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The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
by Rick Riordan
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10-18
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 660L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Disney Hyperion Books
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2010
NO. PAGES: 576
GENRE{S}: Fantasy, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Mixed
SERIES: The Heroes of Olympus
SEQUEL: The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2)
AWARD{S}:
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
ISBN: 142311339X
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)—Book Review

One minute, Jason, Piper, and Leo think they're on an ordinary field trip to the Grand Canyon with other kids from the Wilderness School -- a boarding school for troublemakers. The next minute, life as they know it completely changes. Jason has no idea who or where he is, and Piper and Leo can't understand why he doesn't recognize them. The three teens are then attacked by some kind of storm creatures, only to be rescued by total strangers who take them to a place called Camp Half-Blood. There, things get even more strange when the three friends learn that each one of them is a demi-god, with a Greek god for a parent. Maybe that explains why Piper is having alarming nightmares, why Leo is talking to ghosts, and why Jason has amnesia. To complicate matters further, a new threat to the gods and their demi-god offspring has emerged. Now it's up to Jason, Piper, and Leo to save them all.
The Scoop
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)—Book Review
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The action builds in this new fantasy adventure series that picks up where Percy Jackson and the Olympians left off. Percy has gone missing in this new story, but some familiar characters are featured in addition to three fifteen-year-old heroes. The author has done a nice job of incorporating diverse new characters -- Piper is part Native American, and Leo is Hispanic -- and the three friends are loyal to and supportive of one another. As with all half-bloods (half human, half Greek god), Jason, Piper, and Leo seem to be problem kids at first, but their behavior is due to their parentage, rather than because they are truly troubled. Readers with ADHD might really enjoy the fact that this learning disability is very common among the half-blood kids in the story. The plot does involve some weapons and violence but the context is pure fantasy -- battles take place only with monsters and other fictional creatures. This book is probably best for those who have not read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, or for those who still wanted more after the final book in the series, as this formula may be a bit too familiar. Parents will enjoy this story's subtle lessons in Greek mythology and fans will be eager for the next installment as The Lost Hero ends with quite a cliffhanger.
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