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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Series: Olympians (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434349
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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O’Connor makes a couple of very clever moves in this fourth book in the Olympians series. First off, he takes readers on a tour of the underworld as if they had just died themselves (“Hopefully, after you died, a loved one placed a coin in your mouth”). Then, just as Hera (2011) was really the story of Hercules, this book is really the story of Persephone. In O’Connor’s depiction, she could well be the world’s first goth girl as she rebels against her overly protective mother, Demeter, and embraces her dark side, black eyeshadow and all. Another winner from a top-notch series. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"An outstanding addition to a first-rate series."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
 
"O’Connor’s brand of classical mythology for modern sensibilities serves as a good introduction to the gods and settings of the Greek myths."
--Publishers Weekly
 
"The writing is well done, the story line is interesting and moves quickly, the characters are colorful, and this adventure is exciting."
--Children's Literature
 
"O'Connor's artwork remains as strong as ever, especially in the glorious illustrations of the underworld."
--VOYA
 
"Atmospheric, with descriptions and images of the Underworld that are so captivating that readers will pore over those pages again and again. O'Connor's illustrations, filled with lots of color and haunting illuminations, are well suited to this exciting story and will attract even the most reluctant readers."
--School Library Journal

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And what good is a myth if it doesn't provide us with meaning?
Deb Nam-Krane
This makes for a refreshing story for someone familiar with the tale and adds a fun twist to the myth.
Nicola Mansfield
It might be a bit creepy for really young readers, but middle schoolers and above will enjoy it.
Andy Shuping

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy Shuping on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
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This particular book starts off its tale by telling us what it's like when we die--how we meet Hermes who guides us, the need for a coin to pass down the river, the river Lethe where we forget everything, and the waiting...the endless waiting. But the main focus of the book is to tell us about the abduction of Persephone, also known as Kore, by the Lord of the Dead, Hades. And the tale of her mother, Demeter, searching for Kore in the world above and the damages it causes on the Earth as long as they are separated.

And what a tale it is. I've always been fascinated by Greek and Romany mythology and I love how O'Connor puts this book together. It's an easy read, but gives so much information to it and is so much better than the boring old books I remember reading about Greek myths. O'Connor makes the world come to life and gives personality to the gods that we meet so that we can understand why they did what they did. In every other tale Hades comes off as a villain, but here we see he really isn't. He's just lonely. This is an excellent book to introduce Greek mythology and now I really want to read the other books in the series as well.

One of my favorite parts of the book is actually at the end, the little feature at the back that talks about the different characters, who they are, and other details to help you learn more about the Greek world. Even better, from a librarian perspective, they have a bibliography! A list of websites and recommended reading list to go to get more information.

I really like the artwork in this book. It has such great use of color and shadow in the depictions of the world, especially the underworld.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lili Lost in a Book on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved, loved, LOVED this book!!

It was a very fun and quick read about the Greek Underworld and its geography, and its residents and deities (including Hades, of course). It also talked about the Abduction of Persephone. In this myth, he is always viewed as the villain...but truthfully, he isn't! He is really a nice guy! And Persephone sees that, eventually. I even added him to my favorite-Greek-gods list just recently :)

I liked the way the story was told, and I also really liked the pictures...I guess this is a graphic novel-type book. It's very cool!

Another thing I was super happy about was the appearances of my two favorite Greek gods: Hecate and Apollo! I also really liked Hermes in this book, especially the exchange between him and Hecate...totally hilarious!

This is book 4 in the series, but I unfortunately have not read the 3 previous ones (they were about Zeus, Athena, and Hera). But I of course, intend to read them soon :)

This book is perfect for those who love Greek mythology, like I do, or those who just want to know about Hades, Persephone, and the Underworld.

~lili-lost-in-a-book[dot]blogspot[dot]com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been eyeing the first 3 books in the Olympian Series, "Zeus", "Athena", and "Hera" for a while now but just hadn't brought myself to picking them as I have so many books I am still reading through. I was titillating with excitement when I opened my mail and "Hades: Lord of the Dead" was sitting in my hands burning for the cover to be turned. I am an enormous enthusiast of Greek mythology, with Hades being one of the best unsung heroes. George O'Conner has done a superb job with sticking with the time honored tales of the Greek Gods and Goddesses with this action packed, colorful, comic retelling. If you or your children are interested or having to learn about Greek Mythology, I highly suggest picking up this series and shedding a new light upon reading the classics with a twist. You won't regret it.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zombie on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
The picture of Hades on the front of the book is a really cool picture, but not the ones of Demeter and Persephone. It was cool that Demeter and Zeus fought. I liked Hades when the horses came and that they cracked the ground. The bodies of the ghosts were cool. I found it fascinating that King Tantalos killed his own son. I appreciated finding out about traits of the different characters of Greek mythology; such as that Demeter could make grass by touching he ground. It was amazing that the sun god could travel in the sun. I liked the summaries of the characters at the end of the book. It is great that the book has a chart of the Olympians' Family Tree at the beginning of the book. I want to read the other books in the series again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This graphic novel brings a fresh look to the myth of Hades and Persephone. Much of the dialogue is almost lyrical, in a way that I can easily imagine ancient Greek gods would speak. The artwork is also very nice, and Persephone's physical appearance design was different, she looks more like a Goth girl instead of a Goddess of Spring, but that was cool. Her relationship with Hades is also more equal, he treats her with respect. I would have liked for this graphic novel to be longer, but overall it still is a great book. In the back you have information and factoids about Hades, Persephone, and Demeter, as well as research notes and author's commentary. Really a nice package.
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George O'Connor is the author of several picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Kapow!, Ker-Splash, and Sally and the Some-thing. His debut graphic novel, Journey into Mohawk Country, was published by First Second. O'Connor's current project is The Olympians, a series of graphic novels for young readers about Greek Mythology. He is over 7 foot tall, and is the handsomest man in the world.

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