Saturday, October 2, 2010

Sea of Monsters
by Rick Riordan

Sea of Monsters
Rick Riordan
Grades 5 and up
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy, who we met in The Lighting Thief, is just trying to survive seventh grade without a catastrophe. Along the way he befriends Tyson (an outcast at school). He manages to succeed until the last day of school where a dodge ball game almost turns deadly, blowing up the school’s gym. Percy, Tyson and Annabelle, who comes to their rescue, dashes off to Camp Half-Blood to figure out what has been happening at their beloved camp.

Once there, they learn Thalia’s tree has been poisoned, Chiron has had to resign and has been replaced by Tantalus and monsters can invade the camp for the first time. Meanwhile, Percy has been having dreams about Grover—his best friend (who happens to be a Satyr)is in danger. Percy, Annabelle and Tyson set off on a forbidden quest to not only help Grover but to recover the Golden Fleece to save Thalia’s tree.

I was enthralled by the first book so I have eagerly been awaiting the second book. It did not let me down. I really enjoyed the weaving of mythological events with present day times. If you have not read the first book, The Sea of Monsters does a nice job of recapping the main highlights from the first book. I also like how it builds upon themes/events raised during the first book. Overall, this is a great read all around.

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