Monday, January 10, 2011
Goddess Girls: Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Artemis's friends and classmates see her as the most courageous goddessgirl at school. Little do they know that despite her expert archery skills, the smelly Geryon, ring-nosed Minotaurs, and scorpions in Beast-ology class scare her as much as they do anyone else! But what's really bothering her now is that funny feeling she has whenever she looks at Orion. She's never had a crush before. Will she find the courage to talk to Orion, to make him see her as more than a pal, and to ace Beast-ology class?
Authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams put a modern spin on classic myths with the Goddess Girls series. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.
I am a huge fan of Greek mythology in any incarnation, so when a teacher friend of mine recommended these Middle Grade books about the gods and goddesses as middle schoolers, I had to check them out. And I'm glad I did! While the lessons are pretty heavy-handed, it is a fun, quick read. I was really excited to see Orion as a character (since that is the only constellation I can ever find), and while he was a rather awful person, I found him hilarious.
The little bits of mythology thrown in were my favorite parts, such as when Apollo sighs that he should have known Daphne didn't like him because she kept hiding behind trees. There's humor, friendship, and lessons about love and courage in Artemis the Brave. I'm guessing the other books in the series (starring Athena, Aphrodite, and Persephone) will be similarly great. Definitely recommended for younger readers!
Four out of five minotaurs.
Release Date: December 2010
Reading Level: Grade 1+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: J HOL