I am a little late to the Percy Jackson party. :) As everyone probably already knows, this is the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I am MOST impressed with this author's writing style!! It started out as a book I read in a 4th grade class while their teacher was on long term leave and along with the kids, I ended up hooked. Great writing and engaging story...I'm going to give the whole series a whirl! Highly recommend for 4th grade on up. I think anyone would enjoy if you like fantasy fiction.
Summary from goodreads.com:
Percy Jackson is a good
kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper.
And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy
could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried
to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he
knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place
he'll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for
demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew
is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with
his friends -- one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena
-- Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates
of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and
prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.