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Grade 9 Up–In this sequel to Oh. My. Gods. (Dutton, 2008), Phoebe, a descendant of the Greek Goddess Nike, is sent to Goddess Boot Camp by her stepfather so that she can learn to control her magical powers, on which she will be tested. But Phoebe is in training for a marathon in the Pythian Games, her boyfriend may be cheating on her, and the other girls at camp are about 10 years old. Add the fact that her evil stepsister is a counselor, and life is worse than it might be in Hades. Phoebe's inner thoughts and emotions are conveyed well, and readers will feel for her. The plot has many twists and turns and moves along nicely, and there are beautiful descriptions of the Greek islands. However, the novel falls short in the last few chapters, which wrap up the several plot threads too neatly and have a disappointing resolution. Nevertheless, those who enjoyed the first book will want to read this one.–Jennifer-Lynn Draper, Children's Literature Consultant, Oshawa, Ontario
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In this sequel to Oh. My. Gods. (2008), teenage Phoebe continues to adjust to her new life on Serfopoula, the island where her stepdad runs a boarding school for the descendants of Greek gods. Phoebe still hasn’t learned to control her newly discovered divine powers, so she enters a remedial Goddess Boot Camp program. Fans of the first book will recognize the same chick-lit elements here: snappy dialogue, picture-perfect mean girls, and misunderstandings and reconciliations with a dreamy boyfriend. A mystery about Phoebe’s dad’s fate adds to the lighthearted, magic-packed fun that provides enough background for series newbies. Grades 7-10. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: Oh. My. Gods.
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (June 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525421343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525421344
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp, and Goddess in Time, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, Just For Fins, and Pretty in Pearls, and a trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa that includes Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows, and Sweet Legacy. She also writes the fun, chick lit romance City Chicks series (Eye Candy, Straight Stalk, and Trying Texas). Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

To learn more about TLC, visit teralynnchilds.com or follower her on Twitter (@teralynnchilds), like her on Facebook (facebook.com/teralynnchilds), or read her blog (teralynnchilds.com/blog).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Whatcha Reading Now? on March 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In the follow up novel to OH. MY. GODS., seventeen-year-old Phoebe Petrolas, a descendent of the Greek goddess Nike, can't seem to control her newly discovered super powers. When the Gods decide she will need to face a test on the Summer Solstice, her stepfather enrolls her in Goddess Boot Camp, a training ground for those who have not yet mastered their powers.

It seems like a lousy way to spend two weeks and only gets worse when on the first day of camp Phoebe learns the other campers are much younger than her, ten- to twelve- years old and the camp counselors are her foils: Stella, her stepsister and Adara, her boyfriend's ex. When a family secret surrounding Phoebe's real father seems like it might be revealed, Phoebe's emotional stress increases to Olympic proportions. Now she needs to keep it together, so she can learn to manage her powers as the clock ticks toward her big test day.

Tera Lynn Childs has written a light and funny book with an imaginative world based on the island where descendants of the gods train and go to school. GODDESS BOOT CAMP has all the typical high school dramas--cliques, boyfriends and such--with an otherworldly twist.
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parajunkee VINE VOICE on October 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in Oh. My. Gods. Series. If you have not read the first in this series, this review might have spoilers. If you have not read the first book in this series...

PJVs QUICKIE POV: Keeping in line with the first novel, Goddess Boot Camp is a good follow-up. Just as the title and cover portray this is a candy-sweet YA full of happy "be-true-to-yourself" messages and kissy-kissy feel goodness. A charming novel to pass the time, it is highly entertaining and a book I would pass along to a friend.

REVIEW: Phoebe is still basking in the after-glow of her new found relationship with Griffin and the discovery that she is Nike's descendant and in possession of a certain set of godly powers. Mastering those powers is another problem in and of itself, especially when her emotions run high. When she accidentally floods her room, dresses her step-sister in birthday cake attire - and forces the entire school to flee a pack of lions the gods decide to intervene. Phoebe needs to master her powers, because she will be tested by the gods - and failure is not an option.

How to master those powers? Goddess Boot Camp of course.

I actually think I liked this one better than the first one. The characters seemed to mature a bit, and with the culmination of the "discovery" out of the way - and now the impeding test on the horizon it gave a focus, instead of a mystery. There were a few side-plotted mysteries in this, but they were vague enough that I didn't guess them and made sense once they were revealed. Well 1 out of 2 did. I still never understood the whole Griffin/Adara thing. What exactly was going on there??

Like the first, this one is lightly, entertaining, but lacked a depth that I usually like in my novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Burgess on May 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Much like the 1st book (Oh.My.Gods.) in this series, Goddess Boot Camp was a very light and fun read. All the key components that make this series great were back and in full effect. The cool cast of characters (who ended up revealing much more of themselves) were still fantastic, we got more of the mythology, and some new twists and turns were thrown into the mix that I definitely did not see coming at all!

Tera Lynn Childs seems to have a knack for creating realistic scenarios in very unrealistic settings, such as a school full of mythological descendants (please don't smote me.) She's creative and entertaining and her writing flows effortlessly over the pages. I have a hard time keeping track of how quickly I'm flying through Childs' books and by the time I glance down at the page number I usually find myself further along than I thought.

We get more of the sweet romance that I was a huge fan of in Oh.My.Gods., although it's not always going smoothly, and Phoebe's friends are all back for more laughs. We're even introduced to some new characters that provided added depth to the current story. I was personally a fan of the addition of Urian...he managed to hit my funny bone more than once.

I don't want to reveal any spoilers for readers who haven't read the 1st book, but readers will enjoy the ride alongside Phoebe and her friends (and enemies?) as she's faced with new experiences, problems and of course obstacles she must overcome. Goddess Boot Camp was just as fun as it's predecessor and I've got my fingers crossed that this isn't goodbye for good, I'd like to see more of these characters in the future!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorel Shea VINE VOICE on July 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Goddess Boot Camp" is the second book in a whimsical series by Tera Lynn Childs. Along with the first book, "Oh. My. gods." it might look like a Percy Jackson rip off at first, but Childs has her own unique style and her tales are not actually that similar to the Lightning Thief saga. Sure, both feature modern day kids who find out that they are related to Greek gods. Both are styled after school stories- Percy Jackson at Camp Halfblood and the books about Phoebe Castro at a high school for the descendants of the gods.

In other respects, the books are quite different. Percy and his friends are heroes who go on daring missions and engage in battle with monsters. Phoebe is a promising high school distance runner, brought to the secret island of Serfopoula, Greece when her mother marries the headmaster of the top secret Academy. Her original story is all about adjustment, fitting in, and teen love. The second book takes us through the summer after her first year in Serfopoula. Phoebe wonders if her dreamy boyfriend is cheating on her, she worries about an upcoming test, and she finds that maybe she can get along with her new stepsister after all. Phoebe's triumphs and tribulations are probably going to be best received by girls in their tween or early teen years.
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