Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's all Greek to me!!

Let's take a moment to travel in time, way way back. I mean, WAY back. To Mount Olympus. We'll open Pandora's box, meet the Olympians, and maybe even voyage to the underworld. Well, at least we'll read about it.

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

So we all know the story of Pandora, right? She opens a box she's not supposed to, and bad stuff happens. Well, maybe that's the version you heard, but this book explains things differently. Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (who goes by Pandy) is a thirteen year old girl who is a rather plan demi-god, set on pleasing her parents and not being teased by her classmates. So, she decides to bring a box to school for a special project. This box, of course, contains a bunch of horrible, evil, no good stuff, and somehow it accidentally gets opened...and then it's up to Pandy to collect everything that escapes it. Can she do it in a year's time? Read to find out!!

Demeter and Persephone: Spring Held Hostage by Justine and Ron Fontes

The story of Persephone being kidnapped by Hades and taken to the underworld is one of my favorite Greek myths. This graphic novel is a FANTASTIC retelling. Demeter, Persephone's mother, misses her daughter so much that she causes droughts and kills farmer's crops. She begs the Olympians to help get her daughter back. Read this book to find out if Persephone is safely returned to her mother.

The Shadow Thieves by Ann Ursu
Charlotte Mielswetzki is followed home one day by a man in a tuxedo. This is only the start of weird occurences. Her cousin Zee arrives from England, and brings with him news of sick children...and then discovers that the disease is spreading in the U.S. too. What's causing this weird illness, and what does it have to do with the man in the tuxedo? And who is Philonecron, and why does he want to overthrow Hades? How can Charlotte and Zee help? WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?!??! Read this book to find out.