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The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2) Paperback – March 20, 2007
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Grade 5-9–In this sequel (Miramax Books, 2006) to Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005; Listening Library, 2005) 13-year-old Percy is just finishing up his school year and is looking forward to another great summer at Camp Half-Blood with all the other demigods. But even before school ends, things start happening, and soon Percy is at camp along with Tyson, a homeless kid adopted by Percy's school. At camp, Percy not only discovers that Tyson is a Cyclops and a son of Poseidon, which makes him Percy's half-brother, but also that the camp is in trouble. There's a quest to rescue Percy's friend, Grover the satyr, and to retrieve the Golden Fleece. The plot zips along with plenty of action; lots of mythological monsters, titans, and gods; and a leavening of humor. Jesse Bernstein does a good job of giving Percy a youthful voice in this first-person narrative, while at the same time creating appropriate voices for the other characters. Listeners who have not read or listened to the first book in the projected trilogy will want to do so before the next installment is published.–Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, CA
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Gr. 6-9. In this second adventure in Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Percy is anticipating the end of seventh grade and a summer at Camp Half-Blood with kids who are the offspring of Greek gods and mortals. He dreams that his pal Grover, a satyr, is in danger. After monsters attack in his school gym class, Percy and Tyson, a homeless kid, are picked up by Annabeth, a half-blood friend, and rushed to the camp, which is under attack. The tree that guards the camp is dying, and Chiron, the activity director, has been dismissed. Another dream reveals that Grover, whose peril is increasing, is on the same island as the legendary Golden Fleece, which may be the cure for the troubled camp. With the help of Hermes, Percy and his pals set off to the Sea of Monsters, where they encounter legendary dangers. Riordan's clever mix of classical mythology, contemporary teen characters, and an action-packed adventure will bring new readers to the series. Diana Herald
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The plot of the series continues to evolve. Reminders of previous facts are conveniently sprinkled around.
My 9 yo and I have read them together. We had very cool chats from it.
All the things that happen, such as the tyson thing, and intense battles with Greek monsters made me wanna lay down in my bed and read all day long. And there is never a calm moment where everything seems to be dragging on, like Percy is a normal kid, that everything's perfect again. Once it seems like a happy ending, another action scene comes in and pulls you back in.
I like how they put stuff that happened in mythology, such as Polyphemus and his sworn enemy, Nobody, (long story) and turn it into a bit of fiction, sort of like a continuation.
Read the first book (Lightning Thief) and this one, then watched the two movies after finishing each book. Sea of Monsters is, by far, the better movie, although neither sticks very closely to the books. Watching the films is a good test of how well your child paid attention to the written story! We spotted lots of inconsistencies, but liked the films in their own right.
The Sea of Monsters is a book that is amazing. Percy has found out camp half-blood is no longer safe for demigods, such as himself. A quest has been given up for grabs. Unfortunately, Percy does not get the quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece. Although he is forbidden, someone has poised Thalia’s tree. Will Percy be able to stop that someone?
Rick Riordan did a great job with this book. This story has a great theme of action. There is such good detail within this book. I recommend this book for any reader. This book will interest you!
The story opens with Percy having a decent year at school, but as summer approaches, Percy finds himself befriending Tyson, an odd teenager to say the least. After Percy is attacked at school, he learns that Tyson is a cyclops and Camp Half Blood is under siege. Thalia, the tree that guards the camp is dying. Chiron is blamed and banished. Percy makes it back to the camp where he discovers the golden fleece can save the camp, but unfortunately, Percy's friend, Grover, is being held captive by the cyclops that guards the fleece. Percy demands to go on a quest. Can he recover the golden fleece in time to save the camp?
Riodan's writing is crisp and easy to read. The plot flows well. Riodan uses a good economy of words to paint vivid pictures without lingering. The dialogue adds a nice authenticity to the story.
What I enjoyed about the story was how Riodan has made the Greek myths and heroes appealing to today's younger audience. Percy and his friends have incredible powers, yet they move easily within the modern world. Heck, even Hermes has updated his looks with a jogging suit.
The most rewarding part was the characterization. Percy shows a burgeoning maturity as he comes to care and protect Tyson. Tyson's loyalty is admirable and Annabeth, as well as Clarisse, show true strength and courage.
Riodan takes the reader on Percy's adventures through the sea of monsters and leaves them biting their nails. The ending had me on the edge of my seat, wanting more.
"Sea of Monsters" is a fine sequel to "The Lightning Thief." I highly recommend it for young readers in 4th grade on up. The story's sense of adventure will resonate with readers long after they finish.
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