Greek gods and lightning bolts: a book review by Taiwan

Each youth in our Independent Living Program works with our Education Coordinator Julie Rogers-Martin to set educational goals. “Since the education center’s mission is to eradicate powerless through education, it is crucial that they are good readers,” explains Julie.


Taiwan is an 18-year-old who has been in our Independent Living Program since December. He plays on the softball team on Thursday nights and is a regular in our GED program. Taiwan’s goals include reading two books every month and writing a review of the books to help others who may be looking for a good read. Taiwan chose The Lightning Thief for his most recent book. We thought you might enjoy his review. Let us know if you end up reading this book as well!

The Lightning Thief
Book by Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief is a great book about Percy Jackson, a twelve-year-old boy who discovers that his life is nothing like normal twelve-year-olds. One day, on a school field trip, Percy’s life starts to change when he realizes that his teacher is not only a history teacher but also a mythological monster sent from the Greek god Hades (god of the underworld). This is when Percy discovers that he is being framed as the boy who stole the god of gods, Zeus’s, master lightning bolt. He also learns that he is a demigod, the son of Poseidon, the Greek god of the seas. Percy takes on the quest to find Zeus’s master lightning bolt and to find out who framed him. Along with him is his trusted friend Grover, who is a satyr (half man, half goat) and Annabeth who is also a demigod (daughter of Athena). Together Percy and his friends will journey the world, but through the Greek’s point of view.


Review by Taiwan M.