February 24, 2019

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

If you have any young readers in your social circle, you may want to check out YA author Rick Riordan who has been appealing to the Harry Potter market. Riordan has cleverly used Greek mythology as the basis for many of his books, most notably Percy Jackson & the Olympians, a five book series with Percy/Perseus as the half human son of Poseidon as the main character.

Riordan first created the characters as bedtime stories for his son, Haley who had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, handicaps that Riordan gave to his fictional hero, Percy. He also created a 5-book sequel series, The Heroes of Olympus.

Based on my reading of the first book, The Lightning Thief, I can see why the books are popular. Riordan has cleverly incorporated the ancient names, relationships and story lines of Greek gods and mortals into a current day scenario with tweens and teens as the major players.

As much as I liked Edith Hamilton’s book, Mythology, these Rick Riordan creations would have made Greek mythological study much more palatable. While these works of fiction might not become as popular as J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, they certainly would be great reads for adults and youngsters to share.

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