Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 book 130

Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams' Athena the Brain
Yet another middle-grade book trying to be Percy Jackson for girls, this focuses on Athena finding out she's a goddess and going to a special god/dess school on Mount Olympus (where very few mythological things are accurate at all). Not much happens--there's a bully and Athena worries about schoolwork, but there's no real tension there. She immediately makes friends with the three cool goddess girls in school--Aphrodite, Persephone, and Artemis, all of whom are cheerleaders (that is serious character assassination on the latter two). This is the first of a series of four (one each about the four goddess girls) but I won't be reading the rest--they don't seem very interesting (but I'm an adult, not a ten year old girl, so I'm not really the target audience anyway). B/B-.

Maybe I should stop reading series trying to be the next Percy Jackson and just reread Percy Jackson.

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