THE LIGHTNING THIEF, by Rick Riordan (Hyperion 2005):
Twelve year old Percy Jackson is kicked out of his sixth school in as many years. This time, at least, it's not his fault. It's only proper and just that he should stick up for his best friend and he didn't really mean to vaporize his algebra teacher.
Fortuitously, Percy makes it to Camp Halfblood, where he finds out that he, like the heroes of Ancient Greece, is a demigod (a child of a mortal and a god). Most of them don't make it past sixth grade, though.
Together with a daughter of Athena and a neurotic satyr, Percy must recover the Lightning Bolt of Zeus, to prevent a war among the gods that will make Troy look like a minor tiff...
TLT offers an exciting, action-packed, often funny and fresh take on Greek mythology. Most enjoyable.
Cynthia has an interview with author Rick Riordan here. THE LIGHTNING THIEF is first in a series of five. Book two, THE SEA OF MONSTERS, is now available.