Oh. My. Gods. (Oh.My.Gods Series #1)

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When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe's well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the ?berexclusive Academy. If it isn't hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe's classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you're running against teammates with superpowers, dealing ...

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Overview

When Phoebe's mom returns from Greece with a new husband and plans to move to an island in the Aegean Sea, Phoebe's well-plotted senior year becomes ancient history. Now, instead of enjoying a triumphant track season and planning for college with her best friends, Phoebe is trying to keep her head above water at the ?berexclusive Academy. If it isn't hard enough being the new kid in school, Phoebe's classmates are all descendents of the Greek gods! When you're running against teammates with superpowers, dealing with a stepsister from Hades, and nursing a crush on a boy who is quite literally a god, the drama takes on mythic proportions!

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Publishers Weekly

Phoebe Castro's plans for her senior year undergo a radical makeover when her widowed mother returns early from a Greek vacation, engaged to a man she's just met and determined to whisk Phoebe off to the tiny Aegean island of Serfopoula, where her future stepfather runs the academy that Phoebe will attend. The twist: it's Plato's Academy, now filled with the descendants of the Greek gods and goddesses. Debut author Childs's creativity in manipulating mythology gives an otherwise familiar plot a fun, fresh update. The academy's cliques, for example, include the Zeus/Hera set (into "power, privilege, and partying"), the Poseidon crowd (surfers) and nerds, who descend from Hephaestus ("I think he's embarrassed by them," one student confides). Add the romantic island setting, snappy dialogue, boys as handsome as Adonis, a few conniving (but ultimately harmless) villains and a protagonist who is a hard-core athlete as much as a girl who squeals about the possibility of a date, and together they make an effervescent, fast-paced read. Ages 12-up. (May)

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VOYA - Robyn Guedel
High school junior Phoebe Castro is getting ready to have the best summer of her life before she starts her senior year. She has just won the final cross-country meet and is almost guaranteed a scholarship to USC when her world is turned upside down. Her mother drops the bombshell that they are moving to a remote island in Greece and that she is getting re-married. Relocated on the small island of Serfopoula, Phoebe learns that her soon-to-be stepfather is the headmaster at the school she will be attending. But it is no ordinary school. The students are descendants of the Greek gods and have many special powers. Teens will love this romance with a bit of mythology thrown in for good measure. Childs does a great job of character development and creating a fast-paced plot to keep readers engaged. Many readers will easily relate to the anxiety of starting a new school and welcoming new siblings into a blended family. The author leaves the ending open to suggest a possible series of future adventures with the gifted students. Although the superpowers premise has been used before, female teens will still enjoy this read. Reviewer: Robyn Guedel
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up- Phoebe Castro is a distance runner who plans on winning a full-ride cross-country scholarship to USC with her two best friends. Then her mother returns from a family reunion abroad with a Greek fiancé who runs a private school and announces that she and Phoebe will be moving to an island in the Aegean. The news gets worse as the teen arrives to find out that there is no scheduled ferry service from the island. To top off everything, she learns that every other student is descended from one or more Greek gods. Her new stepfather tells her that she cannot share this fact with anyone, for the safety of everyone on Serfopoula. Things seem to be looking up when she meets an absolutely gorgeous guy while running on the beach and, despite her lack of divine ancestry, she is granted a provisional place on the cross-country team. The IMs fly back and forth between Greece and southern California, magical hijinks abound, and classes and practice keep the protagonist busy. The story is part "Harry Potter," part Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief (Hyperion/Miramax, 2005), and part shojo, and it will keep teens, particularly girls, reading to find out if Phoebe will finally fit in, get her crush, and make the team.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Few situations are more difficult than adjusting to a new stepfamily, but what if they are all descendants of the gods? After her mother's surprise marriage, Phoebe is whisked away to a mysterious island in Greece where she must spend her senior year at the exclusive Academy. Unfortunately, the fact that her new stepfather is the headmaster is just the start of her problems. In addition to ducking the supernatural powers of her stepsister, steering clear of Hades's progeny and navigating all manner of mythical problems, she must figure out how to land a place on the cross-country team. Normally that would not be an issue for a talented runner like Phoebe, but the other runners include the offspring of some pretty swift gods, including Hermes himself. Riding the wave of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series (The Battle of the Labyrinth, 2008), the mythological concept elevates the usual high-school dramas of cliques, romances and scandals to new heights. Funny and light, this tale is a romance of Olympian proportions. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142414200
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/14/2009
  • Series: Oh.My.Gods Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 219,917
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Tera Lynn Childs has been an actor, architect, historian, and seventh-grade teacher. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Oh.My.Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs Review

    Right off the bat I just have to say that this was a fun book to read. I've always been fascinated with Greek and Roman mythology, right from the start in middle school where it was a large part of my history class' curriculum. And not much has changed. I'm still interested in mythology and folklore, but I've expanded my horizons since sixth grade, and my interests now vary and include exploring cultures other than Greek and Roman. But when I came across this book and found it a was another fun spin on Greek mythology I couldn't resist...and I'm glad I didn't. Oh.My.Gods. is book I'm glad I added to my collection.

    I've read a lot of great books lately but not many have been light reads. Some were intense and others very dramatic and emotional. This book was not any of those things in my opinion. It was light and I found it easy to fly through the pages. It was extremely fun to read about the main character Phoebe and her struggles to fit in as a "nothos" or a human without any godly blood running through her gene pool. Tera Lynn Childs' spin on a modern day version of a high school that caters to the descendants of the Greek gods was entertaining.

    Phoebe dealt with the typical struggles of a normal teenage girl; fitting in at a new high school, close-knit cliques that are very hard to break into, making friends, crushing on cute but unfortunately not so nice boys, and having her single mother marry a complete stranger. While these issues may be ones we've all heard of before or experienced in part for ourselves, the writing and this particular story were not. The writing was clever and witty and was not overloaded with teenage slang, it was funny throughout and often I found myself laughing out loud at parts which is not always the case for me. A chuckle or two can be expected while reading a comedy but some parts in this novel were just downright funny and hard to resist.

    If you're looking for a fun read, this might be something for you to pick up. The sequel, Goddess Boot Camp, is out and I'll be downloading it to my Kindle momentarily. I want to find out what happens next with Phoebe and the whole gang. It may not fall into my category of keeping me up late at night because I had to find out what happens next but at the same time that wasn't what I was looking for at the moment. I wanted FUN and I got it in spades with this book.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    Couldn't put it down!!!

    Poor Phoebe is dragged off to a Greek island, away from her best friends, only to learn her new stepfather is headmaster at a school for the descendents of the Greek gods. Unless she can keep up her grades and make the track team, she'll lose her scholarship to USC and the chance to return home for college. But how does a girl hold her own against super-kids determined to make her life miserable? And then there's her track nemisis Griffin, too gorgeous for even a Greek god. Luckily I started this book on a Saturday afternoon because I read it in one sitting and immediately wanted more. (Yes, I've heard there's a sequel coming but not quickly enough!!!) I loved Phoebe and her friends, both old and new. Mythology is cleverly woven into the story but never takes over. Although it's a young adult book, it's so original and fun, even adults will enjoy it. Buy it. Now.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book is great! It's perfect if you like Greek mythology and even if you dont youll still love this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Love Griffin

    Love this! My hardcover had a different cover... but this is a cool book! I didnt even have to google any Roman gods! Easy to follow, and no, its not a trick-your-kids-into-learning books. Although it holds some facts, they only say whats needed for the story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2008

    New Greek Myths In the Making

    As if being a student athlete isn't hard enough, Phoebe Castro has her world turned upside-down when her mom announces that she is getting remarried and that she and Phoebe will be moving to Greece. And, as if being the new girl isn't hard enough...Phoebe finds that she's the only girl without supernatural powers at a school filled with descendants of the Greek gods. Fortunately Phoebe's not easily daunted, and she rallies to become a superstar in her own right. Fun, fresh fiction that I loved. I am looking forward to the sequel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

    Read this last year! Can't buy it on my nook, though. Not a rip off, almost completely different than Percy Jackson and The Olympians. Can't wait until I have a gift card!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) ;) :)
    ;)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    get this

    this book is very good and full of greek mythology and romance!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Outstanding

    It was so great. Even though i have thousands of books.i couldnt help but buy the second one. I owe like a thousand dollars on the credit card

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    An Okay Read

    The story just seemed overly cliche to me. I understand that it's supposed to be a high school drama, but all of these high school food-chain/popularity pyramids are starting to get a bit old. There were a lot of really predictable scenes in this story and the characters lacked depth. I felt like their conflicts were too easily solved and often these heart-to-hearts were randomly placed.
    However, it was a fun read and the fact the story was set in one of the world's most beautiful countries was a big plus. The idea of mixing the present with the past also scored points in my book. Mythology is always a fun thing to play around with and the author certainly did a good job with taking Greek myths and spinning them into a story of her own.
    While this may have been a fun and easy read for me, I wish the book could have been longer so as to let the characters develop better. I mean, what happened to the Hades girl? Kassandra, was it? Overall, I give this book three stars.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Ok

    I didnt read it

    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2009

    wth?

    this sounds like a rip off of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, if you ask me.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    To all reveiwers

    The greek gods werent derived FROM Percy Jackson. They were from myths. And the phrase "oh my gods" is what demigods say.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    OK read

    LOTS OF SWEARING, geeze take a breck no one wants to read all those profanities nor no apparent reason,

    This book had a lot of the sterio typical popular chain and highschool woes a little too over done if you ask me,
    BUT THIS BOOK WAS A GOOD LIGHT READ
    but the ending, i hate, how cheezy can you get!
    I debated alot on the rateing, light read, one star, good writing, star, realistic in a weird way, star, nice topic, one star, good and interesting with sports weavd in, star, unessessey profanitys, minus a star, wwwaaayyyy to chezy ending,Uggh, minus a star.
    You see my problem?
    Ok to read, i would only recoment this for a at the very youngest an 11 year old who has allready been exposed to the more couse swears.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    COOL

    This book is a great read for girls.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Great book

    I have to say right off the bat this was an awsome book. This book will have you laughing so hard. I would recamend this book to every one i know. So in shorter terms GET THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    this is one of my favorite books! I like that it's not ALL about

    this is one of my favorite books! I like that it's not ALL about love, but there's just enough so that the story is balanced... I've always liked the Percy Jackson series so this was really exciting for me to find! I would definitely recommend this!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Into mythology and romance? This books for you...

    This book is one of my favs. I find Griffen extremely appealing and I this Phoebe is one of a kind. This book got me into running and now it's my favorite sport. The links to greek mythology are ingenius. Although, the beginning is a bit abrupt when it jumps into the story, it is great.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

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    For Teenage Girl Fans of Percy Jackson

    I found Oh. My. Gods. to be a very enjoyable read. It was easy to follow, but somewhat confusing in points. Also, the ending was quite predictable. Those things aside, Oh. My. Gods. was engaging and different. You can't help but root for Phoebe along the way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Reviewed by Hannah Marie for TeensReadToo.com

    When Phoebe Castro is forced to move to a Greek island after her mother decides to remarry, her life is shattered. She must leave behind her two best friends and her hopes of receiving a track scholarship to USC.

    To make things even worse, her stepfather, evil stepsister, and all of the residents of Serfopoula for that matter are not what one would call normal.

    They are all descendants of Greek gods and goddesses.

    Phoebe must learn to adjust to her new lifestyle and high school, all while learning about herself and finding a new path to travel.

    Quick, lighthearted, and bursting with Greek mythology, OH. MY. GODS. is perfect for those carefree summer days, or anytime one needs to escape to a faraway place.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Mason

    Ok making sure

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