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Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Greek goddesses go to high school in clever classic update.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Goddess Girls

I like Goddess Girls because my brother says the only reason he doesn't like them is because it makes me better at Greek mythology than him!!!!!!!!!!!!
age 8+

Normalizes bad behavior among peers

My daughter is addicted to this series and I thought, it can't be too bad for her to love books and learn about Greek mythology. After finding her in bed up late reading with a nightlight, I took the book and began reading it myself. It is disappointing in how caddy, manipulative, backstabbing, gossipy, and stereotyped (particularly for the girls) it is. They are very mean to each other and wield their power to reek havoc on others carelessly. I realize that is how the Greek Gods were depicted in any case from a historic perspective, but to see that behavior played out in a high school, very relateable setting, is disturbing. It smacks of bullying and harassment in a way that I would like to help my children learn is OK, not entertainment.

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Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (8 ):

This fun, lively book will resonate best with readers already somewhat familiar with the Greek gods and some of their myths. Knowing something about Athena, Heracles, and the 12 labors will make the story easier to follow -- and will make it easier to get some of the book's jokes (the students at Mount Olympus Academy eat yambrosia stew and have a one-eyed Hero-ology teacher named Mr. Cyclops, for example). Even so, even readers new to Greek mythology will get quite an education in this clever update -- though they may get a bit bored as Heracles works through his many tasks. Kids will find a spirited, strong heroine in Athena -- and a surprisingly thoughtful message as she struggles with revenge and forgiveness. In the end, this series has a clever premise and provides a good mix of educational and entertaining elements.

Book Details

  • Authors: Joan Holub , Suzanne Williams
  • Genre: Folklore
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: April 5, 2011
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: August 17, 2018

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