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When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could ...
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Overview

When the goddess Artemis goes missing, she is believed to have been kidnapped.And now it's up to Percy and his friends to find out what happened. Who is powerful enough to kidnap a goddess? They must find Artemis before the winter solstice, when her influence on the Olympian Council could swing an important vote on the war with the titans. Not only that, but first Percy will have to solve the mystery of a rare monster that Artemis was hunting when she disappeared -- a monster rumored to be so powerful it could destroy Olympus forever.
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This terrific YA series by mystery writer Rick Riordan revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find absolutely enthralling. Percy Jackson is a trouble-prone teenager with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. He's also the half-blood son of Poseidon (yes, that Poseidon!), one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America. Riordan ratchets up the action in this third rip-roaring installment, as Percy and his demigod pals set out to find the vanished goddess Artemis -- and to foil a treacherous plot cooked up by the titan lord Kronos. Fast-paced, funny, and filled with super-cool fantasy elements perfectly suited to 'tween sensibilities, this new adventure is an irresistible treat for the 9-12 set.
Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 14.

The action begins right away as the demigods Percy, Annabeth, and Thalia arrive at Westover Hall in Maine to rescue two half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. Percy is fourteen-years-old and identifies himself as an impulsive ADHD kid. He is the son of Poseidon and a mortal mother. The half-blood kids attend Camp Half Blood, which is run by Chiron the centaur. They look human but have these special powers because of their parentage. The half-bloods are out to save the world from destruction by the monsters. In their quest, they fight a manticore and are assisted by Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, and her eternal maidens. The fight against the monsters takes them across New England to Washington, DC, and across the country to Arizona and California. This fast-paced story is full of adventure and humor. Readers will relate to good natured Percy, the protagonist. He is trying to fit in with his peers, please his parents, and save the world. The book brings Greek mythology to life in a kid-friendly way. This third book in the author's series, "Percy Jackson & The Olympians," follows bestsellers The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.

VOYA - Rollie Welch
Percy Jackson is loyal, humble, and defends his friends. What's not to like? It seems, however, that the evil Dr. Thorn wants Percy, the son of Poseidon, dead. Percy, Thalia (daughter of Zeus), and Annabeth are summoned by Grover to creepy Westover Hall where the satyr has located two new half-bloods. It is a setup. Dr. Thorn mocks the heroes and then boldly kidnaps Annabeth. The despicable act launches Percy and company on a cross-country rescue mission, allowing the author to work in classic myths, gods, and creatures. Action comes fast and furious here and only lets up when the characters pause to plan their next move. Several persons are repeated from the previous books, such as the wine-soaked Dionysus and Chiron, Camp Half-Blood's activity director. Key new arrivals are Artemis and her unit of hardened archers. These tough girls do not play around and conduct themselves as a deadly special-forces platoon-and it is a good thing, too. Artemis's warriors protect Percy's crew from a death squad of deranged skeletal soldiers as they zoom across the American West to save Annabeth. The screenplay-like story line and almost over-the-top action might alienate literary purists, but this reviewer is betting that teens will be thrilled by the wicked pace. Especially gripping is a brawl through the gods' junkyard with seventy-foot-tall Talos, a scene hinting of a manga title's mecha battle. Mixing humor with fantasy and rousing swordplay, this installment in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is a hero's epic quest reminiscent of cyberpunk science fiction or addictive videogames. Librarians should lock and load for requests.
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9 -In this third installment (Miramax, 2007) to the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, Rick Riordan continues the saga of the Greek gods and their half-human offspring. The story takes place in modern-day America where Percy, son of Poseidon, faces off with mythical monsters and other enemies of the gods. Accompanying him are his friends, Grover the satyr, Thalia, daughter of Zeus, and two Hunters. They set off to find the missing Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who has been kidnapped by Titan Kronos's cronies, and Annabeth, daughter of Athena, who has disappeared over the edge of a cliff. To make matters worse, the Oracle predicts that one of them will not survive the quest. Actor Jesse Bernstein does a first-rate job of narrating the story, seamlessly shifting between the voices of the various characters and rendering each of them a unique persona. A great addition to most junior high/middle school and public library audio collections.-Kathy Miller, Baldwin Junior High, Baldwin City, KS

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Kirkus Reviews
The stirring of monsters has begun. Monsters not seen for thousands of years threaten to unleash death and destruction on an unprecedented scale and destroy Olympus, and it's up to Percy Jackson and his friends Grover, Annabeth and Thalia to stop them, though Percy is embarrassed to have to depend on his mother to drive him to his battles. Percy, Annabeth and Thalia are demigods, Grover is a satyr and their quest is to find the missing Artemis and the monster she was hunting. This third in the Olympians series makes the Greek myths come alive in a way no dreary classroom unit can. Apollo driving his Maserati Spyder sun chariot, attacks by skeletal zombie soldiers, dragons and a 20-foot-tall metal warrior and the contests between the gods will have readers wondering how literature can be this fun. This can stand alone, though newcomers to the series will race back to the first two volumes and eagerly await a fourth installment. (Fiction. 10+)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423101482
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series , #3
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,459
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is also the author of the best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book One: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book Two: Sea of Monsters. 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.

Biography

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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  • Posted February 17, 2009

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    An action packed thriller based on the greek gods in the current era!

    If you're looking for a romantic love story with heart-quenching, tear-jerking, lovey-dovey moments.... then you're looking at the wrong book here. BUT, if you're looking for an action packed thriller based on the greek gods in modern times (duh, the headline), then you've come to the right place. Percy Jackson found out in previous books that he is teh half-blood son of Posiedon. When you're a half-blood in a world like ours, you are either targeted by mythical monsters, misunderstood by mortals, or completely neutral in the minds of the gods... Percy is only lucky enough to be teo of these things, since most of the gods want him either dead, or they just don't care. This time, Percy is in for a doosy of a ride when he is dodging monsters such as the Manticore, or the Nemean Lion. Not only that, but he must save a friend, and a god, and maybe even take the full force of the Titan's curse! If you're ready for the ride of your life, then hop on the back of Blackjack, the black pegasus, and hold on tight!

    83 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Good read

    The series is just amazing. I love it!!!

    74 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Yeah!

    Who said girls cant hold up the sky? Cool book mr. Riordan!

    56 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Three words

    Buy this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!!

    55 out of 79 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    Great book

    While it does have children as main characters, they still captivate the reader and you get so into the problems and adventures they find themselves into. I recommend this book along with the series to all those young readers or young at heart :p.

    46 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2007

    TOTE ALLI AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I've read all the books from this series and their incredible! They should totally make a movie out of these books. The descriptions are mezmorizing and the consepts of modern day gods and demi-gods inspires me. I hope more people will read these books. Even if your not a big fantasy person these books takes you into the 'reality' of the ancient greeks. In short you'll love it!!!!!!!!!!! :-

    43 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Book

    In apollo's words;
    I loved this great book
    I could not stop reading it
    You need to read it

    In thalia's words;
    You need to read this dam book! :)

    In great lord dionysus' words;
    That's right, great lord dionysus, not "the wine dude." Really, that peter johnson and his horse... what? You don't know what i'm talking about? Just read the book

    In thalia's words;
    Read the dam book and the whole dam series! :)

    42 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2009

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    two thumbs up

    Percy, Annabeth, Grover, And Thalia discover 2 more half-bloods. Bianca and Nico. Siblingd naturally. Well on their way out of Bianca and Nico's school they run into a monster. AND the only ones to save them are... the Hunters? If you are not familiar with the Hunters, they are a group of immortal maidens who follow Artemis, goddess of the hunt and the moon. They have sworn loyalty to her and have baned males from their life. Well, they save them, but in the process, Annabeth goes missing!!! Bianca joins the hunters, and Percy is dumbfounded! Artemis sets out for a hunt for the new monster lircing around, while the rest head back to Camp with the half-bloods. Artemis goes missing and Zoe Nightshade- Artemis' right hand maiden-calls a quest to save her. Her, Bianca, Thalia, and Grover are chosen to go. Zoe refuses to let Percy go because he is a boy. Grover doesn't count because is a stayr. TOO BAD! Percy goes anyway. As always. He follows behind them secretivly, but when he discovers Luke is after them, he warns them. He then has to tag along with them. But when Bianca dies (sorry i had to tell), Percy is at lost. When they find Artemis and Annabeth bearing the sky on their shoulders (an old myth) Zoe faces her father in a battle to the death to save Artemis. What a brave girl. Will they all make it out alive? :( They are all safe, for now.

    34 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

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    This is a really amazing book and author and i think everyone should read these series.

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Really awesome book!!!

    €====|================> this is Riptide

    c===|======> this is Annabeth's dagger

    ===============================> this is Thalia's spear

    I like pointies!!

    21 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Anonymous

    Omg! Love this book. My favorite chapters was "We Have a Dam Problem" and the chapter about the god junkyard. So funny!
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    15 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    I love this book

    I think this book is so awesome I hope other people think this too... I LOVE U PERCY JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    This Might Be My Favorite Book of the Entire Series!!!

    The Titan's Curse was a great book, filled with adventure, love, and surprises. I think that with all of the twists in this book, it might be my favorite. I also ove how Rick Riordan makes the book interesting with Greek mythology, but not dull. Rick has done it again!

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Book

    Read it you will love it

    13 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Awesome

    Wonderful book

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2011

    To hey

    Ita my least fave but its good
    To posieden
    Liar liar

    11 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

    Great!

    My son is reading all the series and he is really enjoying it. Great buy.

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    one of my favorites in the series

    This book was 2nd my favorite in the series I like the 4th book best but it was awesome especially the part in Hoover Dam

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    New Percy Jackson Book

    In this third book to the series Percy Jackson and his friend have to rescue the goddess Artemis and defeat a Titan (not saying which one. The only thing I'm saying is that it isn't Kronos.) This book was funny, full of action and adventure, and great! If you love Greek mythology with a twist then you have to read this book.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Ratings

    Its great with great twist and turns

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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