“Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians create displays, develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading” – Children’s Book Council of Australia
“This years theme was ‘Find your Treasure’ whereby children and adults alike were asked to share, celebrate and talk about their favourite childhood book. Thankfully, one of Trinity’s visiting Gap Students put his hand up to write about his favourite childhood book! See what Kit thinks of Rick Riordan’s action pack novel Percy Jackson & the Lighting Thief!
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is a book I read when I was 12 years old, and it became an instant favourite. It was a refreshing story after reading other books such as the Harry Potter series, though it contained some similarities. I especially loved the characters and humour, with the story being about a boy named Percy who comes to realise he is more than just a normal teenager, and is actually the son of the Greek God of the ocean, Poseidon.
I loved this book because I found out so much about Greek mythology involving the ancient religion of the Olympians, whilst it contains lots of action and adventure. In the book, you meet the God of Gods Zeus (Lord of the sky and lighting) amongst other interesting characters such as Percy’s best-friend Grover. It was both an interesting read and also educational, with it teaching you a lot about the history of Ancient Greek mythology in a modern setting.
The author, Rick Riordan, has a huge interest in ancient religions, with the idea for the Percy Jackson series stemming from bedtime stories for his children. The story continues onto a series of books by Rick Riordan about the character Percy Jackson, so you have plenty to catch up on!
I would definitely recommend this book, and if you enjoy action or adventure then this is the book for you! With their being plenty more content to choose from the same author after finishing it.” – Kit, Trinity Grammar Gap Student