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...
Rick Riordan is an American author best known for writing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, based off of Greek mythology. His books have become hugely popular with young adult readers, and have been translated into 37 languages and sold over 30 million copies in the United States.
Riordan was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and graduated from Alamo Heights High School. He studied music at Texas State University, and then transferred to the University of Texas at Austin to study English and History. He then received a teaching certification from the University of Texas in San Antonio, and taught English and Social Studies for eight years in San Francisco.
Rick is married to Becky Riordan, and they have two sons, Patrick and Haley. The Riordan family moved from San Antonio to Boston in 2013.
While Riordan's most successful book series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, he has written several other series as well, including The Kane Chronicles, The Heroes of Olympus, and The 39 Clues. Before Percy Jackson, he wrote an adult mystery series called Tres Navarre.
Riordan has won numerous awards for his work, including the Shamus Award, Edgar Award, Mark Twain Award, and multiple Children's Choice Book Awards.