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Grade 6–10—Norris captures the drama of The Iliad by recasting the Greek epic in a modern-day football rivalry between two neighboring high schools. When school districts are reset and Elena Argos is sent from Lacede High (home of the Spartans) to Troy High, an all-out war erupts after she dumps Spartan Lucas Mennon for Trojan Perry Prince. Perry's younger sister, the outcast Cassie, is thrust into the thick of a conflict she doesn't even care about, and she has the awful feeling that things are only going to get worse. Students familiar with the epic will recognize the characters: Hunter Prince as Hector, who leads the battle despite the whole war having been caused by his irresponsible—even cowardly—brother; Greg Mennon as Agamemnon (here, Cassie's best friend); Spartan football star Ackley as Achilles, who seeks revenge for an ankle injury inflicted by Hunter; and more. Like Cassandra, Cassie's protestations go ignored, but her "Can we please grow up and forget this rivalry?" line gets repetitive and seems trite in the face of the escalating pranks. Still, she grows in her understanding of the cost of friendship and love, and unlike her namesake, gets her happy ending. While The Iliad story line lends richness to the narrative, the book stands alone, and readers unfamiliar with the classic will still enjoy the war between high schools, started over a beautiful girl.—Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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The idea was a bit more exciting than the execution, but this is a fun, easy read.Published 2 months ago by Katy White
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mmmmm… Where to start? I’m really into Greek mythology, especially modern retellings. Read more
One of my daughter's favorite books. She now has on her Kindle so she can read over and over.Published 5 months ago by Monroe
I picked this book up on a whim from the library and while it was a quick and easy read, it just wasn't very good. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kala
I adore books and movies that take me back to what we all love to imagine as the golden days of high school. Troy High is a novel that really should be made into a movie. Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by J. Arena
I bought Troy High by Shana Morris when I was 13. I have reread the book now that I'm almost 16 and I realized that it wasn't as good as I thought it was when I was younger. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by J. Caston
Are you looking for a Trojan Vs Spartan rendition to start off your day ? Do you consider yourself the King or Queen of pranks? Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Paula L. Phillips