The Sea of Monsters is the 2nd book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. The echoes of Harry Potter are a bit louder in this one than in the first, but even so, it is an enjoyable story. We rejoin Percy, a demigod (son of Poseidon and a mortal), as he heads out on a quest to save his friend Grover, a satyr on a quest to find Pan. Annabeth, daughter of Athena, rejoins him, and he has picked up another companion--his half-brother, the cyclops Tyson. As the book opens, Percy is kicked out of yet another school for an incident with monsters in the gym. In addition to saving Grover, Percy must also save Camp Half-Blood, since Luke, under the spell of Kronos, has poisoned the tree (formerly Zeus's daughter Thalia) that protects the camp. There are more fun mythical allusions and the book is fast-paced to keep readers' attention. Recommended.