The Horror of the Lightning Thief

26 Sep

Everyone knows from the day that they are born that there’s nothing better than a good story.

Sitting captivated on our grandfathers’ laps, we could listen anxiously for hours. For me, there’s nothing better than a believable story, which let me imagine that I’m living the events with the main characters. I also like stories that move at a quick pace from beginning to end. Finally, I like stories that can help me to learn something new.

Sadly, Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief fails in all three of these areas.

Whether you read Rick Riordan’s book or saw the movie version that was just released, there’s nothing believable about The Lightning Thief. In fact, there are dozens and dozens of events that simply couldn’t have happened.

The best example from the book happens when Percy, Grover and Annabelle journey to the Underworld and are confronted by Hades’ three-headed dog. While readers fear that the end is near for their favorite characters, this seemingly impossible challenge is solved when Annabeth pulls out a rubber ball and makes friends with Cerberus.

Are we really supposed to believe that the dog of the Devil was just looking for a friend?

In the movie, I struggled with one scene from the climax. As Luke and Percy fight over Zeus’s master bolt in New York City, they land on a roof that just so happens to have an ancient water tower sitting on top.

Now, I know that it was nice to see Percy defeat Luke with his weapon of choice, but do modern cities really have ancient water towers on their skyscrapers? That’s a stretch at best—and I can’t stand stretches in my stories.

The Lightning Thief—especially the book version—seems to drag on and on forever! It’s all rising and no action.

Now, the beginning of the story—which sees Percy trying to survive his journey to Camp Half-Blood—is full of action and is sure to capture your attention. It’s followed, however, by HUNDREDS of pages of boredom as Percy, Grover and Annabelle travel from New York to California.

Readers are forced to sleep through a trip on a train, a stop to visit a mattress salesman, a sightseeing trip in Saint Louis—because every hero on a quest wants to go sightseeing, right?—and perhaps most painfully, a journey in the back of a cargo truck with a sad lion and a zebra.

Every time that I turned the page, I was hoping for something good to happen, and every time I turned the page, I was disappointed.

Now, I’ll give Rick Riordan SOME credit: His stories have turned kids on to Greek Mythology again. It would be hard not to want to learn more about Satyrs and Centaurs after seeing Grover and Chiron.

I also like that references are made to real events from Greek myths. According to Greek Mythology, the fight between Poseidon and Athena, who competed with one another for the affections of the city-state of Athens really did happen.

What I worry about, though, is that students will blend facts from real mythology with the fiction of Mr. Riordan’s mind.

Isn’t it possible that someone somewhere is going to really believe that the Gods fought over the theft of Zeus’s master bolt and that a young boy named Percy saved the day with his heroics? There’s just enough truth in The Lightning Thief to leave readers confused about facts and fiction—and as a teacher, that scares me.

The Lightening Thief is simply the WORST story that I’ve ever read. I won’t be recommending The Lightning Thief—or any of its sequels—to my friends. I just can’t stand stories that dance in fantasy and never seem to end.

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81 Responses to “The Horror of the Lightning Thief”

  1. PAUL September 27, 2010 at 6:58 pm #

    The lightning theif wasnt that bad. it kept me hooked and i thought it was a pretty good book. all of the stuff that happened in the book was great because it was supensful and awesome. Some of the stuff that happend isnt very real but its fiction, not nonfiction. The part with the animals was good because they helped them get out of the mean dudes truck. plus its cool that they travel across the usa and then get to go to the underworld. they meet Hades!!!!!!! that is awesome. the book also teaches people about greek gods and that stuff. Mr.Ferriter, you are wrong. it was a great book.
    it deserverd a WAY 70

    • wferriter September 27, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

      Way70, Paul? 70? Really?!

      I’ll give you that I’m being a bit hard on The Lightning Thief—expecting it to be nonfiction-y when it’s a fiction book—-but a Way70 is a pretty serious score.

      More like a NoWay70 from me!

      ; )
      Mr. F

      • PAUL September 27, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

        ok, more like a WAY 50

  2. Rendan.O September 27, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    I agree with you Mr.F on the first page of the lightning thief they give persey a gold pen and tell him to go him to travel with a goat and that is like all of the book and there are not much battles and if there is they are little and they barely get bruised that’s why i agree with you Mr.F.

  3. alex27502 September 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    I think that the lightning thief is a good book for ten though twelve year olds because it starts with an amusing beginning an adventurous middle and a fight scene at the end. There is a little blood but not much which makes it the perfect book for the in-between children. It is also the first of a 5 or 6 book series and I have read them all. The farther in the series you go the better the books get. in the later books a-lot of people die so it gets interesting. You just didn’t go far to see who will die. There is also a factual side to it, the Greeks thought that the gods that are in the books were real, the creatures that are in the book are of Greek mythology and you need or want to have background knowledge for 6th grade social studies.

    • Emma A. September 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

      I agree with you Alex, but when you have a book for ten through twelve year olds they need to be entertained with thrilling, non-predictable, interesting books. Sure, maybe you get hooked through the first couple of pages but don’t you think that a book worthy enough to read the rest of the series should be interesting through the whole book and not only the beginning and end. If you don’t enjoy the whole book then why should you go on to read the rest of the series even if it becomes slightly better? Now, I do agree with you about it involving Greek gods, goddess’, and Greek mythology but if you try and write a book like that I think you should do it right…

      • wferriter September 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

        Emma wrote:
        Sure, maybe you get hooked through the first couple of pages but don’t you think that a book worthy enough to read the rest of the series should be interesting through the whole book and not only the beginning and end. If you don’t enjoy the whole book then why should you go on to read the rest of the series even if it becomes slightly better?

        THIS is another great point, Emma—and it’s one that I have to make all the time when I’m arguing with kids about The Lightning Thief.

        EVERYONE talks about how great the second book and the third book of the series is. I always tell ’em:

        “I wouldn’t know. The first book is so bad that I didn’t even read ’em.”

        An author can’t expect me to read an entire series if the first book is junky. In fact, I feel like I got taken by Rick Riordan—he stole my money, the book was so bad.

        Maybe that’s just me.
        Mr. F

      • alison beck 2010 October 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

        i agree with emma beacause when you first read the begining you kinda get hooked on to it and know what is going on, so there for you keep on reading.

        yes, i do agree with the fact that its not a great book but it still would be a good book to read while on a airplane or just a roadtrip.

        another thing i noticed was that it never really had any fighting or action like the movie. its just a plane old book. i mean i would not pick it off my book shelf and say i think im going to read this today.

        thats what i think of the lighting theif
        i give it a way50

    • wferriter September 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

      Alex wrote:
      I think that the lightning thief is a good book for ten though twelve year olds because it starts with an amusing beginning an adventurous middle and a fight scene at the end. There is a little blood but not much which makes it the perfect book for the in-between children.

      You know, kid, THIS is a good point.

      I agree that there is a place in the world for books that aren’t super bloody—and I agree that The Lightning Thief kind of fills that role. It’s a good in-between book in other ways, too….the humor is appropriate and the conflicts aren’t too scary.

      It still doesn’t excuse the hundreds of pages of boredom while they’re traveling from NY to LA—-they’re Gods, right? Why did they take the bus?—-but I might just give The Lightning Thief a rating now….Like a Way.005!

      ; )
      Mr. F

    • PAUL September 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

      i agree with alex because there is not to much blood. also i have read them all and they keep getting better. the books are really good because they teach you things about gods and mythology. there is also fighting and 11 year old boys like that stuff

  4. Brent September 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Mr ferriter

    he lightening thief is a book for forth to sixth graders l
    I dont think you are in any of those grades your judging a book by its cover by saying anything by Rick Riordan is bad well why don’t you try to read a adult book by him like the big red tequila or cold springs or last king texas. Maybe he should try to read sea of monsters.All though all I have read have been very childish so maybe the audult books are better

    Who thinks he should give Rick Riordan another chance?

  5. Michael G. September 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    It is not a bad book because Its action packed, you want to keep reading on, and it has a great plot. Bad things arent happening on every page. It got me into greek gods. Even your report on paper didnt say it was the worst book. The only confusing part in the book is when they went into the underworld that was the worst part of the book because I mean a three headed dog trained to attack only needs a ball!!! I didnt get what was happening in the underworld or where they where. But that to me was the only bad part. -Michael G.

  6. Brooke September 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    I am a huge fan of the book, and the whole series, but the book certainly starts off kind of slow. Percy gets a pen- a PEN, I tell you. Who wants a PEN to defend themselves? Especially against the Fury. That part was very boring- Percy was just basically talking to his cripple teacher while this…this… CREATURE is just hangin’ out in the air near him. The driving is quite boring, though- like Mr. F said, because all they do is drive for miles and miles (and pages and pages). But I have to argue, when Percy, Grover, and Annabeth are fighting the Hydra, it gets pretty exciting, because you think they’re all going to die, and then Grover gets this brilliant idea to snap out Medusa’s head and freeze the Hydra. But this is what got me to enjoy Greek gods and get A’s in the Greek part for Social studies. I recommend this book to anyone who can stand boring battles and teeny exciting parts.

    Talk about a big surprise for the people who walk in next morning!!

    I hope I wasn’t to critical on one of my favorite books. 😛

    • danny September 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

      Mr.f it was a bad book but what michel siad was right it was action packed, and had a good plot it also was not horrible on ech page just a few, you even said that every book you read after it would be amazing,so it would be useful and not the worst book ever becuse it makes other books seam great.

  7. cam September 27, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    You are wrong about the lightening thief. Lightening thief is awesome because it is about a few greek myths. Oh and if it is your opinion than how are you always right? Anyway lightening thief is good because there is a boy that realizes in the story that he is posidens son and that is cool because being in control of the sea is cool cause you get to see fish and make sea storms. That is cool right I mean controlling the sea. And there are a lot more myths for you if you want to give it another try. my brother is reading an Egyptian series of myths. Try reading that I will if you will.

    So give the lightening thief another try it is good and if you still don’t like it than I will make you like it by just keep bringing it up all the time in the hall but I would have to see you reading it again.

    Love always,
    Cam

    • Emma A. September 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

      Cam says… “Lightening thief is awesome because it is about a few greek myths.”

      I agree with Cam, Rick Riordan is one of they very few authors to bring back greek mythology in an interesting way. But yet, I think that if you do try and write about greek mythology you can’t have many predictable subplots… Everyone was so excited when they read the Lightning Thief, and got caught up about the idea of bringing back greek mythology and not how good the book actually is.

  8. Gibson Girl *2* September 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    I think if you want to get hooked on this series, start with the second book. The first book is OK, but not my favorite. The only reason to read the first book is to get to know Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. You get to know Percy has ADHD, and is Dyslexic. And things of this nature. You get to know Annabeth. A daughter of Athena. And Grover, Percy’s protector. All and all, most of the lightning thief is Percy’s first battles. And, it all comes up to a big, fat *YAWN*.

    START WITH THE SEA OF MONSTERS IF YOU GET NIGHTMARES FROM BULL-HUMANOID CREATURES!!!!!!

  9. audrey September 28, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    Brooke’s opinion is reasonable but the books were just alright. Many say that the books are awful and im sorta on that side. I thought the beginning was slow and the pen was defiently NOT a help. I think that the book was VERY predictable and that the main characters (Annabeth, Percy and Grover) were just lucky and though they came close to death several times, they never died. Nobody is that lucky so it was obvious they were never going away during the series. But over all predictability was the worst matter. I know what was going to happen and i really DIDNT like that….

  10. Samantha G. September 28, 2010 at 12:18 am #

    I am totally with you Mr.Ferriter! Well, some parts of the book are good but then there is the other 560 pages that are a hole chunk of boring! it’s just like “And in the end Percy found his mother and they lived happily ever…. NEVER!!!!!!!” Who wants to know that Percy lived happily ever after without having a whole cholckablock of people die or Percy die???? The Lighting theif for me is a way -80

    But dont judge a book by the first, right???

  11. 123collin456 September 28, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    hey Danny i thought lightning thief was really bad it mad no action and had no kind of plot. like Mr.f said they just happened to land on the top of a building next to a water tower. the only action was at the end of the book when Percy and ares fight. even that wasn’t exciting. the lightning thief was just as boring as a non-fiction book. i hope you start to agree with me that the lighting thief was BAD

  12. mystery man September 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    Mr.f, i was wondering if you could review the book i am reading. the book series i called Pendragon. the actual book is book one called the merchant of death. iwoul like it if you could review the book. THANKS

  13. Renee September 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    I agree with Mr. Ferriter as well. I couldnt even finish the first book in the series. I think Rick Riordan made certain parts of his books confusing and at times, boring. I did think that when the main characters were close to death, they ended up alive which gave you an easy inference that the rest of the series would always have that suspensful plot, but the solution would stick to the characters surviving. Better luck next time Rick!

  14. Kayla S. September 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    I totally agree with you Mr.Ferriter. In 3rd grade as a class we read “The Lightning Thief”… I literally fell asleep.

    NO KIDDING!!

    The thing I hate most about “The Lightning Thief” is that throughout the whole book it’s Percy and Annabeth traveling. It goes on and on and on. When my class was reading the book, every time my teacher turned the page I would wish for a change… unfortunately it never came.

    Maybe the reason it was so boring is because of the age. I know a few people who loved the “The Lightning Thief” but they read it at an older age than I did. It may be confusing or hard to keep up with for some and others it may be easy.

    Gibson Girl *2* wrote:

    I think if you want to get hooked on this series, start with the second book. The first book is OK, but not my favorite. The only reason to read the first book is to get to know Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. You get to know Percy has ADHD, and is Dyslexic. And things of this nature. You get to know Annabeth. A daughter of Athena. And Grover, Percy’s protector.

    What she said is really interesting because in most books you want to start with the first book and most people do. For example “Harry Potter”, if you read the 3rd book but haven’t read any of the others it would be really confusing. But there is something I don’t get, if you didn’t read the first book how would you know what the author was trying to say? Would it make sense about any comments that a character makes about another characters personality?

  15. alex27502 September 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    Wferriter said

    they’re Gods, right?

    Wrong!!!!!!!! they have only a cople of powers. they are demi-gods which means they are only half god. sure they kind of take up the whole book with the NY to LA scene but they have many advetures along the way,

    PS they can’t fly so they have to go by ground or sea.

  16. $@NT!@GO September 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    mr.f i think you are 100% wrong that the lightning thief stinks because it one of the books i LIKED the most! it was so good i got hooked and i read the series 2 times and liked it .i’v heard people say that its not bloody but think of the children that might be reading the book!:(.also the book was so good the turned into a movie and not much books get turned into movies.the truth is that back then i didnt like reading much but when i read it i began likeing reading ALOT.if we think fairly it deserves a WAY85.
    i hope this has helped you understand that you are WRONG

  17. alex27502 September 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    There is only about 20 books or series on the list that have my favorite books on it. The Lightning thief and the others in that series are on that list. My favorite author is Clive Cussler. he wrote a book called Vixson 03 and also Iceburg. Another great author is tom clancy. He has written many books but his most famous one is The hunt for the red october. If I were to rate all of those books I would give them a way100. I suggest that you read those books.

  18. Sam September 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    OK Everyone, I haven’t read the lightning thief because it just looks BORING…but everyone seems to love it (except MR. Ferriter)..i don’t know whether i should read it or not…so I’m asking you guys, just post a comment telling if i should read it or not…i really want to know! Please tell me!!!

    • Brooke January 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm #

      Sam, you totally have to read it. It is an awesome book (contrary to other’s opinions… O.o) and you will get immediately hooked! I know I did- I couldn’t put the book down! I read it in a total of 3 and 1/2 hours and I give it a score of 100 out of 100. I would use the “Way…” scale but it is based on “way better than the lightening theif” so I couldn’t really do that. But my favorite character is AnnaBETH ( not Annabelle!!) because of how smart she is. You should read it. Take my word for it.

  19. Thomas S. September 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    You know there is this new book called “The Lost Hero”. Its a book by ….. well Rick Riordan. I know you hate him but I have read the first 3 or more chapters (at http://www.camphalfblood.com keyword newhero) and it was better than the Lightning Thief. The only place to buy it is ,I think, amazon.com on October 12. I haven’t even finished the book and I would give The Lost Hero WAY67

  20. Brooke October 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Samantha G. says:

    Well, some parts of the book are good but then there is the other 560 pages that are a hole chunk of boring!

    First of all, there aren’t even 560 pages to begin with.

    But actually, when you think about it, the first half of the book Percy just realizes he is an important demigod, and he and the other campers think about going on a quest to find the master bolt which Zeus thinks Percy has stolen. That is actually really boring. But once Percy, Annabeth, and Grover actually go on the quest, it starts getting interesting.

    They go to “Aunty Em’s Garden Gnome Emporium”, right? Well, Percy acted kind of stupid. When he accepted food from a woman who is really creepy looking, for FREE at that, you may start to think “uh-oh”. But no, Percy just goes and eats and almost gets himself killed when he finds out she’s Medusa. He may have been starving and all, but really?

    If you ask me, Percy really is a “Seaweed Brain” like Annabeth calls him.

  21. Blair G. October 8, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Kayla said:

    if you didn’t read the first book how would you know what the author was trying to say? Would it make sense about any comments that a character makes about another characters personality?

    Well, Q1:
    Maybe you wouldn’t know what they were trying to say. Maybe you could look at the blurb on the back of the first book and get an idea.

    Q2:
    It won’t always make sense. But hey, nothing much about books makes sense anyways!

    My suggestion, never judge a series by the first book. I was OK with the Lightning Thief, but I ♥’D the rest of the series!!!!!!!!☺

    I hope this helps.

    ♥, Blair

  22. Matthew W. September 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Would The Lighting Thief be way 0 then? I half to agree with you Mr.F It wasn’t the best book on the planet but I liked some of the other books in that series. But in my opinion that book was decent. I have to say it is at least somewhere in between way 20 and way 50.

  23. Kenna K September 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I love the Percy Jackson series. I also love the lighning theif! I think that how you said that it was 300 pages of the journey to California. I agree with that but you also said why don’t they just fly and have Rick Riordan skip that point in th journey and adventure? Well, think of it this way, what if it was 300 pages of Percy facing battles and learning who he was and the reader getting a background of the characters for the rest of the series. Another thing is that if you read on with the rest of the book it says that Percy can’t fly because it is Zeus’s realm. I think that this book shouold get a little credit because I think this is a enjoyable book and everything should not be scaled by how better it is thatn the lightning theif.
    But I do agree with you it is not one of his best books but he is also one of my favorite authors, Rick Riordan

    • wferriter September 13, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      Kenna wrote:
      Well, think of it this way, what if it was 300 pages of Percy facing battles and learning who he was and the reader getting a background of the characters for the rest of the series.

      You know, Kenna, if it WAS 300 pages of Percy facing battles
      , maybe I COULD get into it.

      But it’s not. It’s 300 pages of riding on trains, hanging out in the back of trucks, and rolling along on buses.

      And as far as getting readers prepared for the rest of the series, Riordan’s plans failed because I didn’t even read the rest of the series. I was THAT bored by the Lightning Thief.

      Any of this make sense?
      Mr. F

      • Kenna K September 13, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

        First before I write my push back, I am sorry for the mis spelling and grammer issues on my 1st pushback and now am hoping to improve.

        Mr.Ferriter wrote
        You know, Kenna, if it WAS 300 pages of Percy facing battles, maybe I COULD get into it.

        But it’s not. It’s 300 pages of riding on trains, hanging out in the back of trucks, and rolling along on buses.

        But Mr.Ferriter, it was exactly that.

        For example when in St. Louis at the big arch, sure they were sight seeing a little but while in that arch a women was trying to kill them with her big dog and Percy fought them then dove off the arch into the river nearby.

        Another example is when they stopped for lunch at a garden restraunt area and turned out to be Medusa’s lair. They fought her untill she turned to stone!

        You also said:

        I didn’t even read the rest of the series

        Well, I think you should try the rest of the series because the first book wasn’t one of his best books but the rest of his series is really good.

        Just because one book isn’t good doesn’t mean the whole series isn’t good. I think you should try to read the rest of the series.

      • wferriter September 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

        Kenna wrote:
        Well, I think you should try the rest of the series because the first book wasn’t one of his best books but the rest of his series is really good.

        You know, Kenna, everyone always tells me this and it drives me nuts
        . It’s just strange to me to think that an author can write a junky first book in a series and then expect everyone to keep reading. “I promise, I’m not terrible all the time,” seems to be what they are saying.

        But I’m not okay with that.

        You can’t just count on me reading an entire series because you wrote it—-you’ve got to hook me from the start and reel me in. Without the hook, I won’t be your fish.

        Does that make sense?
        Mr. F

      • Ryan M. September 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

        By the way, Mr. Ferriter, have you ever read any of the other book in that series? You’ve obviously read “The Naughty Book”, because you talk about it all the time, but have you ever read any of the others?

        When Midori, Abby, and I were cleaning out the shelves, we found book numbers 3 and 5. I was just wondering if you ever took the time to read them.

      • wferriter September 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

        I actually did, Ryan. I read Battle of the Labyrinth and found many of the same weaknesses in it that I found in the naughty book. I’m pretty sure I reviewed it here…if I didn’t, I need to.

        The climax is the absolute worst. Percy spends the entire book trying to get to the evil thing at the end, he gets there and then turns and runs away.

        Let down times ten.

        Let’s talk about it tomorrow.
        Mr. F

  24. Carly B September 13, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I think that you are partly right about this book because it does take a while before you get to any major action and then the actual action is over in like a page it gets so maddening. A good thing about this book is that it teaches you about the greek gods and what they control and when i read it I started to remember all the things I learned about greek gods back in the 2nd grade, I thought that was a good way to learn some greek mythology. So I think that the book is not great, but it is not terrible either.

    • kristin September 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

      Carly wrote:
      I think that you are partly right about this book because it does take a while before you get to any major action and then the actual action is over in like a page it gets so maddening.

      Well carly i see how you think he is partly right but i think either you like the book or you don’t because it’s not a i like it a little but i also don’t like it book. Its a book of whether you like it or you don’t. I think its a boring, very long book and it takes a long time to explain action that happens. I agree with mr. ferrtier i mean really its a joke its very boring and i do like fiction but i think this book is a waste of time.

      Lots of people like the lighting theif but its kinda garbge of fake stuff.It either has no ation or has action that happens to quick and why would you want to read a book like that, i mean just think about it.

      Do you get what i’m saying Carly?
      Kristin V.

  25. Hannah B. the awesome September 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    Carly wrote:

    ” I started to remember all the things I learned about greek gods back in the 2nd grade, I thought that was a good way to learn some greek mythology. ”

    I agree with this because before i read the Lighting Thief I didn’t know a thing about greek myths . I was not interested at all about it until I read Rick Riodan books. Now i want to know more about the gods and what they did. How come Mr.Ferriter does not like this book? This book is loved all over the U.S.A. I know that the Lighting Thief is not the best book ever but it is not the worst. It had me hooked the whole time i was reading it. It was my favorite book for the whole 4th grade.

  26. Kush C September 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    I think that Mr. Ferriter is right because 300 pages of boring is not fun to read at all! Infact when i was reading the book I stoped in the middle of it because of how boring it was to read. I think that Kenna and Carly know that Mr. Hutchinson had said that when you are reading a book that it should be like cake. Well this book is not like cake to me, it’s more like broccoli( which i hate). So basicly I am agreeing with Mr. Ferriter, LIGHTING THEIF IS TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Abby L. September 14, 2011 at 1:12 am #

    I did enjoy the Lightning Thief but I have to agree with Mr. Ferriter on some stuff. It does

    have a lot of rising action and the real action is short and choppy. Mr. Riordan doesn’t

    really know how to end action either. I mean the fifth book was all RETREAT and then like

    a day of no battles. I did like the characters though, Percy was cool, Annabeth was nice,

    not much of a Grover fan though. (I thought Thalia was the best in the other books)

    Though I think we all have our own opinions and I wonder what other schools think of The

    Lightning Thief?

    • Danielle C. September 21, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      Abby L. said:I did enjoy the Lightning Thief but I have to agree with Mr. Ferriter on some stuff. It does

      have a lot of rising action and the real action is short and choppy. Mr. Riordan doesn’t

      really know how to end action either. I mean the fifth book was all RETREAT and then like

      a day of no battles. I did like the characters though, Percy was cool, Annabeth was nice,

      not much of a Grover fan though. (I thought Thalia was the best in the other books)

      Though I think we all have our own opinions and I wonder what other schools think of The

      Lightning Thief?

      I say: The fith book was very good. I love it becuse it has battles that lasted a day! Its my favorite book, and its so diffrent!

  28. Kishan C September 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    I got to say lightning theif is a good book if you get to know the complete climax

    • Carly B September 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      Kristin wrote:
      I see how you think he is partly right but i think either you like the book or you don’t because it’s not a i like it a little but i also don’t like it book. Its a book of whether you like it or you don’t.

      I know either you like a book or you don’t but can’t there be a section devoted to books that were not your favorite but you would read them again if there was nothing else to read.

      I mean the lightning thief is an ok book because I have read much better book and I have read books that are in my opinion worse than the lightning thief.

      • Carly B September 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

        Hannah wrote:
        Before i read the Lighting Thief I didn’t know a thing about greek myths . I was not interested at all about it until I read Rick Riodan books. Now i want to know more about the gods and what they did.

        See right there is a good thing about the series it made Hannnah more interested in learning about the Greek Gods, I remembered all the things I learned about them back from 2nd grade when I read this book so those 2 things are proof that this book has soe good to it.

        While I do admit there are better books out there I know that The Lightning Thief is a decent book.

  29. Kenna K September 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    Dear Mr.Ferriter,
    Sorry it took me so long to reply, I was gone all weekend. Also it says I can’t reply to yours so i’m just writing a new comment.

    You said:

    You can’t just count on me reading an entire series because you wrote it—-you’ve got to hook me from the start and reel me in. Without the hook, I won’t be your fish.

    I think that the author might not have reeled you in on the first book but that means they will try harder next time if they write a sequel.

    So I think it is the fish’s job to come back and give them another try. The fish also might be so smug that he thinks the second chance, amusing because of the poorly done first try.

    So if the reader was the fish then the fisherman is the author. I feel every person deserves a second chance, there for I think the fish ( or the reader) should give the fisherman (or author) a second chance!

    Is this crystal clear Mr.Ferriter?

    • wferriter September 20, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      Kenna wrote:
      So I think it is the fish’s job to come back and give them another try.

      Wait a minute, Kenna: Are you saying it is the fish’s job to get caught?!

      If so, I’m really jazzed I’m not a fish!

      I like this metaphor, though. It’s a good one.

      From my angle, fish have lots of different choices when it comes to finding food—and their job is to eat without getting eaten.

      Readers have lots of different choices when it comes to finding books—and it’s our job to find books without getting taken by lazy authors who are stealing our minds, our minutes and our cash!

      Any of this make sense?
      Mr. F

      • Kenna K September 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

        You said:

        Are you saying it is the fish’s job to get caught?!

        No. I’m saying that if the fish is so smart then it won’t get caught when it gets back.

        Any of this make sense?

  30. Danielle C. September 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Mr. F, I’ll agree with you on one thing, the movie was terrible. It cut off all the inportant parts in the book. Now, I disagree that the book is bad. Its not! The book is not even my least favorite! (Its the SEA OF MONSTERS) The book has an great rising acion, and (I’m sure people have said it so many times all ready that your going to explode when you read this,) IF YOU READ THE OTHER BOOKS IT WILL MAKE SENCE!

    In other words, I love the book.

    • Kenna K September 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

      Danielle said:

      the movie was terrible… disagree that the book is bad

      I toatally agree! They left out all the important stuff in the movie that was in the book. But I acutually think the sequel the sea of monsters is pretty good too.

      I’m glad i’m not the only person who disagrees with Mr.Ferriter.

      • Kush C September 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

        Kenna said: I toatally agree…I acutually think the sequel the sea of monsters is pretty good.

        What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What are you talking about because if you haven’t been hearing what Mr. F has been saying in class all this time that is outrageous! He says if Rick Riodan gives out the first book and I is TERRIBLE and then he sends out the second book that’s better and he thinks that will sell, well that just makes no sense!

      • Ryan M. September 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

        The movie ABSOLUTELY KILLED the chance of them even trying to create a movie based off of the second book. They mixed too much of the first book with the fifth book. When Pascal and I went to see that the first time, we were so disappointed.

  31. Kenna K September 24, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Well, :p to you Kush.

    • Kenna K September 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      I mean I disagree.

      What I said above your comment is all that needs to be said.

      • Kush C September 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

        No, everything I had said in my comment is what needs to be said! The thing is that his book is terrible and I bet you that a lot of people agree with me to because Mr. F IS ALWAYS RIGHT!

      • Ryan M. September 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

        Man, you guys are really having quite a battle over this, aren’t you. I sort of agree with Kush, depending on which way you look at it.

        Riordan really wasted half of the book talking about how the demigods were going sightseeing when they run into some monster everywhere. It’s like the Magic Treehouse. It’s too predictable.

        Although, when they weren’t going sightseeing, the demigods were having battles and fighting monsters (once again). Some of it had lots of action, but the other parts didn’t.

        If you were to put one of these plots on one of Mrs. Barrow’s diagrams, then it would look like this. It would be a lot of rising action, then there would be no climax and it would start on a new plot. It’s kind of confusing.

      • wferriter September 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

        So the question becomes, Ryan, is a book with no climax and all rising action really worth reading?

        (My answer is no way!)

        That’s why I don’t understand why everyone likes it.

        Mr. F

  32. Kenna K September 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    I disagree with Mr.Ferriter is always right. He even said it himself, nobody’s perfect.

    I’m not being disrespectful to him but i’m just saying no one can be 100% right, 100% of the time.

    Get my drift?

    • wferriter September 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      But here’s the thing, Kenna: I have done a pretty good job explaining why I’m convinced that the naughty book isn’t worth reading.

      That’s the key. To be convincing, you have to give clear evidence that other people can agree with.

      Concentrate on the strengths of the book in your argument. Don’t concentrate on me.

      Does that make sense?
      Mr. F

      • Kenna K September 27, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

        Of course it makes sense Mr.F.

        What I like about the Lightning thief is the characters, mainly.

        I love Annabeth, the stubborn girl that a story isn’t complete wihtout. And the heroic, humerous guy named Percy.

        Grover the little satyr that can’t stand up for himself but has a big heart.

        I also love humerous novels. The lightning thief is very humerous.

        Don’t tell me you diagree. One of the first chapters is “I become king of the bathroom”.

        The two last things I like are the greek mythology of it all and the adventure.

        You say how there’s no adventure just driving in a car.

        Trying being stuck with Medusa at a gas station.

        Or fightning with a god on the beach. Or even meeting a three headed dog.

        All this happens in the Lightning thief. Tell me that’s not adventure.

        And one last thing the journey is better than the destination.

        Kenna K.

  33. Matthew W. September 26, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Kush C. said:
    No, everything I had said in my comment is what needs to be said! The thing is that his book is terrible and I bet you that a lot of people agree with me to because Mr. F IS ALWAYS RIGHT!
    You made one mistake, the blog is called I’m always right which doesn’t mean Mr.F is always right. It means anyone who posts is right so no one should be able to comment on this because I Just wrote on the blog so now I am always right!

  34. Matthew W. September 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Mr.F,
    How about you let me convince you about reading the rest of the series. The Last Olympian is only 381pgs. That is a better difference from other books (aka Harry Potter). But right now I dare you to read this:

    Chapter One:

    An Unexpected Surprise

    Percy’s POV

    Annabeth glared at me like she was going to punch me. And then she did something that surprised me even more. She kissed me.

    “Shh brave one,” she said. “Rest and heal. No harm will come to you here. I am Calipso.”

    “They send a person who can never stay.” She whispered. “Who can never accept my offer of companionship for more than a little while. They send me a person I can’t help…just the sort of person a can’t help but fall in love with.” The night was quiet except for the gurgle of the fountains lapping on the shore. It took me a long time to realize what she was saying. “Me?” I asked. “If you could see your face.” She suppressed a smile though her eyes were still teary. “Of coarse you.”

    Memories. They stuck in my head. Biting at me, taunting me. Why were they sill stinging? Why. Kronos wasn’t the only thing on my mind. I heard a knock on my door. “Percy, last day of school!” My mom said.

    Camp halfblood was the best place on the planet to me, and a lot of other halfbloods. But now it was like I didn’t even want to be there. I hadn’t seen Annabeth since the labrinynth. And now it was like the kiss she gave me was still happening. I just had to tell my mom. “So mom.” On Mount St. Helens, I need to tell you something about it. Um, I told you about the telekhines, right? Well before they tried to kill me, Annabeth kind of… kissed me.” My mom’s face looked shocked and happy at the same time. She took a deep breath and smiled so wide. “That’s great honey!” My mom said. “No, it’s not. Because, I kind of flew to a phantom island. It sounds weird but it’s real. And, there was this girl, I kind of fell in love with her.” The happy expression on my mom’s face melted. “Oh honey, I’m so sorry, I, I…” “It’s not your fault, mom.” I interrupted. “And why didn’t she leave with you?” My mom said. Tears welled up in my eyes. “She couldn’t. She, she, she has to stay there. And I can’t visit her either. No man can ever find it twice. Ogygia.” I told my mom. “Let’s take you to school.” She replied. “Yeah.”

    “Hey Percy, Paul asked me something. He asked me to marry him. Are you okay with that.?” My mom asked on our way. “Yeah. Of course!” I said. “Really? I thought it would be weird for you.” My mom sounded happy. “Paul makes you so happy.” My mom was always so happy when he was around. She smiled that smile that always makes you feel like you’re sitting under a warm blanket eating cookies by a fire place.

    I was getting through the school day fine. I was starting to think that I wasn’t in any sort of danger. RING RING! I had gotten through the entire school year without getting expelled! My mom would be so happy! I rushed out just to make sure I couldn’t get expelled at the last minute. But then right when I got outside, the ground started shaking, then knocking people down, the shaking got worse, and then worse, and then worse, and then it stopped. I knew that my dad needed me. I went to the sea. My dad wasn’t there. But then a huge wave lapped around me pulling me in. I knew what I had to do. I walked in deeper to the water. Now I was neck deep. Teachers rushed over to me to make sure I was okay. But by the time they could get to me, I was head under the water. I walked in deeper. For almost an hour, I walked as deep as I could, and then I saw a giant trench, a drop off actually. More like an abyss. I jumped into it. Like gravity still applied, I was falling. 400 feet, 500, 600, and then I saw the bottom. Before I could scream, the water cushioned my fall. But there was no impact. I was alive and alright. I looked forward, and my eyes got wide. I saw Poseidon’s castle. It was huge! I figured now was a good time to iris message my mom. “Mom?” I called. Now I saw her face through a glass of water. She and Paul were on a date at a fancy restaurant. Woops. It was Paul’s water. He looked into it. Then his eyes closed. His head fell backwards. He had fainted. “Percy, where are you?” Looking at the landscape behind me she looked worried and bewildered. “Poseidon’s castle.” I said. “Oh my gods Percy! Are you alright, can you breath?” She asked. “Yes, I’m fine.” I replied. “Percy, I felt the earthquake. Is that why you came here?” She asked. “Yes it was. Poseidon was summoning me. Seriously. I went down to the ocean, and the ocean waves pulled me in. I have to go, some one is coming out of the castle, bye.” And before she could respond, I broke the connection. After the person came out, he bowed somehow knowing me. Then, a huge light emerged, I shut my eyes, but I could feel it growing stronger. Then it dimmed. I looked and there was Poseidon. “Dad?” I asked. “Yes son.” We smiled at each other. “Come in son.” He told me. “A, alright.” I stuttered. The palace was even better on the inside. I told my dad everything I told my mom. But it didn’t feel like I was talking to a god. It felt like I was talking to a normal dad. And listened like nothing else was in the room but me and him. It didn’t feel like one of those times when he neglected me, not paying attention to me at all. This and when he went to my birthday party, showed me he cared more about me than anything. I was happy. “Yes Percy. Times are hard. And Percy let me tell you something. I want you to know that you are a great son, and care about you. But with everything happening with Kronos, it’s just so hard. You aren’t supposed to be here. I needed to see you though. And to tell you that what you will face is by far your biggest challenge yet. Kronos has practically risen again. It is up to you son.” Poseidon said. And then in a wave of his hand. I teleported back to the shore dried off. I sat down and looked at my watch. It read midnight. I started off for home. Mom and Paul waited by our door. “Percy!” Paul ran to give me a hug. It was awkward, but I hugged him. “Why didn’t you tell me earlier champ?” he said. You told him? I mouthed. When you sent an iris message, he saw the seascape background, and knew instantly your father was Poseidon. She mouthed back. “We need to get you to camp Halfblood. As quick as possible.” My mom said. Paul nodded. In the car ride we talked, but we all knew that I couldn’t not talk about Paul knowing. “So were you shocked.” I asked Paul. “Yes. But also I knew that the strange things happening were not just weather.” Paul said. “But what is the big deal here? Why are the halfbloods in danger?” He asked. “Kronos has risen. Again.” Paul’s eyes got wide. “This happened before?” He asked. I didn’t answer. He took the hint. I didn’t want to talk about it. “Here we are.” My mom said. I got out and for some reason so did Paul. “Percy, will you be my best man?” He asked. “Sure, so you’re going to be my step dad, huh?” I asked awkwardly. “Yes. Well have fun at camp kiddo.” He told me. “Will do.” I said. I entered the borders. Every camper was sleeping. I knew it would be rude, but I had to make a visit to a friend.

    I knocked on the Athena cabin’s door. A tired looking half sister of Annabeth’s answered the door. She flashed me a fake smile. “What a surprise Percy. Why are you here?” She asked. “I need to talk to Annabeth.” I said quickly. Just before she could call for Annabeth, Annabeth was walking toward the door. She wore a long nightgown with spaghetti straps. “Seaweed brain! It’s 3:00 in the morning!” She said. “2:00, actually. Come outside, it’s nice out here.” I told her. Her half sister just smiled, and laughed. “Have fun you two.” She said. The door to the Athena cabin shut. “Come on, you have to be at least a little happy to see me.” I told her. “You weren’t supposed to be here until next week.” She said. “I know. But I have urgent news. Kronos is back.” I told her. “Funny joke.” She said laughing. “I talked to my dad, under the sea, at his palace.” I told her. The smiled faded. “Why didn’t you tell Chiron first?” She asked. “Well, I kind of wanted to see you. I missed you.” I had to admit it. She smiled one of those rare smiles that I get barely ever, the ones that I would get a lot more if she would stop trying to hide them. But now she was closer to me than she was a second before. We got up and walked toward the beach. Once we got there I asked her to sit down. “Okay.” She said. We talked. Kind of losing track of all of our problems. I felt the same way I always did when I was with her. Confused, excited, and a feeling that I couldn’t understand. After an hour or two, we watched the sunrise and like I said, talked. The sun was coming up now. “Want to swim?” I asked. “What about sharks?” She asked. “They won’t bug us.” I said. “Well, okay.” She said. I grabbed her hand. Which felt soft and nice. We walked in deep. “I’m not wet! I can talk under water!” She said. “Yeah, duh, son of Poseidon!” I said. She punched my arm. “Shut up and don’t ruin this moment.” She said. Was I really riddling this funny feeling I got with her out? I thought maybe it was… no, it couldn’t be what I thought. We walked down into the ocean, swimming deeper under. “Ahhh!” Annabeth screamed. “Shark!” She yelled. “No don’t run! It will scare him!” I tried to tell her. Then I tried to tell the shark to stop chasing her. It was to late. There was a deep bleeding cut from the bite. Nothing to terrible, but it still needed to be reported to the big house. “No!” I screamed. Annabeth was floating around in the water I swam after her. Then she swam to an abyss. But not the abyss like when I saw my dad. It had no light coming from it. None of it. I went after her, but she disappeared in the hole. I looked for her, but I couldn’t find her. I would have looked all night until I found her, but Tyson pulled me out. “Chiron told me to get Percy.” He said to me. “Annabeth too. But Tyson can’t find her.” Tyson said. “Noo!” I screamed back. But then I decided not to tell Tyson about Annabeth. He thought she was just about the coolest person. He would be so upset. He pulled all the way to Chiron.

    “Hi Percy. Where is Annabeth?” Chiron asked. Tyson was still in the room, so I made up some stupid lie. “She’s sleeping, I didn’t want to wake her.” I lied. Chiron had a hint of suspicion in his eyes, he narrowed them, but then his natural smile reappeared. “Tyson, please exit the room.” He said. “Percy, tell Annabeth as soon as possible. Kronos is awake and ready to battle. And chances are that he will take any hostage he can. You, Annabeth, that mortal girl, Tyson, and Grover are the likeliest. We have already called the mortal. She will arrive at camp shortly.” Chiron said. Not that that bothered me. I just had one question. “Aren’t mortals not allowed through the boundaries?” I asked. “Not usually. But like monsters and your brother Tyson, they can be summoned. In which case, she can if someone from the camp invites her in.” He answered. “Oh.” I said back. Then Annabeth’s half brother Malcolm walked in. At first I thought he found out about Annabeth getting lost, but he just told me a mortal was waiting for me at the border line. I nodded, and walked out of the room, secretly happy to get away from Chiron. I met Rachel at the border. I let her inside the border. “Why am I here?” She asked. “We sealed the entrance to the labrinynth in here, it’s safe. Kronos rose again, and you might get kidnapped.” It was raining outside. Bolts of lightning were dangerously close. Zeus may hate me, but this was a warning. One lightning bolt was so close to hitting Rachel, then I pulled her in before it could. “Where’s Annabeth?” Rachel asked. “I want to give her a design I had for I new monument for the gods. We could put this here and…” I cut her off. “Follow me.” Once we were in the Poseidon cabin, I made sure Tyson wasn’t in the room. Then I shut and locked the door. She sat down on a bunk. “Annabeth is, um, well she’s…” I didn’t know how to say it. Was I supposed to just tell her “Annabeth’s disappeared into a black hole?” No. Rachel looked grim. “She’s lost at sea.” I told Rachel.

    Annabeth’s POV

    I woke up on some weird island. At first I thought that it was a small island at sea, but when I went into the water, I couldn’t feel or smell salt. How did I get on an island with fresh water lost at sea? Then a girl came out of a cave. “Oh my. You’ve woke up. She ran to me, got down on her knees, and dabbed my cut with a damp cloth. “What’s your name?” I asked. “Calypso.” She said. “What is yours?” She asked. “Annabeth.” She gasped. She looked at me like I was a rare in endangered animal. She held her breath in and dropped her cloth. Without blinking, talking, or breathing, she got up and walked into her house in the cave. I shrugged. I walked around the island for hours. Then, when it had been about four hours, I guessed, Calypso came out. I ran to her. She gulped hard. Got up and said hi. “Hi.” I replied. “I’m sorry about today.” She said to me. “It’s alright.” I said. There was a long silence but I broke it. “Why did you run away?” I asked. She blinked twice quickly, gulped, pulled me up a chair and pulled he one. “There was a boy. He was beautiful. A demigod like you. He fell on my island in a volcano eruption.” She started. Something sounded familiar. “He… he, we, I should say. We spent so much time together. I felt so good. But alas, he could never stay. It broke my heart.” She said. “You loved him.” I guessed. “Yes.” She said. That was the end of that for the night. Then, in the morning, I had to get the rest of the story. “Calypso, the story. Finish it, what does it have to do with my name?” I asked. I guess I was being pushy. We went to the same place she told me the first part of the story. “The boy spoke of you.” “What?” I asked, shocked. “Percy Jackson.” She said. My face turned pale. I looked right at Calypso. I blinked quickly. “He loved you.” I said. “Yes.” She said. I didn’t know why at all, but I felt like crying. It felt like my hearts had been ripped out of my chest. Like my life had just flashed before my eyes. Then I realized why. For all of these years… did I love Percy Jackson? “I’ll never see him.” She said. Tears welled up in her eyes. She wept. I tried to comfort her, but I couldn’t. I was jealous of her. I liked her, she was a nice girl. And she was who Percy belonged with. Not me. Not like a boy like him like me anyway. I had been here for four days, right? Then I remembered all the stories about Calypso and Ogygia. I had probably been here for weeks. So much had happened. All I could think about was the swim I had with Percy. And the last thing I heard from him was no. I missed him. It was soon dark outside. Nighttime. Then lightning started getting close to us. Earthquakes, every single natural disaster ever. And I had a feeling it wasn’t the gods. “Annabeth, the cave is Collapsing!” Calypso yelled over all ruckuses. “Run, get out!” Annabeth said. She analyzed the cave. “That rock, one person through, and it will collapse!” I said. “You go through!” Calypso told me. “No, you!” I argued. We kept spatting back, but the cave cracked louder every time. I grabbed her arm and pushed her out. She ran to the lake. For the first time, she could step out of her boundaries. But then lightning almost struck her. She ran from hurricanes and tornadoes. I contemplated how to get out without getting squished. I tried to run through. The bolder on the top of the cave smashed to the ground, trapping me in. The bolder created a loud, dark, small, and scary area. Not that I had time to analyze it. The cave walls and ceiling collapsed on top of me. I shut my eyes and more darkness crept up inside of me, I coughed, with dust floating around. Screaming for Calypso to help me, I figured she couldn’t here me. “HELP!” I tried one last time. The weight of the rocks was crushing me. I couldn’t here Calypso anymore. I saw a star, it was a hole in the cave. I longed to see Percy again. If I didn’t make it through this, who would tell him how I really felt about him? Who would tell him that I regret calling him seaweed brain for all of those years. Stupid Aphrodite. Wait a second. I held the weight of the sky once. Also, so did Percy. He did that partly for me. Then, I weird strength got into me. I pushed the rocks crushing me away, and then I pushed the boulder covering the entrance away. I felt fresh air wrap around my body, filling me with contentment and relief that I had rarely ever felt. I looked to the ground. There was Calypso sitting on the ground not moving with her eyes closed. I ran to her. “Calypso? Calypso, please be alive!” Tears streamed down my face that could not be stopped. I felt her heart. She was still alive. These storms weren’t after her, they were after me. I was so angry! I knew that these storms were a cause of Kronos. I snowstorm came. Lightning rumbled. And the hurricanes and tornadoes wrapped around my fear. The only source of light was the fires, burning everything in sight. But I was a daughter of Athena. If there was one girl who could handle this, it was me. I saw a boat. Maybe we could sail away. After all, the gods probably did give her all the permission in the world to leave the island. Oh wait, lightning was attracted to water.

    I bared through all of the disasters. Fire raged around us, I tried to wake Calypso. We were trapped in a circle of fire. It was getting skinnier. Lightning was hitting inside it. I tried as hard as I could to keep us safe. Some bolts were closer than others. One hit about four inches away from me and Calypso. She woke at that. “How did you get out of the cave?” She asked. “I’m a daughter of Athena, I have ways. Look out!” I pushed her away from a bolt of lightning. “We’re trapped!” I informed Calypso. “I can see that.” She replied. “We need to dodge the lightning bolts long enough for the rain or the hurricane to spread over here.” I said. “Alright.” Calypso agreed with a nod. We ran around like schoolgirls, it looked like just running in circles. The hurricane was coming closer. Water spat through the hurricane. But getting out was not as easy as Annabeth had planned. The steam blinded them. The tornado’s pull was rough. Pushing them down. Sandstorms. The storms were tiring. Maybe they could survive through them. Sand settled. Wind was lesser now. But the hurricane was terrible. It exploded, flowing out a literal ocean. Lightning was gone, good thing too. We swam to the top. Seeing everything flooded. The sun was coming out, all the clouds splashing down. The water drained in to the never ending lake. We were happy that the lava from the volcanoes had mixed with the water creating taller land, or we would have had to swim home. I spoke to soon. Our boat was gone. Probably swept away by the hurricane and then splashed somewhere far away out of reach. “We’re stuck.” Calypso said. “No we’re not.” I told her. “But our boat is gone.” She said. “I know. We can build one.” I said. “But all of our materials are somewhere lost. It’s not safe here. The storms will be back. And when they are, they’ll be worse. Do you really want to stay here for that?” I asked. Calypso shrugged. “What are our materials?” She asked me. “Clay. Calypso, if you want to live, dig for clay.” I told her. “What about wood?” She asked. “It all got swept away.” I remembered. Calypso dug deep. Even though I often got jealous of Rachel, I liked her. Then I remembered a drawing of a boat she had. It would be perfect! Calypso dug and I set up the boat. It was the normal design of a boat, accept more stable. “Don’t let it dry. It will sink.” I told Calypso. She nodded. The island had been wiped out. Nothing but sand and dirt. Annabeth tried to start a fire as it got late. Finally it worked. “So Annabeth, what will we burn to keep this fire going?” Calypso asked. “Nothing at all.” I said. We had extra clay, I molded a cup from it. I held it over the fire as the fire died. I handed the cup to Calypso. She knew what I was doing. She nodded and ran to the lake. “Boil the water for ten minutes, all of the germs are out of it.” She said. “I know.” I replied, watching the skies get darker. It was not only night, but clouds inched in on the sky. Slowly dictating every inch of sky. “We’re ready.” I said, as I let down a mighty gulp. Calypso nodded, as she did so often. We ran to the boat. “Get in, hurry!” The first lightning bolt struck. We boarded the boat, sailing immediately. We watched the storms disappear behind us. The lava chased us as we sailed away. I was scared, as was Calypso. “Where are we going now?” She asked me. “I don’t know, I guess wherever the sea takes us.” I replied.

    Percy’s POV

    A month! She’s been gone a month! I couldn’t face it! Rachel could tell I was tense. “Percy, her funeral’s tomorrow, are you coming?” Rachel said. “She’s not dead!” I yelled. “No not dead. She’s just been missing for a month, but not dead.” Rachel said. Then her voice got sweeter. She put a hand on my shoulder. “I don’t think she is alive.” I swatted Rachel’s hand away. “Go away.” I told her coldly. She just sighed, shook her head, and walked away. But I couldn’t sake the feeling that I was supposed to look for her. If I knew Annabeth in any way, she was out there somewhere, figuring out the way home. I waited until it was dark, midnight, and then I “borrowed” a canoe and sailed off on an adventure. Weird storms had been happening lately, every natural disaster all around the world. I was worried about Annabeth. The storms could not wonder into the borders of the camp. But I saw them from the Poseidon cabin. The mortals fled and figured it was the end of the world, but not if I had anything to say about it. I knew the storms were after Annabeth, they would have been after me, but I was in the camp borders. Oh why did I have mess everything up? This was all my fault. Then something struck me. My mom and Paul! All of these storms, the mortals had to be affected. Rachel ran after me. “Where are you going? Are you crazy? Once you get out of these borders you’ll get struck be lightning!” I didn’t answer, I just sailed farther until Rachel’s voice was just a disappearing shadow. Then it was gone. I sailed as far as I could. With nothing in sight, it was a foggy night. There was nothing in front of me. Open sea. That’s all there was for miles. If the storms were after Annabeth, I just went toward them. She would be trying to get away from them. Why was I doing this? I knew Annabeth could find her way out, couldn’t she? I wasn’t so sure. The feeling I got around her was growing stronger, and she wasn’t even here. What was the feeling that always crept into my heart? Strangely, it felt like the feeling I got with Calypso when I was on her island. But did that mean… yes. I was in love with Annabeth Chase. What about Calypso. Two years ago Aphrodite told me she liked me, and so she would make it hard for me in the romance department. Well, from this point, I didn’t like Aphrodite very much. I tried to phase it out of my mind. But I couldn’t faze it out. I watched as the storms get closer. But there was no land before me. Then it hit me. When Annabeth got bitten by the shark, she went somewhere. Somewhere where people who are hurt go. Ogygia. Annabeth was stuck on Ogygia. I wouldn’t find her, ever. She would have the boat, unless it washed away. I started to worry. She had no way home. Usually people can’t land Ogygia twice. But I was so sure that the gods would make an acceptation this once. So, I leaped off my canoe, holding my breath, I let myself sink to the bottom of the sea, I looked for a dark pit, of something. Then I found a good hole in the bottom of the ocean. My breath was running out. Before I drown, I fainted, which I hoped was normal when you go to Ogygia. Then, before I ran out of breath, I washed up in Ogygia. No, they weren’t there! “Ahhh!” I jumped away from a bolt of lightning.

    I saw a boat in the distance, well, it wasn’t a boat really. It was half of a boat with a girl hanging on to the side and another trying to swim it to shore. One waved. “Help! Help!” They screamed. I couldn’t tell one voice from another. I swam up helped them. As I got closer I saw Annabeth and Calypso. My heart raced. “Percy!” They yelled, both as shocked as I was. I pulled them on to shore. “We were sailing when a shark ripped our boat apart. We got it to shore as quick as possible.” Calypso said. “Look out!” Annabeth said, pushing me away from lightning. I grabbed Calypso and Annabeth’s hands and got to the boat. We all took a paddle and paddled back. How long was I gone for, Percy?” Annabeth asked. “A month! And you scared me so much! I…” I stopped, I saw Calypso’s face, tears streaking down her face. “What’s wrong?” I asked her. She shook her head, “You two are friends, and you get along so well. I never had friends. Just sisters. But they always hated me.” She said. Annabeth gasped. “How horrible!” We said.

    It had probably been days. But it only felt like hours. As time passed, we talked, but not much after that moment. Calypso cried the whole time. When camp half blood was in sight, Annabeth screamed of happiness. Then the expression on Calypso’s face changed. She had a dreamy look on her face. She was looking directly at Conner and Travis Stoll. Actually at Travis. And that was that. Something formed inside me, a mix of anger, of sadness, and of jealousy. But when I looked at Annabeth it all flowed away. This was how it was meant to be. I felt it. But now there was Kronos to defeat. And there was a whole new challenge ahead of them. Rachel was on the shore, talking with Malcolm. It was night, a clear beautiful night. Rachel and Malcolm had a picnic and a blanket, they were counting the stars. I wondered if it was a date or not.

    We docked the boat and walked toward the big house. Everyone ran toward us. Giving Annabeth hugs and the Demeter kids made flowers bloom and they picked them for her. Travis Stoll just looked at Calypso. It was a dreamy stare where you don’t want to blink, but you have to. I knew she felt the same way. I pulled Annabeth through the crowds of campers, and took her to the Poseidon cabin. “Annabeth. When I came to rescue you, something kind of bothered me.” I hoped I didn’t sound stupid. “I, Annabeth, I…” at that moment Chiron walked in. “Come children, you have a celebration!” So there we stood. On a large podium Chiron called every camper here, no matter if it was midnight. Mr. D gave the speech, so of coarse I didn’t feel welcome. “We are all called here because three brats made it back alive from crossing a dangerous ocean. Bla bla bla.” He said. They all trailed off. I had to talk to Chiron. “Where will Calypso be staying?” I asked. “Possibly the Athena cabin, with Rachel, or maybe the Hermes cabin.” Chiron answered. “Since she doesn’t have a godly parent.” Chiron followed up. “Parent! Oh my gods! My mom!” I said. “Her wedding is in one week.” I said. “Yes Percy, we aren’t informed if your mom is still alive. I’m sorry.” Chiron told me lightly. I ran to the fountain in the Poseidon cabin. I tried to Iris message her, and a graveyard appeared. I got worried, but then I saw her, standing up, looking at the graves, but she was still breathing. I let my shoulders go and called her name. “Mom are you there?” I yelled again. She ran to the fountain in the graveyard. “Oh Percy, thank gods you stayed at camp!” She said. “I wish I could hug you!” She said. “Mom I didn’t stay at camp. Annabeth went missing, and I went searching for her. She’s here now.” I said. “What about the storms? Are you alright?” She asked. “I’m fine, I’m back at camp now.” I said. The sun was rising a sunny day now. “I have to go mom.” I told her. “Bye Percy, be careful.” She said. And with a whip of my arm, the connection was lost. The sun was almost out, this would be a perfect time to tell Annabeth.

    Annabeth’s POV

    I was overjoyed to be back at camp, but no one left me alone. I wanted to tell Percy how I really felt about him. But I didn’t get a moment alone. It had been days since I’d been able to say three words to him. I sat by the border. “Hey.” A voice from behind me said. I wanted it to be Percy, and I thought it was too. But it was actually, it was Rick Kindle from the Hermes Cabin. I looked behind me. “Hi.” I said. Rick Kindle never talked me, ever. “So, I was just looking for you and I couldn’t find you, but here you were, here.” He said. He wasn’t the smartest boy around, but he was cute. His blond hair shimmered in the wind. His big blue eyes almost made me ignore every thing he was saying. My heart ached, he reminded me of Luke. I never liked him, but now that he talked me, I kind of got nervous and bubbly. “I mean, um, hey, what’s up?” Then I made a smart move, I tripped on the tree. He laughed, and I fake laughed. “Anyway, you want to go out with me, like, sneak out of the border?” He asked. I knew he was a trouble maker, but sneaking out of the border? That was just plain stupid. “Well I don’t…” He pushed my hair behind my ears. “Come on, I do it all the time.” He flashed me his best get a girl look, I was under his spell. I stood there and watched him walk away. Percy came around a corner. “Hey, um, I just, do, do, do, do you want to go out with me on Saturday?” He asked. I was still daydreaming about Rick. “I can’t.” I said. It was stupid of me, but I couldn’t help it. Rick was a great guy, I thought.

    It was Saturday, and I was getting ready for the date with Rick. But as Percy tried to talk to me, I couldn’t even pay attention. Some words I made out. Why, Wish, and one word more, Love. I met Jake at the border. “Ready?” He asked me. “Yeah.” I couldn’t say much. I was stunned by how great he looked. His long hair ran paths onto his face. His eyes shimmered in the moon light. “Let’s hurry, the harpies come out in just a few minutes.” He told me. I was suspicious at how he knew that, but I had snuck out once before on my trip to the sea of monsters, and dragged out by a shark to Ogygia. There I was. Out of the border. Once we got to the main road, I saw a car waiting. Scratch that. It was a huge black truck with purple and blue flames painted on it and a double lift kit. The engine was supped up and ready. He entered Shotgun and I entered in the back. “Sup dude.” He high punched his fist onto his friends that apparently was driving. “So, where we going and how are you paying for it?” Rick said, following up with a burp. “Excuse me?” I said angrily. “You heard me.” He said. “I’m not paying for this gas, I need seventy fifty.” He said, luckily not burping. “I didn’t bring any money!” I yelled, slamming my hand on the glove compartment. “What’s wrong?” He asked. “You!” I told him. He sighed. “Alright, I’ll pay for dinner, and Toby can wait for seventy fifty.” Rick said. Then he whispered “That’s just a code for he’s never going to get it.” I nodded and smiled. The car was silent for a moment or two. “Here’s our stop, Toby.” He said. I looked around to find the restaurant or movie theater we were going to. I couldn’t find one. But Rick was getting out of the car, so I followed. He walked up to the door of and old MacDonald’s with the D and a falling off and the neon broken. Here we are. My jaw hung open. He opened the door for me. “Here?” I asked. “Oh, ok, let’s just go back…” he started. I interrupted him. “No, no, here is fine.” I said. His smile returned. We walked in. The outside made the inside look like a five star restaurant outside. There was food across the floor, and judging by the green stuff on it, it hadn’t been dropped recently; also there were mouse traps on every corner and tables that were unclean and unfit to be in a restaurant, or be viewed by the public. I had no like for this place. I sat down at a table while Rick ordered. When we got our food, it was cold and wet, as if it had just gotten out of the freezer. I swallowed hard. There was one small television placed on a counter by the kitchen. “And in other news… the new alerts! A tornado watches for long island. This just in! Hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, and lightning storms definite! We’re doomed!” She yelled. They were after me. “It’s not true.” Rick said. But he sounded unsure. He called Toby to pick us up. We saw the storms coming. I feared it, because I had been in these storms. I gulped hard. The sound of harsh winds shook the building, rain and snow rapidly hitting the roof. “Ahhh!” Rick screamed. “Help us!” Then, in a quick second, a bolt flashed and lightning hit the power out. “AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! MOMMY MAKE IT STOP!” I couldn’t believe he said that. “I’ll fix the power in the back, you stay here.” I told Rick. “Alright.” He said, calming down. I went out back, not all the storms had gotten here, but lightning had. Often I had to duck or roll to avoid being shocked, although it was pie compared to what happened on the island. Rick appeared in the doorway. “Is the power on yet?” He asked. “It can’t be fixed.” I told him. “What do you mean it can’t be fixed?” He said angrily. “I mean just that, it can’t be fixed.” I replied. “That’s Toby.” He noticed. “Wait one minute.” I told him. He ran to the front of the MacDonald’s at the sight of a close lightning bolt. The storms were almost here. Rick went as fast as he could, opened the truck’s door, and hopped in. “Step on it!” He yelled to the scared Toby. There I was. Stranded, some MacDonald’s somewhere, and worse, the storms of a lifetime were coming. If I didn’t make it back to camp now, this storm would surely kill me, since the other one didn’t. I could since that this was going to be worse than the last one. A small earthquake quaked the ground. It got harder faster. Volcanoes sprouted from the ground quickly but still a little slow. Lave streamed down the sides of them. She could not survive, there was no way out now, but then I saw him. A figure running down the street. As I got a better look, I saw none other than Percy Jackson. “Percy!” I yelled for him.

    Percy’s POV

    Wow. That was one crazy day. I had heard about her date with Rick. Something in me told me that if they left the border something like this would happen. So in the name of love, I followed the truck, although running was not my skill, I had yelled various time to Annabeth, and at camp I tried to tell her, but she was to in love with Rick. Anyway, there I was, waving to Annabeth, running quickly. Then, right when I was close enough to her to give her a hug, a bolt struck between us. “Aaaaaahhhh!” She yelled. I lifted her up before a fast moving gush of lava could sweep her away. The wind of the tornado was almost too much to bear. At least I had the least bit of control over the hurricanes. I sat Annabeth down. “Thanks.” She said, breathing deeply. “No problem.” I said. “Look out!” I then lunged to save Annabeth from the bolt of lightning that had almost struck her. I barely got away from the bolt, because of the jump to save Annabeth. But then the jump had saved her, but created a new problem. I guess the fear knocked her out. Then an earth quake shook the ground. I picked up Annabeth like a baby and ran. The ocean was not too far, I was safe there. So I ran for it. Annabeth woke up about halfway there. “Percy, you saved my life.” She said, astonished. “Yeah, let’s not cocky yet. For the next few minutes I could avoid a few problems. We were there. I ran in. “But Percy…” She started. “It’s the only way.” I told her. I ran desperately into the water, still carrying Annabeth. We were deep, which meant we were safe. Somehow I knew where to go to get to my dad’s castle. Hours, but once we were there I let Annabeth sand. “Whoa.” Was all she could say. I told the guards who I was and they let me come in. When Poseidon saw me his eyes got wide and he looked shocked. “Son, why are here? You should be at camp.” He said. “I know, long story.” He invited us to stay there for the night until the storms passed over. I and Annabeth each stayed in a guestroom. Poseidon had about fifty of them. “Knock knock,” a familiar girl’s voice said. “Come in.” I said. “What took you so long seaweed brain?” I gave Annabeth a death stare and looked into her beautiful grey eyes. There she was, and I had never looked deep into her eyes before. My frown died. She returned the favor. Then something passed over me. A feeling which I was very unfamiliar with. For a second I only could stare at how beautiful she looked right now. Still looking, I said something, actually, my mouth thought for me. Scratch that. My heart thought for me. “There is something that I’ve been trying to tell you. I think that I’m in love.” I had to say. She broke her stare. “What?” She looked puzzled and shocked, emotionless. “I…” Then a girl walked in. Long red hair, big brown eyes, and a smile of blinding teeth. “Hello.” She said. I fell over at the site of her. I thought I saw a hint of jealousy in Annabeth’s eyes. “Percy, would you like to see the castle, since you didn’t get to last time you were here?” She asked. “Are you the girl who will be giving me the tour?” I asked. “Yes. I know the castle very well.” She smiled again. “Can I come with you?” Annabeth asked, as if it were Rachel that was standing there. “No, you will go next.” She told Annabeth. Then when I wasn’t looking, she sneered at Annabeth and mouthed the words, “He’s mine.” Annabeth pretended like she was ringing the girl’s neck. The girl closed the door. “What’s your name?” I asked. “Nowell.” She said. “Nowell.” I repeated. Was I in love? With three girls? I thought of Calypso, Annabeth, and Nowell. But now… who was the one? Nowell looked at me with a smile. Those smiles of her’s were impenetrable. We stopped the tour. “Nowell, I like you but…” Her smile faded. I couldn’t help what I did next. “Do you want to go out with me?” Her smile returned. “Of coarse.” She said. Man I hated Aphrodite. We walked up and down the castle holding hands, although I looked angry and vengeful at that moment. I knew what I had to do. I was going after Aphrodite.

    I told my dad not to tell Annabeth where I was going. She would try to get me. I told him to also make sure neither Nowell nor Annabeth got out of this castle. If they tried to go after or ask where I was going to tell them I was going to see if the storms were clear. Then I asked my dad if he knew where Aphrodite lived. He said no. Well, I had to guess. Where was the most romantic place I knew about? Olympus. Oh no, I had been to Olympus once, and my uncle Zeus wasn’t very happy to see me. But Zeus had better let me in. I was not going let my love, or loves, or, whatever, slip through my fingertips. Who would I choice? I had no clue. They all meant so much to me. No, I was going to tell Aphrodite off. And in return… she was going to tell me who I really loved. And I wasn’t going to waste any time. Right when I walked outside I called some great whites to give me ride up. They went really fast. But I thought people at the shore would find it suspicious that I was riding great whites. It was sunny outside when I got up. I was just off the coast of Long Island, and I needed to get to New York. So I caught a ride at the nearest taxi. Right when the ride was over, the taxi driver asked me a question that I wasn’t prepared for. “Hey kid, you got money?” Some dried mustard fell of his fat upper lip when he said it. “Um, yeah, about that…” Then I ran out of the taxi. “Hey kid get back here!” He stood outside and yelled, but was too lazy to try and catch up with me. And there was the empire state building. Tall and thin, I knew the guard there. Upon entrance, some people whispered among themselves. Some just stared at me. I walked up to the desk. And then I saw a guy reading a good book. Just the way I had left him. “I need an audience with Zeus.” I said. Without lowering the book he said, “Excuse me?” He lowered his book now. “You heard me.” I said. He now stared at me shocked. “You.” He said. “I haven’t seen you in…” He shook his head. “You can’t be Percy Jackson.” He concluded. “That’s my name, don’t ware it out.” I told him. “You know what to do.” He said handing me card. I did know what do. And I did it. But now looking at Olympus, even after seeing it once, it still surprised me. So there I was, on Olympus, getting ready to find Aphrodite. I walked around for a little while, trying hard to avoid Zeus. I didn’t see him anywhere, but you didn’t know. There she was, by a lake with her boyfriend Ares. Ares sensed I was here. “What are you doing here kid. He said without looking at me. But I could tell he was ticked off that I was here. “Go Ares, I’ll take care of him.” Aphrodite said. “What is it kid?” She said when he was gone. “Why are you doing this to me, it’s torture?” She looked at me evilly. “Look kid. I’m helping you.” She said angrily. “HELPING ME! You’ve ruined my life! Why can’t you just tell me who I love?” She looked angry. “You already know! It takes strength to tell yourself who love. Think about it. I’ll give you a hint. She’s always loved you. But you were just clueless to figure it out until now.” She said always. That meant that I had to have known this girl for a long time. That exed out Nowell. “And she always thought of great plans, lifesavers sometimes.” That exed out Calypso, that left… Annabeth.

    Annabeth’s POV

    I really hate that girl. When Percy got back it was the next day. We didn’t talk the entire way to Long Island. But he said we shouldn’t take a taxi. Idk. We got Chiron to come pick us up. “Children, sneaking out of the boundary for no reason, I have half the mind to expel you… you’re lucky that Mr. D was away this entire time, otherwise you children would have been in deep doodoo.” He said. “We know.” We said at the same time. Then, when we were there, I pulled Annabeth aside to the lake. “Annabeth, I began to tell you something at my dad’s castle, I love someone.” She got glum. “Who is it?” I even thought he saw a tear come out of my eye. “It’s that Nowell girl, isn’t it?” She burst out in tears. “I always knew you would think Calypso was better than me!” I balled. “It’s you.”He said. “I knew… what?” I stopped crying. “I’m in love with Annabeth Chase.” My eyes got wide. “That’s me.” I blinked fast. “I love you too!” I had to say it. I was in love with Percy Jackson. And there I was. Percy glared at me like he was going to punch me. And then he did something that totally surprised me even more. He kissed me. A crowd formed. “Finally!” Some kids said. Grover formed. “What is it?” He yelled over the racket. He pushed his way through the crowd with his elbows. Rachel did the same. “Omg.” Rachel said. Grover just stood there and watched. Then, Percy asked me a question. “Will you be my girlfriend?” The entire crowd “Awwed” like he was asking me to marry him. “Yes!”

    Later that night I couldn’t sleep. I was so excited. But I didn’t know about the day after.

    I finally fell asleep that night around midnight. Then I woke up at about 2:00 in the morning. I heard a noise outside of the Athena cabin. When I went outside, the noise sounded farther away. I picked up the pace. There was nothing anywhere. I looked around for a long time. Nothing anywhere. After a while, I was beginning to give up. But then I saw something very surprising. A glow, but not just any glow. It was pitch black in the faint light of a near rising sun. The glow seemed to come nearer to me. It crept up to me slowly, as if a person walking. I tried to scream, but nothing came out. I tried to run away, but I couldn’t move. The glow scared me, but it couldn’t come in the boundary, right? I was fine. As I thought, it stopped at the boundary. But once he got there, the light wore off, and standing before me was Luke.

    The next time I post you will get more detail of what you are reading.

    So Happy Reading, Matthew W.

    • Carly B September 28, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      Matt I think you just waisted some time typing that whole thing. I mean I agree with you that the lightning thief is good, but I don’t think that typing the whole thing up is going to prove anything but the fact that you really like the series.

  35. Kush C September 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    First of all Matt you just wrote like 100000000000 paragraphs and really I had just read the first one. Anyways, Matt here come the thing that Mr. F had kept on explaining over and over again. It just doesn’t make sense that Rick Riordan would make the first book terrible and then make a second book thats better and I don’t know how but that had selled.

  36. Gracie C. September 28, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    I agree w/ mr. f that the lightning thief is just BAD,the movie is even worse! Ive never been a huge rick riordan fan. I would rate it a Way5 simply because i think the chapter names are funny.

    I become supreme ruler… of the bathroom ha ha 🙂
    we take a zebra to vegas got to love zebras

    but i especially love Aunty Ems Lawn Gnome Emporium

    Go Gnomes!

    PS (some of the chapter names are inaccurate, the book is somewhere in storage so i didnt look at it for reference.)

    • Matthew W. September 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

      Gracie said: I agree w/ mr. f that the lightning thief is just BAD,the movie is even worse! Ive never been a huge rick riordan fan. I would rate it a Way5 simply because i think the chapter names are funny.

      I agree the movie I hated but you did not like any of the books? I thought at least there was a few good books their in the series.

      • Gracie C. October 1, 2011 at 11:59 am #

        Matthew said- I agree the movie I hated but you did not like any of the books? I thought at least there was a few good books their in the series.

        I tried reading the Sea of Monsters, but I couldn’t get into it. It was kind of confusing, how it switched from Percy to Grover. However, I thought that it was funny when Grover had to wear a wedding dress. ha ha. 🙂

  37. Matthew W. September 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Kush said: First of all Matt you just wrote like 100000000000 paragraphs and really I had just read the first one. Anyways, Matt here come the thing that Mr. F had kept on explaining over and over again. It just doesn’t make sense that Rick Riordan would make the first book terrible and then make a second book thats better and I don’t know how but that had selled.
    Yes I know that this was long but it was only the first chapter to the last book. I will admit I was defeated. This does not mean I wont give up from trying to make Mr. Ferriter from reading a Rick Riordan book and liking it.

  38. Kush C September 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    The thing is that he wont read lightning thief and he wont ever ever ever LIKE IT! I mean he has already read it and said it was TERRIBLE, so why in the world would he read it again when he said it was terrible. Matt that just doesn’t make sense at all, plus like I said M. F IS ALWAYS RIGHT!

  39. Gracie C. September 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    Hey mr. f, since you hate the (censored) I wanted to let you Know that I am rewriting it as a play to clarify how Bad it is. Here is an excerpt.

    Percy: Oh my Gosh we are being chased by monsters and Zeus despises us, lets go on a fun sightseeing trip!

    Annabeth: Thats a great idea, i don’t care that we are in more danger than somebody holding a metal rod on top of the Empire state building in the middle of an electrical storm! ooh lets go to the Empire state building!

    Grover: meaeaeaeah! got any tin caeaeaeaens!

    Annabeth: all i have is a metal rod for when we go to the empire state building and you are NOT gonna ruin that for me! You ate my retainer last year! I had finally stopped talking with a lishp. I am shtil gething ushed to thish new rethainer. By the way, you owe me 100 buckth.

    Grover: mmmmmmmeaeaeah!

    Annabeth: My methal rod! Your not 1/2 goath your a whole pig! now you owe me one hundred thwenthy buckth.

    Percy: This is a musical! lets randomly break out into song and dance! (pitchy. twinkle twinkle) We may go sightsee in New York, but Grover ate An-nabeth’s fork!

    Annabeth: Methal rod! The only thing, Waith (take out retainer) Eat it Grover! I hate it!

    Grover: I love it. Thaeaeaeanks.

    Annabeth: anyway. the only thing

    Grover: chomp smack

    Annabeth: do you mind

    Grover: no, you can keep talking.

    • wferriter September 30, 2011 at 12:11 am #

      Gracie…

      This could be the single funniest thing that I’ve ever read! Thanks for making me smile tonight. I love that Annabeth gets her retainer eaten!

      #toofunny

      Mr. F

      • Gracie C. September 30, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

        Thanks Mr. Ferriter,
        I love plays and drama’s because you can really grasp the characters feelings, and it is really cool to see them, that is why i wrote it as a play… I love them so much, i also love corny humor. Perfect mix!

        Crackle Crackle, That was sooooo much fun. I knew where you were going when you said Reece was in your room, but why didn’t mr. cheslek do that! That would have been hilarious! ha ha! 🙂

  40. Kush C September 30, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Gracie that I have to say if very very very funny. Also I have to say that Mr.F’s team which is the one that hates lightning thief is now starting to pull ahead and by the looks of it they should really give up. I mean they made a big fight but now they are losing the fight pretty bad. So all you lightning thief lovers out there you basically just lost.

    • wferriter October 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      Hey Kush,

      There’s something important to understand here, though: We’re not really “fighting.”

      Instead, we’re trying to share our perspectives and be persuasive.

      That depends on articulating and sharing detail and elaborating.

      More importantly, to be REALLY good at persuading involves understanding just what others think about a topic. So being persuasive depends on being a good listener, too.

      If we understand what others think about The Naughty Book, we can do a better job pushing back.

      And every now and then, we might find that our OWN position changes too.

      Any of this make sense?
      Mr. F

      • Gracie C. October 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

        Mr. F said- There’s something important to understand here, though: We’re not really “fighting.”

        Instead, we’re trying to share our perspectives and be persuasive.

        I agree, we aren’t fighting we are debating, or sharing our opinions about a topic or ?, in this case the ? is ‘Is the Lightning Thief good or bad’ I also agree with Kush that the people who think it was bad have been putting up a good argument. Kudos to everybody, we have gotten a lot of people thinking and involved. There’s like 80 comments just for this review! Thats a lot of discussion.

  41. Brian Kim October 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    The lightning theif is one of my favorite books of all time! Mr.Ferriter Im sorry but Im going to have to let you down by doing this. THE LIGHTNING THEIF IS ONE OF THE GREATEST BoOKS OF ALL TIME!!!! there i said it.. 🙂

  42. Brian Kim October 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Mr. Ferriter I have a joke for you ready? GO CHECK OUT THE SON OF NEPTUNE BY OH LOOK WHO IT IS RICK RIORDAN!!!!!! :):):):):0

  43. Brian Kim October 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! MAYBE MR:FERRITER ISN’T ALWAYS RIGHT… 😦

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