I devoured this book in less than 24 hours. It was fun, entertaining, fast-paced, and once again full of crafty allusions to ancient greek myths. I particularly enjoyed the whole story line of Artemis and her maidens. I think it was fabulous how Rick was able to capture the devastating pains of changing from a strong girl into a confused, self-doubting teenager. If given the option, I would have chosen to be a huntress. No doubt.
Here's something I've been mulling over, ever since handing my copy off to one of my strongest readers: why can I only get two or three of them to dive into this series? It's soooo good and fun and full of action. My whole class enjoyed reading The Lightning Thief together. It's just the kind of series that will yank their reading fluency firmly up into the realm of "college-track" middle school levels. Maybe most of them just can't handle such demanding text yet, but why not? They read a lot. They like books. They have decent sized vocabularies. There's a huge missing link, though, either in my instruction, in my thinking, or in my students' motivation. How many comic books does it take to get their reading strong enough for a series like this? Am I wishing for too much too soon?