cause to rise in the air and float
levitated off the ground and
started dragging him away from us.
fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
Then her voice
modulated back to a comforting purr.
pierce with a sharp stake or point
I tried not to imagine they'd
fall on us at any moment, but dotted around the fields were several that had fallen and
themselves in the black grass.
handwriting in which letters are connected within words
The neon sign above
the gate was impossible for me to read, because if there's anything worse for my dyslexia than
regular English, it's red
cursive neon English.
glass formed by the cooling of lava without crystallization
the horizon was a palace of glittering black
Annabeth into the seat next to me and fastened her seat belt just as the tidal wave slammed into
our boat, over the top, whisking the spiders away and
dousing us completely, but not capsizing
the longest unit of geological time
The black grass had been trampled by
eons of dead feet.
dash a liquid upon or against
I tried to keep a low profile because my name and picture were
splattered over the front pages
of several East Coast newspapers.
put under water
Two boats that had been washed out of the tunnel before us were now piled
against the barricade—one
submerged, the other cracked in half.
the quality of not being perceivable by the eye
But his helm is a lot more powerful than my
invisibility hat, if what I've heard is true...."
an evil spirit or ghost
Beyond this were tollbooths manned by black-robed
around the rest of the office until I found the right-size box.
something of small importance
I saw Annabeth playing
trivia games and other brainiac stuff.
move with or as if with a rushing sound
The problem was: we were
hurtling toward the Underworld at ninety-five miles an hour,
betting that Hades had the master bolt.
characterized by great swelling waves or surges
She had long
billowing hair, and her eyes, barely visible, were
green like mine.
intended to honor the memory of someone or something
few minutes later she came out in Waterland flower-print shorts, a big red Waterland T-shirt, and
commemorative Waterland surf shoes.
personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others
had the same intense eyes, the same kind of mesmerizing, evil
the path followed by an object moving through space
"Force times the
sing or play with trills
warbled something that
sounded like a Barry Manilow song as he ferried the empty barge back across the river.
a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Once, I spotted a family of
centaurs galloping across a wheat field, bows at the ready, as they
a raised mark on the skin
He had a big
welt on his
a projecting spout from which a fluid is discharged
Grover pointed the
nozzle in the air and water hissed out in a thick white mist.
when the sun is at its greatest distance from the equator
rate, we'd never make it to L.A. alive, much less before the summer
polluted the sky.
feed as in a meadow or pasture
"We were just, um,
on or near the back of an animal or organ
Tentatively, I touched
a line enclosing a plane area
I had to go a long way around the police
a spear with three prongs
I remembered the swirling green
trident that had appeared above my head the night of capture
the flag, when Poseidon had claimed me as his son.
an item that can be thrown away after it has been used
He nodded, held
up a little
disposable camera and snapped a picture of us.
relatively small placental mammals
He wasn't kidding about turning you into a
a powerful light with reflector
headlight glared red.
a publication containing a variety of works
There was an advertisement for
Hermes Delivery Service, and another for the All-New
Compendium of L.A. Area Monsters—
"The only Monstrous Yellow Pages you'll ever need!"
cause to be immobile
His parents pulled him back toward the exit, straight into the park
ranger, who stood,
paralyzed, gaping at the monster.
a legendary creature resembling a tiny old man
Grover translated: "Aunty Em's Garden
mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake
silt and disgusting garbage—beer bottles, old shoes,
plastic bags—swirled up all around me.
"So," Annabeth asked me, once we'd gotten Grover's sneaker
an outward semblance misrepresenting the nature of something
Some wore Greek armor,
some British redcoat uniforms, some
camouflage with tattered American flags on the shoulders.
marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea
The rhinestone dog collar still hung around
its neck, and the plate-sized dog tag was now easy to read: CHIMERA—
POISONOUS—IF FOUND, PLEASE CALL TARTARUS—EXT. 954.
draw deep into the lungs by breathing
It's difficult to intentionally
make less simple
Leave it to a girl to make
move in a twisting or contorted motion
Her hair was moving,
writhing like serpents.
attract; cause to be enamored
fascinated by the face I saw reflected in the glass—the eyes that seemed to burn
straight through the green tint, making my arms go weak.
change into gas or steam
"Why didn't ...
why didn't the head
copy that is not the original
We passed the Monte Carlo and the MGM. We passed pyramids, a pirate ship, and the Statue
of Liberty, which was a pretty small
replica, but still made me homesick.
draw back, as with fear or pain
Annabeth and Grover got to their feet, groaning and
and cursing me a lot.
like down or as soft as down
towels and water beds with feather pillows.
a disorganized and densely packed crowd
huddled in the corner on some mildewed feed sacks, trying to ignore the smell and the
heat and the flies.
overcome by superior force
A strange breeze rustled through the clearing, temporarily
overpowering the stink of trash and
a device that receives a signal and responds to it
Each entrance had a pass-through metal
detector with security
cameras mounted on top.
smile affectedly or derisively
smirked at the zebra.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
His eyes were
baleful and cold.
pass gradually or leak or as if through small openings
ooze soaking into my sock, little dying snake heads tugging at my shoelaces.
a sharp hooked claw especially on a bird of prey
My eyes rose to Aunty Em's hands, which
had turned gnarled and warty, with sharp bronze
talons for fingernails.
move or cause to move back and forth
Immediately, all the people in the waiting room got up and started pacing,
cigarettes, running hands through their hair, or checking their wristwatches.
turn on a pivot
The statues had
swiveled so that their cameras were trained straight on us, the spotlights in our faces.
"Grover," Aunty Em
chastised, "look this way, dear."
a sheath for carrying a handgun
Its gas tank had
flames painted on it, and a shotgun
holster riveted to either side, complete with shotguns.
cause to separate and go in different directions
The spirits made muffled hisses as they
dissipated, like the air let out of tires.
any property detected by the sense of smell
aroma was like laughing gas in the dentist's chair—it made everything else go away.
unknown in advance
Blast his father's blood—he is too changeable, too
a line of people or vehicles waiting for something
queued up in the three lines, two marked ATTENDANT ON DUTY, and one
marked EZ DEATH.
old and twisted and covered in lines
My eyes rose to Aunty Em's hands, which
gnarled and warty, with sharp bronze talons for fingernails.
the concentration of attention or energy on something
My eyes had trouble
no longer in force or use; inactive
Soon, all three of us were decked out like walking
advertisements for the
defunct theme park.
an entrance equipped with a hatch
It was an army of wind-up creepy-crawlies: bronze-gear bodies, spindly legs, little pincer
scuttling toward us in a wave of clacking, whirring metal.
move very slightly
Grover hovered above the pool in his flying sneakers, trying to pull the net loose, but it
someone who works to protect nature from destruction
I guess you'd be an
direct carefully and safely
navigating by ears and nose alone.
a platform raised above the surrounding level
Standing at the foot of the
dais was my
mother, frozen in shimmering golden light, her arms outstretched.
affect with wonder
"But you still want to go," I said,
one of a class of woodland deities
The front lot was a forest of statues: cement animals, cement children, even a cement
playing the pipes, which gave Grover the creeps.
My clothes on fire, poison coursing through my veins, I
toward the river.
14 I BECOME A
I'd love to tell you I had some deep revelation on my way down, that I came to terms with my
own mortality, laughed in the face of deat
striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
uneasiness about the fitness of an action
I had no
qualms about what I was about to do.
be a hindrance or obstacle to
The point is, kid, you're
impeding the war
a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
Before I could swing my sword, it opened its mouth, emitting a
stench like the world's largest
barbecue pit, and shot a column of flame straight at me.
having a smooth, gleaming surface reflecting light
Silky cables trailed from the arrows, arcing over the pool and anchoring where they landed to
form a huge golden asterisk.
a shape resulting from being deformed
"The convexity will cause some
exit from a ship, vehicle, or aircraft
The dead began to
make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
Her account book showed
her six most recent sales, all shipments to the Underworld to
decorate Hades and Persephone's
of or relating to or caused by a poison
There're all kinds of
That's when my head went under.
get or find back; recover the use of
retrieve your sword.
distinctive but intangible quality around a person or thing
aura was affecting me, just as Ares's had.
He managed a
a plank used to make a track for rolling or sliding objects
He was picking up
skidding downhill like a bobsled.
be a mystery or bewildering to
Grover shook his head, clearly
wear off or die down
The water was
spring back; spring away from an impact
Now imagine a field a million times that big, packed with people, and imagine the electricity
has gone out, and there is no noise, no light, no beach ball
bouncing around over the crowd.
fix or set securely or deeply
I sank through the murk, sure that I was about to end up
a hundred feet of mud and lost forever.
change into stone
It can still
a platform raised above the surrounding level
The security guard's desk was a raised
podium, so we had to look up at him.
the quality of being able to cause death
relating to the composition of something
Annabeth kept talking about
structural supports, and how she would've made the windows
bigger, and designed a see-through floor.
perceive by inhaling through the nose
He took his nose out of the jelly-bean bag long enough to
"Charon wants a pay raise," I
blurted, just remembering the fact.
unable to be governed or controlled
my age, with
unruly black, punk-style hair, dark eyeliner around her stormy green eyes, and
freckles across her nose.
make a loud noise
We burst through the EZ DEATH gate, which started even more alarms
blaring, and raced
into the Underworld.
a stiff hair
The hairs on my arms
steal goods; take as spoils
kingdom ever since.
a device that works to slow a motor vehicle
Every time the
brakes hissed on an eighteen-wheeler, it reminded me of Echidna's reptilian
completely unordered and unpredictable and confusing
It was spread out,
chaotic, hard to move around.
brief description accompanying an illustration
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson, wanted for questioning in the Long Island disappearance
of his mother two weeks ago, is shown here fleeing from the bus where he accosted
several elderly female passengers.
a sharp high-pitched cry
an inclined surface connecting two levels
disappeared down the
a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
It was a hundred and ten degrees, easy, and we
must've looked like deep-fried
vagrants, but everybody was too interested in the wild animals to
pay us much attention.
mistake one thing for another
"I hate being
confused with that old horse-man.
erupted all around us, of a million gears grinding, as if the whole pool were turning
into one giant machine.
a final peremptory demand
You and the satyr have been helping this hero—coming
here to threaten me in Poseidon's name, no doubt—to bring me an
a framework of metal bars used as a partition or a grate
And sure enough, there it was at the back of the
warehouse, a fast-food counter with a
grill, a soda fountain, a pretzel heater, and a nacho cheese
close observation of a person or group
"Channel Five has learned that
surveillance cameras show an adolescent boy going wild on the observation deck, somehow
setting off this freak explosion.
canine tooth of a carnivorous animal
When she smiled, I saw that her teeth were
moving and bending with ease
He lounged on his throne of fused human bones, looking
lithe, graceful, and dangerous as a panther.
contort the face to indicate a certain mental state
blemished by injury or rough wear
work together on a common enterprise of project
"I mean, didn't Athena and Poseidon ever
vibrating slightly and irregularly
My legs felt
turn sharply; change direction abruptly
veered toward the stall farthest from
the street, keeping our eyes open for patrol cars.
throw or toss with a quick motion
flicked the lighter.
shine with a weak or fitful light
I could see Aunty Em's dark reflection in the orange glass;
her headdress was gone, revealing her face as a
shimmering pale circle.
miss a step and fall or nearly fall
Together, the three of us
back to the warehouse.
being actually such in almost every respect
virtual-reality suits with working laser guns.
improperly forward or bold
"They'll think you're
produce buds or branches; germinate
exchange goods without involving money
Barter with me.
a point facing the main point making an arrowhead or spear
Judging from the
sign, it once had been called WATERLAND, but now some of the letters were smashed out, so it
read WAT R A D.
The main gate was padlocked and topped with
a deep opening in the earth's surface
They tugged at my clothes, trying to pull me back, but I felt compelled to walk forward to the
very edge of the
a small wave on the surface of a liquid
Her words seemed to come from
rippling through the water like dolphin sonar.
a strong current of air
gust of wind through Death Valley sounded like a spirit of the
any igniter used to initiate the burning of a propellant
horrid throne was made from human bones
Sitting in a row of
filthy metal cages were three of the most pathetic zoo
animals I'd ever beheld: a zebra, a male albino lion, and some weird antelope thing I didn't know
the name for.
pass into a solution
A shimmering image hovered over the void: my mother, frozen at the moment she'd
dissolved in a shower of gold.
look with amazement
In my dreams, I stood in a dark cavern before a
restate from one language into another language
translated: "Aunty Em's Garden Gnome Emporium."
show a response to something
I was too stunned to
showing or making known
I could see Aunty Em's dark reflection in the orange glass;
her headdress was gone,
revealing her face as a shimmering pale circle.
marked by concern with the alleviation of suffering
The eighteen-wheeler had a sign on the back, which I could read only because it was reverseprinted
white on black, a good combination for dyslexia: KINDNESS INTERNATIONAL:
HUMANE ZOO TRANSPORT.
twist and press out of shape
The green swirls
of the gazing ball must be
distorting it, making it look worse.
make denser, stronger, or purer
But I could only
concentrate on controlling the boat.
a proportion in relation to a whole
But he must've been one hundred
percent mortal, because the blade passed
harmlessly right through his chest.
under normal conditions
I was underwater, and I
a grouping of a number of similar things
Black trees—Grover told me they were poplars—grew in
clumps here and there.
a flash of light
Then I saw something
glimmering in the darkness below, growing bigger and brighter as it
rose toward me.
transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
the corner of my eye, I could see them all just fine, but if I focused on any one of them in particular,
they started looking ...
line consisting of a complex of fibers twisted together
A cobweb, I thought, but then I looked at
strand of it on my palm and saw it was some kind of metal filament, so fine it was almost
with a certain degree of unwillingness
"Um," Grover said
reluctantly, "we don't have any money, ma'am."
refuse to acknowledge
a baby bed with sides and rockers
"I appeared on my father's doorstep, in a golden
cradle, carried down from Olympus by
Zephyr the West Wind.
bright with a steady but subdued shining
There, not five feet in front of me, was my sword, its
gleaming bronze hilt sticking up in the
a boat transporting people or vehicles over a body of water
Normally, with adults, you see, I could charge your American Express, or add the
ferry price to
your last cable bill.
one who lives through affliction
We're trying to
get to some of the
survivors, to question them about eyewitness reports of someone falling from
break down, literally or metaphorically
collapsed, exhausted, on the obsidian gravel.
a large cave or a large chamber in a cave
I slashed up with my sword, heard a sickening shlock!, then a hiss like wind rushing out of a
cavern—the sound of a monster disintegrating.
affected or characterized by commotion
my age, with unruly black, punk-style hair, dark eyeliner around her
stormy green eyes, and
freckles across her nose.
water in small drops in the atmosphere
At the rate things are going, I'll never find Pan."
"Pam? Like the cooking
the greatest or most complete or best possible
Just then a big Lincoln Continental pulled into the car wash with its stereo turned to
place limits on