The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #2)

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The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
From The Critics
In a comic blend of Greek mythology and modern life, our protagonist, Percy (a half-god, half-human with ADHD), finds himself in a seventh-grade dodgeball game overrun by giant cannibalistic monsters. Trouble continues to follow Percy and his classmates as they journey to the Sea of Monsters -- aka the Bermuda Triangle -- to save not only Camp Half-Blood (a summer haven for demigods), but Percy's satyr friend Grover, who's being held hostage by a Cyclops, and, oh yes, all of Western Civilization. Featuring the cliff-hangers and sassy attitude kids loved in The Lightning Thief -- plus a surprising new family secret -- this outstanding sequel should win over a fresh legion of fans. (Ages 8 to 12)
Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
Publishers Weekly
Seventh grader Percy Jackson, who found out he was Poseidon's son in The Lightning Thief, returns in The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, and with his fellow Olympian myth mates tries to save their beloved Camp Half-Blood from an evil and mysterious enemy. Narrator Jesse Berns is back on board, too, with the snappy delivery and all the right funny touches that make this action-packed fantasy such fun. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Percy Jackson, half-blood son of the Greek god Poseidon, makes it through seventh grade without incident-until the last day. Then a deadly game of dodge ball destroys the gym and sets Percy on a new quest. Percy's friend, the satyr Grover, is being held captive on an island in the Sea of Monsters. Furthermore the refuge for half bloods, Camp Half-Blood Hill, is now under threat because of the poisoning of its guardian tree. Percy and friends, including his newly discovered half-brother, Tyson (a cyclops), must navigate the Sea of Monsters and rescue Grover. They must also return with the Golden Fleece in order to heal the guardian tree and secure the camp. There is an interesting subplot between Percy and Tyson involving acceptance. An unexpected development at the end leaves unanswered questions and augurs a third book. In the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Riordan introduces classic Greek myths and characters into the modern world with comical results. Circe turns men into guinea pigs instead of real pigs ("much more convenient"), and Hermes wears "nylon running shorts and a New York City Marathon T-shirt." Also there is logic behind Riordan's fantasy that allows him to create a believable universe (the Sea of Monsters is now known as the Bermuda Triangle). Riordan's books are developing into a great series for fantasy fans who enjoy action, quick pacing, and humor. Purchase multiple copies if fantasy is popular. It is best to read The Lightning Thief (Hyperion, 2005/VOYA August 2005) first. VOYA CODES: 3Q 5P M J (Readable without serious defects; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to9). 2006, Hyperion, 352p., Ages 11 to 15.
—David Goodale
Children's Literature
Percy Jackson deals with many issues of his age group: navigating seventh grade, dealing with school yard bullies, being the son of a single mom, and wishing it were summer so he could be at camp. But this seemingly typical adolescent life has a major wrinkle—his father happens to be Poseidon, the Sea God. Percy—short for Perseus—is a half-blood, with one human parent, the other a god. Half-bloods like Percy are more prevalent than you think. Camp Half-Blood, on the northern end of Long Island, is their refuge and training ground. But this year something's wrong. Chiron, their favorite activities director and centaur, is being forced out, and their camp has been poisoned by a mysterious enemy. Percy finds himself saddled with Tyson, a well-meaning but mentally handicapped Cyclops. Percy also finds himself having nightmares about his friend, Grover, a satyr. Suddenly it is up to Percy, his half-blood friend, Annabeth, and Tyson to travel to the Sea of Monsters in order to find the cure and try to rescue Grover. Here comes trouble in the form of Luke, once Percy's half-blood friend, who will try to thwart him at every turn. This book, sequel to The Lightning Thief, is an amazing mixture of mythology and young adult fiction. It is filled with characters from Greek mythology, Homer, and even legend (the pirate Blackbeard and his ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge). What extraordinary writing! Young readers may want to keep a guide to gods handy or bone up beforehand. What a great addition to a classroom unit on mythology this would be! Modernization of mythological characters is a joy—the Gray Sisters Taxi the teens catch is driven by Tempest, Anger, and Wasp,with one eye among them; Circe becomes C.C., who changes her victims into guinea pigs instead of hogs; and so on. Here's hoping this magical series continues for many, many books. This is the second book in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series. 2006, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 12 to 16.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Percy (Perseus) Jackson, the half-blood son of Poseidon, returns for a second quest across a modern America secretly ruled by the Greek Gods. His school year has been strangely uneventful until Laestrygonians, man-eating giants from the Odyssey, attack him on the dodgeball court. Percy, along with Annabeth, daughter of Athena, and new friend Tyler, street kid and secret Cyclops, escape first to Camp Half-Blood, also beset by monsters, and then on a quest for the Golden Fleece. They need the Fleece to cure Thalia's tree that used to protect the camp from monsters. They run afoul of Circe, Scylla and Charybdis and Polyphemus among others. They also butt heads with Luke, deviant son of Hermes, who is determined to bring Kronos, Titan Lord, back from dismemberment to overthrow the gods. Potter parallels continue to pile up, but fans of The Lightning Thief (2005) won't care. Though it's doubtful Percy wouldn't guess Tyler's otherworldly connection immediately after the dodgeball game, and though some of the humor will zip over the heads of the target audience, Percy's sardonic narration and derring-do will keep the pages turning. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641825842
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 4/16/2007
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series , #2
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the author of the first four books in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series: The Lightning Thief; The Sea of Monsters; The Titan's Curse; and The Battle of the Labyrinth. His previous novels for adults include the hugely popular Tres Navarre series, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and two sons.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a terrific YA series by former middle school teacher and mystery writer Rick Riordan that revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find enthralling. A trouble-prone teen with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, Percy is the half-blood son of Poseidon, one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Praised by critics, librarians, and teachers, the Percy Jackson books have been honored with numerous awards and appear consistently on The New York Times bestseller list.

The series grew out of a sequence of bedtime stories Riordan invented for his son Haley -- who, at eight, had just been diagnosed with learning disabilities. Although Haley was having trouble in school, he loved the Greek myths and asked his dad to tell him some stories about the gods and heroes. Riordan ran through the standards from mythology, then began to invent new tales featuring some of the same characters and introducing a brave boy hero enough like Haley to make things interesting!

Haley begged his father to write the stories down, and in 2005, The Lightning Thief was published to excellent reviews. It was an instant hit with preteens, who loved the concept of a kid much like themselves -- i.e., embroiled in the everyday problems of school, family, and relationships -- embarking on heroic quests, soothing vengeful gods, and battling monsters.

In addition to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Riordan also writes books for adults, most notably a series of high-octane Tex-Mex thrillers featuring private investigator Jackson "Tres" Navarre, a complicated loner with an offbeat pedigree. (Tres -- pronounced "Trace" -- is a tai chi master with a Ph.D. in medieval literature who turns to detective work when he is unable to find a teaching job!) The first novel in the series, 1997's Big Red Tequila, scooped the Anthony and Shamus Awards, two of the three most prestigious prizes for Mystery & Crime fiction. Riordan completed the trifecta when his sequel, The Widower's Two-Step, won the coveted Edgar Award in 1999.

Between the two series, Riordan remains incredibly busy. For several years, he balanced writing with teaching English to middle school students. Reluctantly, he has left teaching (a career he thoroughly enjoyed) in order to write full-time, but he still harbors hopes that someday he'll return to the classroom. Meanwhile, he makes frequent visits to schools and enjoys meeting young readers on his book tours.

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    1. Hometown:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Antonio, TX
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English and History, University of Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Great series of books

    The whole series of Percy Jackson is great. I am 30 yr old lawyer and have read all of them. They are basically just alot of fun. The greek mythology is interesting because I dont really know much about it. The writing is mostly the same from book to book with the same types of battles and issues for Percy and his friends to endure, but it is fun enough where it doesnt get boring even after the 5th book. These will not be repeat reads for me, but they are a fun way to space out each night and explore Percy Jackson's world. Fun and enjoyable books for any age.

    175 out of 201 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Memorable characters

    I read this book to my 12 yr old daughter who has a reading disability. The characters were engaging and memorable with funny and poignant dialogues. She especially liked Tyson. She really enjoyed the story and wants to read more. She has even attempted to read some of it on her own which is difficult for her so that tells you how much she liked it. We have bought the rest of the books that have been written so far with the intent to read them all.

    130 out of 147 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

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    Love it

    Such a good read- it was worth my time.

    92 out of 138 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    My class loved it.

    I read this book aloud to my middle school special education class. I had kids laughing out loud and begging me to keep going at the end of every chapter.

    82 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2009

    A very good book

    I was drawn to "The Sea Of Monsters" by the way the first book "The Lighting Thief" ended. The first book was interesting, and non- stop action, which lead to the second book.
    It starts right before his last couple days at school. He thought that finally out of all of these long antagonizing years, that finally he would finish the year and not get kicked out. But he was so very wrong. It all started when he began having nightmares about his best friend Grover. His mom later said something was wrong at camp, Camp Half Blood. His friend Annabeth also said that, on her arrival from another state, then they decide to go and find out just what it is that is wrong! A mystery that needed solved.
    Personally, I enjoyed reading this book. It had magnificent details, and a great story-line. Rick Riordan, the author created a terrific set of sequel books. The first one was interesting, and this one is amazing. It has a lot of wisecracks, jokes, and a lot of unnatural powers.
    Overall this book is good for people who like to hear about myths and non-believe creatures, but if you believe in non-believe creatures this book isn't for you. You should always read books that you like, but if you are going to believe that this stuff is real than you really shouldn't read it.
    It's a good book for kids, sixth grade and up. It has details that little kids wouldn't understand. It has seventh grade vocabulary, and if you like mythical creatures, wisecracks, and the seventh grade words then this book is perfect for you.

    75 out of 106 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011


    Once i picked this book up could not stop reading it. in fact took only a day to read. highly recommend

    60 out of 71 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Sweet i can read this over and over again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is a must read my GRANDMA even read it!!!!!!

    If you do not read it you must be crazy

    57 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Super Action-Packed, a Fantastic Sequel

    The second book in the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, "The Sea of Monsters," by Rick Riordan, will definitely not disappoint readers after the first book, "The Lightning Thief." Being completely enjoyable and super action-packed, "The Sea of Monsters" is a fantastic sequel!

    56 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2010

    Riordan does it again!

    The Sea of Monsters is a perfect sequel to the Lightening Thief. It continues the thrilling adventures of Percy Jackson and his friends. The way Riordan weaves mythology into this book (series) is uncanny and unforgettable! His writing is "spot on", as you read you'll find yourself right there in all the action-seriously-my breath was taken away!

    33 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2010

    andre's review

    could you imagine how difficult life would be if you had dyslexia and ADHD? well percy jackson had that and had to deal with greek monsters and much more to endour when his bestfriend is kidnapped.

    The characters in this story seem very real and described very well. The main character is percy jackson who is a demigod which is half human half god like herculeas and there are alot more like him all over the world. His best friend is grover the saytr and his other friend isanabeth who is the daughter of athena.

    The quest begins when grover goes missing because he thinks he found the great god pan who has been missing for a long time. through the story grover sends clues through an empathy link he and percy have established. percy finds out he has to go into the sea of monsters which is the bermuda triangle.

    this story is in a modern day setting.the greek gods are real and they move with western civilization mount olympus is on the empire state building and the sea of monsters is the bermuda triangle. i hope u enjoy this book

    32 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Baby Bunny

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    25 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2008

    The best book I've Ever Read!!

    The Sea of Monsters; Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is a great fantasy book. I really liked this book because the characters always refer back to the first book because The Lightning Thief when they remember something that happened. Also I liked how the author used dialogue for the characters and not just say it himself. The setting of this book is mostly in New York at Camp Half-Blood which to mortals, it¿s only a strawberry field, but to half-blood¿s it¿s a camp for each of the different God¿s kids.<BR/> One of the major conflicts is that when the tree Thailia is poisoned and can¿t secure Camp Half-Blood, three kids: Percy , Annabeth and Tyson must go out on a journey to the Sea of Monsters( known to mortals as The Bermuda Triangle) and find evil master mind. During the story Percy Jackson has a dream of his friend Grover in need of help, but when Grover tells him he found the Fleece to save the camp, the camp travels out to find him. Also an old enemy Luke is so suspicious of this crime, but Percy doesn¿t know what he¿s capable of. Next, when the God of Thieves helps him, Percy wonders¿ is this good or a trick?<BR/> The author makes this interesting because he¿s not the only one talking, or narrating he uses dialogue of the characters to do the talking. This book would only be recommend for those above 10 and who like fantasy books. You will not drop this book until you¿re done.

    19 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

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    Great Sequel

    After I read The Lightning Thief I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. It was even better than I had hoped. This book is epic and very absorbing. It's an extremely easy read I read it in probably around 3 and a half hours. I'd definitely pick it up sometime.

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Movie sucks!

    The movies messed everything up! Percy Jackson is 13 in the Sea of Monsters NOT 17! I mean there is a prophecy that this series is based on. And in movies Percy will be 21 in The Last Olympian!

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012


    This book is good the begininng was a little counfusing i didnt get what the author was trying to say but then after the first few pages i got it the puzzle piece came together then it started getting really really good you buy it read it love it!!!! ;)

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Tap here! Good advice

    This is a great book but can all you people stap talking about dateing and s-----e-----x
    Its really innapropriate!
    You know younger kids that are like seven or eight look at this stuff too?
    If yu have a problem with that make a note that is headlined


    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012


    I am speech less. I love reading but i only like a fue book tittles like the tail of emily windsnap and the hunger games and the magic tree house. I just turned 11and now i can add this to favrot book searies!

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

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    Review by Page from One Book At A Time

    I'm still amazed at how the author manages to work in Greek mythology into today's world. And it works wonderfully! These books are just as believable as the Harry Potter series. Although, I see the similarities that I'm sure many people pick at. But, the context is different for me. And, that makes the story different. I find the adventures interesting and the Greek stories and lore work right into the story. These are books that kids can pick up and not realize they are actually learning something while reading it. I like watching Percy grow into accepting who he is and what his future responsibilities may be. I'm very happy that I found this series!

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Sea of monsters

    Perfectly paced and every momet got me hooked on. I couldnt put it down

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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