Rick Riordan has brought back my childhood obsession in a fun and child friendly way. Yes, kids are in danger, mortal danger, but it feels more like excitement as you read. The detail in which he covers the Greek gods and the stories around them are enjoyable, not like reading the encyclopedia. I also loved the gods personalities. Riordan wonderfully describes the gods making them more believable and, to some degree, likable. The heroes are great. You even end up cheering on Luke in the end.
Great job and I plan to read these to my fourth graders next year!