Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan
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Who gets their name in the news in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan?

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Percy's name is in the news after the episode with Echidna at the St. Louis arch.  He ends up in a huge fight with the mother of monsters and her Chimaera (initially, a chihuahua), and jumps from the top of the arch into the Mississippi river to escape them.  After Percy emerges from the river, he and his friends walk past a news reporter and hear Percy's name mentioned.  The reporter says, "'Channel Twelve has learned that the boy who may have caused this explosion fits the description of a young man wanted by authorities for a serious New Jersey bus accident three days ago.'"  The reporter comes to the conclusion, then, that Percy is traveling west (since St. Louis is west of New Jersey), which he is.  Percy's name had also been in the news because of Gabe, his step-father.  When he and his mom never returned from Montauk and then Gabe's precious car was found totally trashed, Gabe told the news that Percy was a disturbed child and accused him of some kind of vague foul play.  In the end, he's exonerated in the news after the big showdown with Ares.

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