The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 2), by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is apparently better known for writing mysteries than children’s novels, treat but this is the second book in his Percy Jackson series. Book 1 was reviewed here; book 3’s review will probably be within the next week, information pills and book 4 is set to be released in a couple months.

Percy, if you will recall, is a school troublemaker sort with ADHD and dyslexia; those are both the result of the fact that he is the son of a Greek god. Which god, I won’t reveal, for those who haven’t read the first book, but it’s not exactly a secret (if you look at the packaging of any book). He now spends his summers at Camp Half-Blood, for heroes like him, and he has almost made it through his seventh-grade year without horrible things happening — until the last day. The school bully somehow has Laistrygonians (large monsters) who volunteer to be on his dodgeball team, against Percy. Luckily, Percy has a friend, Tyson, who manages to help him not die. His friend Annabeth (one of Athena’s daughters) comes to rescue him from the melee and takes him to Camp Half-Blood, where something awful has happened: the tree, that is a guardian of the whole camp, has been poisoned. There is a way to save the tree, but it requires a difficult quest — can it be accomplished, and can they do it in time? Continue reading The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, book 2), by Rick Riordan