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  The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Review by: Ian M.
Iowa, Grade 10

Percy has been having nightmares about Grover, the first involving him running from an unseen figure and taking shelter in a wedding dress shop. At school, a group of Laestrygonians(beast looking giants) attack Percy and his classmates in a game of dodge ball, but he is saved by his half-brother Tyson (a cyclops disguised as a human).Annabeth takes Percy and Tyson to Camp Half-Blood in the taxi of the Gray Sisters, but they arrive to find the camp under attack by two bronze bulls which Tyson defeats. Thalia's tree has been poisoned, leaving the camp vulnerable to enemy attacks and Chiron is suspected of poisoning it .Percy tells Annabeth about his dreams, and she thinks that Grover has found the Golden Fleece, which can cure Thalia's poisoned tree.After the campers are attacked at a chariot race Tantalus sends Clarisse on a quest to find the Golden Fleece, so Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson run away from camp in order to try and find it on their own. Hermes gives them gifts to help them on their quest and tells them to call on some Hippocampi, (water hippos) who carry them to a passing cruise ship, the Princess Andromeda.Once aboard, they discover that the ship appears to be deserted, but find fully stocked cabins to sleep in. In the morning, they wake up to find the ship full of tourists, but also with monsters. They are captured by Luke Castellan, who the ship belonged to, transporting an army of monsters. Luke sends them to be fed to a drakon in the basement of the ship, but they escape on a lifeboat and eventually find land at a marshy swamp area. Percy and Annabeth talk about Luke briefly while Tyson looks for powdered donuts. But returns, with an actual box of donuts. They find a donut shop, but a hydra appears. It had been tracking them.Before the hydra is almost about to kill the three, Clarrise comes in to save them and kills the hydra. She tells them that she was sailing on the CSS Birmingham.While on their way to the Sea of Monsters, the CSS Birmingham is destroyed by the monster Charybdis and then attacked by Scylla. Thinking that Tyson and Clarisse are dead, Percy and Annabeth escape to a nearby island, where they find ''CC's Spa and Resort''. CC has an assistant give Annabeth a tour of the resort, saying that Percy needs a full makeover. She shows Percy the best version of himself with magic, and gives him a magical drink. However, when he drinks it, he is turned into a guinea pig and CC puts him into a cage with six others.When Annabeth returns, the spa resort's owner is revealed to be the sorceress Circe, who turns men into guinea pigs and puts them in cages. Annabeth asks for a moment alone with Percy, and then uses Hermes' anti-magic vitamins to protect herself from Circes' magic, and turn Percy and the others, who are revealed to be the crew of the notorious pirate Blackbeard (a demigod son of Ares), back to normal. Percy and Annabeth then manage to escape Circe's island by stealing Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.Percy and Annabeth reach Polyphemus' island, where they are reunited with Tyson and Clarisse, who survived the shipwreck. They rescue Grover and find the Golden Fleece, and are returned to the mainland by Hippocampi.Clarisse returns to Camp Half-Blood with the Fleece by plane.Returning to the camp, the Golden Fleece heals Thalia's tree. However, the Golden Fleece revives Thalia, who is pushed out of the tree.

I liked this book because of the adventure and the Greek Mythology that it has in the series.

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