Percy Jackson's Percy Jackson And The Olympians

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There 's always the "what to read while waiting for the next HP" question for some of us, but...now don 't get upset folks - I like Harry Potter as much as you do - "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" has a modern, hip, even urban style that people weary of Harry 's earnest heroism may actually PREFER. Plus, people with an interest in legends and myths will bug their eyes out with excitement, because the premise of "Percy Jackson" is that there are a handful of kids who are in fact the children of Greek gods and goddesses, who had come down to dally with modern Americans. These kids, called "half-bloods" in the book, grow up not knowing their origins, alienated by their disjointed lives and absent parents. (A nice conceit of the book is that many half-bloods have dyslexia, but only because their minds are wired for ancient Greek, and ADHD, but only because their minds are wired for hunting, a notion that should give a lot of comfort to real kids…show more content…
They are only protected at a special camp - "Camp Half-Blood." Percy, who turns out to be a son of Poseidon, lands at this camp, but must eventually leave it and risk the monsters, to fulfill a Quest. Even on the basis of this short description you can see there are a lot of superficial similarities to the Potter books - an orphan, with supernatural powers, who has two friends (one brainy girl and one geeky sidekick), several envious rival students. He goes to a special school and learns he is highly skilled at the school 's favorite sport (in this case chariot racing). He is personally charged with a quest that, should he fail, will result in the ruin of the world. Author Rick Riordan almost seems to be teasing the audience with these similarities - but he 's having fun with it, and his style and humor are refreshing, humorous, and quite different from Rowling 's.I really like that this has a great high-interest story that appeals to every age
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