Percy has been thrown out of school after school, and he has been hoping that this one would be different. Now, however, on the 6th grade field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Percy finds himself in trouble with the algebra teacher. She takes him deep into the galleries to discipline him, and, as she begins her reprimand, Percy watches in disbelief as her eyes become coals, her hands become talons and all in all, she just isn't human anymore.
At the perfect moment his favorite teacher rolls in in his wheelchair and throws Percy his pen. The pen transforms itself into a sword, and Percy wields it in his own defense. Clearly not an ordinary field trip! Very soon Percy learns that his best friend is other-worldly and that his mother has been keeping a very important secret. Percy's fate is intertwined with the fate of the Gods and his father is no ordinary man.
416 pages 978-0786838653 Ages 10-14
Keywords: mythology, fantasy, identity, action/adventure, superpowers, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, part of a series
Read alikes: Pegasus series by Kate O'Hearn; Valkyrie series by Kate O'Hearn
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he'll be safe.
She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena -- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.--from the publisher