Perseus "Percy" Jackson was born on August 18th, 1993 . He was raised by his single mother, Sally Jackson. Sally's parents (Percy's grandparents) tragically died in an unfortunate plane crash when Sally was five. When Percy was a baby, his father, Poseidon. left to protect him and his mother from evil monsters. However, Poseidon visited him when he was in his cradle, which Percy described as a "golden glow" and his father's warm smile and a hand on his head. When he was a toddler, his mother married Gabe Ugliano. whom Percy despised and called "Smelly Gabe" because of his body odor that smelled like moldy garlic pizza wrapped in gym shorts.
The Lightning Thief
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Percy Jackson is named after the famed Greek hero Perseus by his mother for good luck because his namesake was one of the only heroes who had a happy ending and died a peaceful death. Percy is a very troubled 12-year-old boy who has been expelled from every school he has attended. Yancy Academy was where his troubles seem to be worse than usual. He has only one friend at the school, Grover Underwood. whom is also Percy's best friend and who Percy often protects from bullies. During a field trip to a museum, Percy is annoyed by the school bully, Nancy Bobofit. for intimidating Grover and in a fit of rage, accidentally summons water from a nearby fountain to pull her in, but he didn't know how he'd done it. Mrs. Dodds. his pre-algebra teacher, witnesses the whole scene and tells him to follow her into the museum for a "talk." Suddenly, she turns into the Fury Alecto. and attacks him, looking like a bat with humongous fangs. Percy manages to destroy her using Mr. Brunner ’s pen, Riptide. that transforms into a sword in his hand. However, when Percy returns to the bus and asks his classmates, nobody remembers Mrs. Dodds because of a force known as the Mist. The only person that may remember her was Grover, who always hesitated before he answered. Everybody else believed her name was Mrs. Kerr.
Percy arrives back at the school and hears Grover and Mr. Brunner talking about his life being in danger and becomes very suspicious. At the bus stop, Grover sees that the three Fates are looking at Percy while knitting giant socks. Soon after, the Fates snip the string of life. Later, he goes home on his own at the end of the school year, even though Grover asked him to wait for him at the bus stop. He arrives home to his horrible step-dad Gabe Ugliano and his friends playing poker. Gabe immediately demands money for his poker game and although Percy denies he has any, Gabe deduces that he has change from the cab drive and forces it from him. Percy's mother arrives soon afterward and tells him that they can go to his favorite beach in Montauk for the whole weekend. Percy, happy that finally something good has happened, packs his things and leaves, but not before seeing Gabe get hit in the butt by the door when he does a weird hand gesture he saw Grover use earlier.
That night at Montauk, after Percy has a vivid dream, Percy and his mother are shocked to see Grover outside their cabin, without pants (which Percy recommends not to see that) coming to him and his mom, telling them to leave. Percy was confused at his friend's appearance, as he was a goat from the waist down and revealed himself to be a satyr. Nevertheless, his mother took them both in Gabe's prized possession, a 1978 Camaro and began driving at daring speeds through a blinding hurricane and it was blasted off the road by a bolt of lightning. As Grover, Percy, and his mom tried to get out, they saw the Minotaur. a half man, half bull monster, who had been chasing them. The three of them managed to dodge it by following Ms. Jackson's advice to jump out of the way at the last second, but Grover was too slow and the Minotaur injured him, but got distracted by Percy's mother. The Minotaur forgot Grover, grabbed Percy's mom by her neck, and she disappeared in a golden flash of light. Percy, in a surge of new power and anger, managed to defeat the Minotaur by breaking off its horn and stabbing the Minotaur in the chest. Percy dragged the unconscious
Grover past a hill, and then passed out when he reached the porch of a house. He was cared for in the infirmary by Annabeth Chase. waking up three days later. He learned that he was at Camp Half-Blood. a place where people were trained to survive against monsters.
Percy learned that the director of the camp was the Greek wine god, Dionysus. who was very unpleasant and moody, and Mr. Brunner, former Latin teacher from Yancy Academy, was actually the hero-training centaur (half human, half stallion), Chiron. Shown around camp by Annabeth, his new friend and head counselor of the Athena Cabin. he found out that all the campers were demigods. also known as half-bloods. He himself was a demigod, but no one knew his divine father. After being shown around the camp, he currently resided in the Hermes cabin. whose head counselor was Luke Castellan. Luke befriended Percy and treated him with respect. Afterwards, Percy encountered Clarisse La Rue. counselor of the Ares' cabin. who performed the "initiation ceremony", which was sticking Percy's head in the girl's bathroom toilet. Her plan backfires when Percy shot water out of the toilet to blast back at Clarisse and her buddies. This officially began their rivalry. Later in a game of Capture the Flag. Percy defeated Clarisse and three others single-handed when he touched the creek, which healed his wounds from the fight and gave him a sudden burst of adrenaline. After Capture the Flag, a hellhound summoned from the Fields of Punishment. came out of the forest and attacked him. Percy's injury from the hellhound heals by touching the water; then suddenly, a holographic trident floated above Percy's head, which told everyone that Percy was the son of Poseidon. explaining his powers over water. As the monster was not from the forest, it meant that someone within camp had summoned it because nothing, including weather, could enter the camp's magic boundaries without permission.
Ares. his enemy and cousin.
One day, Percy was offered a quest to retrieve Zeus 's Master Bolt by Chiron. Chiron explained to Percy that Zeus lost his master bolt, and (since Zeus has a rivalry with Poseidon) blames Percy, as Zeus suspects that Poseidon is attempting to dethrone him. Chiron said that if Zeus doesn't get his bolt back by that summer solstice, he would begin war with Poseidon. Percy accepts the quest and consults the camp's Oracle of Delphi. Soon after learning that Master Bolt has been stolen, Percy embarks a quest with his sword Anaklusmos. better known as Riptide. and Grover and Annabeth. They face the monsters Medusa. Chimera. they arrive to Las Vegas. Procrustes. and the Furies. before ending up in the Underworld. The trio face Hades. the lord of the dead, who believes Percy stole his Helm of Darkness and the Master Bolt. Hades saved Percy's mother right before she died from the Minotaur, explaining the golden flash. Torn between saving his mom and finishing the quest, Percy finally uses Poseidon's Pearls to find the missing gods' items. Immediately returning from the Underworld, he finds out that the war god Ares has the Master Bolt and the Helm of Darkness, and challenges the god to a duel for possession of the bolt and the helmet, in which he wins. A dark force, later revealed to be Kronos. stops Ares from killing Percy. Ares vanishes in his divine form, leaving the bolt and Helm of Darkness behind. Percy gives the helm to the Furies to return it to Hades, who in return sends back Sally to her apartment, and the trio goes to New York to return the bolt to Zeus. Percy gives Medusa's head to Sally, who uses it to turn Gabe into a statue.
Percy goes back to Camp Half-Blood, where everyone at the camp congratulates him, Annabeth and Grover included. At the end of the summer, Percy can't decide whether to stay at camp or enroll in seventh grade and live with his mom. He finally decides to go train to clear his mind, where he sees Luke training at swordplay. As they drink Coke together in the forest, Luke reveals he was behind the theft and vanishes. However, before he left, he summons a pit scorpion to kill Percy. Percy manages to kill it, but it stabs its stinger into Percy's palm. He tried to reach the camp but collapses. However, several forest nymphs carry him and after being fed ambrosia and nectar, Percy heals and decides to enroll in the seventh grade and come back to camp next summer.