Published in 2005, The Lightning Thief is the first in a best-selling five-book Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of young adult fantasy fiction by American author Rick Riordan. Based on Greek mythology, the novel was a Notable Book for 2005 in The New York Times and won the Best Books for Young Adults award in 2006 by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is being adapted into a television series on Disney+.


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Literary Devices

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