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ISBN: 1423103343     ISBN-13: 9781423103349
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Published: April 2008
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Annotation: In this second installment in the series Percy, Poseidon's 13-year-old demigod son, is desperate to rescue his friend and retrieve the healing Golden Fleece--the only protection for the children in Camp Half-Blood. Adventure follows chaotic adventure as Percy once again battles mythical monsters in modern-day settings.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mythology, Greek; Fiction.
Camps; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Legends, Myths, Fables | Greek & Roman
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007006896
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.45 lbs) 279 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 105933
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38758
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 16.0
 
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Publisher Description:
After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson???a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any ???normal??? friends. But things don???t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia???only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name???the Bermuda Triangle. Now Percy and his friends???Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson???must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family???one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon??'s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
Percy Jackson--hero, ADHD labelee, and half-human son of Poseidon--is on another quest touched off by the war among the Olympian gods, this time to the Sea of Monsters, a Homerian collection of Scylla and Charybdis, Polyphemus the cyclops, Circe, etc., all transported to the Bermuda Triangle, natch. Riordan balances intensity with humor throughout the cleverly constructed adventure. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #3)
Percy Jackson -- hero, ADHD labelee, and half-human son of Poseidon -- is on another quest touched off by the war among the Olympian gods, this time to the Sea of Monsters, a Homerian collection of Scylla and Charybdis, Polyphemus the cyclops, Circe, etc., all transported to the Bermuda Triangle, natch. Working with his best friend Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and a newly discovered cyclops half-brother, Tyson, Percy rescues his friend Grover the satyr, saves his haven Camp Half-Blood by retrieving the Golden Fleece to heal the camp's guardian tree, and beats out Luke, another half-blood who is plotting to revive the Titan Kronos and overthrow the Olympians. The story combines an in-depth knowledge of Greek myths (Laestrygonians, anyone?) with a whimsical take on what would happen if the myths were transplanted into modern times (think partying centaurs wearing those baseball caps with twin beer cans attached). Percy has a sarcastically entertaining voice and a refreshing lack of hubris, doing his best despite monsters and parental neglect and occasionally bringing it with his sword, Riptide. In this sequel to The Lightning Thief (rev. 7/05), Riordan settles into the classical world he's created, introducing new monsters and the Odyssean ruses to defeat them, and balancing intensity with humor throughout the cleverly constructed adventure. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 April #4)

In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut in this second adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. After a group of Laistrygonians (giant cannibals) infiltrate the dodgeball game at Percy's alternative Manhattan school, and his friend Annabeth (a daughter of Athena, introduced in the first book) comes to the rescue, the two take the homeless scholarship student Tyson with them to Camp Half-Blood, where trouble is brewing. Percy soon realizes that Tyson is a Cyclops (meaning they're half-brothers and possibly enemies--both sons of Poseidon) and learns that someone poisoned the sacred Thalia's tree, which protects the "magic borders" of the demigod camp. Riordan catches readers up seamlessly on this world in which gods still reign; he builds on existing subplots and rivalries, and introduces harrowing new challenges as Percy and Annabeth set off across the Sea of Monsters on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, which will heal Thalia's tree. Percy's relationship with Tyson and their battle against the Cyclops guarding the Fleece (Polyphemus) brings up probing questions about shame, family and loyalty. With humor, intelligence and expert pacing, the author uses this tale of believable teens and their high-stakes struggle to bring the mythical lore up to date (e.g., Hermes, appropriately, invented the Internet). A cliffhanger imparts new meaning to the prophesy (mentioned in the first book) and leaves no question that Percy's high-stakes battle for Western Civilization will continue to surprise even himself. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)

[Page 61]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 May)

Gr 5-9 -In this second installment in the series, Percy, Poseidon's 13-year-old demigod son, is desperate to rescue his friend Grover, captive of the bloodthirsty Cyclops Polyphemus, and to retrieve the healing Golden Fleece. The sheepskin is needed to restore the protection around Camp Half-Blood, the only safe haven for the children of gods and humans, heroes-in-training in our modern world. However, the camp has already been compromised and the quest for the Golden Fleece has been awarded to the bully Clarisse. Encouraged by Hermes, Percy sets off for the Bermuda Triangle anyway with his friend Annabeth and classmate Tyson, who turns out to be a half-brother and a Cyclops as well. Adventure follows chaotic adventure at a rapid pace, and readers with even a passing acquaintance with the Odyssey will enjoy this fresh use of familiar stories. Percy is an appealing kid, and the subject of a chilling prophecy may resonate with readers. Those who start the series with this title will be drawn in by the clever humor and have the opportunity to go back to The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005) before the inevitable sequel appears.-Kathleen Isaacs, Towson University, MD

[Page 135]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
 
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