Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan.
Whenever I talk in a school class there is always a select group mainly boys with high reading ability and a wicked sense of humour who want to discuss Percy Jackson Books. They are very popular and this is my first review of a Percy Jackson novel on this blog. I don’t know why it took me so long.
Rick Riordan rips into the Greek heroes from Perseus and Psyche to Orpheus, Hercules and Jason in a major tongue in cheek review of the escapades of these Greeks who do wondrous, barbaric and fantastic things in the Ancient world before Alexander the Great. If you found them inaccessible in their original writing Rick Riordan spells them out to in modern lingo and links them into concepts and behaviours that are 21st Century. They seem more relevant told this wayand the modern slant makes for enjoyable reading.
For instance when Hercules was on his Twelve Stupid things tour he has to capture Cerberus the three headed dog from Hades. He does it by dosing him with bacon flavoured Munchy Bones.
I found a heroine I didn’t know about although she wasn’t strictly Greek but biffed up a few Greeks in her role as Inventor of the Amazons. Her name Otrera. And they didn’t cut of a breast to make it easy to fire a bow and arrow. Ask Katniss, girls can fire just as well without that sort of carry on.
Intermediate and High School students will love this series it is ultra cool and those legends are just unbelievable. Try Hercules 12 Labours they are amazing.