Goddess Girls: Athena the Wise

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Greek goddesses go to high school in clever classic update.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 8 reviews

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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

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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