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The Sea of Monsters

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This is the total number of profanity incidents in this 320 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:

After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson-a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

But things don't stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters, the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia-only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new name the Bermuda Triangle.

Now Percy and his friends-Grover, Annabeth, and Tyson-must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family-one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.


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Children's Bad Words

Mild Obscenities and Substitutions - 13 Incidents

stupid, blast, darn, shut up, “Go to Tartarus” (h*ll), d*mn,

Name Calling - 25 Incident

freak, old hag, overgrown brat, poor schmuck. brats, seaweed brain, idiot, fool, losers, prissy, stupid, “You overgrown pile of dung”, oaf, ugly, “You smelly bucket of nose drool!”, goat boy

Religious Profanities - 11 Incidents

oh my gods, thank the gods, gee

Religious & Supernatural - 2 Incidents

This book incorporates Greek mythology so includes mentions of: demons, monsters, gods, goddesses, spirits, Hades, prophecies, dreams, hags, zombie-like people, satyrs, cyclops

A boy offers up a burnt offering to Poseidon.

Violence - None

Romance Related - 15 Incidents

A man walks a lady home for several nights to help keep her safe. One night he says, proddingly, "Your boyfriend won't like me taking you home every night." She says she doesn't have one.

A teen sees a picture of a girl and assumes it’s the other teen’s girlfriend. The boy gets embarrassed though she is not.

A cyclops tells a girl she’s pretty.

A cyclops seems fascinated by a girl’s hair but when he goes to touch it, she smacks his hand away.

“Once when Zeus sired Thalia, once when Poseidon sired me. Neither of us should’ve been born.”

A god chased after “some off-limits wood nymph” (implied sex).

A guy wears a wedding dress to disguise himself so a cyclops won’t eat him.

“Aphrodite ordered the young woman to fall in love. She refused and ran to Artemis for help. Artemis let her become one of her maiden huntresses, but Aphrodite got her revenge. She bewitched the young woman into falling in love with a bear.” She had twins that were half-bears.

A boy thinks a girl looks really good.

A girl quickly gives a boy a hug.

"She put her head on my shoulder and I held her.” (The girl was scared/sad). The boy sees fish and thinks they’ll probably start spreading rumors about what they saw.

A girl blushes when she realizes her friend knows she liked a guy.

A girl planted a kiss on a boy’s cheek.

“Happen to catch him without his pants on (which I don’t recommend).”

“Getting their bronze-plated booties whooped.”

Attitudes/Disobedience - 6 Incidents

A boy’s friend is being teased and called “retarded.” This makes the boy mad and he wants to punch the mean kid.

A cyclops is bullied and teased.

A boy watches as his half-brother is teased. He doesn’t like it but is mad at his father for having this half-brother too. He gets into a fight with a friend as a result.

A boy lies to save someone’s feelings from being hurt.

A boy is encouraged to steal something and disobey.

A boy lies, saying he is okay when he is not.

Conversation Topics - 10 Incidents

“There is a massive wedgie contest between the seventh and eighth graders.”

There is some bullying, name calling - “freak” - going on.

Monsters have tattoos of “snakes, hula women and Valentine hearts.”

Mentions Molotov cocktails.

Mentions buying wine.

“They’re … mistakes… Children of nature spirits and gods… Well, one god in particular, usually… and they don’t always come out right. No one wants them. They get tossed aside.”

Mentions casinos.

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

Mentions a dance club.

“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related, for better or worse… and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

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.

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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