Friday, January 29, 2010

Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan

The movie is coming and I am getting really excited. I wonder how much of the story is being told in the movie or if sequels are planned ala Harry Potter.

The trailer looks like it is filled with wonderful adventures. (And I like Pierce Brosnan too. Although I am not in love with the beard.) Here is a trailer that I found recently on YouTube:

I have read and enjoyed the first book in the series but haven't kept up. I did get a boxed set of the first three books at Christmas time this year. It is my plan to re-read at least book 1 before I go to the movie.

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.

Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get . . . well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of Percy’s friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.
In this fresh, funny, and hugely anticipated follow up to The Lightning Thief, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their beloved camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family -- one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped. And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared-a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.

Percy Jackson isn't expecting freshman orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.
In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos's army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

After reading these product descriptions from Amazon, I'm starting to regret not buying copies of books 4 and 5 for myself. I have a feeling that they won't be available to me in my media centers for quite a while after the movie comes out. I might have to get them for my Kindle so that I can find out the rest of the story.

I do know that these books have helped create a strong interest in the Greek gods in my students. All my mythology books are being rediscovered as students try to learn more about Zeus, and Poseidon, Hades, and all the rest.

Rick Riordan's new series looks like it will be doing the same for Egyptian mythology. The Kane Chronicles, Book One: The Red Pyramid is coming out at the beginning of May. Maybe I should look for books about Egyptian mythology now to have ready.


  1. Hey Ms. Martin, I came across your blog on the Saturday Network and as a fellow teacher I am sure I will be back again often. I just bought the first 4 Percy Jackson books for my classroom. My students talk about them all the time so I want to read them and then have them available for the kids!

  2. The Lightning Thief rocked! Loved it, and I'll be reading the other ones soon. I just wanted to get the first one done before the movie. I actually might be a geek and go opening night :)

  3. I loved the Lightning Thief as well! I am excited for the movie and I know my students are too! Thanks for following my blog and I am now following yours, too. Happy Reading!

  4. My 11 year old son is devouring these books -- I need to read the first one before we inevitably go to the movie...


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