Study Guide

The Lightning Thief Genre

By Rick Riordan

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Children's Literature; Coming of Age; Adventure; Quest; Folklore, Legend, Mythology; Fantasy

So many genres! It's like a genre burrito supreme. The School Library Journal calls this book, "an adventure quest with a hip edge." Describing Percy's story as action-packed would be an understatement – monsters wait for him every three feet. With a twelve year-old as a narrator, young people of all backgrounds can certainly relate to the twists and turns, ups and downs of his young life. And let's not forget all of the Greek mythology that is so intricately woven into Percy's identity. Your brain will eat Popeye's spinach and get big and brawny as it learns all about Ancient Greek culture and how it's still alive and well in the world today.

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