Genres: fantasy, adventure, children's
Synopsis: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Sequels: The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian, The Demigod Files (companion book including short stories)
Sequel series: The Heroes of Olympus, beginning with The Lost Hero
Audiobook: Available in multiple formats. It's pretty good.
I love Greek mythology, and so when I heard about this series I immediately wanted to read it, but it took me a little while to get around to buying the first book. I finally got hold of it yesterday - and was gripped from the first page onwards. I'm now desperate to read book two.
The concept of the series is that the Greek gods are still around in the twenty-first century (Mount Olympus now sits above the Empire State Building). Of course, the gods were always prone to sleeping around with lots of humans, so there are any number of half-human demigod kids needing to be protected and trained in their powers - hence a summer camp, run by Dionysus and the centaur Chiron.
Percy, of course, didn't have a clue who his father was until he vaporised his pre-algebra teacher.
It's the perfect book for kids. Quests, battles, magical powers and prophecies are all present. It's also quite educational really as it's full of mythology. As with all the best children's books, however, adults can fall in love with it just as easily as kids can. It's written very well... and basically, it's just plain fun. This is a novel I plan to read many many times over.