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 Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians )
 Author: Riordan, Rick

 Publisher:  Disney/Hyperion Books (2009)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 381 p., map, 22 cm.

 BTSB No: 754940 ISBN: 9781423101475
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Subjects:
 Greek mythology -- Fiction
 Fate and fatalism -- Fiction
 Monsters -- Fiction
 Mythical animals -- Fiction
 Titans (Mythology) -- Fiction

Price: $21.58

Summary:
The prophecy surrounding Percy's sixteenth birthday will be revealed.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: 13.0   Quiz: 130543
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 21.0   Quiz: 47094

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   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
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   Grade 5 → Reading → RF Foundational Skills → 5.RF Fluency
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
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   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
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   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → CCR College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
   Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/09)
   School Library Journal (06/01/09)
   Booklist (+) (05/15/09)
 The Hornbook (07/09)

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Booklist - 05/15/2009 *Starred Review* The week before his sixteenth birthday, a driver’s license is the last thing on Percy’s mind. After all, an impossibly huge and powerful giant is wreaking destruction across the Midwest as he strides toward New York City, which will soon be attacked by an army of Titans and assorted monsters bent on destroying Mount Olympus (secret access point: the Empire State Building). Percy and his demigod friends soon engage their enemies in an epic battle that will determine the fate of humanity as well as the gods. The novel’s winning combination of high-voltage adventure and crackling wit is balanced with scenes in which human needs, fears, and ethical choices take center stage. Series fans will enjoy the reappearance of many characters from the previous books, while the references to their back stories will keep other readers on track. Riordan’s imagination soars in the climactic battle scenes, which feature many Manhattan landmarks, yet he manages to bring the whole series to a satisfying close in the down-to-earth conclusion. Though this is the fifth and final volume of the enormously popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the emergence of a new prophecy and the promise of new demigods hint that the adventures will continue. - Copyright 2009 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 06/01/2009 Gr 5–9— The fates of all of the characters are decided, and the true meaning of the prophecy is revealed in this final book in the series. Crafting a finale that lives up to plot developments and expectations created by an ongoing series can be a somewhat daunting task, but Riordan has fashioned a suitably epic battle to wrap up his tale, which begins with a very literal bang as Percy and Charlie Beckendorf go on a mission to destroy Kronos's ship, the Princess Andromeda . Charlie sacrifices himself to ensure the mission's success, and Percy returns alone to Camp Half-Blood only to hear the prophecy involving the choice he will have to make on his 16th birthday in its depressing entirety. While there is a distinct feeling of sadness in leaving these characters, the ending also leaves an opening for stories about new half-blood kids in the future. While readers are sure to be satisfied by the way everything is resolved, there are a few too many deus ex machina rescues in the final battle. The book's message that the Greek gods will die unless we remember them might be a bit simplistic, but the fact is that the "Percy Jackson" books have done a great deal to revitalize interest in mythology. This book is a no-brainer purchase, since most libraries will already have the previous four titles in the series and will have readers anxiously awaiting its arrival.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO - Copyright 2009 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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