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Everything Old Is New Again: A Mythological
--selected by April Spisak, Reviewer
Folktales have been enjoying a boom in revisions, and lately
myths and legends are getting into the act as well.
Here’s a collection
of classic classics reborn in contemporary treatments.
- Block, Francesca Lia.
Psyche in a Dress.
Cotler/HarperCollins, 2006. Gr. 9-12
This haunting novel in verse examines how the gods of
would be different if they lived today, entrenched in Californian
culture and modern-day mores. (BCCB 11/06)
- Cooney, Caroline.
Goddess of Yesterday.
Delacorte, 2002. Gr. 6-9
Veteran author Cooney offers a smooth and captivating
the Trojan War through the eyes of Anaxandra, an intelligent and
stubborn heroine who sees all of the action from the sidelines.
- Coville, Bruce. Thor’s
Wedding Day. Harcourt, 2005. Gr. 4-6
Thialfi, one of Thor’s servants, finds himself way over
his head in
adventure after his master’s mighty hammer is stolen and he is charged
with retrieving it. (BCCB 12/05)
- Druitt, Tobias.
Corydon and the Island of
Monsters. Knopf, 2006. Gr. 7-9
Protagonist Corydon gets caught up in an epic battle
between Zeus’ army
of 10,000 men hungry for treasure and a small band of isolated
“monsters” including Medusa, the Minotaur, and Gorgons who seek asylum
where none seems possible. (BCCB 3/06)
- Friesner, Esther.
Dutton, 2006. Gr. 6-8
Ilana dreads the idea of getting a summer job, but even
she has to
admit that a gig with the Divine Relief Temp Agency (for gods and
goddesses who need a vacation) is worth giving up her summer relaxation
time. (BCCB 9/06)
- Geras, Adèle.
2006. Gr. 9-12
Drawing from elements of The Odyssey, Geras develops an
of Ithaka, the effects of war, and the quiet desperation accompanying
lives driven by fate. (BCCB 3/06)
- Hoffman, Alice. The
Foretelling. Little, 2005. Gr. 8-12
Rain, the daughter of the Amazon queen, must come into
her own as a
warrior, a rider, and a compassionate liaison to the outside
world. (BCCB 10/05)
- Jones, Diana Wynne.
Firebird/Penguin, 2007. Gr. 5-7
Hayley knew of the incredible magic in the world, but
she had no idea
how involved her own family (consisting of characters from Greek and
Roman myths) was in controlling it until she breaks free of her
controlling uncle and grandmother. (BCCB 6/07)
- Kindl, Patrice. Lost
in the Labyrinth. Houghton, 2002. Gr. 5-9
Minoan princess Xenodice’s own destiny is derailed by
her efforts to
save her half-brother, the Minotaur, from the murderous machinations of
Daedelus, Theseus, and Ariadne. (BCCB 11/02)
- Lester, Julius. Cupid:
A Tale of Love and Desire. Harcourt, 2007. Gr. 9-12
The epic romance of Cupid and Psyche is retold through
the eyes of an
omniscient, wry observer whose asides are as much a part of the story
as the relationship itself. (BCCB 3/07)
- Riordan, Rick. The
Thief. Miramax/Hyperion, 2005. Gr. 5-8
Percy Jackson could never guess at his incredible future
the day he is
chased from his boarding school by monsters no one else sees. He
soon finds himself at Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for the hero
offspring of Greek gods, and his life will never be quiet again.
- Spinner, Stephanie.
2002. Gr. 7-10
The myth of Atalanta is adapted in this action-packed
adventure. Atalanta’s life, from being left on a hillside as an
infant to her prowess as a racer, is rich material for a novel. See
also Quicksilver, featuring Hermes. (BCCB 2/03)
- Tomlinson, Theresa.
The Moon Riders.
Eos/Harper Collins, 2006. Gr. 6-9
Myrina is a Moon Rider, an Amazonian warrior charged
Troy and the surrounding areas, though she scarcely guesses at the
sacrifices that would be required of everyone at the outbreak of the
Trojan War. (BCCB 2/07)
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