Goddessgirls Series – Book I
Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Atom (Little, Brown)
3 May 2012/ ISBN 9781907411465
Tweenage (8-12) / Juvenile Fiction / Classical Greek Era / Greece
by Rachel A Hyde
Athena is the cleverest girl in Triton School, always inventing
things and eagerly swotting. One day she has the shock of her young
life when a messenger turns up with a scroll, summoning her to Mount
Olympus Academy. Apparently, she is the daughter of Zeus and must
now take her rightful place as a goddessgirl. But will she fit in
with the others?
This is a fun look at school life for tweenage girls. It’s
all here – bitching, bullying, lessons, fitting in and of
course boys, but with a mythological twist. Athena makes friends
but also enemies, and has to cope with more than one mean girl and
vain boy while holding out for being herself. There are lots of
school stories and it is easy to get tired of them, but this one
manages to air the same issues, while being delightfully different.
With plenty of humor, modern jokes, and all the things young girls
delight in, this is a fun way of escaping from school, yet still
remaining all about it. One I would have enjoyed when I was this
age, and I hated school stories!