The Goddess Girls Series

Book review by
Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Zeus' students have fun adventures at Mount Olympus Academy.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

There’s a ton of history and mythology packed into these books, so readers not only see how to navigate social and academic worlds at school, but also learn endless details about Greek mythology. 

Positive Messages

Appreciate the good things about one another and yourself. See your unique abilities as gifts. Be an independent thinker with integrity. Think about what's good in the long run rather than going for immediate gain. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

All goddess girls and godboys have their own special abilities, some of which are easy to envy (like Athena's brain or Eros' charm), and others that are harder to appreciate, like Pheme's gift of gossip. They learn to appreciate the good things about each other and themselves, and to see their abilities as gifts. The adults at Mount Olympus Academy are all supportive of the students and try to help them learn to be independent thinkers with integrity. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Joan Holub's Goddess Girls series may seem like a light read, with the constant mention of which godboy is crushing on which goddess girl, but there are layers to the stories that won't go unnoticed by young readers. The young goddess girls struggle with their talents throughout the series -- each girl wonders if she'll ever fit in -- but they always learn that they're great and powerful just the way they are. The students can be a bit petty with each other, and there's some social hierarchy in play, but the constant lessons in Greek mythology give historical context for the stories and characters.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byitsnotbi-itspan... July 29, 2018

Really cute, light books

I’ve always loved these books and own like all of them even though I’m way too old for them by now, and while they’re kinda cliche and dumb fluffy stuff at time... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old July 13, 2018

Beautiful Description

These books are good, and they're really cool because I love Greek myths, but I don't think there's good role models because they turn Medusa int... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 16, 2018

Fast-paced, excellent story may be hard to understand for younger kids

I read this book because some of my school friends were reading it and liked it. I read the book in a day and enjoyed it as well. It has positive characters and... Continue reading

What's the story?

The GODDESS GIRLS series starts when Athena gets a scroll inviting her to Mount Olympus Academy, and discovers that 1) she's immortal, and 2) Zeus is her father. As if that isn't enough for a kid to bear, she feels out of place and inadequate. After she arrives at MOA, she meets other immortals her age: Artemis, Persephone, Aphrodite, Poseidon, Eros, and more. Each book is written from the perspective of a goddess girl, and deals with both the specific -- for example, how do you stop a goddess whose gift is gossip to stop gossiping when it hurts people? -- and the more general questions about fitting in and building up your own special gifts.

Is it any good?

The Goddess Girls series might seem light, with many references to hair, makeup, and crushes, but it's surprisingly deep when it comes to lessons in self-acceptance. Navigating insecurities is a big theme in these books, as is learning to see differences as strengths and to appreciate everyone's individual talents. Young readers who might be trying to figure out the social scene at school or wonder about their own "weird things" might start seeing those things as strengths, or at least noticing that everyone is odd in their own way. There's a little social maneuvering at MOA, which will be familiar to most readers, but the godboys and goddess girls learn that being open and honest is best.

Readers fascinated by Greek mythology will enjoy seeing their favorite gods and goddesses as kids their own age, and there's a strong message about seeing the big picture when making decisions and doing the right thing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the Goddess Girls relate to each other. The students at MOA don't always get along, but they live at school together. Do you think it would be hard to live with your classmates?

  • Which goddess girl or godboy would you like to be, and why?

  • What other books about gods and goddesses have you read?

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