Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Battle of the Labyrinth

Percy Jackson...you are my hero...my knight in shining monster-slaying armor. A bit young for me to have a crush on, but who cares? You're fictional.

Have I mentioned I love the Percy Jackson books? The Battle of the Labyrinth is the fourth book in Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series, which has become hugely popular over the past couple of years. Action, adventure, humor, and friendship add up to great books that also qualify as "clean reads." No overtly bad language, no sexual situations, nothing harmful to a child's mind. Some mild violence, but it's done under the veil of humor. Just good, clean, fun.

In this installment, Percy is quite worried that the secure, magical walls at Camp Halfblood are about to be breeched by Kronos's army and he isn't sure he can do anything about that. He still doesn't understand who he really is, he's constantly wanting advice from his father, God of the Sea, Poseidon (whom rarely gives it), and he doesn't totally understand his feelings for Annabeth. Percy and a few of his demigod friends are sent out on a quest through a labyrinth to stop Kronos's and his army from invading camp. The labyrinth is sneaky, tricky, and scary, never predictable and always dangerous. Fighting for their lives and the lives of everyone at camp, Percy and his friends are really facing down giants.

My favorite part of these books is the humor and sarcasm that Riordan often instills in his characters, making scary situations light and fun. The cover on this particular book is fabulous and it's already wildly popular at my library. The books don't stay on the shelves and I know a few kids that are already counting down to the release of book 5. I'm right with them.

If you want to learn more about the Percy Jackson books or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

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