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Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls) Paperback – April 5, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
Book 5 of 18 in the Goddess Girls Series

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From the Back Cover

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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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My sixth grade daughter devours this book series! She read this one in an afternoon! Love that she is picking up some useful info for our ancient Greece studies- I say "some," because while the vocabulary is helpful, the stories are not historically accurate. However, it is fun for her and we will cover the real gods, goddesses and events in her schoolwork.
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My seven year old daughter--almost eight--is a voracious reader. She has systematically worked her way through several series of books, and I find myself constantly looking for new ones to entice her. To date she's read all of the RAINBOW FAIRIES series, NANCY DREW AND THE CLUE CREW, NANCY CLANCY, EVER AFTER HIGH, and a few others. So far, every series of books that she's read, she absolutely loves. To her they have all been five star reads--I know because we have discussed it at length. LOL Anyhow, I was very happy when I discovered the GODDESS GIRLS while searching through my local library's digital catalog. So far my daughter has read three of them; this one, which is book three in the series, and books one and two; Athena the Brain (Goddess Girls Book 1), Persephone the Phony (Goddess Girls Book 2), and Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls Book 4). She enjoyed those books as much as she did this one.

The Goddess Girls series are stories about the lives of the Greek goddess--you know, Athena, Peresphone, Aphrodite, etc.--during their childhood. All the stories are set around the Mount Olympus Academy, the school the girl goddesses attend. Each book focuses on a different goddess. In this story, Zeus assigns Athena the task of keeping an eye on new kid, Hercules, who expects will be causing trouble at MOA. Hercules is a bit of a loose screw and keeping the hothead out of trouble isn't an easy task.
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