Monday, December 23, 2013

Book Review - The Lightning Thief

** I just completed a Young Adult literature course and have read and reviewed several materials using a new format. This review follows a template given to me by my professor.**




Name: Christopher M. Jimenez
Media Format: Book (ebook)
Title: The Lightning Thief
Genre: Supernatural, Adventure
Author: Rick Riordan
Selection Source: YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Recommended Audience Age: 10 - 14
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Reading Recommendation: 5
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Curriculum Connections: Literature, World History


Review


Percy Jackson thinks he is just a normal student struggling with ADHD and Dyslexia, but his world changes in a flash when he discovers that he is actually a Demi-god who is thrust into a quest to appease a three-way feud between Poseidon (his father), Zeus and Hades. his action-packed adventure sends him across the U.S., down to the depths of Hades, and up into Mount Olympus.

Evaluation


The Percy Jackson series of books is enticing for many YAs and understandably so. YAs are drawn into the adventure and may actually learn something about Greek Mythology and World History in the process. In particular, the spread of Western Civilization is discussed in this novel, giving it a tie-in to school curriculum on the subject.

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