New to the Children’s Room…

…Athena: the grey-eyed goddess by George O’Connor.  Combining the popularity of Greek mythology inspired by the Percy Jackson novels and a graphic novel format, this title is sure to be popular!  It got a starred review in School Library Journal:  book cover of Athena the Grey-Eyed Goddess

“Five myths featuring the Greek goddess are included in this volume. Dialogue is modern (“What’s gotten into you, Zeus?” “I wanna bite him!”), while narration, provided by the Fates, retains a more formal tone. A good balance is struck between exposition and action: readers familiar with these stories will enjoy seeing them brought to life with such vigor, while sufficient background is provided so that children reading about the Greek gods for the first time will not find themselves lost at sea. The family tree of the immortals is a useful tool even for the most experienced readers. O’Connor’s drawings, full of energetic diagonals and expressive faces, are nicely balanced by spare settings and minimalistic backgrounds. A sophisticated color palette, full of midtones and subtle contrasts, and panel layouts that vary from page to page further distinguish the art. The author’s affection for his subject is evident in a chatty note. Profiles of major characters, notes, and discussion questions appear in addition to the usual back matter. An exceptional graphic novel.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD –Paula Willey (Reviewed May 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 5, p141)”

You can place a hold on it through our website!


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