All of this is what made me so interested into his books and is why I loved this book so much. A great start to the success of his books! This book made me so interested into Greek Mythology. It sounded as if he was Greek himself, and knows everything about it!

  7. I just enjoy how the story catches your attention. When I first started it, I was like “WOW”. When it comes to the action, I like totally image the fighting in my head, more like make a video of it. I couldn’t put down the book, too. This book is one of my favorites. 😀

  8. I love this book, especially the greek mythology in it. It captured my attention right off the bat. I can’t wait to read the House of Hades, I love Rick Riordan’s books!

  9. The Lightning Thief was an awesome book! I LOVE it. Rick Riordan is an amazing writer and you deserved to be in the top 4 for Novel Madness. Congrats!

  10. Lightning Thief is a great book, and on top of that, you wrote a fantastic speech. I now see why you two made it that far in the competition. You two did a great job.

  11. You did a good speech. I like the descriptive details you did to the speech. I read Lightning Thief, and I can see why you did the reasons that you did.

  12. I was first skeptical about this book, but after noticing many people reading it I decided to try it out. When I finished it, I knew that I loved it. You just can’t put the book down:)

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