Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Chapter 1: I Accidentally Vaporized My Pre-Algebra Teacher
Written by Krystal

Percy never wanted to be a half-blood and if you think you might be one take his advice and quit reading now. Believe whatever lies your parents told you and lead a normal life, for being a half-blood is dangerous. If, on the other hand, you are just a normal kid who is reading this as fiction then by all means continue.

Percy Jackson is no normal twelve year-old kid, but up until a few months ago he was just an average troublemaker going to Yancy Academy, a boarding school for troubled kids in New York. Things didn’t start going bad until last May when his class went on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Mr. Brunner, the Latin teacher that was obsessed with Greek and Roman armor and weapons, was leading the trip. Percy had hoped that this trip would be different than his normal ones, the ones were he got expelled for accidents.

The whole way into the city Percy had to deal with Nancy Bobofit harassing Grover, his best friend, by hitting him in the back of the head with chunks of a peanut butter-and-ketchup sandwich. Looking back on it decking Nancy would have been a whole lot better than what he was in for.

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Memorable Quotes:

Percy: But if you recognize yourself in these pages – if you feel something steering inside – stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it’s only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they’ll come for you. (Page 1)

Percy: See, bad things happen to me on field trips. Like at my fifth-grade school, when we went the Saratoga battlefield, I had this accident with a Revolutionary War cannon. I wasn’t aiming for the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway. (Page 2)

Percy: He walked funny, like every step hurt him, but don’t let that fool you. You should’ve seen him run when it was enchilada day in the cafeteria. (Page 3)

Mr. Brunner: “What you learn from me,” he said, “is vitally important. I expect you to treat it as such. I will accept only the best from you, Percy Jackson.” (Page 7)

Mrs. Dodds: “We are not fools, Percy Jackson,” Mrs. Dodds said. “It was only a matter of time before we found you out. Confess, and you will suffer less pain.” (Page 12)

Questions for discussion:

What do you think Mrs. Dodds was talking about when she said “get away with it”?

Why do you think no one remembered Mrs. Dodds when Percy returned outside?

What do you think so far of Percy Jackson and the world in which he lives?

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