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Title:
The sea of monsters / Rick Riordan.
ISBN:
9781423103349
Edition:
1st Hyperion Paperbacks ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Paperbacks for Children, 2007, c2006.
Physical Description:
279 p. ; 20 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children, 2006.
Abstract:
When Camp Half-Blood, the only safe haven for demigods, comes close to being overrun by mythological monsters, Percy must find his best friend Grover, who is prisoner on an island in the Bermuda Triangle, and then set out to save the Camp.
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After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson-a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia-only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family-one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.


Author Notes

Rick Riordan was born on June 5, 1964, in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in English and history, he taught in public and private middle schools for many years.

He writes several children's series including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo. He also writes the Tres Navarre mystery series for adults. He has won Edgar, Anthony, and Shamus Awards for his mystery novels. .

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a feat worthy of his heroic subjects, Riordan crafts a sequel stronger than his compelling debut in this second adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. After a group of Laistrygonians (giant cannibals) infiltrate the dodgeball game at Percy's alternative Manhattan school, and his friend Annabeth (a daughter of Athena, introduced in the first book) comes to the rescue, the two take the homeless scholarship student Tyson with them to Camp Half-Blood, where trouble is brewing. Percy soon realizes that Tyson is a Cyclops (meaning they're half-brothers and possibly enemies-both sons of Poseidon) and learns that someone poisoned the sacred Thalia's tree, which protects the "magic borders" of the demigod camp. Riordan catches readers up seamlessly on this world in which gods still reign; he builds on existing subplots and rivalries, and introduces harrowing new challenges as Percy and Annabeth set off across the Sea of Monsters on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, which will heal Thalia's tree. Percy's relationship with Tyson and their battle against the Cyclops guarding the Fleece (Polyphemus) brings up probing questions about shame, family and loyalty. With humor, intelligence and expert pacing, the author uses this tale of believable teens and their high-stakes struggle to bring the mythical lore up to date (e.g., Hermes, appropriately, invented the Internet). A cliffhanger imparts new meaning to the prophesy (mentioned in the first book) and leaves no question that Percy's high-stakes battle for Western Civilization will continue to surprise even himself. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

(Middle School) Percy Jackson -- hero, ADHD labelee, and half-human son of Poseidon -- is on another quest touched off by the war among the Olympian gods, this time to the Sea of Monsters, a Homerian collection of Scylla and Charybdis, Polyphemus the cyclops, Circe, etc., all transported to the Bermuda Triangle, natch. Working with his best friend Annabeth (daughter of Athena) and a newly discovered cyclops half-brother, Tyson, Percy rescues his friend Grover the satyr, saves his haven Camp Half-Blood by retrieving the Golden Fleece to heal the camp's guardian tree, and beats out Luke, another half-blood who is plotting to revive the Titan Kronos and overthrow the Olympians. The story combines an in-depth knowledge of Greek myths (Laestrygonians, anyone?) with a whimsical take on what would happen if the myths were transplanted into modern times (think partying centaurs wearing those baseball caps with twin beer cans attached). Percy has a sarcastically entertaining voice and a refreshing lack of hubris, doing his best despite monsters and parental neglect and occasionally bringing it with his sword, Riptide. In this sequel to The Lightning Thief (rev. 7/05), Riordan settles into the classical world he's created, introducing new monsters and the Odyssean ruses to defeat them, and balancing intensity with humor throughout the cleverly constructed adventure. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


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