The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Chapter 1 I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher...
Who could resist reading a book that begins with that for a first chapter and wait it only gets better!
Percy Jackson is about to get kicked out of school...again. No matter how hard he tries things just keep happening to him. Can he help it if his pre-algebra teacher turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Oh, of course no one believes him at all!
Suddenly mythical creatures seem to be walking straight out of Percy's Greek mythology textbook. Are they real? Can the gods of Mt. Olympus be alive in the twentyfirst century?
When Percy finds himself in a run for his life from an enormus beast will he arrive at Camp Half Blood? (Caudill Nominee 2009)