Heaven Sent (Goddesses Series #1)

Heaven Sent (Goddesses Series #1)

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by Clea Hantman
     
 

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Three goddesses, banished to earth by their dad, Zeus (yeah, that Zeus)...Era, on mortal boys: "Look at him. Even the gods back home aren't that cute."

Polly, on Nova High gossip: "I'm simply not in the mood to chatter on about silly spiteful girlsor cute Johnny Jims or sauerkraut breath."

Thalia, on earth: "I mean, we don't know what earth is like.

Overview

Three goddesses, banished to earth by their dad, Zeus (yeah, that Zeus)...Era, on mortal boys: "Look at him. Even the gods back home aren't that cute."

Polly, on Nova High gossip: "I'm simply not in the mood to chatter on about silly spiteful girlsor cute Johnny Jims or sauerkraut breath."

Thalia, on earth: "I mean, we don't know what earth is like. Maybe it's all leprechaunsand roses. Maybe it's an adventure every day. Maybe it's space-age."

Polly, Era, and Thalia are stuck on earth, and to get back to Olympus, they've got to prove they've learned their lesson. And they've got to get through high school in the meantime. Which would be hard enough without the horribly evil Furies threatening to destroy their chances of ever seeing home again....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hantman's (Hey, Day!) flighty tale (which begins, "Oh, poop!") launches the Goddesses series, starring a trio of Zeus's daughters. They, along with six other sisters, are known as the Muses. At the prodding of their vindictive stepmother, Hera, Zeus banishes practical Polly, innocent Era and headstrong Thalia from the heavens as punishment for a prank. Though the aging god intends to send them to the Athens of 423 B.C., he bumbles his order and instead the teens land in Athens, Ga., in 2001. Tapping the comical potential of their predicament, sassy narrator Thalia gets the story off to a spirited start, as the sisters initially confront clothing fads, modern appliances and the lifestyle and lingo of contemporary mortal high school students. The author successfully interjects several incidents reminiscent of slapstick alien routines (on the first day of school, ravenous Era bites into a candy bar without removing the wrapper), yet the gag soon grows old and the narrative becomes repetitious and sluggish. Thalia discloses her relationship with her best friend and suitor, the love-smitten Apollo, in flashbacks, and intermittently offers flippant snippets of Greek mythology ("I have eight sisters total, so there are nine of us. We're Goddesses of inspiration, Goddesses of the arts, and a real kick at parties"). Unfortunately, they may not be enough of a kick to hook readers on subsequent installments of their earthly exploits. Ages 10-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
This refreshing book brings mythology into modern day and at the same time, helps teach a life lesson. Thalia, Era and Polly are the daughters of Zeus. They have been sent to earth in Athens, Georgia, year 2001, as a punishment for some events that occurred on Olympus. In order for each of them to return home, they must learn the life lesson that their father has created for each of them and go to high school. However, they are not the only ones going to earth—thanks to Hera who sends the evil Furies. When the girls begin school, Polly meets Tim, is smitten and a friendship develops between them based on their love of poetry and music. This friendship is quickly ruined because a group of snotty girls nicknamed the "Backroom Betties" have created a plot to take Tim's attention away from Polly by embarrassing her in front of the whole school. Polly is miserable, so Thalia and Era take her to the local hangout to cheer her up, which is quickly spoiled because the "Backroom Betties" are there and so is Tim. He sings a song that Polly wrote for him, which upsets Polly. Thalia is mad about this and has a feeling that she has seen the "Backroom Betties" before, then discovers that they are the Furies. A game of control begins between Thalia and the Furies with their magic, which causes Tim's voice to sing and then not sing. Polly decides to help Tim and realizes she has met her challenge to make decisions for herself and feels good about it. The angry Furies leave to plot out their next nasty plan. The author creatively incorporates two storylines into one throughout, which helps explain why Thalia, Era and Polly are sent to earth. This well written book is not too deep, is enchanting andlight-hearted. It is sure to generate reader enthusiasm for the next book in the "Goddesses" series. 2001, 17th Street Productions, $4.99. Ages 10 up. Reviewer:Christy Oestreich
VOYA
How did three of the Greek Muses ever end up as high school students in Athens, Georgia? This first book in a new series, Goddesses, is as cute and frothy as its characters, Era, Polly, and Thalia. Thalia, betrothed to Apollo, has no desire to marry and spoil all her fun. She devises a plan that promptly backfires, infuriating Hera and Daddy Zeus. As punishment, Zeus banishes the three conspirators to Earth. Unfortunately, he makes a slight miscalculation and the girls are propelled forward in time to 2002, ending up in the wrong Athens. Hera sends the Furies along to create trouble and tension, and they do it well. High school scenes are believable; all the requisite groups are represented. Many denizens of Olympus are mentioned, giving a quick introduction to Greek mythology. The story starts in the middle, with some chapters depicting the current situation, while italicized chapters, narrated by Thalia, fill in all the background details. Goddesses #2: Three Girls and a God will continue the story as Apollo follows the Muses into the future. Younger teens intrigued by Greek mythology will get a kick out of this light yet engaging new series. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2001, HarperCollins, 192p, $4.99 pb. Ages 11 to 15. Reviewer: Roxy Ekstrom SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
KLIATT
Greek mythology enters the 21st century. Based upon a contemporary premise (three girls trying to survive Athens, Georgia's Nova High in 2002) and sprinkled with fantasy (time travel from Ancient Greece to the present), this captivating series stars Era, Polly and Thalia. They are three of the nine Muses of Greek mythology, otherwise known as Erato (goddess of love poetry), Polyhymnia (goddess of sacred poetry) and Thalia (goddess of comedy), daughters of Zeus, and Mnemosyne (Titan goddess of memory). In the first volume, Heaven Sent, the trio plots to foil Thalia's arranged marriage to Apollo (leader of the Muses). Not that the humorous, prank-pulling Thalia dislikes Apollo, but she would rather remain single, become a huntress and go to battles. Marriage to Apollo would stand in the way, unless Thalia puts The Book of Hades' Secret Spells (which she stole from her wicked stepmother, Hera) to good use. How can she resist? With universal conflicts, such as how to get along in a crowd, what to wear, father problems, stepmother interference, puppy love, sibling rivalry, peer competition and more, Goddesses transcends time. The thoroughly modern Muses continue to tear up the 21st century in Three Girls and A God. Banished from Ancient Greece as a result of a prank in Vol. 1, Era, Polly and Thalia haven't yet earned their return home to Olympus. None of the muses have mended their ways; they broke the rules by using magic and are in jeopardy of failing high school. What's worse, the Furies (disguised as the Backroom Betties) report the Muses' every move to their stepmother Hera, who is ready to commit them to Hades forever if they slip up once more. Unfortunately, thegirls are too caught up with dreamy-eyed boys and the latest fashions to keep their eyes on the Furies. Seeing that his daughters need a little help from above, Zeus allows Apollo to appear in disguise. Can Apollo be any match for the Furies? Once again, Clea Hantman captivates with a fantastic combination of mythical and modern characters and a plot with age-old, yet universal problems. (Goddesses series, #1). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2002, HarperCollins, Avon, 172p.,
— Lynne Remick
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Three Muses, Thalia, Era, and Polly, give their deity Daddy, Zeus, a rough ride after hexing their stepmother, Hera, with a "makeunder" from Hades. Zeus doles out severe punishment by banishing his girls to time out in Athens, GA, as modern-day high school students. The only way back is for the teens to pass their father's test and defeat age-old arch enemies, the Furies, who have likewise enrolled in Athens High. This tale, winding teenspeak around Greek choruses and legends, will appeal to hip adolescents up for a new take on an old tale. The story, while modest, develops easily around its simple plot and promises follow-up titles in the series. Characters are engaging and footnotes help update readers on classical genealogy. Blending magic with girl power, this novel is a clever marriage of two genres-myth and contemporary teen novel-and a fresh addition to YA collections.-Lisa Denton, Oneida-Herkimer School Library System, Utica, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061954092
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
Goddesses , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
900,335
File size:
690 KB
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

Oh, poop. I'd surely done it this time.

Daddy sounded mad. Not just Medusa mad but heaven and hell mad. Don't get me wrong; I rather enjoy it when Daddy's a little ticked off And that's not to say that I enjoy seeing him unhappy. It's just that when he does get a teeny bit mad, well, things get a little more exciting. When Daddy gets mad, the opera unfolds.

But this time it was different.

Era, Polly, and I had just woken up. We'd been summoned as we were, which meant we were wearing only our chiffon nighties. We hadn't even had time to change into our velvet day dresses. The large room where we now knelt before our father was cavernous, cold, and damp, and goose bumps crawled up and down my legs. Why does Daddy keep the throne room like this, anyway? I wondered. All cold and scary and dark? He didn't even have any chairs. Chairs would have been nice. It's not easy to keep yourself poised perfectly on bended knee so early in the morning.

I looked over at my two sisters and reflected that my hair couldn't possibly look as bad. Era's dangling blond curls were so flattened that they resembled the straw from a stanky old mortal mattress. And although Polly had tried to pull her own long, straight hair back into a ponytail, it was smushed against the sides of her face as if a big ol' vat of the purest Greek olive oil had been poured squarely over her head. They both looked about as icky as I felt.

The three of us had to strain to hear Daddy and Hera argue, even though they weren't but five feet away from us, sitting on their high thrones. They were talking in these loud but echoey and unintelligible hushes, making it almostimpossible to tell what they were planning for us three. The problem three.

They hadn't even acknowledged our presence or said good morning or, better yet, apologized for waking us so abruptly. Daddy just continued to talk his nonsense, to her "Well, Hera, I don't know, dear -- Tharniasfgh is neeeernddgh and quite bleak. Don't you think raitnghh on two mojld be far treeiergh?"

"I think he said, 'Tartarus is merry with a nice creek. Don't you think that taking on ghouls would be eerier?'" Era whispered, her eyes widening in fear. Era is not the brightest of my sisters.

"I do not! " yelled my stepmom extraordinaire, Hera the Evil. And then her tones went back to muffled. "I want them flone, blanirershed, out of cly bears, trerevere!"

"Uh-oh, wait, I think she said, 'I want them done, varnished, and with new hairdos forever,'" mistranslated Era again. "She's sending us to the Beautorium forever! How lovely!"

For the first time Polly took her eyes off Daddy and Hera and snapped her head toward Era, glowering. "Era, don't be such a fool-this is serious. They are not sending us to get our hair done or our nails polished or our legs waxed. They are discussing our demise. Our demise, dear sister. You've both really done it this time."

"Us!" I yelled so loud, my dad and Hera stopped their bickering for a moment to look our way. I lowered my head and continued a bit more quietly. "You had just as much to do with this fiasco as we did. In fact, if I recall, this was your very own idea. I mean, most of it was. I mean, well, I didn't come up with it all on my own. I didn't even know about the bag and goat hair and the--"

"Oh, don't you, even," Polly interrupted. But that was all she said. She pursed up her lips and yanked at her ponytail, then looked straight ahead, her nose tilted slightly in the air. I opened my mouth to say more about the whole "incident," the thing that got us here, but promptly shut it. There was no use arguing with Polly.

We knelt there in our own silence, listening to our father appeal to Hera, Polly looking angry as Hades at me, and Era looking, well, half asleep and half afraid.

"But sweetie, these are my girls," Daddy pleaded more loudly than before.

Witchy-witch Hera just sat above us on her gilded, jeweled throne with her hands crossed, not letting my father catch her eyes, which were now burrowing a small hole in my skull. Or at least that's what it felt like. She had the evil stare of a black vulture at midnight.

I just smiled a stubborn smile at her.

Daddy continued to beg. "But honey, snookums, be reasonable. Yes, the girls have been utterly wretched, but..."

Well, I wouldn't have said we were "wretched." I liked to think of our behavior as "delightfially disobedient." Course, for once, I knew better than to say that out loud.

". . . but Please have some mercy on them for me." Daddy was actually truly whining now. I'd never seen him so, so, so ... weak.

My father is Zeus. Yeah, the Zeus. Ruler of the heavens, supreme master of the Olympians, god of the weather, black clouds, lightning bolts, blah, blah, blah. He's a pretty good guy, although the man is so busy wreaking vengance and overseeing all of Olympus that he hardly has time to be a real dad. He used to be a great dad-always taking me and my sisters down to earth to see the sea nymphs and play with the mortal children. But now he's kind of, well, old. And he's married to Hera, who we've had to put up with ever since my mother, bless her soul, passed on, leaving my sisters and me behind. The nine of us, collectively, are known around town as the Muses."

Goddesses #1: Heaven Sent. Copyright © by Clea Hantman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Clea came to the project as a teen-junk-store-owner and writer, having written for magazines such as Details, Transworld's Warp, Option and countless other newspapers.

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Heaven Sent (Goddesses Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Liz Mills More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book when I was in 4th at a school book fair, and I fell in love with it. The next year I bought the second bok, but then I lost the series! I couldn't find these books anywhere. I have spent years trying to find the rest of the seeries, so I am definitely going to tell you to buy this! It is a great book for kids, preteens, and even young adults. I would suggest grade six through nine as the optimal age for this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book when i was in 6th grade in a book fair, and i was instently drawn in...I later bought the second one and loved it. Now i am a Senior in High school and i must say i still read them from time to time I havent read the other ones but trust me i am going to go buy them Now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old got this book tonight at the book fair at her local school as a give away for buying so many books. She could not put the book down until she was finished with it. In about 2 hours she had read the book from cover to cover. She was disappointed after reading the preview for the next book in the series because she wanted to read it right away. She said it wasn't fair to tease her with just a little preview and not finish the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great if you wanna kick back and relax. It has romance, suspense, and just about everything a girl loves in a book. SO MUCH BETTER THAN TV!!!!!!!!!!!! Although, it would make a great television series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the goddesses series; it's the best! This one so far is my total fav. Those evil furies ruin every chance Thalia and her sisters have of ever seeing home again,(or seeing Apollo).I highly recomened this book to anyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was so good!!! it seems like it was heaven sent, literally
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. It Rox!=)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good. I couldn't put it down. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you start reading this you might get alaugh. Things get worse and more problems come on, you will see that it becomes more interesting and adicting. I think if girls like fictional books, you might like this. Altough others may not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three words 'Heavenly Sweet Book'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book i ever read! Im going to buy all the other goddesses book. Thalia and apollo make such a cute cuople. read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading it and I can't wait to read the next one. This book is so cool. It has tons of romance and is really funny. Anyone who reads this book will love it. I just have to read the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis was a great book. I just had to read it. I couldn't even put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I couldn't put it down once I started to read it!! It was really good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I likeded this book cause it was raw bout how them girls was kicked out of heaven and down to earth [by the way have you seen that movie down to earth that was raw too. that guy was sent down to earth as a white rich man but he didn't know. that was a tight movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This will keep you asking questions,Great book for teens!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. Clea did a great job i'm in 8th grade and I had just finished learning about greek mythology and loved it when i brought this book and this was the fastest time i ever read a book before it was funny and exciting and i can't wait to read the rest of the series
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book soo much...it took me sometime to find the 2nd one because so many people just love these books. I can't wait till the 4th one comes out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clea Hantman's Goddesses is definetly a must-read for pre-teens, and not to mention teens, too! I'm 13, and I still enjoyed the book. I liked them so much, I pre-ordered the remainder of the series. Parents will definetly have to pry their kids from this book. All of the characters are relistic-- especially extroverted Thalia and punky Pocky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very enchanting and I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone & everyone!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. No matter what type of book you like...u should like it anyway. This book kept me turning the pages. It never ceased to have me locked to the book. READ IT!!This book is funny, clever, and has a great lesson behind it.
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Who think this book needs 1111111111111111 stars Call it me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i luv the percy jackson sereis ok but noone is copying they just use thalia in diffrent ways
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book,but here is a piece of news. The origibal Thalia was a daughter of Zeus and she was also the muse of comedy. Here is a bit of rick riordans pun:thalia grace. The thalia that is one of the seven muses was one of the three graces.haha.very puny rick riordan.