The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


From the jacket:

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip.  Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and his best friend is a guy named Leo.  They’re all students at the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids,” as Leo puts it.  What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly? Jason doesn’t know anything –  except that everything seems very wrong

Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble.  Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her.  When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out, whether she wants to or not.

Leo has a way with tools. When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff too – like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing.  Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them – including Leo – is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Join new and old friends from Camp Half-Blood in this thrilling first book in The Heroes of Olympus series.

 

I have to say that I was excited when this arrived in the library the other day.  I’m still fairly new to the world of Camp Half-Blood, mostly because the books are always out!  Which says something about them.  But what I have read of Rick Riordan‘s world I have absolutely loved.  They are engaging.  They trap the reader with the first page and don’t let go until… well… they don’t ever really let go.  You carry the story with you after you’ve finished with the book.  And that doesn’t happen often.  Percy is the perfect hero for our youth. He doesn’t start out as a hero, but grows into the role. And like Percy, these characters in Rick Riordan’s latest series undergo the same challenges and growths (does that make sense?).  The characters must face these challenges and defeat them by using their creativity and teamwork.  I find it interesting how Rick Riordan portrays the gods as habitual adults who have to rely on their youth to come up with new ways to defeat their enemies.  It sends out a strong message for youth that they are the thinkers/creators that must save their future, but they still have to rely on their parents for support and guidance.

In The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan has created another spell binding series that will hopefully challenge our youth to think outside the box.

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