Category Archives: Percy Jackson

August 22, 2009

Action! at the Percy Jackson Movie Set

Posted by at 8:12 am in Movies & TV, Percy Jackson | Permalink

Kidreporter_pjato Seriously, the kids at the Scholastic Kids Press Corps are, like, the luckiest people ever! First Danielle A. met Daniel Radcliffe and other stars on the red carpet event for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie premiere.
Now I hear that Grace C. spent a day visiting the set of the Percy Jackson movie! The movie is being filmed in Vancouver, Canada, and will be in theaters February 12, 2010.

How amazingly cool! The movie, based on the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan,
is about a boy named Percy who discovers that he is a demi-god — his mother is human, but his father whom he never met, is the god Poseidon. Pretty intense, and then he discovers that his best friend, Grover, is also a mythical creature, a satyr —half human, half goat! (That’s him in the pic.) Things just keep getting stranger, and Percy and his friends end up on a wild cross-country adventure involving gods, goddesses and mythical monsters.

It’s a really great book, so if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! There are five books in the Percy Jackson series so there is plenty of reading to keep you busy until next February whenthe movie comes out!

— Sonja, STACKS Staffer

PHOTO: Grace and and Brandon T. Jackson, who plays Grover, on the set of The Lightning Thief in Vancouver, Canada, summer 2009. Photo Courtesy Grace Choi. 

UPDATE January 29, 2010: Check it out! We’ve got Lightning Thief cast interviews!


June 10, 2009

Trivia Answers: Percy Jackson (Sea of Monsters)

Posted by at 7:50 am in Percy Jackson, Trivia | Permalink

Percyjackson2_130Hey, all — congratulations to everyone who wrote in and answered all my Percy Jackson trivia questions, even the really self-aggrandizing one about my favorite band ever! Here are the answers, along with the original questions:

1. On his travels in Sea of Monsters, Mr. Jackson meets Circe. What does she turn him into?
“A guinea pig” – A Major Bibliophile

BONUS: What similar animal does Circe turn Odysseus into? “odysseus wasn’t changed into an animal, his crew mates were changed into swine” – rachel (Good catch, rachel, I’m wrong and you’re absolutely right! Fifty gold stars!)

2. Annabeth teaches Percy about “hubris” — a key element of the Icarus myth. How did Icarus die?
“flying too close to the sun” – rachel

3. Which famous pirate do Percy and Annabeth meet?
“Blackbeard” - dramateller

4. Who was the original hero associated with the quest for the Golden Fleece?
“Jason” - A Major Bibliophile

(ULTRA OBSCURE) What old man was changed into a rock by Hermes for betraying him?
“The old man of Onchestus.” – songheart

Congratulations again, everybody! Now celebrate by buying yourself some Iron Maiden albums and air guitaring until your fingers fall off!

Less talk, more rock, Splotters!

— Jack, STACKS Staffer

June 2, 2009

Trivia: Percy Jackson Book 2 (The Sea of Monsters)

Posted by at 7:34 am in Percy Jackson, Trivia | Permalink

Percyjackson2_130 Hey, Splotters! Over the long Memorial Day weekend, I did a lot of thinking. Some soul-searching, if you will. And I came up with the answer to a very important question: if I were a demigod like Percy Jackson, I would want my god-parent (ba-dum tcchh) to be Hermes. I realized this in the middle of an ultimate frisbee game, which was reducing my legs and my lungs to jelly; Hermes’ winged shoes would have been really useful. (My team won anyway. Obviously.)

Anyway, as you can tell, I’ve got Greek mythology on the brain, and you know what that means: It’s time for Round 2 of Percy Jackson trivia! (You can check out Round 1 here.)

1. In his travels in Sea of Monsters, Mr. Jackson meets Circe. What does she turn him into?
(BONUS: What similar animal does Circe turn Odysseus into?)

2. Annabeth teaches Percy about “hubris” — a key element of the Icarus myth. How did Icarus die?

3. Which famous pirate do Percy and Annabeth meet?

4. Who was the original hero associated with the quest for the Golden Fleece?

5. (ULTRA OBSCURE) What old man was changed into a rock by Hermes for betraying him?

Good luck! I’ll post the answers when someone gets all (or most) of these right.

— Jack, STACKS Staffer

May 21, 2009

3 Questions for Percy Jackson

Posted by at 6:55 am in Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Lightennigtheif_130Monster slayer, demigod, wise-cracking teen, and all-around class act Percy Jackson is the hero of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books by Rick Riordan.

If you’re a loyal Splot reader, then you know I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Percy Jackson lately (check out my book review of The Lightning Thief and my P.J. trivia). In honor of the end of that awesome series, I’d like to pose three questions to the demi-god himself!

1. Who would win in a fight: you or Harry Potter?

2. Are you ever tempted to use your powers for ridiculous ends . . . like . . . creating a giant, air-guitaring, animated statue made of water?

3. If you couldn’t be a hero in the Greek tradition but instead were a hero from another mythology — Native American, Hindi, Norse, whatever — who would you be?

I expect Percy will answer these just as soon as the last monster is dead and vanquished! I’m not holding my breath, though.

How do you think Percy would answer these? How would you? Holla at a schola in the comments!

— Jack, STACKS Staffer

May 16, 2009

Trivia Answer: Percy Jackson & The Olympians

Posted by at 6:26 am in Percy Jackson, Trivia | Permalink

Lightennigtheif_130Wow! That was impressive. Congratulations to Jacob, who nailed every question of my my Lightning Thief trivia — and answered only a few minutes after the post went up! To recap, here are the questions and Jacob’s absolutely correct answers:

1. What was the Roman (not Greek!) name for Percy’s father? – Neptune

2. What is the first hint we get of who Percy’s father really is? – When Percy doused the Cabin 5 kids in bathroom water (although we also get a much smaller hint earlier when Percy mentions that the only activity he’s good at is canoeing)

3. Which monster is Percy’s namesake famous for killing? – Medusa

4. Which three planets are named after Percy’s father and uncles? – Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto

5. Why is the entrance to the underworld in L.A.? (Feel free to be creative with this one.) – The entrance to the Underworld is always in the west.

6. Where did Percy stab Ares, and what classical hero is this a reference to? – Heel; Achilles

Way to go, Jacob! I’ll have to make the questions harder after I read Sea of Monsters . . .

— Jack, STACKS Staffer

April 28, 2009

Book Rec: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Posted by at 7:07 am in Percy Jackson, Reads | Permalink

Lightennigtheif_130One of the most common suggestions our friendly forum-goers give is the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Well, I found myself with nothing to read recently, and after seeing the 10th comment in one day that basically went, “OMG PJ IS SOOO GOOD!” I figured I’d give it a shot.

“PJ” is by Rick Riordan of The 39 Clues fame. Once I found that out, I was already excited. Maze of Bones, Rick’s entrée into the 39 Clues series, was a great blend of action, history, and humor. I expected the same from the first book in the PJ series, The Lightning Thief, and I was not let down. Right off the bat, you like Percy. He’s funny, brave, a little rebellious, and a good guy when it counts. (Might sound obvious, but that’s really important. A good story is nothing if you don’t like its hero.) And when things in his life get crazy — I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that at one point early on he’s forced to defend himself from his math teacher with a sword — he takes it all in stride.

Pjato_book1 I should mention the coolest part about the book, of course: it’s all about Greek mythology. Percy is the son of one of the 12 major gods (Zeus, Hermes, Aphrodite, Ares, Poseidon . . . ), and has the powers to prove it. Of course, there’s no point in giving a character powers unless you’re going to throw him at some horrific monsters and devious, plotting gods, so you know right away he’s going to run into trouble. And when he does, Riordan lives up to his reputation: the plot, and the individual scenes that make it up, are fun and fast-paced.

Again, I refuse to be one of those guys who gives the plot away during a review, so you’ll have to mostly take my word for it. But the way that Rick blends stories and creatures from classical mythology with the modern day elevates the book from a by-the-numbers hero story to something that feels really fresh and inventive. Percy’s journey mirrors that of classic Greek heroes like Jason or Hercules — a deliberate choice, no doubt — and having that kind of story updated for the new millennium turns out to be just as much fun as you’d expect.

The Lightning Thief is highly recommended, and I’ll definitely be continuing on to the rest of the series. I got the same tingles as I did when I read Harry Potter for the first time, and I need to know where the story goes!

Have you read The Lightning Thief? What did you think? What was your favorite part? (Mine was the scene in the statue shop.) Tell me in the comments!

— Jack, STACKS Staffer