I was waiting in line the other day to get some of my Fablehaven books signed by Brandon Mull, and got to talking with a kid in line. He’d read a lot of my favorite books, including all of the Fablehaven books, and he recommended the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books by Rick Riordan. I figured I’d give it a shot…
And they were awesome! I read all 5 books in about 2 weeks, and I really enjoyed them. Granted, they are definitely written for a younger audience, but they were similar in many ways to Fablehaven, and every bit as enjoyable.
As a bit of back story, I guess the author’s son was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia, and these books came from stories he made up for his son to help him learn about Greek mythology. As such, the stories are full of Greek characters and stories, and would definitely make an excellent learning tool for anyone interested in mythology.
The main character, Percy Jackson, starts off the series as a 12 year old in 6th grade. He feels like something of a misfit, and has been kicked out of every school he has ever attended. He also suffers from ADHD and Dyslexia. He has never met his real father, and lives with his mother and step-father in New York.
This series spans a period of 4 years, and involves Percy learning about his real father, and who (and what) he is. I won’t say anymore, because I don’t want to give anything away, but it is an extremely enjoyable story.
The 5 books in the series, in order, are The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. They are about 300-400 pages each, and you could easily read them in 1-3 days, depending on how much time you put into it. They are suitable for any age that can actually read them 🙂
I’m really excited now to see the movie, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which comes out in theaters on February 12th of this year. For your viewing pleasure, you can watch the movie trailer below: