The Lightning Thief
How we cite our quotes:
"Don't you get it, Percy? You are home. This is the only safe place on earth for kids like us."
"You mean mentally disturbed kids?"
"I mean not human. Not totally human, anyway. Half-human."
"Half-human and half-what?"
"I think you know."
I didn't want to admit it, but I was afraid I did. I felt a tingling in my limbs, a sensation I sometimes felt when my mom talked about my dad.
"God," I said. "Half-god."
Annabeth nodded. "Your father isn't dead, Percy. He's one of the Olympians." (7.17-24)
We're seven chapters into The Lightning Thief, and Percy is only just beginning to grasp what is going on, why he's really at Camp Half-Blood. Why is it so hard for him to understand that he is half-god? Compare the way Percy finds out that he is a half-blood to the way Harry Potter of the Harry Potter series discovers that he is a wizard.
The only thing I really excelled at was canoeing, and that wasn't the kind of heroic skill people expected to see from the kid who had beaten the Minotaur. (8.7)
Again, Percy is a bit hard on himself. He's really good at beating himself up and at seeing himself as being a loser. He's got to learn how to really open his eyes and see the possibilities of something like canoeing. He's still measuring himself by the mortal world's standards.
"At camp you train and train. And that's all cool and everything, but the real world is where the monsters are. That's where you learn whether you're any good or not." (11.20)
Annabeth is a brave chica. She recognizes that the safety of Camp Half-Blood is actually about too safe for her. If she is a demi-god, she wants to act like one. She doesn't want to be pent up in a camp, not using her abilities. As a demi-god, she's already a social outcast in the mortal world. Staying at Camp Half-Blood forever makes her and other demi-gods feel like outcasts in immortal world, too.