Percy Jackson, Teenager with Dyslexia, Movie Review

I just got done watching Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief.  I was really excited to see an ADHD and dyslexic teenager (Percy Jackson) shown in a positive light. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie here is a brief synopsis from commonsensemedia.com.

Percy Jackson, dyslexic and hotheaded, has been kicked out of yet another school. But stranger things are happening around him, and soon he finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, a refuge and training ground for children of the Greek gods, who are still around and causing trouble for humans. He discovers that his dyslexia is caused by his brain being hardwired for Greek, and his hotheadedness is because, well, he’s a hero.

All too soon he discovers which god is his father, and that he is a pawn in a titanic battle between the gods that may ignite World War III. Accompanied by a daughter of Athena and a young Satyr, Percy is sent to retrieve Zeus’ lightning bolt from Hades, who supposedly stole it. But things are even more complicated than he and the gods imagined, and there are dangerous plots afoot.”

It wasn’t the best movie I had ever seen but it was entertaining.  I could relate to the feeling that young Percy had of doing poorly in school due to dyslexia and being totally frustrated by his learning disability.

I could also totally relate to having my own personal dyslexia story that started out bad, turn into something really positive.  There are a lot of famous people that are dyslexic that have amazing stories.  Henry Winkler… better known as “The Fonz,”  has an incredible story and has even written a children’s book series called, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Underachiever.”

What will you do with your dyslexic gift?

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