Author: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Publisher: Aladdin Books
Read Time: I read it out loud to little kids.
Tag Words: Greek myths, Middle Grade, Athena, Aphrodite, Medusa, Artemis, Pandora, Zeus, the battle of Troy, Athena’s inventions
Athena has just received a summons to Mount Olympus Academy from Principal Zeus, who is none other than her father!
Will Athena, who is apparently a goddess, find a place to belong high above the earth?
Right on time this middle grade series about the Greek gods and goddesses reads like a fabulous twisted fairytale. I graduated from middle grade reads long before I was even in middle school and I authentically enjoyed this and feel it was quite well written and plotted out, excluding a few discrepancies.
Athena’s mom is a fly stuck in Zues’s brain? Oi. That didn’t make any sense, or work within the myths at all. Athena sprung from Zues’s brain fully formed. There’s a lot of awesome ideas that could (excuse the pun) spring from that story, none of them including arthropods.
I think all the characters are true to myth and I look forward to more from Team Holub & Williams!
Notes on the Names:
Well, they’re classic, aren’t they? The one that wasn’t a godboy/goddessgirl, or a “special” mortal, like Pandora, was Pallas. Athena’s BFF on Earth. I love the name Pallas. I think it’s so pretty, and if I didn’t know people would be spelling it P-A-L-A-C-E the rest of her life it would be on my list!
Thoughts on the Cover:
I have a secret love for illustrated covers, especially on MG series. Now I’ll have another collection to add to the Mod Podge Bookshelf.
Parental Book Review *spoilers*