Saturday, 28 April 2012

Goddess Girls: Athena the Brain by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Title: Goddess Girls: Athena the Brain
Author: Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Published by: Little Brown
Publication date: 3rd May 2012
Pages: 176
Genres: Children's/Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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Meet the girls of Mount Olympus Academy...

Brainy Athena has never fit in at Triton School, but who would've guessed that's because she's actually a goddess? Zeus's daughter, to be exact.

So when she's summoned to Mount Olympus Academy, Athena thinks that she might fit in for the first time in her life. But school on Mount Olympus is not that different from down on earth. Will Athena be able to deal with Medusa, the baddest mean girl in history?

 A brand new tween series following the adventures of goddess girls-in-training Athena, Persephone. Aphrodite and Artemis at Mount Olympus Academy.

Goddess Girls is a wonderful take on the story of the Greek gods and goddesses! The story kind of reminds me of Harry Potter - a girl finds out she is a Goddess and is whisked away to a magical boarding school.

I love how all of the well known Greek gods and goddesses go to the same school (Mount Olympus Academy) - it's fascinating to think about how Medusa, Poseidon and Aphrodite might have acted when they were younger.

The characters are well developed and likable (except Medusa and her sisters, of course!). My favourite characters except Athena, the main character, are Pallas - Athena's mortal friend - and Aphrodite. When Athena left to attend Mount Olympus Academy, I felt sorry for Pallas as she had lived with Athena for her whole life and they must have been like sisters. I liked Aphrodite because she looked after Athena when she started her new school.

The best thing about this book is that the authors have mixed old myths with modern times. For example, Athena and her friends try out for the Mount Olympus cheer leading squad, and the goddesses love fashion and music just like most of the teen majority these days.

I recommend this book to children aged 8+ - maybe to children who just want a good story, or maybe who want to know a little more about Greek mythology but in a child-friendly way. 4/5 - a point deducted as it's not exactly my age range but it's still very enjoyable! :)

1 comment :

  1. Brilliant review! Ooh, I think I know a girl who'd love this one... Thanks!