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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: series by Rick Riordan

As a summer of Harry Potter excitement approaches with the final book and fifth movie, I realized that I'd only read the Order of the Phoenix once and that I didn't remember much from it except how put off I was by Harry's 15-year-old anger/angst. I think I'd ended up skimming an unfair amount of it. So, not too long ago, I picked up the fifth book again and read it, obsessively. I finished it a few mornings later when I should have been packing for a flight to see my folks for a short weekend trip. I couldn't help but bring the sixth book to read on the plane even though it weighed more than the clothes I brought.

How happy was I then, upon my return, when my husband handed me a book called The Lightning Thief, book 1 of a series called "Percy Jackson and the Olympians."

Percy Jackson is a 12-year-old boy when we first meet him of uncertain parentage -- he never met his father. Strange things happen to Percy too often and he's constantly being kicked out of school. After his math teacher sprouts leathery wings and tries to kill him, Percy is off on an adventure where he find out who is father is, finds out he's not alone in the world, and, of course, is sent on a difficult quest on which balances the fate of humankind.

Seamlessly I read the second one immediately after, The Sea of Monsters, and we are now awaiting the arrival of the third one from Amazon.

If you're in the mood for some young fantasy lit, this is perfect! Enjoy!

Right before HP, I finished "Rabbit at Rest" and the Rabbit series by John Updike. It's over. It was brilliant (though I still disliked that second book).

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  • YA sci-fi/fantasy is fun! I read a few Tamora Pierce books recently and enjoyed them immensely. (Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen)

    I just picked up an Artemis Fowl sequel though, and Colfer is just phoning it in...

    By Anna, at 7:33 PM  

  • I loved those Tamora Pierce books!

    By a.rust, at 11:51 AM  

  • Did you read Beka Cooper? I actually read that one before I read the Trickster books -- great stuff.

    By Anna, at 1:20 PM  

  • I have now read the first two books in the series - great stuff! I'm going to do a "reading recommendation" in my next student newsletter.
    Why I think it's good for teens: I love the ADD/Dyslexia explanation. I love the fact that the book doesn't display characters with or expect or readers to possess total recall of greek mythology -- if you happen to know the myth that's being reenacted or referred to, you feel like you've solved a clue before the protagonist. And, in the tradition of Clueless, it brings familiar stories into a modern setting -- in some ways I think in a better way.

    By Anna, at 2:55 PM  

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