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The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths! Follow the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.

About the Author

Joan Holub is the author of over 125 books for young readers, including Groundhog Weather School, Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, Zero the Hero, Who Was Marco Polo?, Bed Bats & Beyond, and the Doll Hospital chapter book series. Of the four goddessgirls, she's probably most like Athena because she loves to brainstorm new ideas for books. But she's very glad her dad was never the principal of her school! Visit her at joanholub.com

Suzanne Williams is the author of over 30 books for young readers, including Library Lil, Mommy Doesn't Know My Name, My Dog Never Says Please, and the Princess Power and Fairy Blossoms series. Her husband says she's the Goddess of Annoying Questions. (Most having to do with why her computer misbehaves.) That makes her kind of like Pandora except that Pandora never had to deal with computers. Suzanne lives near Seattle in Washington state. Visit her at suzanne-williams.com
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
  • Series: Goddess Girls (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442420979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442420977
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love the Goddess Girls series! I think this is fantastic series that not only teaches grade school and middle grader readers about Greek Mythology with a fun twist, but the series is a fun, engaging read set at their level. Joan and Suzanne have done a wonderful job with not only making the Greek Gods and Goddess relatable, but they've made them so readers get to see them in similar situations they may find themselves in. I also like the fact that each book teaches a message.

Athena The Wise is a fun character. Being the daughter of the school's principal is hard enough, but it's even harder when your dad is Zeus and he wants you to befriend the new student, Hercules. Things don't turn out quite the way Athena planned when she tries to help Hercules pass the 12 tests her father gave him in order to become a god and remain at the academy.

What was so enjoyable about Athena and Hercules is not only watching their relationship bloom, but watching their friendship develop and learning more about themselves in the process of trying to complete the 12 tasks. Joan and Suzanne throw in a wonderful twist at the end that has made me realize I might have been a bad judge of character with Zeus. This is a wonderful, clean cut series about friendship, and seeing how each of the partners/couples first met. I love the setting, the academy and getting to see how all the Gods and Goddess interact. I highly recommend Athena The Wise and the Goddess Girls series.
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No one could possibly miss that new boy that showed up at Mount Olympus Academy. The eyes began to roll when Heracles showed up wearing, of all things, a "lion-skin cape." Aphrodite, the fashionista extraordinaire of MOA, spouted out, "I'll admit he's cute, but he has absolutely no sense of fashion." Athena, the "goddess girl of wisdom," felt sorry for him because she knew how hard it was to fit in at MOA. She didn't have much time to think about him because her dad, Zeus, the principal of MOA was buzzing her over the intercom to show up in his office ... pronto (as in yesterday). He was the "biggest, baddest god of them all," and when he called for anyone, he meant business. For godness sakes, what could he possibly want?

Athena was soon getting the scoop on Heracles, including the fact that he had a little dispute with his former music teacher and wound up "smashing a lyre" over his head. Her dad actually expected her to keep an eye out on this hotheaded mortal, lion-skin cape and all, and actually become "best buds." AND if Heracles didn't shape up within the week he was out of the Academy. Athena's first encounter with Heracles came in Ms. Nemesis's Revenge-ology class when she warned him not to look Medusa in the eye and he ended up trying to strangle her snakes instead. Heracles later told Athena that an oracle told him that the only way he could "earn a permanent place at the Academy" was to complete twelve tasks or "labors" his "pipsqueak cousin" Eurystheus had decided upon. Athena would soon find out that hanging around this club wielding mortal spelled nothing but t-r-o-u-b-l-e when the poop began to hit the fan!

Every Goddess Girl fan will soon fall for Heracles, a blundering, bubbly `n lovable mortal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
When a mere mortal arrives at Mount Olympus Academy Athena is called to her father's office. Principle Zeus asks her to keep an eye on Heracles. He doesn't mention that the boy has 12 impossible labors to complete before admission into the school.

Athena takes their talk as a sign to help Heracles perform his tasks. Athena being to care for Heracles and looks forward to spending time with him. However, she's concerned.

She's not able to hang out with her friends. She's struggling to keep up with her studies. Another mortal has challenged her weaving skills. Athena wants to keeping helping Heracles, but not at the cost of giving everything else up. Still she doesn't want to let Heracles or her father down. What's a Goddess Girl to do?

My Thoughts: I LOVE this series - it's sweet, charming, and funny. I love the blend of mythology, friendship, drama, and a touch of romance. It's hard to pick a favorite Goddess Girl because they are all so unique, but Athena might be mine. I liked how Athena influences Heracles and how he influences her. I liked how Athena found unique ways to complete the labors. I also liked how she pulled back when she felt everything spinning out of control. I love the friendship of the Goddess Girls and how they all come together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy @ Books, College, and Other Random Things on January 19, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Athena is the goddess of wisdom but doesn't always feel wise. One day at lunch, Artemis and her friends, Aphrodite, Persephone, and Artemis, see a new mortal at their school. Mortals normally don't come to Mount Olympus Academy. Heracles is very strong for a mortal and is often wearing lion's skin and carrying a club.

Athena decides to introducer herself but is interrupted when she gets called to go to the principal's office, Zeus, who happens to be her father. Zeus tells Athena that he needs her to look out for Heracles. Athena's not sure how she's going to help him. Luckily, she has Revengeology class with him. She finds out he has to complete 12 labors and tells him that she will help him.

As she helps him with his labors, she finds herself liking him. She's iffy about her feelings because of how everything worked out with Artemis and Orion. Heracles seems to like her. He never asks other godboys to help him with his labors and always turns them down if they ask to help.

I have loved all of the books in this series so far. The further along this series goes the longer the books are, which is a major plus. I hope that they will be a lot more in this series.
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