Percy Jackson

Percy Jackson is no Harry Potter. He's American, dyslexic, and his best friend is half goat. On the other hand, he has unusual parents, he's supposed to decide the fate of the world, and there is a series of best-selling books based on his teen years. With the Feb. 12 release of the movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, he has a chance to notch up another similarity. Can Jackson conjure up anything close to Potterphilia?

The auguries are mixed. The Percy Jackson books, written by Rick Riordan, a former high school teacher now based in Texas, became...

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