This book makes Greek mythology cool. It has a campy feel, with plenty of action, suspense, and hero/villain interaction to keep most tween boys happy. I suggest reading this book with your child, as it will likely spur some great dinner conversations and you will be able to help your child understand some of the secondary story lines and inferences made in the book. Besides, Percy, even with his demigod status is still pretty “normal” for a kid. He is likable, but he certainly is a bit awkward and stubborn…and totally has that “teen angst” thing down.
If you *just can’t do* Greek Mythology, try Riordan’s Kane Chronicles (Egyptian Mythology) or the Heroes of Olympus series (Roman AND Greek Mythology). If you think you can’t do mythology at all – just give it a try. Riordan makes it completely accessible and engaging with his outstanding storytelling skills….
(This book is most appropriate for boys in grades 4 through 8.)