Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls Series #5)
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Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls Series #5)

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by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams

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These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to, from dealing with bullies like Medusa to a first crush on an unlikely boy. Goddess Girls follows four goddesses-in-training – Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Artemis – as they navigate the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus


These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to, from dealing with bullies like Medusa to a first crush on an unlikely boy. Goddess Girls follows four goddesses-in-training – Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Artemis – as they navigate the ins and outs of divine social life at Mount Olympus Academy, where the most priviledged gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.

In book 5, Principal Zeus asks Athena to help Heracles (aka Hercules in the Roman pantheon) complete his twelve labors. But when Heracles starts borrowing Athena's friends things without asking, will she be able to help him set things straight?

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Goddess Girls Series, #5
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5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The New Mortal

WHO’S THAT?” ATHENA ASKED, GESTURING toward an unfamiliar boy as she plunked her tray onto the table where she and her goddessgirl friends always sat for lunch. The entire cafeteria at Mount Olympus Academy was buzzing with excitement over him. Usually she didn’t pay much attention to boys, but even she couldn’t help noticing this one. Dressed in a lion-skin cape—its jaws fit his head like a helmet—he was tall with dark, curly hair, and bursting with muscles like Atlas, the school’s champion weightlifter.

Aphrodite arched a perfectly shaped eyebrow. “You haven’t heard? His name’s Heracles. He was admitted to the Academy only this morning.” A look of disapproval came into her lovely blue eyes as she glanced at him. “I’ll admit he’s cute, but he has absolutely no sense of fashion.”

Athena took a bite of her hero sandwich. A lion cape was perhaps overkill as a fashion statement.

“I heard he’s a skilled archer,” said Artemis. “But I’ll believe it when I see it.”

She frowned in his direction. “Word is that he’s mortal, just like Orion. So maybe he’s a liar, too.” Orion had been her disappointing first crush, too stuck on himself to notice anyone else’s feelings—especially hers. Now she tended to look upon all boys with suspicion, particularly those who reminded her of Orion in any way.

Persephone took a sip from her carton of nectar. “So he’s mortal and he dresses weird. That doesn’t mean he isn’t nice.” She was sensitive about stuff like that. Probably because her crush, Hades, had often been misunderstood just because he came from the Underworld.

A burst of admiring laughter came from the table where Heracles sat, drawing the girls’ eyes. He seemed to have wasted no time in making new friends among the godboys. Several of them, including Hades; Artemis’s twin brother, Apollo; Ares; and Poseidon were hanging on his every word. Athena couldn’t quite hear what Heracles was saying, but whatever it was probably involved weapons, war, sports, or hunting. In her experience, those were the topics that interested godboys most. Sure enough, moments later Heracles passed around his big, knobby club, which the boys oohed and aahed over. Not to be outdone, Poseidon showed off his trident, and Apollo, his bow.

Aphrodite nudged Athena. “So, what’s your opinion?”

Thinking she must have missed part of the conversation, Athena asked, “About what?”

“About Heracles.”

Aphrodite, Artemis, and Persephone leaned toward her, as if anxious to hear what she had to say. Athena hesitated. She could well remember how nervous she felt when she first came to MOA less than a year ago. Most of the godboys and goddessgirls here, including her three best friends, had been together for years by then. They were all so beautiful, handsome, gifted, and amazing. If she’d suspected at the time that they were discussing her—sizing her up and making judgments—she would’ve felt way more nervous.

“Maybe we should try to put ourselves in his sandals and wonder what he’s thinking of us, instead of the other way around,” she suggested. “He’s probably wondering if we’re all going to like him. Perhaps he’s trying to impress those godboys.”

Aphrodite blinked. “I never thought of that.”

Persephone smiled at Athena in admiration. “That’s beyond brainy thinking, even for you.”

“Words of wisdom from the goddessgirl of wisdom herself!” added Artemis.

“Thanks,” Athena told them. The praise was nice, but honestly, although she knew she was brainy, she wasn’t so sure she deserved the title of goddessgirl of wisdom. If she were truly wise, she wouldn’t have made all the mistakes she’d made since she’d been here at MOA—like flooding the Earth with inventions, taking on too many classes and extracurriculars, and turning Medusa’s hair into snakes. Besides, words meant nothing without action. So far, she hadn’t done anything herself to welcome Heracles. Well, she could change that.

She finished off her hero sandwich, hoping it would make her feel a little more heroic. Then, gathering her courage, she stood up from the table. “I’m going over to say hi to him. You know, welcome him to the Academy.” She hesitated a moment. Putting herself forward like that didn’t come easy to her—especially with boys. As her friends looked at her in surprise, she hinted, “Anyone want to come with me?”

Before the others could reply, the school intercom crackled to life. There was a tapping sound, as if someone was repeatedly poking at the button. Then Principal Zeus’s voice boomed out of the speaker over the cafeteria door, making everyone jump. “IS THIS THING ON?” Tap tap tap. “MS. HYDRA?” Tap tap tap. “YOU SURE?” After some more crackling, he finally thundered out his message: “CALLING ATHENA! REPORT TO MY OFFICE. PRONTO. ON THE DOUBLE!” A pause. “OH YEAH, AND BY THE WAY, THIS IS PRINCIPAL ZEUS, YOUR DEAR OL’ DAD, IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GUESS!”

Every eye in the cafeteria swung her way. Athena gulped. Zeus was never one to say please, especially if he was displeased about something. After all, he was King of the Gods and Ruler of the Heavens, so manners were not his first priority.

“Change of plans, everyone. I’ll see you later.” Leaving her tray on the table, Athena hurried out the door. Even though—or maybe because— Principal Zeus was her dad, she worried about pleasing him more than anyone else at MOA did. Her stomach did acrobatic flips as she rushed down the hall to his office. She racked her brain trying to think if she’d done something wrong. She was making straight As, so surely none of the teachers had complained. But her dad wasn’t big on friendly fatherly talks or idle chitchat, either. So what could he possibly want?

© 2011 Joan Holub

Meet the Author

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at

Suzanne Williams is the author of over fifty books for children, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, and the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives outside Seattle, Washington, and is online at

Together, Joan and Suzanne write the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series.

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Athena the Wise 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 237 reviews.
Maureen Mucci More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. I absolutly LOVE this series! Athena is my favorite character. I'm just like her.
rockstarlovespercyjackson More than 1 year ago
i like these books and read them for fun, even though they are not very accurate.i have already read percy jackson, and have all of the goddess girls books.i think they are fun to part doesn't make sense: i know that posidan,hades,and zeus are brothers but how come zeus is the principal,and posidan and hades are students at Mount Olympus Academy?
Katyandkids More than 1 year ago
This one's based on the 12 Labors of Heracles (Hercules in Roman; Heracles in Greek myth). It focuses on Athena as she tries to help Heracles complete the labors so he won't be kicked out of Mount Olympus Academy. The authors have hit their stride with this one. The humor is great and the emotions are real. I like that the stories and humor don't talk down to kids. Clever, clever, clever. And the covers are amazing. I just want to frame them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book with a clever plot. I love hearing about the greek mythology characters. I would reccomend this to anybody that is looking for a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book and Athena is my favorite charecter! Me and Athena are so much alike!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love greek stories I've read all of the Percy Jackson books and Godess Girls just adds to the exitment !I highly recomend it for girls of all ages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME!!! I'm going on to number seven, Artemis the Something that I Forgot. I bet it'll be as great as the rest of these books!!!
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I have the book and it rules!
Loves123Reading More than 1 year ago
I have read all of these books and this one looks so good! I have also read the Percy Jackson books, and both these series have a lot in common. I can't wait to read this one! I can just tell by the cover that this will be a great one! Keep on writing these books! Millions of people love them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this series. I love Greek mythology. I love Athena! I wear owl necklaces, which an owl is a symbol of Athena and a symbol of wisdom. I'm the most like Athena than any other goddessgirl. I'm a huge nerd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of these books. Sorry if ou cant read so wrds im typing fast because im suposts to be cleaning my romm and i dont want to get caught. Anyways i love all of thee books im only ten but ive read almost all of these books anf i love the series. By got to go my mom is walking down te hall way t my room ere she comes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's gud
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! One, it is the first book in the series that actually has mutual romance! Two, athena and heracles are like, MEANT for each other. Can someone PLEASE tell me if they like, break up or something? Three, IDK. Four, its so sweet! LUV THIS BOOK. Ya hear me auther? I love your book. See ya divas!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
IT IS A REALLY GOOD BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series,but some names and facts didn't work together.(example: If Pershephone's mother is Ceres , Pershephone would be Proserpine, not Pershephone) Otherwise great,wait no,PERFECT series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant stop reading these books i just lve them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book!!!!
Hadley Perez More than 1 year ago
so good. i feel like reading it again
Linda Conrado More than 1 year ago
i really liked it
Anonymous 9 months ago
Awsome it was the best book ive ever read in my intier life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story that makes you eant to reaf more and amor of!!! I love this book very much abd you need to read the other goddess girl books! You have to bye this book. " -
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would tell them to stop. If they continue id tell but if they stop i would be thier friend again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By the way i love what yiu say ava