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Book Club for Boys: Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief

Percy Jackson Book Club for Boys

Percy Jackson is an either/or kind of book series … you either LOVE it or hate it. My 2nd grade son loves it so he proposed it for his book club and I found the graphic novel version to give his friends something new to read. For his book club, we will: make duct tape swords, eat blue food, play Medusa Freeze Tag, and wind down with a trivia game.

Duct Tape Swords

For our first activity, we’ll talk about Percy’s pen/sword Riptide or Anaklusmos (in Ancient Greek: Ανακλυσμός) that is made of Celestial Bronze, a material that is effective only on gods, demigodsTitansGiants, and monsters.

Riptide was formerly owned, and used, by Hercules and Pleione. The sword’s dormant form was originally Zoë’s hair clip, which she gave to Hercules to help him fight Ladon. Riptide draws its power from the ocean, which is why it works well for ocean spirits and children of Poseidon like Percy.

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We’ll make duct tape swords using aluminum foil and duct tape like these here:

duct tape swords, Percy Jackson book club for boys

If I can find some large cardboard boxes, we can make shields too.


Physical Activity

Little boys need some running around time.

  • Medusa freeze tag. Tag game in which one person is Medusa. You can free your frozen teammate by tapping them.
  • Sword fighting (to test out our duct tape swords).



It must be blue, of course!

• Blue punch
• Blue birthday cake
• Blue corn chips
• Blue dip (just a few drops of food coloring make any dip blue-licious!)


Percy Jackson Trivia

We’ll wind down with a trivia game.

1. Who is Annabeth’s mother? Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom.

2. Who is Clarisse’s father? Ares, the God of War.

3. What sort of creature is Mr. Brunner? Centaur, half horse/ half human.

4. What sort of creature is Grover? Satyr, half goat/half human.

5. Two words: What is the name of Percy’s boarding school? Yancy Academy

6. How many Olympian gods are there? 12

7. What type of tree is on top of Half-Blood Hill? Pine tree

8. What is Mr. D’s full name? Dionysus, God of Wine

9. What sort of animal head hangs above Ares’ cabin? Boar

10. Name one thing that Hermes is the god of. Thieves. Also messenger god.

11. Who is the wife of Zeus? Hera

12. What is the pattern on Mr. D’s shirt? Tiger stripes

13. Where do Percy and his mother like to go on vacation? Montauk on Long Island.

14. Three words: according to Percy’s mom, how did his dad disappear? Lost at sea.

15. Who is Dionysus’ father? Zeus

16. What is Dionysus restricted from? He can’t drink wine or any other kind of alcohol for 100 years.

17. What part of the Big House seems mysterious to Percy? Attic

18. What does Percy use to defeat Clarisse when she tries to bully him? Water from the toilets.

19. What lives in the canoe lake? Naiads

20. Aside from pinochle, what is another game Dionysus considers the greatest human achievement? Pac-Man

21. What is Smelly Gabe’s last name? Ugliano

22. What sort of creature tried to attack young Percy when he was taking a nap in daycare? Snake

23. Who was Zeus’ mother, who hid him from Kronos? Rhea

24. Chiron says there is a statue of what Greek mythological figure in Rockefeller Center? Prometheus

25. Who is the Greek lord of the dead? Hades


Percy Jackson and the Olympians Paperback Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Rick Riordan

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel 

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jeanette Nyberg

    Love those swords! I think if I make one for Beckett he’ll never let it out of his sight. At 3, he’s already jumped on the weapons bandwagon. P.S. check your teeth in a mirror after eating all that blue food.
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  2. This sounds like so much fun for a bunch of little boys. Your son is very lucky to have you as his mom!
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  3. I love the blue colors on the swords! My daughter is a big Percy Jackson fan (she’s hoping to have a Percy party for her birthday). I’m going to quiz her after school with your great questions – thanks for the fun ideas!
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  4. I love the Percy Jackson series (and I’m not embarrassed to admit that even though I’m 33 years old)!! I hadn’t read any of the books until a few weeks ago–a younger cousin was given two copies, so he offered to give me one when I said I’d been wanting to check them our for awhile, but hadn’t had the chance. Then, I ended up with a bad cold around New Years and read the entire series while resting and recuperating. I thought they were great–especially good for a child who might love Harry Potter but isn’t quite ready to read that series on their own yet.
    I love your reading group activities–especially the sword and all the blue food. Sounds like so much fun!
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  5. Elle Carter Neal

    Now I’m even more intrigued to read Percy Jackson – I love Greek/Roman mythology and it sounds like it’s packed with references. As a teenager I would pore over an encyclopedia of Greek mythology for hours at a time and I even read Homer’s The Iliad.

    I hope your son and his friends enjoy their book club!
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  6. How do we love Percy Jackson ? If you knew how many summer nights we laid awake reading Percy Jackson. This is a great book club adventure and the activities you’ve prepared are just perfect to bring this book to life. Happy Reading in the rest of the Percy Jackson adventures.
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  7. My son is in first grade but is an avid reader already..Im interested in your son’s book club? How does he do it, do you have tips on how to start one for kids. I know my son would love to do something like this! Those swords are too too cool.

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