Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Lost Hero

Title: The Lost Hero
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 576
Profanity: G
Mature Content: G
Level:  Middle School
Recommendation:  Good Read

Summary:  Jason has a problem.  He doesn't remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl.  Apparently she's his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they're all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for "bad kids."  What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea-- except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret.  Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he's in terrible danger.  Now her boyfriend doesn't recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood.  What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools.  His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them.  Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls.  What's troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper's gone missing.  Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all-- including Leo-- related to a god.

Review:  This book is written very well for the age group (10 and up).  If I wanted to suggest a book to a student or a child, I would not hesitate to recommend this novel.   There is nothing inappropriate in this novel as far as language and sexual content, but the heroes are on a quest and they are required to to fight occasionally.  Rick Riordan does not make it gory or extremely violent, but keeps the readers interest by making this novel action-packed!  I do not think that the characters and plot line were very well developed.  One of the three main characters, Leo, has ADD  and it's apparent.  I feel as if the plot line has ADD as well.  It's just a little too choppy to allow for a fluid reading.

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