It's the 21st century, but the gods of Mount Olympus and assorted monsters have walked out of the pages of high school student Percy Jackson's Greek mythology texts and into his life. And they're not happy: Zeus's lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Even more troubling is the sudden disappearance of Percy's mother. As Percy finds himself caught between angry and battling gods, he and his friends embark on a cross-country adventure to catch the true lightning thief, save Percy's mom, and unravel a mystery more powerful than the gods themselves.
Did you know?
When in the Parthenon Museum, Annabeth begins telling Percy a story about her mother, Athena. The story she tells is the Greek myth about how the capital city Athens got its name. The citizens of the city were arguing over which god to name the city after. The two choices were Athena and Poseidon, Percy's father. Both agreed that they would bestow a gift onto the town, and whichever gift was deemed more useful, that giver would have the town named after them. Poseidon stuck his trident into the ground, and created a spring, which the townspeople could use the water from. Unfortunately, the water turned out to be too salty and therefore useless. Athena presented a single olive tree. The people realized the tree had many uses: Its fruit for eating, its wood for building and burning, the oil from its fruit for cooking and for bathing, and the pits of the olives could be planted, therefore bringing up more olive trees. The people agreed the olive tree was more useful, and therefore named the city "Athens", in honor of Athena. Read More