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Riordan, Rick. The Sea of Monsters.

RIORDAN, Rick. The Sea of Monsters. (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book II.) Hyperion, Miramax. 288p. c2006. 0-7868-5686-6. $1795. J *

This sequel to The Lightning Thief continues the adventures of Percy, the son of Poseidon, the sea god, and a 21st-century mortal woman. Percy is finishing 7th grade at a Manhattan prep school and looking forward to summer at Camp Half-Blood when a game of dodge ball suddenly turns into a deadly match with cannibal giants, and Percy realizes trouble is at hand once again. His friend Annabeth, a daughter of Athena, turns up and confirms his suspicions: the magical borders of Camp Half Blood are failing, and it's in danger of being overrun by monsters. Percy, Annabeth and Tyson, a Cyclops, must brave the Sea of Monsters and retrieve the Golden Fleece to save their beloved camp.

Chapter headings like "Demon Pigeons Attack" and "We Meet the Sheep of Doom" give a sense of this fast and funny tale, full of action, wisecracks, and superhuman powers. It's an entertaining retelling of Greek myths, and a good bet for adventure and fantasy fans as well as reluctant readers. It does help to have read the first book, however. Paula Rohflick, KLIATT
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Author:Rohrlick, Paula
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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