During the Fully Booked Junior Book Crew (JBC) sessions this past summer, we asked some of the participants about what books changed their lives. Here’s an entry from Bettina, about the Percy Jackson series.

This is part 2 of 3 entries dedicated to our favorite demigod! Read part 1 (from Marj) here.



The book that changed my life was Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. My dad bought this book for me when I was 7. This was one of my first chapter books. I’m twelve now, but it’s still one of my favorite series. Now, when I look at them, I can practically see my seven-year old self, reading the books, laughing at the jokes, and falling in love with the characters.

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This book changed my life through many ways. I shared my love for this series with other people, and now, some of them are my closest friends. This series taught me many lessons, like that friendship is one of the most important things that someone can have. I learned this through the hardships and unwavering loyalty that Percy had to and for his friends. It cheered me up when I was feeling down. When I read the book now, after having read the other books, it makes me smile, laugh and reminisce because this was the very first adventure; this introduced me to new and wonderful things. It told me that nothing is impossible, never give up, and don’t be afraid.

I think that before, I was so unsure of myself, so scared. I kept on doubting everything I did, I always thought that what I did was horrible. After reading this book, and the others in the series, I started comforting myself by thinking, ‘What would my favorite character do in this situation?’ I will always love this book and its series, I will always be a fan, and I will never forget anything that I learned. Live on, Percy Jackson!


The Fully Booked Junior Book Crew is a summer workshop that focuses on reading, writing and creative play with book lovers between 11-16 years old. If you’d like to be part of the next one and are in that age range, check back with us in February-March 2015! We recruit during those times

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