Pandora Gets Jealous (Pandora Series #1)

Pandora Gets Jealous (Pandora Series #1)

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by Carolyn Hennesy

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13-year-old Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy, for short) has no idea what she'll bring for her school project. By accident she discovers a simple box, said to contain something so terrifying and horrible that no one must ever, ever touch it for fear of inflicting all of mankind with the wrath of the Gods and Goddesses. This, of course, makes the box


13-year-old Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy, for short) has no idea what she'll bring for her school project. By accident she discovers a simple box, said to contain something so terrifying and horrible that no one must ever, ever touch it for fear of inflicting all of mankind with the wrath of the Gods and Goddesses. This, of course, makes the box the perfect thing for Pandora to bring for her school project. Unfortunately, things don't go quite the way she was hoping, and the box accidentally gets opened, unleashing all kinds of evil and misery into the world. Hauled before Zeus, Hera and the rest of immortals, Pandy's given the task of collecting all the evils within a year's time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Harry Potter meets Edith Hamilton in this cheeky rendition of Pandora's famous faux pas, first in the Mythic Adventures series. Prometheus's daughter, Pandora, sneaks the notorious box of evils out of hiding rather than bring her father's boring old eagle-eaten liver to a student competition at the Athena Maiden Middle School, where she accidentally opens it and releases the plagues of humanity. Sentenced by Zeus to retrieve them, Pandora is aided by secret gifts from some gods and goddesses who, as Hermes tells her, remember their own youthful mistakes: "A little petty thievery, a few unrequited loves, people mistakenly transformed into animals or trees or hideous monsters. Things we're not proudof, all right?" Pandy, accompanied by two stricken friends, finds her way to the Oracle at Delphi and gets Jealousy back. Aspiring Hellenists will appreciate Hennesy's informed liberties with her topic, and novices will be not only fine but possibly inspired to go further. Debut novelist Hennesy's Hollywood comedian background shows in her witty juxtapositions of modern popular culture and classical Greek legend: her work is rife with mythic creatures (dryads, satyrs, gorgons), magic (a talking diary, winged flying shoes, shape-shifting) and lively dialogue (" 'Hey, sorry about the light,' Hermes said. 'Standard procedure. Zeus wants everyone to be terribly afraid when I appear whether it's good news or bad; but that kind of thinking is sooooo Bronze Age, right?' "). Accurate where it counts, this loosely interpreted myth rarely misses a comic twist. Ages 9-12. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
School is much more than getting good grades and completing end of the year projects. School is about having friends, looking and being cool, puppy love crushes, and being popular. Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena, or Pandy as she is called, has none of those things, except for friends, or at least that is the way she feels. She has two best friends Alice and Iole, who are pretty much in the same category as she is in when it comes to school. Pandy is no ordinary middle school student. She and her friends live in ancient Greece, when the great gods of Olympus ruled the world. Her father is Prometheus the Titan, the immortal that brought fire to mankind and was punished for it by the greatest of all gods, Zeus. After many long years of suffering, Zeus released Prometheus from his suffering with one condition. This condition was that he had to guard a box that had all the evils in the world in it. If the box was ever opened the evils in the box would destroy mankind. Thankfully Zeus' daughter, Athena, put hope in the box to save mankind from completely being destroyed. Pandy, who is determined to impress everyone at school with her project of an example of the gods' enduring presence, takes this box to school. Pandy soon finds out she made a very bad decision. This novel is wonderfully written and downright funny. Readers will enjoy learning about the great ancient gods of Greek myths and will learn how to deal with peer pressures that have been around as long as myths. Readers will also be delighted to learn that the author of this novel is also an actress and trapeze artist, and she has written a whole series about Pandy and her friends. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown
School Library Journal

Gr 5-7- Given the recent proliferation of fine novels incorporating characters and themes from Greek mythology, including Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" series (Hyperion/Miramax), Anne Ursu's "Cronus Chronicles" (S & S), and Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris's "Young Heroes" books (HarperCollins), to name a few, there is little need to add this title to most collections. Hennesy's depiction of Pandora owes more to the influence of the "Gossip Girls" than to standard conceptions of the pantheon. It may be reasonable to portray Pandy as a spoiled brat. Other plot points-that a teenager takes the infamous box of troubles to school to fulfill a show-and-tell assignment-are harder to swallow. Altogether inessential.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY

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Product Details

Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
Pandora Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
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Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.16(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Hennesy has been an actress for many years, appearing in films and primetime television shows such as Legally Blonde 2, Dawson's Creek and That 70's Show. She can currently be seen on the daytime drama General Hospital. In her spare time, Carolyn teaches improvisational comedy and has become a flying trapeze artist. She lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was great I loved it. It was super cool and made me think Pandy (Pandora) was accually a great person. I loved this book so much I can't wait to read the next one, I would reccomend this to anyone who loves adventure. ^-^
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great book. I read it in 2 days!! I thought it was funny and interesting. I can't wait until the next one comes out!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In the times of ancient Greece, humans worshipped the Gods of Olympus. But there came a time when Zeus grew angry that humans weren't as reverent of the gods as they should be. And so, he took fire from the earth as punishment, plunging the earth into darkness. The Titan, Prometheus, took pity on man. He stole the fire from Mt. Olympus and returned it to earth. For his actions, Prometheus suffered many punishments. One of them was a box that Prometheus was condemned to care for. Inside the box the gods had placed evils and plagues that should never be unleashed on the earth or they would cause unbearable anguish. Along with the plagues, Athena placed one gift; Hope. The box was sealed and Prometheus took it into his care. "Prometheus was tormented and troubled. And then he married. And then he had a daughter. And then...she turned thirteen."

Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena, "Pandy" to her friends, is the only daughter of the Titan, Prometheus. She has just turned thirteen and is officially a "maiden" now. The problem is, her life is so boring. While there are people all over Greece doing wonderful, heroic things, Pandy and her friends Iole and Alcie are still in school. To make matters worse, a big project is due. Pandy must find a way to show the presence of the gods in everyday life. She knows she has to come up with something amazing this year. And then, Pandy finds a box that belongs to her father; the one that he has been entrusted with. It couldn't hurt to borrow it for just a little while, right?

After Pandy's project, the box opens, unleashing all of the evils into the world. Pandy manages to close the box before the last item escapes. Hope is left, trapped in the box. Now Zeus has told Pandy that she must find each plague and return it to the box. It is a task she must complete without the help of her father. To make matters worse, Hera has it in for Pandy. None of the gods would dare defy Hera to help Pandy, would they? So, Pandy sets out, her two best friends at her side, to rescue mankind from the doom that has engulfed it. Her first task is to find Jealousy, and return it to the box. Pandy has a time limit in which to rid the world of these evils. Is there any way a maiden can accomplish such a daunting task?

PANDORA GETS JEALOUS is a funny, entertaining look at a familiar Greek tale. The characters are very modern and down-to-earth, including the gods who bicker like siblings. The first book in a series, PANDORA GETS JEALOUS introduces readers to a character and an adventure that they are sure to look forward to for many books to come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful if you like greek mythology. It is full of surprising twists and turns. I loved this book and think you will, too. All of the characters are delightfully dynaminc and likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great especially if youre looking for a quick read! I really like the stories about the Greek gods & godesses and Percy Jackson is way different from this; trust me people :) I did like Percy Jackson, but the Lost Hero & Kane chronicles or whatever theyre called were a big disappointment to me. I was glad to find this because there arent many good Greek mythology books out there for kids & tweens. Loved it... great for every age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book for preteen girls.
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Emily Ferguson More than 1 year ago
Love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were a few positive things about this novel and a few negative as well. One positive thing about the novel was that it had good characters. My favorite was Alcie, who always said the wrong thing at the wrong time. The next was that it was very captivating. It was also creative. But there were also some negatives as well. The first was that there were some large words. The second was that some characters, in my opinion, could have been described better. The last negative comment is that there might not have been as many descriptive details as there could have been. The author had a very interesting writing style. Most of the details in the book were very sensory. Like when Iole was hanging over the fire, it was like you could smell the smoke. The author tended to use large words like 'chimera' and 'Cerberus'. The authors tone was a bit formal because she would always use the formal form of a word. This was the authors writing style. I would recommend this book for many reasons. One is because it has a very interesting plot.The next because it has likeable characters. And the last because it is very creative. Some simalair novels are Pandora Gets Vain, Pandors gets Lazy and Pandora Gets Heart. Other novels i would recommmend are Stormbreaker,point blank, and Skeleton key.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love ancient Greece. So when I saw this book, I had to snatch it up! Fours years later, I've read every single book in the series (well, except the last one because it hasn't even come out yet). In ancient Greek mythology, Prometheus marries Pandora, but in this series she's his daughter! I love the twist she put on Greek mythology! I've read all six books about three times each! I can't put them down. You have to read them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! Loved it! I recomend this book to EVERYONE:) (:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thias book is one of my fav book. When i started reading this i could not put it down. Read the sample ill but u will like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think girls would love this book
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Ed Campos More than 1 year ago
This is a nice twist on godess girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great book. It was funny, catchy, and all around good. If a girl likes greek mythology and humor like I do, than she'll certainly ove this book. I read it in three days it was so good! I can't wait for the next one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that most children will tell you that one of their favorite topics in school was when you got to learn about mythology. Some of us continue that fascination well into our adult lives and Carolyn Hennesy brought that world to life with Pandora gets Jealous. She has created a vivid world for the reader to see as they read of the adventure for Pandora and her friends to retrieve the sins that Pandora unwittingly released from the box. Whether you are a 'tween' or an adult, the book is an entertaining read that leaves you impatiently hoping to hear that the next book will be coming out soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Hennesy deserves a standing ovation for this book. I am a sophomore in high school and I adored it. It was smart, and witty and the writing was amazing. She i a talented writer and if you haven't read this novel you definately should. It is a recommended read for people of all ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give it four stars, only because i never really give five, it was a great twist on greek mythology. I would recoment it for ages 10 at the youngest, (only because of the reading diffulculty.) Although in this book pandora's perthomunus's daugther. Carolyn Hennesy is a wonderful writer. People who have read the Goddess Girls would find this book good, basicly anyone who likes greek mythology, for example percy jackson, would like this. The cover origanally threw me, i didn't want to read it because it looked 'girly' and not sophisticated or a good read genral. I was wrong, the book was great and i found it really funny and finnished it in a day. I can not wait for Carolyn's next book. The rest of the series is equilly good and i finnished them each in one sitting. The books not short, but what i mean is that one book per sitting. I like to say that i read fairly fast so this book did take me a day to complete. It took my friend a week give or take. It really is a good book and i would recomend it for anyone. Althouh.... it does have an undertone of a girl, as its mostly pandoras narraration so it would be more sugested to the girls although boys can read it as the 'girly'-ness isnt too bad. Over all i would sugest this book to anyone looking for a good read, even though the targeted audence would mostlikely be 10-15 year old girls. I hope that you like it was much as i did. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not reading it on my nook but in hardcopy. I'm only on page 154 chapter 15. Love it though
PaulaPiano More than 1 year ago
This book blends fun, youthful character with the age of the Greek Gods. Young readers can learn about ancient references while bonding with a fresh take on the plight of the teenager today. Harry has nothing on Pandora!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A giant blob of AWSOME IN A MACHINE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, but figs! I wish i could read more of it without having to work. Pometgranets, i want more of the series but can't not enough dracmas!