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The Lightning Thief is an American fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology, the first young adult novel written by Rick Riordan in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. The manuscript was sold in an auction to Miramax Books, an imprint of Hyperion Books for Children and thus Disney Publishing (succeeded by the Disney Hyperion imprint).

The novel charts the adventures of modern-day twelve-year-old Percy Jackson as he discovers he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood go on a quest to find Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt and prevent a war between the gods Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.

The Lightning Thief was published in July 2005. The book has sold over 1.2 million copies in the subsequent four years, appearing on The New York Times children’s Best Seller list and being listed as one of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Books for Young Adults, among other awards. It was adapted into a film named Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief released in the United States on February 12, 2010. This novel is followed by The Sea of Monsters and spawned two sequel series and the extended universe of the Camp Half-Blood chronicles.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: I ACCIDENTALLY VAPORIZE MY PRE-ALGEBRA TEACHER

Chapter 2: THREE OLD LADIES KNIT THE SOCKS OF DEATH

Chapter 3: GROVER UNEXPECTEDLY LOSES HIS PANTS

Chapter 4: MY MOTHER TEACHES ME BULLFIGHTING

Chapter 5: I PLAY PINOCHLE WITH A HORSE

Chapter 6: I BECOME SUPREME LORD OF THE BATHROOM

Chapter 7: MY DINNER GOES UP IN SMOKE

Chapter 8: WE CAPTURE A FLAG

Chapter 9: I AM OFFERED A QUEST

Chapter 10: I RUIN A PERFECTLY GOOD BUS

Chapter 11: WE VISIT THE GARDEN GNOME EMPORIUM

Chapter 12: WE GET ADVICE FROM A POODLE

Chapter 13: I PLUNGE TO MY DEATH

Chapter 14: I BECOME A KNOWN FUGITIVE

Chapter 15: A GOD BUYS USCHEESEBURGERS

Chapter 16: WE TAKE A ZEBRA TO VEGAS

Chapter 17: WE SHOP FOR WATER BEDS

Chapter 18: ANNABETH DOESOBEDIENCESCHOOL

Chapter 19: WE FIND OUT THE TRUTH, SORT OF

Chapter 20: I BATTLE MY JERK RELATIVE

Chapter 21: I SETTLE MY TAB

Chapter 22: THE PROPHECY COMES TRUE

Summary

The Lightning Thief is narrated in the first person past tense by Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. On a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the chaperones, Mrs. Dodds, turns into a Fury and attacks him. The other, Mr. Brunner, lends Percy a magical sword-pen to defeat her. After school lets out, Percy goes on a trip to Long Island with his mother, Sally. In the middle of the first night, Percy’s friend Grover, who is actually a satyr, tells them they are in danger, and the three drive to a mysterious summer camp. The Minotaur attacks them, grabs Mrs. Jackson, and causes her to disappear in a blinding flash of gold light. Believing his mother has died, Percy kills the beast with one of its own horns, then drags the unconscious Grover into the camp. Percy wakes up three days later and learns the camp is called Camp Half-Blood and that he is a demigod: the son of a human and a Greek god. He settles into camp life and meets several other demigods, including Luke Castellan and Annabeth Chase. After a hellhound attacks him during a game of Capture the Flag, Percy is claimed by his father, the god Poseidon. The activities director Chiron explains to Percy how the three eldest male gods—Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades—swore an oath not to have children more than 70 years ago; Percy represents a violation of that oath. This, coupled with the fact that Zeus’s master lightning bolt has recently been stolen, has bred much suspicion between the gods.

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Percy is tasked with locating that bolt before an all-out war can break out. He chooses Annabeth and Grover to accompany him on a quest to the realm of Hades, the most likely culprit. Before he leaves, Percy is given Chiron’s magic sword Anaklusmos (“Riptide”) and Luke’s flying sneakers. The trio then travels towards Los Angeles, the entrance to Hades’s realm. Along the way, they are attacked by the Furies, Medusa, Echidna and the Chimera, and several other monsters. They also do a favor for the god Ares, who gives them a backpack full of supplies and transportation to Nevada. Percy gradually learns more about his companions, his powers, and the world of the Greek gods. When they arrive in Hades’s realm, Grover is nearly dragged into Tartarus by Percy’s flying shoes. The battered group finally meet Hades, who reveals that his Helm of Darkness has been stolen too. Hades accuses Percy of stealing his helm and threatens to kill Sally Jackson (who has been the god’s hostage the whole time) and reanimate the dead unless it is returned. When Percy finds the missing master bolt inside Ares’s backpack, the group realizes they’ve been manipulated. Narrowly escaping the Underworld, Percy challenges Ares to a duel. When the demigod wins, he gives the Helm of Darkness to the Furies; when Hades then realizes that Percy was not the thief, he returns Mrs. Jackson to their apartment in New York.

Percy takes the master bolt back to Zeus, who rewards the young hero by not killing him as his laws recommend. Percy returns to camp a hero and enjoys the rest of his summer there. On the last day of camp, however, he goes into the woods with Luke, who reveals himself to be the real thief of the Helm and bolt, following the orders of Kronos. Kronos also manipulated power-hungry Ares into taking part in the scheme. Percy cannot believe that Luke would do such a thing, and so Luke explains his belief that the gods are irresponsible and poor leaders who must be overthrown. He offers Percy the chance to join him, and when the other demigod does not, tries to kill him with a venomous scorpion. Percy manages to kill the arachnid, but is badly poisoned. When he has recovered, Percy is given the choice of whether to return home for the school year or stay at camp year round. After much thought he decides to spend the school year with his mother (who is no longer with Gabe after petrifying him with Medusa’s head) even though it will be more dangerous for him with Luke and Kronos on the loose. Grover and Annabeth also leave the camp for the year, but promise to keep in touch with Percy.