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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


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


Marios Aristopoulos, Jesse McGibney, Maciej Paprocki, Lee Vermeulen

Apotheon

Apotheon features the story of Nikandreos, a warrior from the village of Dion, and his journey to save his village and the Earth from the wrath of Zeus. The story begins with the ransack of Dion by invaders. Nikandreos saves his village alongside surviving soldiers and then heads to the temple, where Hera congratulates him for defeating the invaders and recruits him as her champion to take down Zeus, in revenge for her husband’s affairs with other gods and humans. He agrees to this task an(...)

electronic

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Canada


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, Fi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Marco Cannella, Deborah Lerme Goodman

Choose Your Own Adventure (Series, Book 40): The Throne of Zeus

This is a choose-your-adventure book in which the reader decides which path to follow. The overall setting is as follows: the reader is the child of archaeologists parents, who are currently on an excavation in Athens. The parents believe they have found the throne of Zeus yet they need evidence so that their excavation is not cancelled. The reader, addressed as "You," is told to "stay with your grandmother who advises you to talk to Zeus." Then the adventure begins. The godd(...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United States of America


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


Elisa S. Amore, Kiera Legend

Demigods Academy (Series, Book 1): Year One

Melany Richmond is an outsider. She is an 18-year-old orphan girl, with blue hair, piercings and tattoos. Her appearance is disapproved of by the Demos family (especially their snotty and spoiled 18-year-old daughter, Callie), a rich, posh Greek family from Pecunia. Melany and her adoptive mother, Sophia, live on the grounds of the Demos’ estate, where Sophia is the family’s housekeeper. Melany has been living there for five years but does not feel like she truly belongs there.In the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United States of America


Elisa S. Amore, Kiera Legend

Demigods Academy (Series, Book 2): Year Two

Melany Richmond is an 18-year-old orphan girl from Pecunia. Melany enters the Gods academy in order to train as a soldier for the Gods' Army. After successfully finishing all of her final exams, Melany is claimed by Hades during the end of the year's ceremony. Each student is allocated to a different god for their future training, but, since Hades is not an official member of the academy, he is not even allowed to enter it. His demand causes a stir amongst the gods and students, and Aphr(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United States of America


Elisa S. Amore, Kiera Legend

Demigods Academy (Series, Book 3): Year Three

Melany Richmond is an 18-year old orphan girl from Pecunia. As narrated in the first book of the series, Melany had entered the Gods' academy in order to train as a soldier for the Gods' Army. In the previous book, Melany was brought to Hades's Hall to be trained there by Hades and the Furies so she could become a fierce warrior. During a battle against the monstrous Chimera, Melany's love interest, Lucian, was killed. However, this book opens with Hades' revival of Lucian, w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America


Elisa S. Amore, Kiera Legend

Demigods Academy (Series, Book 4): The Threads of Life

This is the fourth book in the "Demigods Academy" series, which follows 20 years Melany Richmonds, who enters the Demigods Academy and is recruited by Hades. Hades reveals to her that Zeus and his followers share a sinister plan to cause havoc on earth in order for humanity to worship the gods as saviours. After the great battles of the gods, in which Zeus and Hades perished and Ares and Aphrodite were defeated and locked in Tartarus, Melany Richmond is struck with grief. She and her f(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America


Simon Spence

Early Greek Myths (Series, Book 7): Persephone

The Early Greek Myths series of children’s books presents myths for very young readers. The books tell the myths in simple language. Each double page includes a full-page illustration on the left page and a page of text on the right. Stephen Fry provides a forward to Persephone. He explains that myths tell us the stories of inspirational characters and of the way things came to be. Persephone is "one of the most delightful" myths, relating "how young Persephone got lost and (...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: Ireland


Josée Masse, Marilyn Singer

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths

Echo Echo is an anthology of fourteen palindromic poems retelling the standard heroic and moral tales from the corpus of myth, including Pandora’s Box, Midas and the Golden Touch, Daedalus and Icarus, Theseus and the Minotaur, Perseus and Medusa, Bellerophon and Pegasus, Demeter and Persephone, Orpheus and Eurydice, Arachne, and Atalanta, alongside less regularly retold stories drawn from Ovid, including Pygmalion and Galatea, and Echo and Narcissus. The first poem in the collection, entit(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


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(...)

literary

YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY: France


Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls (Series, Book 2): Persephone the Phony

In this installment we follow the adventures of Persephone, the a shy and reserved goddessgirl and her first encounters with Hades, a ‘bad boy’ godboy. Persephone’s overbearing mother, Demeter, heavily interferes with her social life until Persephone feels the need to rebel. The moral of the story here is that Persephone needs to grow up and a part of it is understating also the emotions of those around her, like her mother. Her mother also needs to understand her little girl i(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Yung In Chae, Alida Massari

Goddess Power: A Kids' Book of Greek and Roman Mythology: 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women

The book focuses on Titaness, Goddesses and their adapted related myths. Before the actual myth, we have a short “identity card” for the goddess, including the pronunciation of her name, family,, symbols, strength and a few sentences of introduction on the goddess’ origin or role. The stories are as follows: Gaia and the creation of the world and the Titans, Rhea and Cronus and the birth of the gods, Hera and the myths of Io, Echo, Narcissus, Heracles. Artemis: her birth, Actae(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America


Rebecca Guay, Burleigh Mutén

Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic

As its title suggests, this book offers brief informational entries on various goddesses from different cultures around the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, Near East, North America, South and Central America, Oceania and Polynesia. The information is alphabetically organized, with accompanying original illustrations. For each goddess we have her name, spelling guide, origin, and one passage which describes her role and attributes. It is also mentioned whether the goddess is still worshiped today (f(...)

literary

YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY: United States of America


Giovanni Caselli, Michael Gibson

Gods, Men and Monsters from the Greek Myths

This is a collection of a select number of Greek myths retold for older children, with accompanying line drawings and bright colour illustrations of varied sizes depicting key scenes. The stories focus on detailed characterisation, particularly in the hero myths, and often bring up lesser known versions. The book opens with labelled line drawings of the major gods and a map of Greece. A section at the back explains the line drawing symbols that appear at the start of each chapter, e.g. a fennel (...)

literary

YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Justine Fontes, Ron Fontes, Steve Kurth , Barbara Schulz

Graphic Myths and Legends (Series): Demeter and Persephone. Spring Held Hostage

The myth of Demeter and Persephone is retold here to familiarise young people with the myth and with ancient Greek culture more broadly. The myth provides an aeitiology for the seasons. Persephone is abducted by Hades, god of the Underworld. Persephone's mother, the goddess Demeter, searches for her. Demeter mourns her daughter when it transpires that she has been taken to the Underworld, causing harvests to fail and plants to die. A compromise is reached in which Persephone splits her time (...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States of America


Justine Fontes, Ron Fontes, Thomas Yeates

Graphic Myths and Legends (Series): Atalanta. The Race Against Destiny

The myth of Atalanta is retold here to familiarise young people with her myths and with ancient Greek culture more broadly. Atalanta is exposed as an infant, reared by a bear, then taken to live with hunters. She learns from the Delphic oracle that she will 'lose [her]self' if she marries. She takes part in the Calydonian boar hunt, challenges potential suitors to race her for her hand in marriage, and experiences metamorphosis once she finally marries. Chapter Headings:AbandonedFou(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United States of America


Almasty , Sylvie Baussier

Greek Gods & Heroes: 40 Inspiring Icons [Dieux: 40 dieux et héros grecs]

This is a collection of profiles of Greek gods, heroes, antiheroes and monsters aimed at children. Each character occupies a double spread featuring the character’s picture labelled with some of their main attributes, as well as a short intro, family tree box and other boxes with further stories. These boxes have regular themed headings; for example, "Descendants", "Lovers" and "Conflict" are recurring ones. At the bottom of the profile is a summary line for t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: France


John Green, Drew Silver

Greek Gods and Goddesses

This is a colouring book that contains 22 images of the Greek gods and goddesses. Opposite of each image, there is an information text on the deity. The images are a full-page, black and white illustrations with the name of the god/goddess and a caption describing the scene. For example: "Kronos attacking Ouranos," or "Pan playing his syrinx by the side of the stream." The illustrations are not childlike or cute, but the gods depicted in a beautified way. The images and (...)

literary

YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY: United States of America


Ann Turnbull, Sarah Young

Greek Myths

This is a collection of a select number of Greek myths retold for children, with accompanying illustrations and artwork that visually dominates the page, often changing the colour of the page to match the art. The illustrations are lavish, to the point this is almost a presentation book. The stories primarily focus on myths about nature and nature spirits. In contrast to the twenty-first century trend towards more anachronistic and humorous retellings, these retellings stick closely to ancient s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nikola Kucharska

Greek Myths for Children in Pictures [Mity greckie dla dzieci w obrazkach]

The book presents seven most popular Greek myths in a comic book style, using illustrations with almost no words. Every myth has its own two pages and can be viewed on vertically or horizontally displayed page. The myths in the book are presented chronologically, after a short summary of all seven myths at the beginning, the reader enters the world of unknown or misunderstood mythology. The first myth shows the creation of the world. The comic book style presentation leads the viewer from illust(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Poland


Heather Amery, Linda Edwards

Greek Myths for Young Children

This is a highly illustrated volume of myths retold for children. Contents:1. About the Greek Myths2. The Gift of Fire3. Pandora's Box4. Persephone and the Seasons5. The Story of Arachne6. The Many Tasks of Heracles (Intro, plus 12 Labours)7. Echo and Narcissus8. Daedalus and Icarus9. Bellerophon and the Flying Horse10. Jason and the Golden Fleece (Intro, Argo Sets Sail, The Harpies, The Clashing Rocks, Fire-Breathing Bulls and Dragon(...)

literary

YEAR: 2000

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Carole Hénaff, Hugh Lupton, Daniel Morden

Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales

Greek Myths: Three Heroic Tales is a highly illustrated retelling of the myths of Demeter and Persephone, Theseus and the Minotaur, and Orpheus and Eurydice. There is at least one illustration on almost every facing pair of pages with the illustrations setting the events in antiquity. Each myth is divided into chapters in the manner of a novel.Demeter and Persephone begins by prompting the reader to imagine a tri-part world, Olympus above, the world of mortals, and the realm of the dead below. P(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Barbara Dee

Halfway Normal

Norah Levy has spent the past two years in treatment for leukemia, and is now able to return to school. But many things have changed, especially her friendship structures. Norah is self-conscious about her status as ‘Cancer Kid,’ and struggles to navigate the emotional labyrinth of well-meaning and occasionally jealous friends and teachers. She becomes friends with Griffin, a slightly older boy in her advanced maths class, who likes her doodles of mythological monsters, and draws ima(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, Christian Williams

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (Series, S02E01, S02E24): The King of Thieves / The Cave of Echoes

The second season of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys utilizes the same basic structure as the first season (see relevant entry) but builds upon the momentum of the franchises’ popularity to expand the number of episodes to almost double that of the first season (13 and 22, respectively). Each episode is self-contained and depicts Hercules and his companion, Iolaus, embarking upon a quest to defeat a villain/bad-guy and/or to resolve an issue of injustice that plagues a town/village. (...)

audiovisual

COUNTRY: New Zealand United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 1): Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom

This is the first book in the Heroes in Training series. The premise is that Zeus is an orphaned ten-year old boy who was raised by a nymph, a goat and a bee on the island of Crete. He also tries to avoid strange thunderbolts which keep follow him; one in particular becomes almost his pet, and is a weapon which he can manipulate at will. His world is ruled by the ruthless Titan, Cronus, who swallowed the other Olympians so they would not challenge his rule.One day he is kidnapped by the mer(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 10): Hephaestus and the Island of Terror

This is the tenth book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The Olympians are headed to Lemnos to find Artemis’ bows and arrows. On the deserted island they encounter another Olympian, Hephaestus, who presents himself as the ruler of the island due to his many mechanical inventions. Hephaestus is haughty and a braggart, and quickly challenges Zeus for the leadership of the Olympians. The Olympians must fight the islanders,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 11): Uranus and the Bubbles of Trouble

This is the eleventh book in the Heroes in Training series (see for example Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The Olympians are stranded on an island in the Aegean Sea, where they witness a mighty battle between Cronus and Uranus. The father-son conflict between Uranus and Cronus reflects Cronus’ fight with his own children, the Olympians. Uranus reveals a prophecy that one day Cronus’ child will overpower him and rule everything. Along the way they meet another Olympian, the beauti(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 12): Perseus and the Monstrous Medusa

This is the twelfth book in the Heroes in Training series (see for example Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The Olympians are divided into smaller groups in their search for hairy snakes. This quest give them their chance to get to know each other more and also encounter a new mysterious boy, Perseus. The sudden appearance of Perseus shakes the delicate balance in the team, as most team members do not trust him. This quest also brings to the surface old tensions. When Hephaestus offers th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Tracey West, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 13): Hermes and the Horse with Wings

This is the thirteenth book in the Heroes in Training series (see for example Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom) and the first by a new author, Tracey West. The Olympians encounter a new member, Hermes and need to try and get along with him. Meanwhile, they also help Bellepheron in his fight against the monstrous Chimera. Although until now they were more concerned in saving themselves, the Olympians now start to grow into their roles as defenders of Greece, especially as their reputation grows. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Craig Phillips, Tracey West

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 14): Dionysus and the Land of Beasts

This is the fourteenth book in the Heroes in Training series (see Zeus and the Tunderbolt of Doom). In this installment, the Pythia tells the Olympians they must find the last Olympian. They head to the “Land of Grapes” and meet the rock band “Dion and the Goat Guys”. The lead singer is Dionysus who turns out to be an Olympian as well. Meanwhile Apollo gets his own magical object, when his Lyre turns golden and whatever he sings about materializes. In the end the group mu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 3): Hades and the Helm of Darkness

This is the third book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The saved Olympians continue their journey following the Oracle’s directions. They now head to the underworld where they encounter the Titans Oceanus, Mnemosyne and the Furies. They are even almost captured by Thanatos. In the process they will discover who the real lord of the underworld is and Zeus gets another step close to understanding his own identity. (...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 5): Typhon and the Winds of Destruction

This is the fifth book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). In this installment, the Olympians are searching for magic seeds, these seeds will help revive the earth after a difficult drought. Like Jack, they climb a giant bean stalk, at the top of which they need to defeat the frightening wind-throwing giant Typhon and rescue another Olympian, this time Apollo. Apollo is a singer who sings rhyming songs about the group(...)

literary

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 6): Apollo and the Battle of the Birds

The groups is searching of the mysterious aegis and on the way they will battle the ferocious Stymphalian birds and meet Ares. The group also helps the villagers to overcome a deadly drought. Meanwhile Ares, who was raised by Titans, takes time to adapt to his new found family.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 7): Ares and the Spear of Fear

This is the seventh book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). Demeter, Hestia and Hades have gone missing and the rest of the group need to find them as well as a magical spear which is guarded by the Amazons. Lastly they meet another Olympian, Athena. Hera finally gets her own magical object, only to lose it.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 8): Cronus and the Threads of Dread

This is the eighth book in the Heroes in Training series (see entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). The group is caught in a great battle against a giant spider and then Athena finally regains her cleverness. Then the group continues towards Cronus’ temple in the sky, where Zeus finds out an awful truth about Cronus and himself.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Joan Holub, Craig Phillips, Suzanne Williams

Heroes in Training (Series, Book 9): Crius and the Night of Fright

This is the ninth book in the Heroes in Training series (see  entry about Heroes in Training: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom). Once again the group of Olympian needs to battle Cronus’ solders while trying to find Artemis, Apollo’s twin. Artemis is held under a special sleeping spell and the Olympians need to free her from her keeper and escape from his company of special warriors. Zeus will discover his great power and the responsibility that comes with it. He must learn first(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United States of America


Piotr Fąfrowicz, Zofia Stanecka

I Read Myself [Czytam sobie] (Series): Troy. A Story of the City's Fall [Troja. Historia upadku miasta]

The story is a brief description of the Trojan War written for children aged 6–7 who learn how to read. The classical story begins and ends with a pacifist message saying that every war, even if it generates stories about heroic deeds, is also a dreadful event that causes tears and leaves towns in ruins.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: Poland


Simona Bursi, Linda Cavallini, Susanna Davidson, Alex Frith , Anne Millard, Matteo Pincelli, Russell Punter, Lesley Sims , Louie Stowell

Illustrated Stories From the Greek Myths

Illustrated Stories From the Greek Myths is a highly illustrated collection of short stories for children or young teens.Contents:The Wooden Horse: Russell Punter (Author) and Matteo Pincelli (Illustrator),The Minotaur: Russell Punter (Author) and Linda Cavallini (Illustrator),Bellerophon and Pegasus: Susanna Davidson (Author) and Simona Bursi (Illustrator),The Twelve Tasks of Heracles: Alex Frith (Author) and Matteo Pincelli (Illustrator),Perseus and the Gorgon: Lesley Sims (Author) a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Amie Jane Leavitt, Susan C. Shelmerdine

Legendary Goddesses (Series): Persephone, Greek Goddess of the Underworld

This book is part of a Legendary Goddesses by Capstone publishing, a set of short informational books on ancient goddesses, which includes books on Aphrodite, Athena, Hera, Diana, Freya, Hathor and Isis (about the series see here).The book contains glossaries for numerous words (for example, chariot, cypress, pantheon etc.), both within the individual chapters and also at the end of the book. The chapters narrate the following: the abduction of Persephone, the relation between her abduction and (...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United States of America


Ann Shen

Legendary Ladies: 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You

This lavishly illustrated collection features the stories of fifty female divinities and heroines from across the world. There are ten classical entries. In addition to well-known Olympians like Athena, Aphrodite and Artemis, more obscure figures, like Tyche, the goddess of Fortune, and Eos, the Dawn, are also included. The entries are arranged into five chapters – Creativity and Manifestation, Love, Power, Protection, and Reinvention, highlighting cross-cultural connections and universal (...)

literary

YEAR: 2018

COUNTRY: United States of America


Nicolas Duffaut, Hélène Montardre

Little Stories from Mythology [Petites histoires de la mythologie] (Series)

Five of the volumes of the series tell stories connected to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey: The Beautiful Helen, Achilles the Warrior, In the Belly of the Trojan Horse, Odysseus and the Cyclops, The Monsters of the Odyssey; five describe Olympian gods: Zeus, King of the Gods, The Abduction of Persephone, Hephaistos and the Love of Aphrodite, Apollo, the Dolphin God*, and Hermes, the God of a Thousand Gifts; eight volumes feature demi-gods, heroes and their stories: Prometheus, th(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: France


Richard Woff

Looking at Myths and Legends (Series): Bright-Eyed Athena in the Stories of Ancient Greece

In the women’s quarters of a house in ancient Athens, a young woman learns the art of spinning from older women as they create intricate tapestries while narrating inter-related stories about deities, creatures, heroines and heroes. The stories bear especially upon Athena, the goddess whose cult the women serve as creators of the Panathenaic robe. The young woman – herself to be an initiate in the Mysteries of Athena – listens spellbound to the stories which include Athena&rsqu(...)

literary

YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Athina Bali

Match and Learn the Greek Gods

The book contains colourful stickers and illustrations. Each page shows a description of the god and the child needs to put the right sticker. Furthermore there are several stories in the book containing moral lessons on team work, wining and losing, respecting nature etc.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Anita Ganeri , David West

Monster Fight Club (Series): Gods and Goddesses

Monster Fight Club is a series of books written in collaboration by Anita Ganeri and David West. In this series, heroes, monsters, mythical beasts, legendary figures from around the world are pitted against one another, much as in a Dungeons and Dragons battle, or computer game. Readers are presented with some context, some facts and some figures about each pair of contestants, before they enter the ring for combat. A double-page narrative, with images of the fighting figures, sums up how the fi(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

My First Mythology [Η Πρώτη μου Μυθολογία] (Series): Poseidon. The sea god [Ποσειδώνας. Ο Θεός της θάλασσας]

Poseidon, we are told, lives in the depths of the sea and always carries a trident. When he gets angry, he can upset the sea and cause earthquakes. We turn the page, and we are offered biographical information. Poseidon was Cronus’ and Rhea’s son. Cronus swallowed five of his children, so that they could not challenge his leadership of the Titans. Sorrowful Rhea, when she had a sixth baby, she gave a stone to Cronus to devour. So, we are told, Zeus grew up and became strong and overt(...)

literary

COUNTRY: Greece


Kate McMullan

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 1): Have a Hot Time, Hades!

Have a Hot Time, Hades comprises seventeen chapters plus a prologue and epilogue, from the perspective of Hades, detailing his birth and the genesis of his conflict with Zeus. The prologue introduces Hades as the ruler of the Underworld and shows his distrust in myths and his readiness to set the record straight as they are all biased against him and he knows best.Chapter One, Hothead Dad, narrates the genesis of the Olympians from Mama Gaia who gave birth to Cronus, the Titan. Cronus in tu(...)

literary

YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY: United States of America


Kate McMullan , Denis Zilber

Myth-O-Mania (Series, Book 2): Phone Home Persephone!

This is the second book in the Myth-O-Mania series, which offer alternative versions of the Greek myths, narrated by Hades. Hades, who is a self-professed shy and serious god, promises to tell the whole truth about the Greek myth; he claims that his brother Zeus, is a myth-o-maniac (that is, a liar) and that he fabricated the myths and wrote his version so that he and his children will appear noble and praiseworthy. Hades’ versions offer the ‘true’ story of the myths.This book (...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 1): Pandora Gets Jealous

This is the first installment in a series of books called Mythic Misadventures that takes the classic story of Pandora’s box and gives it a young, adventurous, partly contemporary twist – Pandora is Prometheus’ thirteen-year-old daughter. In Pandora Gets Jealous, she brings the box Zeus had given her father to school for her annual school project. When she accidentally unleashes all the evils inside, she is tasked with recapturing them all before the entire world is ruined(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United States of America


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 3): Pandora Gets Lazy

This is the third installment in a series of books called Mythic Misadventures that takes the classic story of Pandora’s box and gives it a young, adventurous, partly contemporary twist – Pandora is Prometheus’ thirteen-year-old daughter. In the third installment, Pandora and her friends go to remove Laziness from her uncle, Atlas, who has put down his burden of holding the heavens, threatening the world with destruction. After Hera kidnaps her beloved dog Dido, Pandora finds i(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United States of America


Weng Chen (Jade), Carolyn Hennesy

Mythic Misadventures (Series, Book 5): Pandora Gets Angry

The fifth installment in a series of books that takes the classic story of Pandora’s box and gives it a young, adventurous, partly contemporary twist – Pandora is Prometheus’ thirteen-year-old daughter. In this book, Pandora and her friends encounter a new set of powers in Persia as they cross the desert on camels, but are obstructed by mysterious sandstorms and frightening strangers on the way. This time they are assisted by a cute Persian boy who helps Pandy and her friends s(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Jan Parandowski

Mythology. Beliefs and Legends of the Greeks and Romans [Mitologia. Wierzenia i podania Greków i Rzymian]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., online: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue.Description of the most important Greek and Roman myths. This is a significant, or even the most important book responsible for increasing basic awareness of ancient culture in(...)

literary

YEAR: 1924

COUNTRY: Poland


Sandra Lawrence , Emma Trithart

Myths and Legends

Sandra Lawrence's Myths and Legends is relatively unusual amongst children's myth books in that it places more emphasis on comparative mythology than on story-telling. The book's five sections are arranged to stress features shared in common across myths, such as journeys, creation, trees, tricksters, and solar chariots. Some myths are told in summary form to demonstrate the story types that are being introduced (King Arthur: The Once and Future King and Theseus: The Highly-Strung He(...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Percival Richard Cole

Myths and Legends of Many Lands

Greek Myths:I. “The Fall of Phaeton” is the story of how the sun departed from its course “scorching the surface of the earth, bringing misery to mankind”. Phaeton, Apollo’s son was “not as wise as he was handsome”. “Vain and ambitious” he defied his father and drove Apollo’s chariot of the sun with its four noble steeds from Apollo’s palace to the ocean. The horses, uncomfortable with their driver, went off the track and wre(...)

literary

YEAR: 1933

COUNTRY: Australia


Riccardo Francaviglia

Myths in Sicily: Thunderbolts 2 [I miti in Sicilia (vol. 2)]

This book (the second of a 2-book series) explores the Greek myths that are found in Sicily. The myths narrated in this volume are: the abduction of Persephone and the creation of the seasons; Arethusa and Alpheus; stories about Heracles: his birth and the creation of the Milky way when he bites Hera’s breast, his struggle with Erice and his tasks to bring the golden apples and Cerberus; the birth of Hephaestus; the escape of Daedalus and Icarus.The focus is on the Sicilian connections to (...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: Italy


Wanda Markowska

Myths of the Greeks and Romans [Mity Greków i Rzymian]

Based on: Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska, Joanna Kłos, Michał Kucharski (eds.), Polish Literature for Children & Young Adults Inspired by Classical Antiquity: A Catalogue, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw: University of Warsaw, 2013, 444 pp., online: http://omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/omc_catalogue.The book includes stories of ancient gods and heroes. We find there the most important myths about the origins of the world, as well as the most popular ones, e.g. about Promet(...)

literary

YEAR: 1968

COUNTRY: Poland


Flora Juliette Cooke

Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children. The Teacher’s Helper

This is a collection of myths from around the world that ostensibly relate to nature, designed primarily as a reader for use in schools, although it resembles any other children’s myth anthology in form. Sometimes, the myth has been altered to make it more relevant to this theme – see ‘The Story of Sisyphus’ in the Analysis section. The Table of Contents orders the stories according to theme, dividing them into Animal Stories, Bird Stories, Cloud Stories, Flower Stories, (...)

literary

YEAR: 1895

COUNTRY: United States of America


Malorie Blackman

Noughts & Crosses

Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor are best friends as children, but they live in a world where dark-skinned Crosses like Sephy dominate every aspect of society while the pale-skinned Noughts like Callum are oppressed. The history behind this oppression hints at an inversion of the power dynamics of classical history. Meanwhile, both Sephy (‘Persephone’) and her sister, Minerva, have classically-inspired names, recalling the Ancient Greek queen of the Underworld and the goddess of wisd(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Frank Albert Farrar

Old Greek Nature Stories

This is a collection of Greek myths that relate to nature. Often, this ends up being myths about characters who are turned into nature, meaning Ovid’s Metamorphoses is a major source. The chapters are divided thematically, and within these each myth encompasses a few paragraphs. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a title page with a series of subheadings, which I have copied over onto the bullet points below. However, these subheadings do not appear in the main body of th(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series)

Olympians is a series of graphic novels that takes one deity per volume as the focus, retelling numerous myths related to that god.Volume 1. Zeus. King of the Gods. Featuring creation myths and the war between the Titans and Olympians. Narrator unspecified.Volume 2. Athena. Grey-Eyed Goddess. Featuring the myth of Athena's conception and birth; Pallas; the attack of the Giants; Medusa and Perseus; Arachne. Narrated by the Moirae (The Fates). Volume 3. Hera. The Goddess and her Glory. Fe(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 1): Zeus. King of the Gods

Zeus – King of the Gods is the first instalment of the Olympians series. The series comprises stylish looking graphic-novels created in the superhero comic-book tradition. Each volume is dedicated to retelling myths about individual Greek gods, with the gods appearing in each other's volumes much as superheroes overlap in the DC or Marvel universes. While the title of this volume is Zeus – King of the Gods, the volume also establishes the Olympians universe by retelling Greek cre(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 11): Hephaistos. God of Fire

Hephaistos, an attractive graphic novel focusing on myths connected to Hephaestus, opens with hammering reverberating around mountain tops. Hephaestus is revealed, working with his hammer, but the narrator goes on to tell a story of Prometheus. The giant elemental Titans are shown and then compared to Prometheus, a small human-like child of the Titans, but with the gift of foresight and prophecy. Living under the Titans he knows what it is to feel helpless. He chooses to live amongst the humans;(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 3): Hera. The Goddess and her Glory

Hera begins with a recap of the triumph of Zeus and the other Olympians over Kronos (from Zeus. King of the Gods). New aspects of the battle are shown, including Hera's participation in the fighting and her ability to command Zeus haughtily to assist her when she does not wish to put her full effort in ("Honestly, I almost broke a nail", she complains). Aspects of Zeus' seduction of Hera, seen in Athena. Grey-Eyed Goddess, are shown with Hera's perspective now supplementing(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 4): Hades: Lord of the Dead

Hades is the fourth instalment in the Olympians series. The graphic novel, told in a style akin to a modern super-hero comic, introduces the Greek Underworld and tells the myth of Persephone. The story opens in darkness, with words announcing that this is what happens when you die. The narrative follows Hermes, who goes on to the banks of the Styx. With the use of a perspective familiar from first-person computer games, the reader can see "their" shadow in the water; their greeny-white(...)

literary

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 6): Aphrodite. Goddess of Love

Aphrodite is the sixth instalment of the tremendous Olympians series. It is narrated by the Charites and begins in a time before time, with the ancient Greek creation myths – Gaea and Ouranos, unfocused Eros, and the rise of the Titans leading to Kronos' castration. "The seat of Eros' power in Ouranos" is depicted falling into the sea in a mass of pink foam. The foam churns while more of the creation story plays out. The Olympians, humans, and animals all develop and(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


George O'Connor

Olympians (Series, Book 9): Artemis. Wild Goddess of the Hunt

This collection of myths about Artemis opens with an account of her birth and early childhood narrated by her mother, Leto. This section compliments material from volume 8 in the series, Apollo, The Brilliant One, telling the reader more about Leto's seduction by Zeus, her flight from Hera, Artemis' assistance in the birth of Apollo, and the twins' introduction to their father on Olympus. Once Artemis has received gifts from Zeus, she looses her arrows, striking a tree, then an (...)

literary

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States of America


Christos Kondeatis, Sara Maitland

Pandora’s Box: A 3-Dimensional Celebration of Greek Mythology

"Open this box…and enter a world of marvels" invites the blurb of Maitland and Kondeatis’ Pandora’s Box. Fastened with a golden ribbon, the book/box opens to reveal hidden compartments, pop up pages, and other interactive elements alongside a textual commentary of the myths, culture and history of the ancient Greek world. It includes a labelled portrait of the major Olympians with their symbols and accoutrements and a map of Odysseus’ wanderings. On one page lo(...)

literary

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Ahn Do , Chris Wahl

Rise of the Mythix (Series, Book 1): Golden Unicorn

Billionaire William James is the ‘Soul Collector,’ enabled by ‘Lucifer’s Ring,’ to capture the souls of unusual or interesting people and frame them in his art collection. He also collects rare mythological artefacts, such as the Holy Grail, which his resident archaeologist, Stanley Solomon, finds for him. Stanley is trapped in his employ, because the Soul Collector has captured his wife.But when he finds a rare manuscript, he reads in it the prophecies of a soothsa(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Australia


Lisa Jane Gillespie , Emi Ordas

Sticker Greek Myths

Each 1 or 2-page section of Sticker Greek Myths presents a scene of figures within an ancient environment, accompanied by approximately fifty words of explanatory text. The child reader/viewer is invited to use stickers that are specific to that section to build-up the scene. The stickers typically feature clothing and accessories such as weapons and ropes, and scene-specific items such as Heracles' lion-skin cloak and the Chimera's heads.1. Mount Olympus: This section introduc(...)

literary

YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Shahrukh Husain , Bee Willey

Stories from Ancient Civilisations (Series): Greece

This retelling of a selection of classical myths begins with a section on the importance of myth for ancient peoples, including as a means to explain aspects of the world and to explain concepts such as deities, who, Husain writes, were taken as ‘seriously’ (p. 4) in antiquity as they are by religious people today. The author states that these stories were transmitted orally until they came to be written down, notably by Hesiod (dated here to c. 700 BCE), Homer (dated to 750-25 BCE),(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Enid Blyton, Anne Johnstone, Janet Johnstone

Tales of Long Ago

This is a collection of short stories "retold by Enid Blyton" for children. Half are drawn from Greek mythology, half from Arabian Nights.Tales from Ancient Greece:Pandora and the Whispering BoxPhaeton and the Sun-HorsesProserpina and the King of the UnderworldThe Maiden and the Laurel TreeThe Watchman with a Hundred EyesThe Story of Echo and NarcissusThe King with the Golden TouchThe Story of Orpheus and EurydiceClytie, the Sunflower MaidenThe Story of Baucis and PhilemonThe Statue th(...)

literary

YEAR: 1965

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tanglewood Tales for Girls and Boys

Tanglewood Tales is the sequel to Hawthorne’s first volume of Greek myths for children, A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys. In the Introduction to this book, a precocious young storyteller Eustace Bright returns to Tanglewood Manor to visit Nathaniel Hawthorne, and they discuss the success of their recent publication, which, according to the fiction, Eustace composed and Hawthorne edited. Now Eustace presents his friend with a second collection of six stories. Although this volume does not f(...)

literary

YEAR: 1853

COUNTRY: United States of America


William Terence Deary, Dave Smith, Michael Tickner

Terry Deary's Best Ever Greek Legends (1st published as: Top Ten Greek Legends)

This is a collection of humorous retellings of myths for children designed to introduce them to Greek mythology and to ancient culture more broadly. Many of the stories are told from unusual perspectives and they are delivered in a variety of literary forms and fonts.Contents:Introduction.Legend 1: Zeus. Hera's Tale. The myth of Io told with Hera narrating events from her perspective.Fantastic Facts 1: 10 Best Victims. Summaries of myths of: Semele, Aphrodite, Echo, Nemesis, Europa, Danae, T(...)

literary

YEAR: 1998

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Carson Ellis, Cynthia Rylant

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold

Attractively presented as a small, square hardback book, The Beautiful Stories of Life is a compendium of six well known classical myths: the stories of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. The stories are lyrically told, with an alternating pattern of longer descriptive passages followed by single sentences that underscore the important messages of each story. Aphorisms feature throughout the book, presented as "the stories of life" in the book’s title(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Sabina Colloredo , La Tram

The Beauty of Medusa and the Other Faces of the Myth [La bellezza di Medusa e gli altri volti del mito]

The Beauty of Medusa and the Other Faces of the Myth is an illustrated children’s novel which retells some of the most popular myths from an unusual point of view. It is divided into six short chapters, where the author gives voice – in the order of appearance – to Medusa, Minotaur, Pandora, Polyphemus, Persephone, and Phaeton, all of whom tell their story first-hand. Medusa grows up with an alcoholic violent father, described as a monstrous being, and a beautiful but surl(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: Italy


Sarah Diemer

The Dark Wife

The Dark Wife is the first full length novel by Sarah Diemer who had previously self-published short stories under this name. It retells the myth of Hades and Persephone with a few twists; in Diemer’s version Hades is a woman and the story follows the development of a consensual romantic relationship between her and Persephone.The book itself focuses on Persephone who has lived her entire life thus far on earth with her mother Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone’s life thus f(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United States of America


Eva Ibbotson

The Dragonfly Pool

Motherless Talitha (Tally) is raised by her overworked doctor father and his adoring sisters in London, when she is offered a place at Delderton Hall School, a free-thinking school in Devon (and a version of her own school, Dartington Hall). There, she makes friends with the other students (such as Julia who pines for her absent film-star mother, and who hides her own acting talent), and teachers (Clemmy who poses for Modernist painters; Matteo a naturalist with a hidden past). When Tally goes w(...)

literary

YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Faith Jaques, Kathleen Lines

The Faber Book of Greek Legends

This is a collection of Greek myths retold for children by a range of authors, with accompanying line drawings depicting key scenes. The second half of the book deals with stories relating to the Trojan War. At the back, Lines lists other children’s retellings she recommends and provides an index of names and subjects. The foreword and list of recommended retellings are clearly aimed at parents and teachers, not children.In her foreword, Lines tells us her interest in myth was originally c(...)

literary

YEAR: 1973

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Nira Harel, Lidia Rivlin

The Flying Wondrous Horse: Stories From the Greek Mythology [Sus haPele HaMeufef: sipurim meamitologia hayevanit סוס הפלא המעופף: סיפורים מהמיתולוג ה היוונית]

The book offers a selection of stories with pictures which present the rich world of the classical Greek mythology to young Israeli readers, in a clear and simple language. The book opens with a short introduction of Greek mythology. It also contains a glossary for the different characters at the end. The stories which appear in this book are:What is Mythology? The Pomegranate SeedThe Fire ThiefMidas' Golden TouchThe King has Donkey EarsThe Narcissus FlowerThe Amazing Winged HorseT(...)

literary

YEAR: 1983

COUNTRY: Israel


Aimée Carter

The Goddess Test (Series, Book 1): The Goddess Test

In this fantasy-romance novel for young readers, on her eighteenth birthday Kate moves to a small town in Michigan with her mother Diana, who is suffering from cancer, and wishes to be buried at home. Diana is in fact the goddess Demeter. At her new high school Kate gets to know the very popular and attractive Aphrodite and her friend Ares. Aphrodite lures Kate into a big old house called Eden Manor to introduce her to the powerful owner, an attractive and brooding man, Henry. Later it turns out(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: Canada


Aliki Liacouras Brandenberg

The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus

The book offers adapted information on the Greek creation myth and the Olympian gods for children, as well as Hades and Eros, accompanied by lavish page-long colourful illustrations. The information about the gods contains their names and attributes. The gods and goddesses included are Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Eros, Ares, Poseidon, Athena, Hermes, Artemis, Apollo, Hades, Demeter and Persephone, Dionysus, Hestia. The book also adds the story of Gaia and Uranus as well as Rhea and Cronus(...)

literary

YEAR: 1994

COUNTRY: United States of America


Patricia Miles

The Gods in Winter

The Gods in Winter draws on the retelling of the myth featured in Homeric Hymn to Demeter, which recounts Persephone’s abduction by Hades and the establishment of the seasonal cycle. While searching for her beloved daughter, Demeter disguises herself and takes on the role of nursemaid to the child of the royal family of Eleusis. Miles’ text alludes to these events taking place in 1970s England, witnessed by the Brambles, an ordinary, middle class family with a scientist father, teach(...)

literary

YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY: United States of America


Avraham Regelson

The Horse’s Spring: Stories form the Greek Myth [Ein Hasus: sipurim mehamitos hyevani, עין הסוס- סיפורים מהמיתוס היווני]

A collection of mythological stories in poetic language for children. The book contains the following tales: the nine muses; Eurynome who created the world; Gaia and Uranus, and their offsprings; Rhea and Cronos; the Olympian gods; Hera throws Hephaestus; Prometheus and Epimetheus; Pandora’s box; Prometheus tricks Zeus; Prometheus steals the fire; Zeus and Leto; Zeus and Asteria; Birth of Apollo; stories about Apollo; Zeus and Mia; Hermes; Zeus and Semele; Dionysus; Silanus and Dionysus; T(...)

literary

YEAR: 1966

COUNTRY: Israel


Anthony Horowitz , Tim Stevens

The Kingfisher Book of Myths and Legends

This is a collection of myths and legends from around the world, with a large Greek section near the beginning, told with a heavy dose of cynical humour. The Greek myths in particular seem to be aimed at an audience which has probably encountered the basics of the myth already at a younger age. Their focus is generally on human characters, with enough introductory information about the gods to understand their presence in the earlier chapters. The chapters are lightly illustrated with line drawi(...)

literary

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


Sarah McCarry

The Metamorphoses Trilogy (Series, Book 2): Dirty Wings: A Novel

The second instalment in McCarry’s Metamorphoses Trilogy, Dirty Wings is the prequel to All Our Pretty Songs (2013), the story of the powerful friendship between the beautiful, charismatic Aurora, and the unnamed narrator, and the drama ensues when a mysterious, brilliant musician comes between them. Dirty Wings reveals the origins of the friendship between the girls’ mothers, Maia and Cass. In this book, Maia is a naïve, beautiful teenager with a prodigious musical talent for t(...)

literary

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States of America


Tom Galt, John Mackey

The Rise of the Thunderer

This book focuses on mythological stories related to the creation of the world and man. The stories are adapted for younger readers, although the poetic language suggests a more mature readership. The stories narrate the creation of earth, Gaia and Uranus, the Titans, reign of Cronus, the rise of the Olympians, reign of Zeus and tales around Prometheus. At the end of the book there are scholarly notes regarding the sources for each story and the author’s explanations. The stories are accom(...)

literary

YEAR: 1954

COUNTRY: United States of America


Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen (Series)

The Star-Touched Queen is a young adult romantic fantasy novel that follows 17-year old Princess Maya of the Bharata Dynasty through her marriage to the Lord of “death and destruction”, and her subsequent quest to restore her fallen husband to his throne. The overarching plot mirrors the Persephone and Hades myth, while a modern update gives the Persephone figure of Maya agency and power, and transforms the Hades figure of Amar from a captor role to that of a liberator. Additionally,(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States of America


Natalia Kapatsoulia , Filippos Mandilaras

The Twelve Gods of Olympus

The text and illustrations in the book offer a humorous overview of how the Olympian gods came to establish themselves. The book’s opening page presents snow-laden and surprisingly barren-from-trees Mount Olympus, with a bird, perhaps a blackbird but painted red-brown here, and a goat in hiking boots looking at the text, and directing readers’ attention to it. The text summarises the book, telling us where the gods lived and how they became conquerors of the world by combating beasts(...)

literary

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: Greece


Sarah Coghill

The Twelve Labors of Hercules

Sarah Coghill relates the twelve tasks of Hercules in a simple, unembellished format. She takes the twelve labors and, in twelve chapters, details the challenges which Hercules faces in accomplishing his tasks. Without stinting on detail, Coghill methodically works through the tasks, providing information on relevant details of Hercules adventures as she goes.(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011


Antonis Antoniadis

The Wolf of Sparta [Ο λύκος της Σπάρτης (O líkos tis Spártis)]

The novel is set during the Greek-Persian wars, from the battle of Thermopylae to the Battle of Plataea as seen by the only survivor of the 300 Spartan warriors of King Leonidas I, who set out to guard the Helladic world against the Persians. Aristodemos – a descendant of the royal line of the Herakleides – and his companion Eurytos lose their sight upon being sprayed in their faces with viper poison on the battlefield. They are sent to consult Aesculapius’ priests in the milit(...)

literary

YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY: Greece


Philippe Béha, Glen Huser

Time for Flowers, Time for Snow. A Retelling of the Legend of Demeter and Persephone

Time for Flowers, Time for Snow is a book and CD version of an opera staged in Canada in which 180+ school children performed accompanied by The Orchestre Symphonique Pop Montréal with narration from UK comedian Terry Jones. The opera was composed by Greek national Giannis Georgantelis, and was run as a community project under the auspices of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the cities of Montreal and Laval, the Embassy of Greece to Canada, and the Embassy of Canada to (...)

literary

COUNTRY: Canada United Kingdom


Christina Balit, Donna Jo Napoli

Treasury of Greek Mythology

The book is divided into mini chapters in the form of character profiles. These are:Gaia – How creation took place and how Gaia chose Uranus as her husband.Uranus – How Uranus became angered at his children and imprisoned them all. How Gaia asked her children to attack Uranus. Cronus – How Cronus married Rhea and ate his own children. How Rhea tricked him.Zeus – How Zeus overthrew his father, recruited his siblings for the war against the Titans and fought the monste(...)

literary

YEAR: 2011

COUNTRY: United States of America


Jean Chalopin, Yoshitake Suzuki, Nina Wolmark

Ulysses 31 [Ulysse 31]

Ulysses 31 was created by a Japanese animation company for a French audience, conceived as a way to use modern Japanese cartoon work to introduce a young audience to the myths of Odysseus within a futuristic sci-fi environment. The series is based on Homer's Odyssey, set in the 31st century. Some additional Greek myths and, to a much lesser extent, myths from further cultures, are woven into the narrative, including Native American. The premise of the programme and of individual episode(...)

audiovisual

YEAR: 1981

COUNTRY: France Japan


Julia Green, Teresa Murfin

White Wolves: Myths and Legends (Series): Sephy's Story

In this book, Persephone (or Sephy) narrates how she was kidnapped by Pluto and ended up in the underworld. After she was tricked by Pluto into eating six pomegranate seeds, she has to live half the year with Pluto and half with her mother. In the end, Sephy comes to terms with her condition, and says that she even has started to care for the lonely Pluto, yet she also anticipates her return to earth and she celebrates spring and the rejuvenation of life.The book feature small illustrations in a(...)

literary

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom


G. Brian Karas

Young Zeus

This book follows the life of young Zeus, from his birth to his triumph over the Titans. During these events, Zeus remains a young boy (hence, the title) although we do not know his exact age. He grows up on Crete and then his enchanted she-goat nurse, Amaltheia, shares with him the fate of his brothers and sisters whom Cronus swallowed. Zeus decides to rescue them and he consults with his mother Rhea who comes to visit him. Zeus succeeds in making Cronus throw up and saving his siblings and the(...)

literary

YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY: United States of America


Crispin Boyer, Andrew Elkerton

Zeus the Mighty (Series, Book 1): The Quest for the Golden Fleas

This book follows the adventures of Zeus the hamster, Demeter the grasshopper, Athena the cat, Ares the pug and Poseidon the pufferfish. This merry group resides at Mount Olympus Pet Centre in Athens, Georgia, yet for them, it is Athens, the Olympus, the Aegean sea and Crete. The pets believe and act as gods and goddesses of Greek mythology, although their divine attire, such as helmet or chitons, is unseen by the outside world. Their store's caretaker, Artemis (or Artie), likes to listen to(...)

literary

YEAR: 2019

COUNTRY: United States of America


Crispin Boyer, Andrew Elkerton

Zeus the Mighty (Series, Book 2): The Maze of the Menacing Minotaur

This book continues to follow the adventures of Zeus the hamster, Demeter the grasshopper, Athena the cat, Ares the pug, and Poseidon the pufferfish, who live at the Mount Olympus Pet Center in Athens, Georgia (Book 1). The store’s caretaker, Artemis (or Artie), listens to the "Greeking Out" podcast which retells the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and our furry friends listen to it as the wise words of the oracle and prepare for action.In this instalment, the group is battling(...)

literary

YEAR: 2020

COUNTRY: United States of America