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There are three purposes for which author's typically write: to entertain, to inform or teach, and to persuade.
In this book, I believe the author wrote to inform, or teach, young readers.
Riordan wrote to inform or teach readers about societal values. He took a boy, Percy, who is an outcast and a struggling student, and put him in a setting where he could be shown a successful. Percy was constantly unsuccessful at school and at feeling like he was a worthy person. He had dyslexia, which led ot many of his school struggles and struggles with feeling unsuccessful.
But, the author used this book to teach young readers that everyone has a strength, a talent, and a place that they are needed. Percy was needed by Camp Half-blood to step up and use his abilities to become a hero. Think about all of the places hroughout the book in which, if Percy were a different person, such as one of the other characters, he would have been unsuccessfully. He had to be who he was in order to succeed.
This was to put Greek mythology into modern day context so that kids can relate to the story.
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