Author(s): Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson - the young demi-god and son of Poseidon - has had an unnervingly quiet school year. But then during a near-death experience in a dodgeball game on the last day of school, Percy discovers that the magical borders protecting Half Blood Hill, a summer camp in Long Island dedicated to training young demi-gods, are failing. The only way to restore the power of the borders is to find the mythical Golden Fleece, which has been missing for centuries. Percy must undertake a dangerous voyage - to find the fleece and to save his friend Grover - but if he fails to return by the end of the summer, Camp Half Blood will be destroyed . . . First published 2006.
Rick Riordan is a teacher and a writer, and has won many awards for his mystery novels for adults. He says that the idea for PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF - the first book in the Percy Jackson series - came to him while he was teaching Greek mythology at middle school in San Francisco. But rumour has it that Camp Half Blood actually exists, and Rick spends his summers there recording the adventures of young demigods. Some believe that, to avoid a mass panic among the mortal population, he was forced to swear on the River Styx to present Percy Jackson's story as fiction. Rick lives in Texas (apart from his summers on Half Blood Hill) with his wife and two sons.