Even though I work up on the third floor of my library in the rather staid and stodgy non-fiction collection, I still see a fair amount of kids. They’re usually lost, but occasionally while wandering around looking for their mothers they approach the desk and ask if the library has such and such book.
I think I get as many queries about books in the Percy Jackson And The Olympian series as anything else. It used to be that every single person, adult or otherwise, was only interested in Stephenie Meyers’ books, but thankfully we are in a lull there.That will change, of course, when the Breaking Dawn movie finally hits.
I’ve only read the first of the Percy Jackson books: The Lightning Thief. I found it utterly charming, if not completely original, but then I’m a mythology nut and have been hooked on tales of the Greek Gods since I was in second grade. It has followed me all the way into adulthood where you’re as likely to find me reading Bullfinch’s Mythology as playing the stupid-but-fun PS3, Greek-laden God of War games.
Rick Riordan tells great stories, the writing is lively, and I laughed several times. If I had had these books in elementary school I would have been worthless for schoolwork.
If you’re familiar with the Olympians series at all, it concerns the adventures of a young boy who finds out that he is Not Exactly Who He Thought He Was. That he is Destined For Great Things. But what would you expect when you found out that your father was no other than Poseidon, God of the sea?
If you’re interested in the series, proceed thusly (not a word):
- The Lightning Thief
- The Sea of Monsters
- Titan’s Curse
- The Battle of The Labyrinth
- The Last Olympian
There you have it. If the kids in the library are to be believed, these should be added to the good books for young adults list.