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Roy Knipe, Geoffrey Trease

Flashbacks (Series): Mission to Marathon

Mission to Marathon immerses the young reader in the tense events of the Battle of Marathon campaign in 490BCE. The story follows a fictional protagonist, Philip, the young son of an Athenian sculptor. When Philip's father hears in the Assembly that the Persians have reached Euboea he anticipates that they will land at Marathon to make their invasion. Philip is tasked with hurrying to the village of Marathon to warn their extended family and urge them to seek safety. Philip's elder broth(...)

literary


Lewis Helfand , Lalit Kumar Singh

400 BC. The Story of the Ten Thousand

400 is a graphic novel retelling of the March of the Ten Thousand, a historical event which took place at the beginning of the fourth century BCE. Greek mercenaries found themselves stranded in what is now Iraq after the failure of a coup by Cyrus the Younger who was attempting to seize the Persian throne. The event is known to history largely because of the thorough account written by a participant in the events, the philosopher-historian Xenophon. His Anabasis, or journey up country, was writt(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: India


Delphine Dumont

50-Minutes series. History (Series): The Battle of Marathon. The Decisive End of the First Greco-Persian War

This short educational book uses a combination of short text sections and inset text boxes to communicate the events and context of the Battle of Marathon to teenagers and young adults. The publisher asserts that this style makes the information easier to absorb and remember, serving as a sort of short course in the subject. The sections included are as follows:The Battle of Marathon: Key Information.Political and Social Context:Expansion of the Persian EmpireThe Ionian RevoltThe Aegean Strategy(...)

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Heather Alexander , Meredith Hamilton

A Child’s Introduction to Greek Mythology

The book is divided into an introductory section of character profiles and short stories – ‘Who’s Who and What’s What’, taking up almost half the book, and a second section of full-length mythology retellings. Who’s Who and What’s WhatIntroduction – Why Greek mythology is still being told; why we have different versions; the story of Cronus and Uranus; the war between the Titans and Olympians; a chart showing Titan marriage pairings.Titan Chil(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Sarah Janet Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (Series, Book 2): A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) is book two of a high fantasy series in which each book takes inspiration from well-known myths or fairytales, with book two being described by the author as influenced by the myth of Hades and Persephone. The novel is published as New Adult in America, a category that explores similar themes to Young Adult, but often with more explicit sexual themes and violence. This impacts the retelling by centring the protagonist’s attraction t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Henry Lion Oldie [The pen name of Ukrainian fantasy fiction writers Dmitry Gromov and Oleg Ladyzhensky]

A Hero Must Be Alone [Герой должен быть один]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Hercules, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the original myth is thoroughly transformed in order to emphasize topics and motives relevant for contemporary youth culture. At the beginning of the book we learn that Zeus has a special plan for his newly-conceived child from Alcmene and that this plan is a matter of serious disagreement in the family of gods (or “the Family”, as it is called throughout whole Ach(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: Russia


Remus San Diego , Marivi Soliven Blanco

A Jenny and Jay Mystery (Series, Book 4): The Subway Cyclops

This is the fourth of a series of educational readers about the experience of Filipino immigrants in the United States. In it, Jenny and Jay, whose parents are doctors, have recently moved from the Philippines to the United States, and are living in Boston. They find its weather cold, and daunting. One day, on the subway, they believe they see a shadowy shape in the dark, one with a ‘single glow-in-the-dark eye’ (11). They describe what they have seen to their housekeeper, Cordelia, (...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: Philippines


Remus San Diego , Marivi Soliven Blanco

A Jenny and Jay Mystery (Series, Book 4): The Subway Cyclops

Philippines 1995

literary


John Bankston

A Kid’s Guide to Mythology (Series): Hercules

This book is part of a series of eight on different Greek deities. It tells the story of Hercules, half man, half god who with his god-given strength was able to overcome great obstacles. However, he was not able to overcome the greatest internal obstacle of his own anger. Starting with the episode of Hercules’ cattle being stolen, Bankston launches into a discussion of myth and the place of the myth of Hercules in the ancient world. Each chapter contains selections of the myth with other (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Ngwa J. Neba

A Royal Turmoil

The novel begins with the Fon* startled by the noise that has awakened him from sleep: lightening, thunder and then a storm; things that are unusual in the dry season. Before this happens, he had a dream in which three of his wives (queens) left his presence and excrete on the path leading up to their houses. In the same dream, he saw the sacred tree of the village in flames and a voice from nowhere telling him to “cleanse the village”. All these led the Fon to the conclusion that al(...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Ngwa J. Neba

A Royal Turmoil

Cameroon 2005

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David Almond

A Song for Ella Grey

A Song For Ella Grey is a non-linear retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice set in contemporary Newcastle, from the point of view of Claire, Ella’s best friend and lover. Claire disapproves of Ella’s relationship with Orpheus, and is gradually left behind by Ella to witness their love and subsequent deaths. Claire and Ella are seventeen, and Orpheus is described as looking in his early twenties, though it is hinted that he may be much older.Part 1 – Present DayClaire is in love with(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys

The text includes retellings of six classical myths: The Gorgon’s Head (Perseus and Medusa), The Golden Touch (King Midas), The Paradise of Children (Pandora), The Three Golden Apples (Heracles obtaining the golden apples from the Garden of Hesperides), The Miraculous Pitcher (Baucis and Philemon), and The Chimaera (Bellerophon). The stories are united by a contemporary frame narrative set at Tanglewood, an Estate in Lenox, Massachusetts. The text’s internal narrator is Eus(...)

literary

YEAR: 1852

COUNTRY: United States of America


Juliet Rix, Juliet Snape

A-Maze-Ing Minotaur

This picture book retells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Its retelling is unusual in that the text is framed on each left page, with a split-level illustration spreading across each pair of pages. In the top illustration (usually taking up two-thirds of the image) is the story of King Minos and his action; the lower illustration (one-third) reveals the Minotaur, lurking below. The style of the illustration is influenced by Minoan art, with bright colours, clothing, and wall-decorations, (...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Juliet Rix, Juliet Snape

A-Maze-Ing Minotaur

United Kingdom 2014

literary


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Achilles and Hector [Αχιλλέας και Έκτορας]

The Achaeans have been fighting at Troy for nine years. Hector is the first among the Trojans. Agamemnon is the Achaeans’ general. On the tenth year, Achilles and Agamemnon argue for two women. Chryseis is Agamemnon’s slave girl. Her father, Chryses, a priest of Apollo, begs Agamemnon to give her back. Agamemnon refuses. When Apollo punishes the Achaeans, Agamemnon has to fulfil Chryses’ wish. Having returned Chryseis to her father, Agamemnon orders Briseis, Achilles’ sla(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Greece


Dapo Adeleke

Adamu and His Horse

Adamu and His Horse is a Children’s fiction, didactic and with thematic thrusts yarned from oral tradition. Adamu is a young and ambitious young man. His parents migrated to Garinlafiya long time ago from their ancestral village where they were relatively wealthy but had to leave because of famine. His father had a retinue of slaves but trusted one. On the night of their departure from Garinlafiya, he tied most of his property and money which were too heavy to carry on the back of his many(...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Nigeria


Dapo Adeleke

Adamu and His Horse

Nigeria 2004

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Vikentsi Ravinski

Aeneid Inside Out [Энеіда навыварат]

After the fall of Troy, Aeneas, the son of Venus, along with his soldiers travel to Rome in order to establish a new kingdom there. Juno, who does not like Aeneas's mother, Venus, wants to thwart the hero. She talks Aeolus, the Keeper of the Winds, into raising a storm in the sea. But Aeneas appeals to Neptune for help. Neptune calms down the wind and soothes the sea. Venus helps her son too; she asks Zeus to support Aeneas. Zeus promises Venus that her son will happily arrive in Rome and wi(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Russian Empire


Ivan Kotliarevsky

Aeneid. Travestied Inside Out into Little Russian language by I. Kotliarevsky [Енеида. На малороссійскій языкъ перелиціованная И. Котляревскимъ]

After the fall of Troy, Aeneas ("Aeneas was a lively fellow, / Lusty as any Cossack blade") and the Trojans run away to sea. Juno asks Aeolus to sink the Trojans. Aeolus creates the storm, but Aeneas gives Neptune a bribe, and the storm calms down. Venus feels worried about her son Aeneas and complains about Juno to Zeus. Zeus says that the fate of Aeneas is already sealed - he will go to Rome and found a strong state there. After much suffering, the Trojans reach Carthage, where Dido (...)

literary

COUNTRY: Russia Russian Empire


Talleen Hacikyan, Michael Rosen

Aesop's Fables

Aesop [an introduction to Aesop by Dr J.R.C. Cousland, Univ. British Columbia]Dog and WolfFox and GrapesCrow and FoxLion, Fox and WolfWolf and LambMouse and LionFrog and BullCockerel, Dog and FoxMosquito, Lion and SpiderFir Tree and ThornbushThe Axe and the TreesPartridge and the Fighting CocksTown Mouse and Country MouseEach story is laid out with one page for the tale and a full page illustration on the facing page. The myths are told in simple, direct language (note the minimal use of article(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Talleen Hacikyan, Michael Rosen

Aesop's Fables

United Kingdom 2013

literary


Lou Kuenzler , Jill Newton

Aesop’s Awesome Rhymes (Series, Book 7): The Grasshopper and the Ants

This story for young readers uses rhyme, illustration, and inset speeches to deliver a comic version of Aesop’s fable, The Grasshopper and the Ants. It is told in iambic tetrameter, and opens with a brief explanation of who Aesop was, showing an image of him sitting on a log talking to a group of girls and boys, then explaining: ‘This fable warns you not to shirk/ while other people do the work!’(5)The fable begins, setting the scene, showing the ants working, and Jim, the gras(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Rodney McRae

Aesop’s Fables

McRae’s illustrations interpret Aesop’s fables through a range of international art forms and visual references. He is inspired by folk art and design, as well as some of the earliest known European artworks, such as the Lascaux cave paintings, Australian Indigenous, Mayan and Aztec art, Indian art, and contemporary Japanese woodblocks which enhance the reader’s interpretations of the fables. McRae also uses collage from torn paper, scraperboard, charcoal and watercolours. (...)

literary

YEAR: 1990

COUNTRY: Australia


Vivian French , Korky Paul [of Hamish Vigne Christie Paul]

Aesop’s Funky Fables

The work is a selection of Aesop’s Fables, retold for children in verse and prose, using rap and humorous techniques. All retellings have humorous illustrations, in a mixture of watercolours and line drawings.  The Fox and the Crow (8-13) is told in verse, using rap techniques of repetition and other poetic techniques: e.g. ‘Brother CrowPuffed up his feathers with pridePuffed up his feathersPuffed upPuffedAnd opened his beak wide.  “CAW!” said the crow&ldqu(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Vivian French , Korky Paul [of Hamish Vigne Christie Paul]

Aesop’s Funky Fables

United Kingdom 1997

literary


Ray Ching

Aesop’s Kiwi Fables

These are Aesop’s Fables adapted, illustrated and set in New Zealand, substituting native fauna for Aesopian characters. There are forty seven fables in Ching’s Aesop’s Kiwi Fables.The Cat & The Cockerel upon a Journey; The Blackbird & His Tail; The Kiwi at the River; The Huhu Beetle & His Shadow; The Kiwi & The Goose; The Old Tuatara & the Possum; The Cat & the Kiwi Chick; The Kiwi & the Jewel; The Thoughtful Kea; Huia & Kokako of Old; The Old M(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: New Zealand


Jolanta Nowaczyk , Daria Solak

Ala has a Cat. And Ali? First-class Sentences [Ala ma kota. A Ali? Zdanka pierwsza klasa]

The book is a collection of the first sentences from elementary schools primers used to teach how to read all over the world, and specifically in twenty five countries, including Poland, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Ethiopia. This original idea reinforces reading skills through contact with other languages and promotes acquisition of basic knowledge about other cultures. On the page with the Greek sentence “Έλλη, να ένα μήλο” (Elli, this(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Poland


Nikos Kazantzakis

Alexander the Great (In the Time of Alexander the Great)[Μέγας Αλέξανδρος (Στα χρόνια του Μεγαλέξανδρου)]

The novel covers Alexander the Great’s life, beginning with his famous taming of the wild horse Bucephalas at fifteen and ending with his death in Babylon in 323 BCE. The novel focuses primarily on Alexander’s twin ambitions, to unite Greece and to conquer Asia and how he made them a reality. He shared these aspirations with his father Philip II of Macedon, who is an important character in the early part of the book. This covers Alexander’s early life at his father’s cour(...)

literary

YEAR: 1978 (1940-1941)

COUNTRY: Greece


Chris Capstick , Monika Filipina

Alexander the Great Dane

This light-hearted story is set in an ancient Egypt ruled by giant cats. The giant cats unfairly favour the normal-sized cats, leaving dogs to do all the work. This injustice has persisted for generations, until "a young pup called Alexander" left his care-free youth behind him to enter a world of toil and decided to lead the dogs in throwing off the shackles of their oppressors. True to the genre of books for young children, Alexander asks dogs of various occupations for their views o(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Chris Capstick , Monika Filipina

Alexander the Great Dane

United Kingdom 2017

literary


Jamila Gavin, David Parkins

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster?

Alexander the Great. Man, Myth, or Monster? introduces young readers to ancient history via biography. The birth to death format follows the traditions of biography, while the narrative also moves forward and backwards in parts, with the narrator recalling previous events or anticipating events that will occur later. The story is punctuated by mythic tales which are introduced as if being told to soldiers in the story. These embedded myths are well chosen to reflect what is happening in the main(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jane Bingham , Robin Lawrie, Anne Millard

Alexander the Great. Usborne Young Reading Series 3

This title introduces young readers to biography and history, with elements of geography and politics, in a title that also encourages developing literacy through the use of fairly complex vocabulary and delivery in a relatively lengthy volume. The format is birth to death, following the traditions of biography. A map of Alexander's empire opens the work and orientates the reader, and this is followed by ten chapters on Alexander's life, in which text and image are interspersed; most pag(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Michael Townsend

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Greek Mythology

This book contains nine mythological tales written in comic form. First there is a brief introduction of various creatures of Greek mythology, such as the Cyclops, centaurs, Satyrs, Nymphs Pegasus but also made-for laugh ones such as a fairy goat or Mer-Donkey. There is an emphasis on the natural world of ancient Greece, where there was no technology, and on monsters, heroes and gods. The Olympian gods are mentioned, with the exclusion of Hephaestus and Ares, although Zeus, Hera, Athena, Apollo,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Neil Gaiman

American Gods

In American Gods, a man named Shadow is released from prison when his wife dies in a car accident. On his journey to the funeral, he meets a mysterious stranger, Mr Wednesday. Wednesday turns out to be the Norse god, Odin, and hires Shadow as a bodyguard. Wednesday tells Shadow that war is coming, a war between the ‘old’ gods, and the ‘new.’ These old gods are the gods of myth and legend, who have come to the United States, brought in the imaginations, memories, and (...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kemonde Wangmonde

An Orphan’s Tears

The novel opens when Ngeh* is walking along the road in Bay City and stubs his toe. An old man, almost the age of his father, appears from nowhere and tells him that in the African traditional belief, hitting one’s toe it is a sign of bad luck. Ngeh gives a deaf ear to this old man because he takes him for a swindler, but the old man tells him he will understand someday. Later in a taxi Ngeh contemplates about their low standard of living and his father’s incapability to pay his scho(...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: Cameroon


Kemonde Wangmonde

An Orphan’s Tears

Cameroon 2005

literary Other Traditions


Joe Lillington, Iris Volant [The Flying Eye Books’ In-House Writers]

Ancient Warriors

Ancient Warriors is divided as follows: overview of specific armies; short biographies of military leaders; overviews of battles throughout history. The book covers the Bronze Age until the 14th Century CE and features armies such as the Mayans (p. 12-13), the Romans (p. 24-28), the Huns (p. 34-35), the Vikings (p. 42-43), and the Samurai (p. 50-51). These armies are arranged chronologically and are described along with their respective military leaders such as Ramesses II (p.16-17), Alexander t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Jenny Blackford

Andromeda

Andromeda is a feminist reimagining of the story of Andromeda and the sea monster.  It fleshes out the personality of the princess, who, whilst mindful of the obligations of her royal role, longs for freedom from its obligations. She has an unaccountable sense of needing something, ‘something she had been missing for such a long time’ (130). Since the onset of puberty Andromeda has suffered overwhelming fits of rage. Her maturation is symbolically tied to the sea monster, who be(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Australia


Jenny Blackford

Andromeda

Australia 2008

literary


Ola [Aleksandra] Woldańska-Płocińska

Animalocracy [Zwierzokracja]

Zwierzokracja is a large-format non-fiction picture book presenting the history of human-animal relations from prehistory to modern times. Each spread is dedicated to a different topic. Woldańska-Płocińska touches on such issues as hunting, mediaeval animal trials, farming chickens on top of city buildings, intensive animal farming, bird feeding, the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights (1978), endangered species, and veganism. There is even a mention of Jane Goodall, famous primatologist(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Poland


Ola [Aleksandra] Woldańska-Płocińska

Animalocracy [Zwierzokracja]

Poland 2018

literary


Kendare Blake

Antigoddess

Like several other recent novels for young adults, including Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test (2011) and Bree Despain’s Into the Dark series, Kendare Blake’s Antigoddess explores the premise that ancient gods have survived into the modern age. Ranging across both urban and natural landscapes of the United States, the novel is focalised through Athena, who is accompanied by her brother, Hermes. The pair resemble modern teenagers: Hermes wears jeans and a tight t-sh(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

Antony and Cleopatra

The book belongs to the series by Andrew Matthews, where classic plays of William Shakespeare are retold. The story about Antony and Cleopatra is told in a form of recollections of Servius, one of Antony’s loyal soldiers. Servius goes back to recall memories from the day when he was listening to Antony giving a speech over Caesar's body. Shortly afterward, Servius was appointed to be Antony’s Centurion. Since that moment, the soldier’s memories overlap with the events known(...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty [Αφροδίτη η θεά της ομορφιάς]

Mandilaras and Kapatsoulia recount Aphrodite’s life, starting with her birth from the sea in Cyprus and ending with her veneration in Greek temples and legacy for sculptors and painters. Aphrodite emerged from the sea in a large seashell. She was beautiful and everyone fell in love with her. Zephyrus travelled with Aphrodite, first to the island of Cythera—where he spent a night with her—and afterwards to the west part of Cyprus. In Cyprus, the Hours made Aphrodite beautif(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Greece


Kai Meyer

Arcadia (Series, Book 1): Arcadia Awakens [Arkadien: Arkadien erwacht]

A shy seventeen year old girl, Rosa Alcantara, comes from Brooklyn, New York, and is of Italian descent. After having been raped she had to undergo an abortion. One day, she travels by plane to Palermo in Sicily in order to attend the funeral of a leader of the mafia clan called Carnevares. Rosa’s situation within her family is complicated: her father died several years earlier and her mother, who left Sicily a long time before that, does not want to have any contacts with her relatives, w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Germany


Kai Meyer

Arcadia (Series, Book 2): Arcadia Burns [Arkadien: Arkadien brennt]

When Rosa Alcantara and Alessandro Carnevare try to be intimate, they are transformed into mythical beasts, the moment they get too close to each other. The reason for this lies in the fact that they belong to different mafia clans, which have been adversaries for centuries. Therefore, their fate seems to be an eternal fight against each other. When they realize the problem, they stop trying to be intimate, Rosa moves to New York and after many years reconciles with her mother Gemma. Her mum esc(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: Germany


Kai Meyer

Arcadia (Series, Book 3): Arcadia Burns [Arkadien: Arkadien fällt]

During their search in Sicily for a peace bringing ancient statue, Rosa Alcantara and Alessandro Carnevare are attacked by harpies, who look like big owls. Yet, it turns out soon, that this mythical statue is missing. In their dreadful fight with the Harpies, one ally of Rosa and Alessandro called Quattrini is killed. In due course, it is revealed that the harpies are killers for hire and belong to their own clan, the Malandras. The leaders of the clan are two dangerous sisters, Aliza and Saffir(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Germany


Joe Caramagna, Travel Foreman, Derek Fridolfs, Len O'Grady, Michael Avon Oeming

Ares. God of War

Part One. Ares opens with a repeat of the cover image in which a Mohican-haired Ares looks down reflectively amidst a battlefield strewn with bodies. The opening text quotes Zeus in Homer's Iliad declaring Ares the most hateful of the gods. A second scene of devastation accompanies Ares' account of how the other gods called on him long ago to halt Hades' attack on Olympus. He recalls that even as Hades' hellish demons swarmed about them Hercules discouraged Zeus' appeal to Ar(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Argos Tells Stories from the Mycenaean Period in the National Archaeological Museum [Ο Άργος αφηγείται ιστορίες από τη μυκυναϊκή εποχή στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο]

The book is a guide to the Mycenaean antiquities in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The first page offers background information about a museum visit for parents and teachers. From page 4 onwards, the guide to the Mycenaean past begins with defining the temporal and geographical context. Readers are presented with a general narrative about the Achaeans arriving in mainland Greece. At first, the Achaeans practiced agriculture and animal husbandry, before becoming richer through(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Greece


Ralph Hardy

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told by His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy is a novel aimed at primary school children (8-12). It retells the story of Homer’s The Odyssey through the eyes of Argos – a loyal dog, bred from both wolf and bear (p. 4). Argos follows his master’s trail by asking the birds and other animals if they have heard news of him. He sends out the seagulls to search for information about Odysseus, and soon learns that he was sailing toward the island of Ithaka (p. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kalliope Kyrdi, Evi Pini

Ariadne Tells Stories from the Cycladic Period in the National Archaeological Museum [Η Αριάδνη αφηγείται ιστορίες από την κυκλαδική εποχή στο Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο]

The first part of the book (pages 4 to 8), which is entitled “a first familiarisation with the Cycladic civilization”, presents the geographical, chronological, and social setting of Cycladic communities. Rare words, such as βραχονησίδα, μεταλλείο, and οψιανός (“rocky islets”, “mines”, and “obsidian”), are explaine(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece


Jennifer Cook

Ariadne: The Maiden and the Minotaur

Cook’s story opens with sixteen-year-old Ariadne abandoned on Naxos, furious that she fell for Theseus, who has taken up with her sister Phaedra and sailed home to Athens. As in the traditional version of the myth, Ariadne falls in love with Theseus when he arrives on Crete as one of the Athenian tributes, destined for death in the labyrinth. But in this story the Minotaur is not a monstrous beast, but instead a small child afflicted with a club foot, a hare-lip, and other deformities. Chi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Australia


Jan Bajtlik

Ariadne’s Thread: Myths and Labyrinths [Nić Ariadny. Mity i Labirynty]

Bajtlik’s mythical catalogue consist of numerous depictions of the labyrinth in various configurations, each alluding to classical motifs and mythological stories. In the Introduction we read that ancient Greece was one of the most fascinating countries in the world whose culture and history influenced Europe and are admired to this day (Bajtlik, 2018: 5). Labyrinths drawn and described by Batjlik ought to lead the reader through this tradition, and teach them about ancient stories and cus(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Poland


Christophe Chaffardon

Aristarchos' Manuscript [Le manuscrit d’Aristarque]

The action takes place in the 3rd century B.C. Athens and later Alexandria in Ptolemaic Egypt. A physician practicing advanced and not yet sanctioned medicine is forced to flee Athens with his daughter Ophelia as stowaways on a small ship going to Alexandria. He dies suddenly, having been poisoned, when the ship reaches its destination. Before he dies he manages to tell his daughter to look for a certain Aristarchus, who turns out to have been a revolutionary astronomer who believed that the Ear(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: France


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Aristophanes Comedies [Oi komodies tou Aristophane] (Series): The Frogs [Βάτραχοι]

The book opens with a presentation of the main characters in the plot. The Greeks, we read, believed that dead people descended to the underworld, to Hades. Dionysos, however, wanted to bring a great poet back to the world of the living. Hence, Dionysos, disguised as Herakles, made his way to Hades together with his servant, Xanthias. The real Herakles helped Dionysos with directions. When they reached a bottomless lake, Charos, who had a boat, refused to take Xanthias’ donkey on board. Th(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Greece


Chinua Achebe

Arrow of God

Arrow of God is a classic tragedy which depicts the fall of a tragic hero caused by both his hubris and outside forces beyond his understanding. The title comes from an Igbo proverb in which a person or event is said to represent the Will of GodEzeulu, the chief priest of the Umuaru clan, wields enormous power over the six federated villages that make up the clan. Part of his role is to store up twelve healthy yams in his barn which he roasts and eats without salt or palm oil immediately he sees(...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 1964


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix and Cleopatra

Asterix and Cleopatra is the 6th part of the series about a brave Gaul and his friends. Every story and series have similar outline. Smart Asterix and strong Obelix obtain enourmous power thanks to magical portion prepared by Panoramix an old druid. Magic portion helps to fight the Romanians. Asterix and Cleopatra begins with an unexpected visit of an architect named Numerobis from Alexandria. He interrupts the Gaul’s daily routine to ask for help in building a palace in Alexandria. His Qu(...)

literary

COUNTRY: France


René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo

Asterix at the Olympic Games [Astérix aux Jeux olympiques]

"In 50 BC, Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well… not entirely. One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders." The Gauls are aided by a magic potion which gives them superhuman strength, and is brewed by the druid Getafix,). In late spring, the inhabitants of the village learn that the neighbouring Roman camp of Aquarium is preparing to send its champion – Gluteus Maximus – to compete in the Olympic Games in Greece, between July(...)

literary

COUNTRY: France


Marisa De Castro, Myrto Delivoria

At the Museum [Στο μουσείο]

The purpose of this book is to introduce young children to a museum environment. The book starts with a drawing of a museum, recognisable as the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, which is compared, and with good reason, to a treasure house. In the book’s opening pages, we form an impression that a museum is as much about a massive building (with giant stairs and big glass door) as about antiquities (statues and vases) and a plethora of vibrant visitors of different ethnic backgroun(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Greece


Vashti Farrer [aka Vasthi Therese Waterhouse], Naomi C. Lewis

Atalanta: the Fastest Runner in the World

Atalanta: The Fastest Runner in the World is a picture book for primary-school children that retells the story of Atalanta. It is published under an educational imprint, through Pearson Education, called Chatterbox, in a series of stories called Traditional Fiction, and thus marketed around the world. Other stories in the series include Rumpelstiltskin, and How Maui Stole Fire from the Gods.This short retelling of the Atalanta myth is written in simple language for young readers. The openin(...)

literary

YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY: Australia


Vashti Farrer [aka Vasthi Therese Waterhouse], Naomi C. Lewis

Atalanta: the Fastest Runner in the World

Australia 2004

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Normand Cousineau , Priscilla Galloway

Atalanta: The Fastest Runner in the World

Atalanta: The Fastest Runner in the World retells the myth of Atalanta, with a detailed text by Galloway and handsome illustrations by Cousineau. The illustrations are stylized in a way influenced by Greek art, drawn in ink and gouache, and surrounding the text. A prologue (pp 11-13) explains the early part of the Atalanta myth—her exposure by her father, with a commentary about the reasons which Greek society might put infants out to die. ‘However painfully, a parent might deci(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Canada


Shirley Climo , Alexander Koshkin

Atalanta’s Race: A Greek Myth

Atalanta’s Race is a picture book in which the myth of Atalanta is retold. King Iasus of Arcadia prays to Zeus and to Rhea for a son to be born, but when a girl is born, whom his wife calls Atalanta, he commands that she be exposed on the highest slope of Mount Cyllene. The guard lays the baby in the mouth of a cave, ‘away from the bite of the wind,’ a cave which is the ‘den of a she-bear’ (6), that nestles the baby between her own cubs.  In Spring, Ciron,(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: United States of America


Shirley Climo , Alexander Koshkin

Atalanta’s Race: A Greek Myth

United States of America 1995

literary


Athena. Classics Illustrated, no. 216. From the Mythology and History of Greece [Αθηνά. Κλασσικά Εικονογραφημένα, Νο. 216. Από την Μυθολογία και την Ιστορία της Ελλάδος]

This comic book is about the goddess Athena. On the inside of the front cover, we read about Athena’s temples on the Acropolis, her motherless status, and her many adjectives, which, we note, derive from Homer. Also, we learn about festivals honouring Athena. The book closes with Pericles praising Athena’s virtues. The story starts with young and beautiful Athena’s presentation to the world. She stands in Zeus’ hand, as he sits in a throne surrounded by other Olympia(...)

literary

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: Greece


Imogen Greenberg , Isabel Greenberg

Athena: The Story of a Goddess

This a humorous, illustrated, modern re-telling of the myths of Athena for a younger audience using elements of graphic novel storytelling. Some of the myths told are directly connected to Athena, but this expands into a re-telling of the myths around the Trojan War. This is preceded by a short introduction of each of the main characters of the book, both gods and heroes. The individual myths are not separated by headings, but flow into each other, almost like a biography of Athena. The myths co(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Atlantia

The teenage girl Rio Conwy lives in the underwater city of Atlantia, because due to the environmental pollution the continents are hardly inhabitable. Nevertheless every year teens are able to decide to enter the continental world to work there for Atlantia, so that they gain enough air to breathe, to drink and to eat. But those teens will soon die, since the polluted environment brings damage to their health. Nevertheless Bay, Rio’s beloved twin-sister, makes the decision to support Atlan(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Atlantia

United States of America 2014

literary


Natalia Olbińska

Atlantis. A City Guide [Atlantyda. Przewodnik po mieście]

The book is a fictional guide to the underwater city of Atlantis. Beginning with the description of the town itself, the author tells us how to get there, which places are worth visiting (Poseidon’s temple, Guggenheim Museum, public beaches, the financial centre, ancient aqueducts, etc.), and provides a good deal of practical information (including how to travel within Atlantis, where to sleep, eat, and drink). The text is accompanied by the author’s black and white illustrations in (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Poland


Bernard Beckett

August

This novel is the middle volume of a trilogy together with Genesis and Lullaby. It is set in what reminds one of a mediaeval walled city, under the rule of a powerful and oppressive church, but with some modern technology (such as cars). In this two class society the group of the “people of the night” are suppressed, as they allegedly lack a soul. They only enter the city at night, do manual labour and look for scraps of food to eat.In this novel, the teenagers Tristan and Grace, bad(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Australia


Baby Professor

Baby Professor (Series): Greeks and Persians Go to War: War Book Bestsellers: Children’s Ancient History

Greeks and Persians Go to War opens with a conundrum: how did the Greeks win the Persian Wars when Persia was so much bigger and wealthier? The following pages combine text and large images – particularly maps – to explain the answer.Fifty Years of War. The first section explains that Persia was a "huge empire centred on what is now Iran", while the Greeks lived on mainland Greece and in colonies around the Mediterranean. A modern map of Greece and Asia Minor either side of(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Brett Bean , Lucy Coats

Beasts of Olympus (Series): Beasts Keeper; Hound of Hades / Steeds of the Gods / Dragon Healer / Centaur School; Zeus’s Eagle / Gods of the North / The Unicorn Emergency

Beast of Olympus (series). The most recent installment published November 22, 2017:Part 1, Beasts Keeper, 2015.Part 2, Hound of Hades, 2015. Part 3, Steeds of the Gods, 2015. Part 4, Dragon Healer, 2015.Part 5, Centaur School, 2016. Part 6, Zeus’s Eagle, 2016. Part 7, Gods of the North, 2017. Part 8, The Unicorn Emergency, 2018 (not yet published).A young boy called Demon (his full name is Pandemonius) who was taken from his mother by the god Pan (his father) (...)

literary

YEAR: 2015-2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Achmat Dangor

Bitter Fruit

Work in progress(...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: Republic of South Africa


Achmat Dangor

Bitter Fruit

Republic of South Africa 2001

literary Other Traditions


Ursula Dubosarsky

Black Sails, White Sails

The foreword of Ursula Dubosarsky’s Black Sails, White Sails tells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur, of how Theseus slays the Minotaur that was menacing his people, the Athenians. Theseus persuades his father, Aegeus, to let him kill the monster, but forgets to let his father know of his success by hoisting the white sails on his ship and dropping his black sails. When Aegeus sights Theseus’ ship approaching, black sails raised, Aegeus assumes the worst, that his son has fa(...)

literary

YEAR: 1997

COUNTRY: Australia


Jo Graham

Black Ships

This is the story of the fictional Pythia, from her birth to adulthood. Gull was a girl born to a Trojan slave woman who was brought to Pylos, to King Nestor's palace after the fall of Troy (which is named Wilusa in the book, the name comes from Hittite texts and is associated with Troy; thus the author shows her proficiency with classical archaeology). The background of the Trojan cycle is referred to in the book, especially the sacrifice of Iphigenia and the curse it incurred on the house (...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United States of America


Laura Ruby

Bone Gap

Bone Gap is set in the small American town of the same name in the 21st Century, and follows two protagonists: Finn, a teenage boy who does not know that he has prosopagnosia (more colloquially known as “face-blindness”, a disability that prevents him from recognising faces), and Roza, a beautiful young Polish woman who mysteriously turns up in Finn’s barn. Finn is the only witness of her subsequent abduction, but nobody believes him. As Roza fights to escape from her captor, F(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


John Boyne

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The story is about a German nine year-old boy named Bruno, who lives with his mother, father and older sister in Berlin. One day they are ordered by the father’s boss called ‘the Fury’ to move to the countryside. Bruno is not fully aware what his father’s job is, but he is obviously sad to leave his friends in Berlin and spend the near future outside the city. There, he sees through a window people in a fenced area–he asks his mother who they are, and his mother tel(...)

literary


Amanda Brack, Monica Sweeney, Becky Thomas

Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus

This is a retelling of many mythological stories using the creative imagination of the authors, using Lego© bricks. The myths are especially adapted for children. The myths presented in this book are:Creation and the Birth of Zeus Prometheus’s Fire and Pandora’s Box Phaethon and the Chariot of the Sun Hades, Persephone, and the Story of the Seasons Eurydice and Orpheus Athena and Poseidon’s Contest for Athens, Arachne’s Web Perseus’s Quest Perseus and Medusa Pe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


David Elliott

Bull

Bull is a unique retelling of the Cretan mythic cycle in the form of a verse novel. The story is related through monologues by Poseidon, Minos, Pasiphae, Asterion, Ariadne, Daedalus and Theseus. Poseidon takes control of the narrative, relating how Minos prays to the gods for a sign to justify his right to rule. The god obliges by sending a beautiful milk white bull out of the ocean. But when Minos conceals the creature within his herds and sacrifices an inferior animal in its place, he incurs P(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles. Cairo Jim and the Alabastron of Forgotten Gods is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Greece, moving from Athens to Delphi to Samothrace (Samothraki). It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brend(...)

literary

YEAR: 1996

COUNTRY: Australia


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles. Cairo Jim and the Chaos from Crete is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Knossos, in Crete. It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brenda) travel to the Palace of Knossos after learning tha(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: Australia


Geoffrey McSkimming

Cairo Jim (Series): Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus

Cairo Jim is a young archaeologist who is already an established member of the fictional Old Relics Society at the commencement of the series. He is always seen wearing a pith helmet and his desert sun-spectacles.Cairo Jim at the Crossroads of Orpheus is located in mid-to-late 20th Century Pompeii. It is a whimsical adventure in which the hero and his companions (a talking macaw named Doris and a telepathic wonder-camel named Brenda) work with an archaeo-botanist Bette Noire to rediscover l(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: Australia


Brendan Shusterman , Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

Challenger Deep is an episodic, non-linear contemporary novel that retells the Odyssey, and that draws on aspects of fabulism to inform 15-year-old Caden’s delusions as he is treated for schizophrenia in a juvenile psychiatric hospital. The novel alternates between events that occurred before his hospitalisation and during his stay. While these moments can initially be distinguished by the difference in the setting (the real-world setting and the sea voyage), these settings are increasingl(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Brendan Shusterman , Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

United States of America 2015

literary


Maggie Rudy

City Mouse, Country Mouse

In this retelling of the famous fable of Aesop, Tansy mouse (a country mouse) makes friends with William Mouse (a city mouse) when she mistakes the end of his tail for a fuzzy grey caterpillar in her strawberry patch. Over a meal of strawberries, William tells Tansy about the excitement of the city. Tansy tells him the country is better, and shows him her world. "Just smell the freshness!" (p. 6). As the sun gets low, Will says he must be going, and he invites Tansy to come with him. &(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Maggie Rudy

City Mouse, Country Mouse

United States of America 2017

literary


William F. Russell

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

This book is divided into two sections by reader age: the first part contains stories meant for children of over five years and the second part is for children of eight and over. The "ages eight and over" section is primarily made up of stories from the epics of Homer and Virgil. Each story begins with a note from the author, an "approximate reading time" and a pronunciation guide to names and some of the more old-fashioned words. Each story ends with an “A Few Words Mo(...)

literary

YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY: United States of America


Barbara Kramer

Cleopatra

The book is dedicated to children who reached level 3, meaning that they are capable of reading on their own and they can start to expand their vocabulary. The opening chapters introduce Cleopatra and explain where her ancestors came from and what her life in Alexandria looked like. The next chapters move on to Cleopatra's reign and her love for Julius Caesar and Marcus Antonius. The extensive biography of Cleopatra ends with chapters containing information about the Battle of Actium and the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Philip Reeve, Margaret Simpson

Cleopatra and Her Asp

The book is an unusual form of Cleopatra’s biography, a fictional diary of the Queen that uses elements of comic books. The playful form reflects its target audience of children and teenagers. It includes an introduction about the Ptolemaic dynasty and the situation in ancient Egypt at the beginning of Cleopatra’s reign. All the events in the book are in chronological order – we learn what happens from the moment Cleopatra becomes queen until her death. The author uses diary en(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Vicky Alvear Shecter

Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen

The book is divided into 11 chapters describing the life of Queen Cleopatra. Many parts of the book discuss the culture and religion of Ancient Egypt during Queen Cleopatra’s reign, and also Roman and Greek cultures. Religion rules in the Ancient Egypt are being explained and how the religion worked and affected society, also it explains the social status of Egyptians and influence of Greek culture on Egypt in Hellenic period. Cleopatra Rules! also includes many illustrations: photos, reco(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


Adèle Geras , Mark P. Robertson

Cleopatra: Discover the World of Cleopatra through the Diary of Her Handmaiden, Nefret

Cleopatra VII, one of the greatest queens in history, lived in Greco-Roman times in Egypt. At the beginning of the book, when the queen is described, the reader can recognise an almost direct quotation from Plutarch of Chaeronea*. The narrator is a ten-year old girl named Nefret. She goes to the queen’s palace to work as her handmaiden. This gives the reader the opportunity to learn about the customs and everyday life in Hellenistic Alexandria. Nefret meets Cleopatra when she is mourning&n(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marie de Prémonville, Daniela Volpari

Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile

Marie de Prémonville’s picture book is written in the form of Queen Cleopatra’s memories. We meet her in her final moments just a few days after Marc Antony’s death. She recalls her fight for power, her love affair with Julius Caesar, and her great love for Marc Antony. Her memories are described in chronological order. The book ends with her death and reunion with her one true love, Marc Antony. (...)

literary

COUNTRY: France


Clint Twist

Cleopatra: The Last Pharaoh

A heavily illustrated biography of Cleopatra. The introduction shows Cleopatra as a popular icon through the ages. Chronological description of events opens with background information about Alexander the Great, Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt and ends with Cleopatra’s death. The inclusion of a fictional diary enables the reader to imagine how Cleopatra felt. Numerous illustrations (paintings, engravings, sculptures etc.) enrich the reader’s experience and provide additional information. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Gerry Bailey , Karen Foster

Cleopatra’s Coin

The book is part of the series Stories of Great People. The narration starts when Digby Platt and her sister Hannah Platt approach Mr. Rummage’s stand. They find an old coin in a pile of old items. Mr. Rummage asks the children if they know whose face is on the coin. The children don't know so Mr. Rummage begins to tell them the story of Cleopatra VII. He talks about the origins of the coin, where the queen's dynasty came from and how big her family was. In addition, the shopkeeper(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Hugo Pratt

Corto Maltese (Series, Book 7): Corto Maltese. The Golden House of Samarkand

The Maltese adventures typically involve a mission to locate an item of some sort within a challenging environment. In this, the seventh instalment in the series, Corto has heard tell of a manuscript by Lord George Byron the poet which Byron's friend, Edward Trelawny, hid on the island of Rhodes. Corto is on Rhodes to retrieve the manuscript. He locates it without too much difficulty and it contains a map to the "Great Gold" – the treasure of Alexander the Great, which is in (...)

literary

YEAR: 1974: 2018

COUNTRY: France Italy


Gerald Vinestock, G. William

Crib and the Labours of Hercules

Crib (short for Christabel) is a 10 year old clever and tomboyish girl, who has gone with her parents to visit relatives in Greece. While she stays with her uncle and aunt and looks after their horses, she hears on the news that strange phenomena are occurring: all the fierce monsters whom the legendary Hercules had vanquished eons ago, have suddenly returned to life and are hurting the local people. The government is desperate for a new Hercules to save the day. Crib’s uncle, Jonathan, a (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Edna Barth, Ati Forberg

Cupid and Psyche: A Love Story

The book offers a short retelling of the love story between the mortal Psyche and the God Cupid, son of Venus. The original tale appeared in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses (the golden ass). The god of love falls in love with the beautiful mortal Psyche who is at first ignorant of his true identity. Yet his mother objects their relationship. The lovers need to fight many obstacles to keep their love. The story is a retelling of the renowned love story, adapted for young readership. It narrates the(...)

literary

YEAR: 1976

COUNTRY: United States of America


Edna Barth, Ati Forberg

Cupid and Psyche: A Love Story

United States of America 1976

literary


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Daedalus and Icarus [Δαίδαλος και Ίκαρος]

Daedalus was a celebrated sculptor who produced life-looking statues in Athens. People admired Daedalus’ work, but praised also Daedalus’ nephew, Talos. When Talos was found dead, the Athenians thought that Daedalus might have been envious and killed Talos. Daedalus left for Crete. King Minos asked Daedalus to build a prison to confine the Minotaur, a monster with a human body but a bull’s head and tail. For many years Daedalus lived in King Minos’ palace. He had a b(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Greece


Kerry Greenwood

Danger – Do Not Enter

When Mr. Mosel, an old silversmith dies, his dilapidated house is condemned, and the kids at the school are threatened with expulsion if they go near the dangerous, junk-filled property. The jocks dare each other to explore, and when one of them gets injured, rumours begin to circulate that the house is haunted by the old man’s ghost. Penelope’s friend Ben is determined to investigate the paranormal activity. He suspects that Argent, an unhappy girl in their class who lives in the ho(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: Australia


Margaret Mahy

Dangerous Spaces

In Dangerous Spaces, set on the Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand, Margaret Mahy explores the myth of Demeter and Persephone through a story about two cousins, Flora and Anthea, who travel by means of a magical stereoscope machine to a mythical realm, called Viridian. Anthea’s parents have died in a sailing accident, and she has come to live with Flora’s family, in the old house her parents are slowly renovating. This house was built by the cousins’ grandfathe(...)

literary

YEAR: 1986

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Liudmila Razumovskaia

Dear Miss Elena [Дорогая Елена Сергеевна]

This is a play in two acts for five actors. The characters are: a teacher of mathematics, Miss Elena (or Elena Sergeevna in Russian), and four pupils of the final year (the 10th grade) – three boys and a girl – Volodia, Vitia, Pasha and Lialia. The action takes place in a flat where Elena lives.The pupils come to their teacher pretending they want to wish her a happy birthday. The real reason for their visit is revealed later in the play. They bring her flowers and an expensive gift.(...)

literary

YEAR: 1989

COUNTRY: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR)


Liudmila Razumovskaia

Dear Miss Elena [Дорогая Елена Сергеевна]

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) 1989

literary


Annie Di Donna, Abraham Kawa, Alecos Papadatos

Democracy

Democracy is set in 490 BCE, just before the Battle of Marathon. One of the men fighting for the Athenians, Thersippus, fears that Athena would abandon them and this would cause Athens to fall. A second soldier, named Leander, approaches Thersippus and tells him that they will win as Athena would help them; he proceeds to tell a story of how he once saw Athena and how she helped him. Leander begins by explaining that when he was 16, he was living with his father, councilman Promachus, when (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kornel Makuszyński , Zbigniew Piotrowski

Demon in 7th Grade [Szatan z siódmej klasy]

Professor Gąsowski is shocked when he discovers that his students have known for a long time his scheme for questioning them during class. It turns out that it was deciphered by Adam Cisowski – a brilliant student with a special gift for solving puzzles. Moreover, Adam accepts the challenge issued by the professor – he will try to guess whom the teacher will select to answer his question during the next class, according to a new scheme. To the professor’s surprise Adam succeeds(...)

literary

YEAR: 1937

COUNTRY: Poland


John Maxwell Coetzee

Diary of a Bad Year

Diary of a Bad Year is an experimental novel (historical fiction) in which non-fiction and fiction are juxtaposed within the same novel. Each page is divided into two or three parts. The novel takes the form of a series of essays that the protagonist is writing for a collection, tentatively called Strong Opinions. These essays take up the first part of the page. Beneath this, are diary entries, both by the central character, and by his young typist, recounting the developing relationship between(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: Australia


Andrey Valentinov

Diomedes The Son of Tydeus. Book 1: I Won’t Return [Диомед, сын Тидея. Книга первая: Я не вернусь]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Diomedes, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the novel is reframing and reinterpretation of the myths of Seven against Thebes and Epigones, as well as other events from the life of Diomedes before the Trojan War. Diomedes, the son of Tydeus the Unforgiven, was born in exile. His father owes his unfortunate nickname and his status of exile to kindred killing performed by him in the state of madness. Diomedes himself exper(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Russia


Andrey Valentinov

Diomedes The Son of Tydeus. Book 2: Someone Else Will Return [Диомед, сын Тидея. Книга вторая: Вернусь не я]

This is a heroic fantasy fiction based on the myth of Diomedes, aimed at young adults, in novel format. The plot of the novel is reframing and reinterpretation of Iliad and Odyssey. The second part of Valentinov’s novel on Diomedes is dedicated to the exploits of the hero during the Trojan War and subsequent events.Diomedes has enough knowledge and experience to understand that the beginning of war between the West and the East on Troad plain would be suicidal: if Trojans call for help fro(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Russia


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Dionysos, the Merry God [Dionysos, o kefatos theos]

Philippos Mandilaras recounts Dionysos’ life and the god’s contribution to the wine and performance culture of ancient and modern times. Mandilaras’ text is predominantly in verses that rhyme, facilitating memorisation by children of a pre-school age. Children can repeat after a teacher reads the text. Some text, e.g., Semele’s conversations with Hera and Zeus, appears in speech bubbles. The interactive experience of reading and performing fits Dionysos’ festive amb(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Greece


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

Dionysos, the Merry God [Dionysos, o kefatos theos]

Greece 2013

literary


Witold Makowiecki, Artur Łoboś

Diossos

Ancient Corinth, Miletus and other cities upon Aegean Sea during the reign of Polycrates, tyrant of Samos (6th century b.c.). Diossos, a boy from a very poor family, tries to encourage Greeks who arrived for Olympics in Corinth to stay at his home. He meets Melikles and Polinik from Miletus (the main characters of the first Makowiecki’s novel Przygody Meliklesa Greka [The Adventures of Melikles the Greek], see p. 180) and they become his guests. Polinik wins the Olympics and falls in love (...)

literary

YEAR: 1950

COUNTRY: Poland


S. E. Anderson

Discovering Hope: A Pandora’s Box Novel

In this tale we encounter a 15 years old modern Pandora, Pandora Katsaros, who is not a model for curiosity but a real girl. She is struggling with pains and challenges due to her parents’ sudden death. Pandora tells the story in her own voice, and states: The meaning of my first name is “all-gifted and talented”, which doesn’t describe me in the slightest. (24-5). Pandora is depressed, grieving over her parents, thinking about the boyfriend who dumped her and about her g(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


S. E. Anderson

Discovering Hope: A Pandora’s Box Novel

United States of America 2011

literary


Imogen Greenberg , Isabel Greenberg

Discover… (Series): The Ancient Greeks

Discover...  began in 2016. It is part of a series offering a light-hearted introduction to a range of ancient cultures, including The Roman Empire, The Ancient Aztecs, and The Ancient Egyptians.Discover... The Ancient Greeks opens with the stated intention of exploring who the ancient Greeks really were. The book is divided into 2-page sub-sections, each discussing a different aspect of ancient Greek culture.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Dani Jones

Do Not Open! The Story of Pandora’s Box

This is a retelling of Pandora’s myth for kids as a picture book. The pronunciation of the names is also explained by breaking them to syllables. Before the story begins, at the left page containing the publication data, opposite the first page of the story, we have a short note from the author: Dear kids, long ago, Greeks wrote stories called myths. These stories helped them to understand things that were happening in the world around them. Myths also taught lessons about right and wrong.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Cornelia Funke

Dragon Rider (Series): A Griffin’s Feather [Drachenreiter: Die Feder eines Greifs]

Die Feder eines Greifs is the sequel to Drachenreiter / Dragon Rider (1997, Engl. transl. 2004). The main character of the novel is 14 year-old Ben who was also the protagonist of Dragon Rider. In the first book, he was rescued by the dragon Lung / Firedrake as an orphan in London and became his dragon rider. Now Ben has been adopted by the Wiesengrund / Greenbloom family and is living with them in Norway, where they run a sanctuary for mythical (and non-mythical) creatures, MÍMAMEID(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Germany


Neal Shusterman

Dread Locks (Series, Book 1): Dark Fusion

Wealthy American boy Parker Baer has just turned 15. His parents give him a statue of himself as a present, prompting him to reflect that he now has everything he will ever want or need, and to dwell on a growing sense of detachment from his family and his world. Mysterious new neighbour, Tara, moves in to the decaying mansion next door, bringing with her thirteen vans full of statues. As the action proceeds, it becomes clear that Tara is a Gorgon, the original Medusa. She works her powers on Pa(...)

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YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY: United States of America


Neal Shusterman

Dread Locks (Series, Book 1): Dark Fusion

United States of America 2005

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Tom Anderson, Paul Halas, José Maria Millet Lopez

DuckTales (Part of Subseries): The Arcadian Urn [Rejsen til Epsilon]

Scrooge McDuck, his three great-nephews (Louie, Huey and Dewey) and Webby Vanderquack, the granddaughter of the triplets’ nanny, attend an auction where McMoney, one of Scrooge’s greatest enemies, sells an Ancient Arcadian vase for millions. Unhappy with how much money his rival has made, Scrooge decides to find Arcadia himself and bring back valuable artefacts. Bringing along his nephew, Donald Duck, and his personal pilot, Launchpad McQuack, Scrooge and the team set off to Gre(...)

literary

YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY: Denmark


Ingri and Edggar, Per Ola and Nils M. P. D’Aulaires

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

This is a revised edition of a 1962 book. The writing and illustrations appear to be the same as in the original. The book covers mainly the genealogy and myths related to the Olympian gods, adapted for children (Gaia “falls in love with Uranus”, Zeus “marries” mortals etc.). It is a very detailed book that covers a large and varied range of stories, relating to the gods and mortals. It gives a description of the different traits of the gods as well as individual myths ab(...)

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YEAR: 1962

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ingri and Edggar, Per Ola and Nils M. P. D’Aulaires

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

United Kingdom 1962

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Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Atalanta

Atalanta offers a retelling of the myths of Atalanta the huntress for a young audience. The retelling takes a biographical form, opening with Atalanta's early childhood and ending with her living out 'the rest of [her] days'. This retelling might be considered a feminist retelling of the myths, as the narrator encourages the reader to approve of Atalanta's skills and independence of mind and to disagree with those who wish to limit her actions because she is female. This has the (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Odysseus

This is a retelling of Homer's Odyssey with myths based on the Epic Cycle used for additional material. The narrative order of the Odyssey is rejected in favour of a chronological approach. Most of the gods are helpful in this retelling. The 'sea-god' alone persecutes Odysseus, and as Odysseus is not shown to be responsible for what incurred the sea-god's wrath, Odysseus appears a highly sympathetic figure. The story includes violence, but extreme violence and sex are avoided to (...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Colm Lawton , Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series): Theseus

Theseus is part of a series of storybook myths aimed at very young readers. Each two-page spread combines a full-page illustration and a page of text. The text is presented in an informal style, in a Comic Sans-like font, while the illustrations present the characters as wide-eyed and childlike. The story begins with an introduction to Theseus, including the information that ion that he grew up without his father. We learn that Theseus eventually became strong enough to lift the rock that covere(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ollie Cuthbertson, Gary Smailes

EDGE: Battle Books (Series): Marathon

This is a choose-your-own-adventure story in which the basic premise is established and the reader then makes choices that determine the development and out-come of the story. In Marathon the reader plays as Miltiades the general. Based on the choices made, the reader will then receive a ranking on their performance as general, poor, ok, good, or great, and the outcome of the battle will be either death, partial victory, or complete victory. The reader will be prompted to consider many aspects o(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow [real name: Steve Lowe], Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney [aka 2hands]

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 3): Hercules

In this choose-your-own-path book, the reader is Hercules. Hercules joins the voyage of the Argo and needs to help Jason makes decision and later find his lost friend, Hylas while facing various adventures and overcoming obstacles.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow [real name: Steve Lowe], Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney [aka 2hands]

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 3): Hercules

United Kingdom 2018

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Steve Barlow [real name: Steve Lowe], Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney [aka 2hands]

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 5): Athena

In this choose-your-own-path, the reader is Athena. Athena is punished by the gods because she helped Odysseus evade Hera’s traps. Hera and Poseidon would like to avenge these acts by punishing Athena and stripping her of her divine powers. Athena now becomes a mortal and must face challenges before she can confront Zeus and plead for her innocence. On her way to Mt. Olympus, Athena encounters mysterious creatures and faces real danger. She is chased by the fierce hunter Orion and his hunt(...)

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YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Steve Barlow [real name: Steve Lowe], Steve Skidmore, Andrew Tunney [aka 2hands]

EDGE: I HERO: Legends (Series, Book 5): Athena

United Kingdom 2018

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Efua Theodora Sutherland

Edufa

In her three-act play, Efua Sutherland, depicts the life of a traditional and influential Ghanaian man, Edufa, whose pride and stubbornness results to the death of his wife, Ampoma. Set in a little Ghanaian community, the story begins with a prologue that introduces characters and the dramatic events that will ensue. In the prologue, Edufa’s sister, Abena, patiently sits in the courtyard, gathering dew in a black pot. As the prologue reveals, the dew she collects, along the water that she (...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 1967

COUNTRY: Ghana United Kingdom


Efua Theodora Sutherland

Edufa

Ghana United Kingdom 1967

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Jane Abbott

Elegy

Set in Kincasey, a small regional town in Victoria (Australia), this unusual novel, which starts with a prologue written as a newspaper article about a road tragedy, tackles the theme of reincarnation through the stories of a group of young people who all know each other. Some of them have known each other more than once. Using Ancient Greek myth as the base, but subverting it as well, the story is told from different points of view, swirling around the figures of Caitlin and Michael, who are th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Australia


Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game

Six-year old boy genius Ender (Andrew) Wiggin is selected for training at the Battle School. An elite force of soldiers is needed to protect humanity from invasion by an alien force, named the ‘Buggers,’ for their resemblance to insects. Ender’s intelligence includes an awareness of his light and dark sides, symbolised externally by his empathic sister, Valentine, and his sociopathic brother, Peter (both of whom have been rejected by the School). As he undergoes his training, E(...)

literary

YEAR: 1985

COUNTRY: United States of America


Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Series, Book 1): Everneath

A seventeen year old student and cheerleader, Nikki Beckett, whose mother died in a car accident, is trapped for a hundred years in an uncanny underworld named Everneath, ruled at some point by the Egyptian Isis and Osiris, then by Hades and Persephone. Nikki lies imprisoned in a cave together with the underworld-rocker Everlasting Cole, who steals her energy in order to feed himself and who is performing with the band “The Dead Elvises.” The immortals in the Everneath remain immorta(...)

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YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Series, Book 1): Everneath

United States of America 2012

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Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Series, Book 2): Everbound

A seventeen year old high school student and cheerleader, Nikki, is determined to rescue her boyfriend Jack, who saved her from the underworld, called Everneath in volume 1 of the trilogy. He is threatened by black shadows sucking out his emotions and energy. After finding the Hades-figure Cole, who kidnapped her and brought to the underworld in the past, Nikki asks him, what to do. He reveals to her, that she will encounter dangerous circles, which are made of the four elements, water, fire, ea(...)

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YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Series, Book 3): Evertrue

A seventeen year old high school student and cheerleader, Nikki, joins together with Jack, her boyfriend, in order to destroy the perilous and horrible Everneath completely. To fulfil that mission, she moves to Nebraska with Jack, from where they descend into the underworld. There, the couple meets the Hades-figure Cole, who lost his memory. Consequently, it is revealed, that he was tortured by Adonia, the cruel queen of the Everneath, because she feared him as a rival to her throne. By destroyi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Graham Annable, Gregory Benton, R.O. Blechman, Vera Brosgol, Graham Chaffee, Eleanor Davis, Chris Duffy, Ulises Farinas, Tom Gauld, Sophie Goldstein, Charise Harper, Jaime Hernandez, John Kerschbaum, James Kochalka, Braden Lamb, Roger Langridge, Simone Lia, Jennifer L. Meyer, Corinne Mucha, Mark Newgarden, George O'Connor, Shelli Paroline, Israel Sanchez, Robert Sikoryak [R. Sikoryak], Ricardo Siri [Liniers], Maris Wicks, Keny Widjaja

Fable Comics

Fable Comics is a fun and diverse collection of comics retelling fables in a lively, modern style. As many author/illustrators were involved, the fables have many different visual styles; many are rendered in a simplistic or impressionistic style, others are highly illustrated. The majority are told in a humorous tone. Most of the fables are from Aesop, while some are from other traditions. The origin of the story is given as a note at the beginning of each story, e.g. "From Aesop", &q(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Graham Annable, Gregory Benton, R.O. Blechman, Vera Brosgol, Graham Chaffee, Eleanor Davis, Chris Duffy, Ulises Farinas, Tom Gauld, Sophie Goldstein, Charise Harper, Jaime Hernandez, John Kerschbaum, James Kochalka, Braden Lamb, Roger Langridge, Simone Lia, Jennifer L. Meyer, Corinne Mucha, Mark Newgarden, George O'Connor, Shelli Paroline, Israel Sanchez, Robert Sikoryak [R. Sikoryak], Ricardo Siri [Liniers], Maris Wicks, Keny Widjaja

Fable Comics

United States of America 2015

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Séverin Millet, Michel Piquemal

Fabulous Mythological Tales [Récits fabuleux de la mythologie]

The book begins with two short introductions (each signed separately by the author, clearly a reprint of the introductions published in the two-volume first edition) explaining why the author decided not to rely on various mythologies but rather go back directly to sources, i.e. to ancient authors who transmitted mythological stories. As a result, Michel Piquemal produced a collection of myths divided in two parts (volumes in the 2006 editions): Des héros et des monstres [Heroes and Monst(...)

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YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: France


Joanne Kathleen Rowling

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

In this book, the author plays with the tradition of bestiaries and introduces the audience to ‘Wizard–Magical Creatures Studies’. Her name does not appear on the cover of the book and the work is credited to ‘Newt Scamander’ who in the Harry Potter universe wrote this textbook – we see it on Harry’s supply list for his first year. It contains the history of Magizoology and describes 85 magical species from all around the world. In the edition from 2017 (...)

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YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Marek Turek

Fastnachtspiel (Series, Books 1-4): 1. The End of the Beginning [Koniec Początku] / 2. The Amazing Mr. Mayor [Zadziwiający Pan Burmistrz] / 3. Nonsensical Styx [Bezsensowny Styks] / 4. Infinitum

Fastnachtspiel* is a four-part series of comic books (The End of the Beginning, The Amazing Mr. Mayor, Nonsensical Styx, Infinitum). The action begins after the end of the world. The story resembles the world of nightmares, blacks and whites are sharply contrasted, a claustrophobic mood pervades each of the four parts. An apocalyptic town inhabited by demons, angels, golems and vampires provides a background for the story. There is no more death but this strange world is filled wi(...)

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YEAR: 2003 - 2006

COUNTRY: Poland


Robert (Bob) Blaisdell, John Green

Favorite Greek Myths: In Easy-to-Read Type

This short anthology of Greek myth is divided into six chapters, with mini sub-chapters within these. 1. Gods and Titans – The stories of Kronos and Ouranos and of Zeus’ war with the Titans.The Story of Prometheus: How Prometheus stole fire and Pandora opened the box. The Story of Persephone: The abduction of Persephone. 2. Hercules – How Hercules carried out labours to become immortal. 3. Heroes and Monsters – Divided into multiple hero stor(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: United States of America


Myke Bartlett

Fire in the Sea

Fire in the Sea is a fantasy-adventure novel for young adults, set in the Western Australian city of Perth. Sixteen year old Sadie, grieving after the death of her parents in a car accident, is at the beach with cousins, when she witnesses a man being attacked by strange creatures that have come out of the sea, and leave him for dead. Assisting him, she is rewarded by receiving an inheritance that includes a mysterious amulet. The amulet is the key to an ancient mystery, sought after by a priest(...)

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YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: Australia


Jan Lewis, Saviour Pirotta

First Greek Myths (Series): Pegasus the Flying Horse

This book is part of an Easy-to Read series accompanied by colorful illustrations (Orchard Colour Crunchies). It is part of a ten-book series on Greek myths.This story narrates the fight of Bellerophon and Pegasus against the Chimera. The story begins with a description of the monstrous Chimera and the king’s request to Bellerophon to neutralize it. Bellerophon consults a magician who advises him to catch the flying horse, Pegasus, in order to vanquish the Chimera. Bellerophon waits for Pe(...)

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COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Donna Jo Napoli , David Wiesner

Fish Girl

Fish Girl is the story of a mermaid who was kidnapped as a baby by a fisherman who found her in his catch. Seeing financial opportunity, he set up a seaside attraction in an old house, calling it ‘Ocean Wonders,’ posing as Neptune, the ‘god of seas and storms,’ and charging visitors $2 to ‘see the mysterious fish girl.’ The mermaid is captive in a large tank, which she shares with fish and an octopus, and which is decorated like a girl’s bedroom. Th(...)

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COUNTRY: United States of America


Donna Jo Napoli , David Wiesner

Fish Girl

United States of America

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Daniel Orowole Olorunfemi Fagunwa

Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter’ Saga [Ògbójú Ọdẹ nínú Igbó Irúnmalẹ̀]

The novel opens with the narrator’s encounter with Akara-ogun, the great hunter of the village. Worried that he may die at any moment and that the world might forget him, the hunter asks the narrator to pick up his pen and write down his hunting story. He opens up by talking about his immediate family and his name, Akara-ogun (Compound-of-Spells). Because he has wronged God by getting married to a witch, a spirit is sent to kill him but it spares him and asks him to kill his witch wife. No(...)

literary Other Traditions

YEAR: 1938

COUNTRY: Nigeria


Emilka Bojańczyk , Anna Piwkowska

Frances [Franciszka]

In contemporary Warsaw, thirteen-year-old Franciszka learns that her mother, Natasza, taken to the hospital before the plot of the novel begins, is severely ill (later in the book, it turns out that she has leukemia). As the girl has been brought up only by her mother, she must go and live with her grandmother, Ewa, whom she never met. The eccentric woman, called “babsko” [a hag] by Franciszka, does not look like or behave as a grandmother should (according to the protagonist), and t(...)

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YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: Poland


Eliza Piotrowska

Frank, Helen, Baby, and the Trojan Horse [Franek, Hela, Bobas i koń trojański]

Everything starts in the living room, when parents realise that two of their three kids, Baby and Helen with their dog, disappeared when they got under the cupboard. Both mother and father are too big to follow their children there. Frank, the oldest and the most reasonable of the children launches a rescue. He is armed only with the Greek and Roman mythology. He meets crazy and evil characters like Mistrz Brud As [Master Dirt Ace], Doktor Potwór [Doctor Monster], Pożeracze Liter [Letter (...)

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YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: Poland


Julian Tuwim

Frogs the Latinists [Żaby łacinniczki] / Latin [Łacina]

In Żaby łacinniczki [Frogs the Latinists] the poet extends his thanks to frogs for their spirit lifting croaking which he claims to be done in Latin. It is a twelve-verse poem based on the humorous similarity of sound between Latin words (such as quamquam or cum) and the croaking of frogs. Tuwim plays with words, skillfully rhyming in “frog Latin.”The poem Łacina [Latin] begins with a lamentation on the fate of someone who must learn Latin. Memorizing variations of Latin grammatical (...)

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YEAR: 1930 / 1938

COUNTRY: Poland


Shlomo Abbas, Doron Sohari Shemesh

From Aesop to the Rambam [מֵאֵזוֹפּוּס עַד הָרַמְבָּ”ם (Me Izopus ad Harambam)]

A collection of various famous stories from Greek mythology which aims to make the young readers acquainted with other cultures.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Israel


Bernard Beckett

Genesis

Dystopian speculative fiction for young adults, with a philosophical focus. Set in the ‘Republic,’ an island country that has survived global turmoil (war between continental powers, and plague). Protagonist Anaximander is undergoing examination for entrance into the ‘Academy,’ and therefore into an elite life of inquiry and culture. Her special topic is Adam Forde, a rebel from a previous period in history and a hero from an early stage of the Republic. As a coastal guar(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: New Zealand