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Yassas! Books about Greece - October 2005

Selected and annotated by Lisa Weinstein


Abouzeid, Chris. Anatopsis. Dutton, 2006. (326p.) Gr.6-8.
Greek mythology influenced this tale following Anatopsis (Ana) and her attempt to save the world from her evil tutor Mr. Pound.

Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Delacorte, 2001. Gr. 7-12.
Four teenage girls attempt to stay connected through a pair of magical pants during their first summer apart.

Cadnum, Michael. Starfall: Phaeton and the Chariot of the Sun. Orchard, 2004. (124p.) Gr. 5-9.
After learning his father is Apollo, God of Light, Phaeton requests to drive his father’s chariot around the world.

Cooney, Caroline B. Goddess of Yesterday. Delacorte. 2002. (263p.) Gr. 6-9.
At six years of age, Anaxandra is kidnapped and taken to the island of Siphnos. Six years later, pirates storm the island, leaving her as the sole survivor.

Curlee, Lynn. Parthenon; written and illus. by Lynn Curlee. Atheneum, 2004. (36p.) Gr. 5-8.
Curlee examines the architecture, details, and history of the majestic Parthenon.

Falcone, L.M. Walking with the Dead. Kids Can, 2005. (196p.) Gr. 4-7.
Alex’s dad brought home an ancient Greek corpse to add to the Oddities museum in the basement of their house. When the corpse comes back to life, Alex and his friend Freddie travel back in time to Ancient Greece.

Fanelli, Sara. Mythological Monsters of Ancient Greece; written and illus. by Sara Fanelli. Candlewick, 2002. (27p.) Gr. 3-6.
Fourteen monsters—such as Cyclops, Medusa, and the Minotaur—come to life in double page spreads, each containing succinct bits of information and a collage illustration.

Galloway, Priscilla. The Courtesan's Daughter. Delacorte, 2002. (259p.) Gr. 8-10.
Phano’s quiet life is disturbed when she is suddenly sold as a slave. There’s plenty of adventure in this book, which is based on an actual court case from Ancient Greece.

Geras, Adele. Ithaka. Harcourt, 2006. (360p.) Gr. 9-12.
While Odysseus is gone, Penelope must decide whether to please her subjects and find a new husband or follow the God's advice and be faithful to Odysseus. This version of The Odyssey is alternately told from Penelope and Penelope’s servant, Klymenes, point of view.

Hovey, Kate. Ancient Voices; illus. by Murray Kimber. McElderry, 2004. (40p). Gr. 6-10.
This book of sophisticated and heartfelt poetry is written in the first person, assuming the roles of various Greek gods. The illustrations mix modern conveniences (television) with classic items (bows and arrows).

Johnson, Maureen. 13 Little Blue Envelopes. HarperCollins, 2005. (317p.) Gr. 7-12.
Ginny’s “runaway aunt” passed away three months ago, leaving Ginny 13 envelopes with instructions for a unique European adventure.

Macy, Sue. Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics. National Geographic, 2004. (96p.) Gr. 4-8.
The rebirth of the Olympic Games, women athletes, record-setting athletes, controversies, and unlikely heroes are the chapter topics in this insider’s look at the Olympic Games.

McCaughrean, Geraldine, ad. Odysseus. Cricket, 2004. (148p.) Gr. 4-8.
This retelling of the classic story The Odyssey maintains Homer’s repetition and action-packed storyline, making it perfect for readers struggling with the original epic.

McCaugherean, Geraldine, ad. Perseus. Cricket, 2005. (118p.) Gr. 5-8.
Based on the myth, this book follows Perseus as he becomes a hero—killing Medusa and saving (and marrying) Andromeda—until he finally fulfills his fate of killing his grandfather, Acrisius.

O'Malley, Kevin. Mount Olympus Basketball; written and illus. by Kevin O'Malley. Walker, 2003. (32p.) Gr. 3-6.
A basketball game between the Mortals and the Gods takes an interesting turn when the Gods start using their powers to help them win the game.

Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy; illus. by Robert Byrd. Candlewick, 2006. (72p.) Gr. 5-8.
This is a quick-paced and humorous biography of Heinrich Schliemann, the man who chaotically excavated many sites in a search for Troy.

Spinner, Stephanie. Quicksilver. Knopf, 2005. Gr.7-12
As the messenger of the Gods and the son of Zeus, Hermes follows Zeus’ orders to retrieve Persephone from the Underworld, assist Perseus in slaying Medusa, and send Odysseus home.

Spinner, Stephanie. Quiver. Knopf, 2002. (177p.) Gr.7-10.
Atalanta does not wish to marry, yet her father the king insists. She declares whoever beats her in a footrace will win her heart, but those who are defeated will lose their head.

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