Author: Rick Riordan
While derivative, the book is fun. Percy gets to meet several of the gods, including his father - I won't spoil who that is but it's not difficult for the reader to figure out. Even the series logo offers obvious clues. The modernizing - not to mention Americanizing - of the concept is cleverly handled. Riordan tries too hard with the kid-speak but overall, the pace of the storytelling is strong and suspense for details is well maintained. The Purple Penguin has gone through all ten books - two five-book series - over the past year. I don't know if I'll follow the story that far but I'm up for more. It's not as good as HP or the Howl series but it's better than The House of Secrets.