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The Lightning Thief

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This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 416 page book.

*As personal standards vary, please see the breakdown to determine what matters to you.

Author: Rick Riordan
Key Words: Fiction, Teen, Greek Mythology, Action & Adventure

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Book Description:

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus's stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities and Substitutions - 43 Incidents

shut up, stupid, darn right, suckered, “Oh, Styx!”, duh, stupidly, “Go to the crows!”, heck, suck, groovy, sick, shoot

Name Calling - 58 Incident

devil spawn, doofuses, old sot, jerk, Smelly Gabe, brain boy, stupid, Miss Princess, runt, prissy, wise girl, brats, punk, idiot, seaweed brain, hag, goat boy, zombie, coward, scumbag sweetheart, fool

Scatological Terms - 3 Incident

bl**dy (as in lots of blood), pooper-scooper

Religious Profanity - 8 Incident

gods forbid, by the gods, jeez, oh my gods, gee

Religious & Supernatural - 5 Incidents

This book incorporates Greek mythology so includes mentions of: demons, monsters, gods, goddesses, gnomes, metamorphosis, spirits of the dead, Hades, prophecies, dreams

Referring to the real God: God - capital G, God. That’s a different matter altogether. We shan’t deal with the metaphysical.” (this is said in relation to the greek gods.)

All the kids at camp offer a portion of their dinner up as a burnt offering to the gods (their parents).

There is a televangelist in Hades that is described and it is noted that he’s getting special punishment for his deeds. The question is also asked (and addressed) why he is in Hades if it’s not his religion?

Different parts of Hades are described and the people there, who are “being chased by hellhounds, burned at the stake, forced to run naked through cactus patches.”

Violence - None

Romance Related - 24 Incidents

A female school bully teasing a boy by making “sarcastic little kissing motions with her lips.”

“Took a fancy to a wood nymph who had been declared off-limits.” (sleeping together implied).

“They ran around falling in love with humans and having kids with them.”

“How sexist is that?”

“She’s the goddess of marriage, so of course she wouldn’t go around having affairs with mortals. That’s her husband’s job.”

“He’s fathered a new mortal hero…”

A girl has a crush on a guy, as she always blushes when he’s around.

A girl gets a good-bye hug from a guy and looks like she may pass out. She is teased about her crush.

“One time my mom caught Poseidon with his girlfriend in Athena’s temple” (implied making out).

“I had a … a boyfriend” (implied lover whom she slept with).

A girl tries to straighten up her appearance when she sees a guy she likes.

“I was going on a little … date with my girlfriend.” (more implied)

There is a conversation about a married woman who is having an affair.

“He made this trap to catch his wife with Ares.”

“Annabeth grabbed hold of my hand. Under normal circumstances, this would’ve embarrassed me, but I understood how she felt. She wanted reassurance.”

“You claim this child whom you sired…?”

A girl “snickered something about the naked guy [statue] on the stele.”

Mentions that a girl lands on her butt.

“I hope Mrs. Kerr whipped your butt.”

A boy wants to kick his stepfather: “Maybe if I kick you in your soft spot, I thought. And make you sing soprano for a week.”

A man gets whacked in the butt by a screen door.

A monster is wearing no clothes except underwear.

“I had to squeeze on to the edge of a bench with half my butt hanging off.”

“Let’s whup some Underworld butt.”

Attitudes/Disobedience - 16 Incidents

A teen wishes he would have decked another kid (a school bully).

A boy looses his temper and “pushes” a girl into a fountain.

A boy gives a girl “my deluxe I’ll-kill-you-later stare.”

A boy tells his mom to lay off on the kisses/affection even though he secretly likes it.

A boy lies to his mom, saying he’s not scared when he is, and feels bad about it.

A boy wants to bunch his stepfather.

Again, a boy wants to kick his stepfather: “Maybe if I kick you in your soft spot, I thought. And make you sing soprano for a week.”

"I felt angry at my father. Maybe it was stupid, but I resented him for going on that ocean voyage, for not having the guts to marry my mom. He’d left us, and now we were stuck with Smelly Gabe.”

A female bully tries give a boy a swirlie.

Mentions girls that “checked their reflections in the lake and did their hair and gossiped.”

A boy yells “Eat my pants!”

A boy lies, but does so trying to be polite.

A boy lies, not disclosing all of the truth.

A boy wants to “rip this guy’s head off.”

A boy wants to punch a guy. (this happens a few times as this god has that effect on people or at least Percy).

A boy gets mad and wants to punch a hole in a window.

Conversation Topics - 18 Incidents

A Greek myth is told about Kronos eating his kids.

Mentions wine.

A teen is trying to pickpocket someone.

A stepfather plays a lot of poker (throughout the book).

A boy tells how his parents weren’t married when he was conceived. And how his mom later married a “world-class jerk” that made her life hard.

A stepfather is always drinking beer, spending money on cigars and gambling. He makes his stepson give him money for his gambling.

Crude: Mentions how two men “passed gas in harmony.”

Mentions a couple’s past fight.

Mentions “hitting the happy juice” and alcohol.

Mentions Dionysus, the god of wine (who drinks throughout the book).

Mentions Hermes, the god of thieves (whose children “borrow/take/pickpocket” throughout the book). Portrayed as matter of fact; not negatively.

A boy gets discouraged/depressed and feels like drowning himself.

Mentions theme park rides named “Head Over Wedgie, Dude, Where’s My Swimsuit.”

A cabbie chews a cigar.

Mentions people lighting cigarettes.

“I don’t think humans have a four-letter word that translates.”

The stepfather has beer cans and underwear laying everywhere, is smoking a cigar and playing poker.

A boy realizes that his stepfather has been physically abusive to his mother. He gets very angry and the stepfather tells him he can’t live at home anymore. The boy asks his mom if she wants her husband gone - she says yes. The boy wishes to take revenge but the mom does in the end (she turns him into a statue).

Parent Takeaway

This book retells many of the stories from Greek mythology, so includes mythical creatures, the powers the various gods have, praying to the gods, burnt offerings and mentions (though not graphically) several of the affairs the gods had with each other or with mortals. Their is quite a bit of bullying among the teens at school and at camp. The stepfather is not a nice guy and when the mother decides to leave him, or rather turn him into a statue (because she no longer needs him for her son's protection) the reader is supposed to feel this parent-separation/murder is justified.

If you're okay with mythology, this is a very fun, witty and engaging book. Any moral issues are fairly black and white, except for what has been provided above.

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