The Lightning Thief is a fantasy-adventure novel by Rick Riordan. It is the first of five novels in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. It is followed by The Sea of Monsters, The Titan's Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.
The novel was sold at auction to Miramax Books in 2005 and was later reprinted by two subsequent publishers, Penguin Books and Disney-Hyperion. Upon release, the novel received mostly positive reviews with magazines such as Publisher's Weekly calling it "swift and humorous." The novel received similar praise from The School Library Journal who called it "an adventure-quest with a hip edge." It has sold over 2 million copies since publication and was adapted as a major motion picture in 2010.
The novel appeared on the the New York Times Bestsellers List as well as being one of the Library Services Association's Best Books for Young Adults.