Percy Jackson is a normal twelve-year old boy (or so he thought), who is diagnosed with ADHD. His ADHD causes him to lack control and get into trouble over and over again. What Percy doesn’t know is that his misbehavior may have something to do with him being a “half-blood”— the son of a human and a Greek god. Percy becomes aware of his true identity when he loses his mother and is sent to a “half-blood” camp. After being at camp, Percy discovers that his father is the Greek god Poseidon. Percy has become a pawn in a battle between the gods that may be the cause of World War III.
Percy is sent on a journey to the underworld to retrieve Zeus’s stolen lightning bolt from Hades. Grover, the satyr, and Annabeth, the daughter of Athena, accompany Percy on the journey. If all goes well, their quest should restore peace on Mount Olympus (which is the 600th floor of the Empire State Building). On their journey to the underworld, they battle a variety of mythological beings and receive guidance from Percy’s mother Sally and a centaur named Chiron. This fast-paced, engaging tale will easily capture and hold the interest of young adult readers from Percy’s warning to the reader on page one until the surprise twist at the end.