It’s that time again and OBS is bringing you the A to Z of the first book of the Percy Jackson series “The Lightning Thief”, in honor of OBS Book Club of the month. We’ve put up a list of things that will guide you through the book and might even prepare you for the movie. Enjoy!

Be sure to also check out Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief book club to discuss its chapters, questions and any opinions that you have.


Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

A: Annabeth Chase
(She is a demi-god, her father is the mortal Frederick Chase while her mother is the Greek goddess Athena. She ran away from home when she was seven.)

(Goddess of Wisdom and Battle, and she is also the disciplined side of war. She has many demigod children, one of the most well-known being Annabeth Chase.)

B: Bolt of Lightning
(Zeus’ Main Weapon and reason for the title of the book.)

C: Chiron
(The centaur who dwells at Camp Half-Blood as the immortal teacher to demigods.)

Clarisse La Rue
(Clarisse La Rue is one of the children of Ares. She is hot-tempered, arrogant, big, tall, and strong..)

D: Demi-gods
(Half-bloods, sons or daughters of the Olympians or a minor god and a mortal parent.)

(Dionysus is the god of wine, and the son of Semele and Zeus. He is also known as Mr. D, the Camp Half-Blood camp director.)

E: Empire State Building
(Olympus, home of the gods, is hidden on the 600th floor.)

F: Furies
(The Furies are female deities of vengeance. They represent regeneration and the potency of creation, which both consumes and empowers. They are referred to as ‘Kindly Ones’.)

(The Fates foretell the death of a person and are only seen when you are soon to die, Percy and Grover see them on the way home from Yancy Academy.)

G: Grover Underwood
(He is a satyr and Percy’s best friend. He was undercover as a boy in search of potential demi-gods and the one to recognize Percy for who he was.)

H: Hades
(Hades is the god of the Underworld and wealth, son of the Titans Kronos and Rhea and the husband of Persephone.)

I: Iris
(Iris is the Goddess of the Rainbow. She carries messages for gods, goddess, and if you ask nicely and she’s not too busy, demigods.)

J: Javelin
(The kids train with these at Half-Blood Camp.)

K: Kronos
(Kronos is an evil Titan and the main antagonist of the series. His name literally means “Time” in Ancient Greek, and he is the Titan Lord of Time.)

L: Lotus Hotel & Casino
(Percy, Annabeth, and Grover went in there on their first quest in The Lightning Thief.)

Luke Castellan
(Luke Castellan is a son of Hermes and May Castellan.)

M: Medusa
(Gorgon who posing as a human, Medusa lures people into “Aunty Em’s Gnome Emporium” and then turns them into statues by looking at them.)

(Evil creature Percy must defeat in order to get to Half-Blood Camp. He is also responsible for Sally Jackson’s ‘death’.)

N: Nancy Bobofit
(She is the bully at Yancy Academy and described as a kleptomaniac with curly red hair. Percy hated her because she was always teasing Grover and himself.)

O: Olympus
(Olympus is the traditional home of the Olympian Gods. It was originally located on Mount Olympus, but, as Chiron explains, it has steadily moved west, following “Western Civilization” over the centuries and is now in the United States.)

P: Percy Jackson
(The main protagonist of the Percy Jackson series (duh), he is the son of Greek god Poseidon and Sally Jackson. He has the ability to control water and breathe under it.)

(Poseidon, also known as Earthshaker, Stormbringer, and the Father of Horses, is the god of the sea, earthquakes, and the creator of horses.)

Q: Quest
(Percy, Annabeth and Grover head on a Quest to avoid a war between the gods.)

R: Rick Riordan
(Author of the series, so give the man some love.)

(Percy’s sword which was given to him by Chiron, it is disguised as a pen normally.)

S: Satyr
(A Satyr is explained as men with hairy goat legs and hooves, goat horns, and pointed ears that may look like those of a goat’s. Grover is one of these.)

Sally Jackson
(Percy’s mother, she does everything she can to keep Percy close despite the danger it puts him in… her fatal flaw.)

T: Thalia Grace
(Thalia Grace is a demigod, a daughter of Zeus and a human with the surname Grace. She was a friend of Annabeth Chase and Luke Castellan.)

U: Underworld
(Where the dead go and Hades domain.)

V: Vegetarian
(Grover is considered a veggie eater, awww how cute.)

W: Western Civilization
(Mt. Olympus has follows this over the centuries and now finds itself in New York.)

X: Xystarch
(Ancient Greek officer in charge of gymnastic exercise.)

Y: Yancy Academy
(Private boarding school that Percy Jackson attended in sixth grade, but was eventually kick out of, like all his other ones.)

Z: Zeus
(Zeus is the god of lightning, the sky, and ruler of Olympus and the gods. He is the last son of Kronos and Rhea.)

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Check back by the end of the month for more A to Z editions and remember that Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie comes out this Friday, we’ll be waiting for your reviews!