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Medusa the Mean (Goddess Girls) Paperback – April 3, 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this series! Joan and Suzanne have done such a wonderful job at creating relatable young Greek Goddesses and Gods that MG and older elementary grade readers will enjoy reading. One of the things I love about this series is how each young Goddess has her own book. This not only allows readers to get to know each one more, but they also see how she interacts with the previous Goddess Girls already introduced into the series. With this story, I enjoyed getting to know more about Medusa.
Medusa the Mean wasn't always mean. I mean, yes she does do something things that aren't always nice, but there's more to her than her looks and a head full of snakes. Medusa is a fun character to get to know. I like that she's a strong willed girl, who through out the course of this story learns some very important lessons. She learns to never give up on your her dreams no matter how impossible they seem. She also learns a harsh lesson in first crushes, heart ache and finding someone who likes her for who she is. I love that she's a girl who learned to stand up for herself and embrace who she is. She realizes she doesn't need to be anyone put herself. Once you're through reading this book, you'll realize there's more to Mean Medusa than being mean.
Medusa the Mean is a fantastic addition to the Goddess Girls series! I love that like the rest of the books in this series, each girl's story carries a powerful message in it for younger girls and readers to connect with. This series is also a great fit for young readers who want to get to know more about Greek mythology. Honestly, I wish I had this series around when I was younger. I'm far from being deemed a young reader anymore, and I love this series. I'm hoping this is one series my daughter will want to read when she's a little older. I highly recommend picking this book up TODAY!
Medusa, the "Queen of Mean," was good at "stirring up trouble and making others uncomfortable." Why, she didn't even have to work at that. Medusa would have loved to give the popular girls like Athena and Aphrodite the stink eye and turned them to stone, but that sort of stuff only worked on mortals. She wanted to go far in life, but even before she'd gotten into MOA her parents said: "Why don't you quit school and get a job carrying water to and from the community well like your friends here on Earth." Medusa would rather have Principal Zeus strike her dead with a lightning bolt rather than carrying jugs around all the doo dah day long. Doo dah, doo dah! NOT.
Instead, all day long Medusa was dreaming about her supercrush, Poseidon. When she was taking a look at "Teen Scrollazine" she spotted an ad for an Immortalizer. Oooooh, if she became immortal she could have everything she wanted! Nah, it had to be mail order junk, but was it? The reviews were good and even Peitho had claimed, "Trust me. This thing works!" There was no testimonial from an Amazonian, but she'd have to have one and they cost mega-drachmas, but where would she get the money? It wasn't long before the Queen of Mean found herself in deep doo dah when everything began to go wrong. "Thief! Halt! Security! Get her!" Those little words weren't the last of Dusa's troubles by a long shot ...
Everything at Mount Olympus Academy goes topsy turvy when Medusa buys an Immortalizer. Of course, no one really knows that she is even considering buying one because they don't give a hoot about her or what she does. Anyone who has read the goddessgirls series won't be disappointed when Medusa puts on her chiton, dons an Immortalizer necklace, and tries to join the club of immortals at MOA. Medusa never struck me as a character I'd much like, nor ever fall in love with, but by the end of the book I did. Dusa, that sneaky, snaky, snarky gal really will give the reader a hisssssin' good time in this book. Just when you think a series can't get any better the meanie greenie, Medusa, steps up and does just that.
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The authors do a wonderful job detailing exactly why Medusa is so mean and why she does and says the things she does. But I must stop with that because I don't want to give any spoilers.
Medusa discovers a necklace with a special charm that in a book she is reading. The charm claims to be able to turn the person who wears the necklace immortal. Medusa wants nothing more then to be immortal like her twin sisters and not have to be dependent on everyone for everything when it comes to living the Goddess Girl’s lifestyle. However, once she gets the necklace she learns it is anything but magical.
Medusa while trying to deal with the let down of her necklace being useless also has to prepare for Zeus Wedding. She also learns that her Super Crush isn’t who she had thought he was all these years that she’d been crushing on him and learns that you can find friends in the most unexpected ways.
I think that any child that enjoys Greek Mythology can enjoy these books. Each book can be read independently or as a series. They read well either way. I greatly enjoy reading these books with my daughter and I am sure any other mother daughter duo will feel the same about them. I also like that they have lessons in moral character within the pages. They help children to learn and distinguish between good and bad behaviors.