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Medusa the Mean (Goddess Girls) Paperback – April 3, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
Book 8 of 18 in the Goddess Girls Series

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"...a clever take on Greek deities..." ~ Booklist

"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging."  ~Publisher's Weekly

 "...an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity..." ~ School Library Journal

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: Goddess Girls (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442433795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442433793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.5 stars

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!
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Seriously, who in their right mind would want to be gorgeous, popular, and immortal? If Medusa "Dusa" Gorgon said no to any one of those she'd being lying to herself. Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if you asked her, a girl who had "pale green eyes," skin to match, and never had a hair .... er snake out of place was gorgeous. Popular and immortal she was not. In fact Medusa was the least popular girl at Mount Olympus Academy and even her parents didn't like her. You'd think that being a triplet her parents would like them all, but they much preferred her immortal sisters, Stheno and Euryale. Yeah, and she'd give anything to be immortal like they were.

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!
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Medusa the Mean is a wonderful additional to a fun series. Medusa comes into her own in this 2 hour read, she realizes what is important, gets a guy, and make friends. She is relatable in that she just wants friends and she has a supercrush who doesnt know she exists.
I love this series and would highly recommend it to children or for parents to read aloud. The books in this series teach morals coated in a quirky mythology setting.
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Who knew that the school's bully had feelings too? Medusa confides that she was disliked by her parents and her sisters, and all she wants is to be immortal. But will the immortalizer necklace she wants work? And how can she get the money? Not to mention that Zeus and Hera are getting married, and she has no wedding gift! The groomsmen are holding a competition for their bridesmaids, and Medusa so desperately wants Posiden to pick her. But when she realizes how shallow he is, will she opt for Dionysus? Girls 8+ will love the series, and this is the best so far!
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I gave this book to my granddaughter for her 12th birthday. She loves stories about Greek mythology, and this is what she just told me about this book:

"I really like this book. I'm not even reading the words. It's like a movie playing in my head.

Well done, Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams for making this book come alive. This is the mark of exceptional writing. Kudos, also, from me to the book's designer. The font and leading are perfect for this age group. (Caveat: I'm a book designer, so I'm sensitive to this sort of thing.)
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