- I love that I know where my son will be after each new book you write is published—sprawled somewhere immersing himself in the latest adventure. I have to order him to read most days, but when your book shows up, there’s no need for cajoling—he’s out there reading.
- I love that Percy Jackson has ADHD and that ADHD is a strength.
- I love that Carter Kane is African-American and so is Walt, the super hot charm-maker with skin the color of roasted coffee beans who’s dying from an Egyptian curse. I appreciate that you get in the head and heart of an African-American boy with an African-American father who’s tried to ensure his boy will grow up strong, resilient and respected. I love that other characters are Indian, Egyptian, Chinese, and South American. Too often, great YA writers create an entirely White world, and only when their books are made into movies do some characters become multi-ethnic. Thanks for including heroes that can personally inspire kids from all sorts of backgrounds.
- I love that the female characters are strong, strong, strong—Annabeth, Sadie, Piper. These girls are brave, loving, smart and funny, and although boys are always falling in love with them, they don’t exist in the story as mere love interests. They risk their lives for their friends, loved ones and the fate of the world. They’re beautiful, sassy and brilliant.
- I love your books even if some monotheists probably worry that you’re pushing pantheistic religion. I appreciate what you wrote on your website:
The Lightning Thief explores Greek mythology in a modern setting, but it does so as a humorous work of fantasy. I’m certainly not interested in changing or contradicting anyone’s religious beliefs. Early in the book, the character Chiron makes a distinction between God, capital-G, the creator of the universe, and the Greek gods (lower-case g). Chiron says he doesn’t want to delve into the issue of God, but he has no qualms about discussing the Olympians because they are a “much smaller matter.” The gods of Olympus are archetypes. They are deeply embedded in and inseparable from Western thought. The book pays tribute to the legacy of Olympus as one of the roots of our culture.
- I love that I want to read the books as much as the kids. That I have to sneak the books out of their bedrooms after they go to sleep so I can have a crack.