The Lightning Thief tops many lists of books like Harry Potter, and for a good reason – the protagonist Percy Jackson is like Harry Potter!
It has elements that make a good fantasy novel – an exciting magical world and a strong protagonist.
Like the Harry Potter series, the story follows Clary Fray, who discovers she has extraordinary powers that can protect the world from evil.
It follows the story of a young girl named Lyra as she travels through a parallel universe to save her friend.
It features an unlikely young hero who must travel into the land of the dead to rescue her father, who was held captive by the evil necromancer Abhorsen.