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Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls Series #5)

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Athena uses her wisdom to help out a new kid—who happens to be Hercules—in this Goddess Girls story.

When a mortal named Hercules transfers to Mount Olympus Academy, Athena wants to help him fit in. Not only does Hercules need help finding friends and adjusting to life at his new school, but he must also complete twelve “labors” in order to earn a permanent place at the academy—and a shot at achieving immortality.

Athena’s dad, Principal Zeus, ...

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Overview

Athena uses her wisdom to help out a new kid—who happens to be Hercules—in this Goddess Girls story.

When a mortal named Hercules transfers to Mount Olympus Academy, Athena wants to help him fit in. Not only does Hercules need help finding friends and adjusting to life at his new school, but he must also complete twelve “labors” in order to earn a permanent place at the academy—and a shot at achieving immortality.

Athena’s dad, Principal Zeus, takes an interest in the new kid and asks his daughter to secretly watch out for him as he tries to complete his tasks. It will take all of Athena’s famed wisdom to sort out her own problems and help Hercules succeed!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
In book five of the “Goddess Girls” series, authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams ask the question in regards to revenge, “how far is too far?” Holub and Williams do an excellent job of weaving the Greek characters together with situations that girls face today. The authors also give readers age-appropriate situations between Athena and her growing affection for Heracles along with her embarrassing relationship with her Father, Zeus. Heracles is a mortal that was transferred to the Academy. Athena understands what he is going through to fit in and with the urging of her father, Principal Zeus, secretly helps Heracles complete his twelve labors. If Heracles does not complete these twelve labors, he will be kicked out of school. However, as Athena sneaks around to help Heracles, she must use her wisdom to solve her own problems in order for him to succeed. The recommended age range for this book is spot-on. Authors Holub and Williams keep the action moving forward and the pages keep turning. While more and more books are added to this series, the books do get longer but it will surely delight their readers. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442474772
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Goddess Girls Series , #5
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 246
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Holub

Joan Holub is the author of more than 130 books for young readers, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, Zero the Hero, Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, and Shampoodle. She lives in North Carolina. Visit her at JoanHolub.com.

Suzanne Williams is the author of thirty-five books for young readers, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, Library Lil, Ten Naughty Little Monkeys, and the Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power series. She lives near Seattle in Washington State. Visit her at Suzanne-Williams.com.

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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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2011

    Great book

    This is a wonderful book. I absolutly LOVE this series! Athena is my favorite character. I'm just like her.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    cool

    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 read.one 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?

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    My favorite so far!

    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.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Luv the book

    I have the book and it rules!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    I LOOOOOVVVVVVVED IT SO SWEET AT THE END :-)

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Good book

    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.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Rg

    This is my favorite book and Athena is my favorite charecter!
    Me and Athena are so much alike!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A fascinatingly persuasive and beautifully described book, this is one of the best.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Bubbling Dubbies!!!

    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!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Can hardly wait!

    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!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    READ THIS REVIEW

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Hi

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    To+whoever+said+stay+away+from+this+book...

    I+like+it.+Even+though++the+facts+are+incorrect%2C+this+story+is+only+based+on+greek+myths.+So+let+the+readers+read+this+book%21%21

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Loved it

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    I've read one trough seventeen

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    Read it

    It's gud

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Love it

    Love it

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    What

    I dont know if i should buy it?...?...?.....

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Rachel

    If you want to know what happens at the end. Heracles has to do labours and one of them was to kiss a girl and he kissed athena

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    To SL

    HURRY UP!!!!!!!!!! YOUR FANS ARE WAITING!!!!!!!!! HURRY UP!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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