Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls Series #9) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Pandora is quite an inquisitive Goddess Girl—but she could stand to be more cautious.

Pandora is one of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy—and probably the most curious of all the students in school. Her quizzical nature is famous—not that she thinks there is anything wrong with being curious, of course!
     When a godboy named Epimetheus brings a mysterious and fantastical box to ...
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Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls Series #9)

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Overview

Pandora is quite an inquisitive Goddess Girl—but she could stand to be more cautious.

Pandora is one of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy—and probably the most curious of all the students in school. Her quizzical nature is famous—not that she thinks there is anything wrong with being curious, of course!
     When a godboy named Epimetheus brings a mysterious and fantastical box to school, Pandora’s curiosity is piqued. And when it unexpectedly lands in her lap—literally—she can’t help but take a look at what’s inside. What could be the harm in that? But little does she know that opening the box will open up more trouble than she thought….
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442449367
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Goddess Girls Series , #9
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 38,917
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

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 more than 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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Pandora the Curious

1 Mystery Box
PANDORA WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALL TO her favorite class—Science-ology—when she spotted something so interesting that it made her pale blue eyes go wide.

“Ooh!” she breathed. She elbowed Athena, the goddessgirl beside her. Then she pointed the tip of her cream-colored Science-ology textscroll at someone coming toward them. “See that new Titan boy?”

“You mean Epimetheus?” Athena asked. “What about him?”

Black-haired with gray-green eyes, the Titan godboy and his brother Prometheus had only been attending Mount Olympus Academy for a couple of weeks.

“Don’t you see that box he’s holding?” Pandora couldn’t take her eyes off it. It glowed and twitched in Epimetheus’s hands. And interesting sounds were coming from it. Like mouse squeaks, salpinx trumpets, and tiger growls all mixed together. “What do you think is in it?” she asked as they paused at the hall fountain.

Athena shrugged. “Hard to say.”

Epimetheus had stopped at his locker nearby. Pandora kept an eye on him and his box as she and Athena took turns sipping the glittering nectar that arced from the fountain’s spout.

When the immortal godboys and goddessgirls at Mount Olympus Academy drank nectar, it caused their skin to shimmer. It had no effect on Pandora’s skin, though. Because she was mortal. One of the few mortals Principal Zeus had invited to go to school here at MOA.

Athena was eyeing the box now too as she straightened from the fountain. “Well, maybe it’s—” she started to say.

“Could it be an ancient jewelry box or something?” Pandora interrupted, unable to wait for Athena to finish. The box was about the right size for that. “Ooh! Maybe there’s a bracelet in it? Or something magical? Like a teeny genie?”

“A bracelet or a genie wouldn’t make those weird noises, though,” said Athena. Holding her long wavy brown hair back with one hand, she took another quick sip of nectar from the fountain.

Afterward her golden skin shimmered a little more brightly. Because, unlike Pandora, Athena was a goddessgirl. She was also the brainiest student at school. She and Pandora were roommates, sharing a room in the girls’ dorm upstairs on MOA’s fourth floor.

“C’mon. Let’s get to class,” Athena said.

But Pandora grabbed her arm, stopping her. “Wait! Aren’t you dying of curiosity? I am.”

Athena faked a look of shock. “No!” she gasped. “You? Curious? Really?”

Pandora grinned. She had a reputation for being more curious than practically anyone else at the Academy. In fact, as a sign of her curious nature, her blue and gold bangs were shaped in the form of question marks. But what was wrong with being curious? Nothing, in her opinion!

“Well, I think somebody should ask him what’s in that box, don’t you?” asked Pandora. “I mean, who knows what he might have in there? It could even be something dangerous!”

Without waiting for Athena’s reply, Pandora took a step in Epimetheus’s direction. But before she could take another step, someone behind her called out in a mean voice.

“Hey! Dork-i-metheus!” It was Kydoimos. He and his godboy pal Makhai pushed past Pandora and Athena. Kydoimos was laughing so hard at his own joke that he didn’t seem to notice when his shoulder bumped Athena. One of the three textscrolls she was holding went flying.

It hit the floor by Pandora’s sandaled feet. She stooped to pick it up and then handed it back to Athena.

“Aren’t you even going to say ‘Excuse me’?” she called after the boys. But they didn’t hear. They were too busy making a beeline for Epimetheus.

When it came to Titans, the godboys at MOA were always itching to start trouble. In some ways that was understandable. The Titans had fought a war against the most powerful and important god at the Academy—Principal Zeus. They’d tried to keep him from becoming King of the Gods and Ruler of the Heavens.

Zeus had defeated them, of course. And the war was long past now. Still, a lot of distrust remained.

Everyone knew that Epimetheus and Prometheus were the sons of Iapetus, a Titan god who had battled Zeus. So most of the students, Pandora included, couldn’t help wondering why Zeus had invited the sons of his enemy to go to school here. But he must have had his reasons.

So shouldn’t they give these Titans a chance? What if the situation were reversed? she wondered. If one of MOA’s godboys got sent to a Titan school, wouldn’t they want to be treated with kindness?

“Whatcha got in the box, Dork-i-metheus?” Kydoimos asked Epimetheus before Pandora could ask him herself. Except she wouldn’t have called him a dork, of course. Kydoimos really acted like a bully sometimes. Same went for Makhai.

Epimetheus didn’t answer. He only clutched his mysterious box tighter and shut his locker. Then he headed off for class.

Excited curiosity bubbled in Pandora. Since Epimetheus was in Science-ology next too, he was going the same way she and Athena were. Maybe she could get a better look at the box in class.

As Pandora and Athena fell into step behind Epimetheus, Makhai sneaked up next to him. In a flash Makhai snatched the box away.

“No!” Looking freaked out, Epimetheus made a wild grab for it.

“Over here!” yelled Kydoimos, laughing. Running backward down the hall, he went long. His arms were raised like he was going out for a pass. Other students leaped aside in a hurry to get out of his way.

Makhai tossed the box toward him. Everyone watched it sail overhead in a high arc, nearly brushing the domed ceiling. The inside of the dome was covered with paintings that illustrated the glorious exploits of the gods and goddesses, including their long-ago battle with the Titans.

Pandora glimpsed Poseidon, the tall, blond godboy of the sea. His turquoise eyes had narrowed fiercely when they’d landed on the battle paintings. Then they darted to the mystery box. It had overshot and was hurtling past Kydoimos. Pandora gasped, afraid the box would smash on the marble-tiled floor.

But Poseidon saved the day, leaping to catch it in one hand.

What a hero! thought Pandora, sighing with admiration. Like numerous other girls at MOA, she’d been crushing on the mega-cute Poseidon for years.

Epimetheus lunged for him. “Give it back! That box could be dangerous!”

Dangerous? Pandora’s eyes rounded in dismay. Hadn’t she expressed that concern to Athena just minutes ago? Only, Pandora hadn’t really expected to be right!

Looking startled, Poseidon shot a worried glance at the box, then quickly tossed it away. It fell into the hands of another godboy named Apollo. He looked startled too, and tossed it to Ares, the godboy of war.

After that it was tossed from hand to hand as if it were a hot potato. Since nothing bad happened as a result, the tossing soon turned into a boisterous game of Keep Away.

“Epimetheus looks upset,” Athena murmured.

“I know. I feel kind of sorry for him, don’t you?” said Pandora.

Athena nodded. “If everyone stops watching, maybe the boys will quit teasing him. C’mon.” She tugged Pandora’s arm, hinting that they should leave.

But Pandora had her eyes glued to that box. She just had to know what was in it!

The box gleamed in the rays of sunlight drifting in through the windows, looking like a rectangular golden sun. However, when Athena kept tugging at her arm, Pandora reluctantly went. Still, she kept watching the game over her shoulder.

Every time the box fell into a new set of hands, Epimetheus veered in a new direction. He skidded back and forth across the hall, desperately trying to retrieve the box.

Suddenly one of the boys’ throws went wild. Pandora lost sight of Epimetheus’s box as the entire group of boys made a rambunctious leap all at once. Hands reached. There were shouts and whoops of laughter. The box tumbled and was knocked about in the mass attempt to grab it.

Amid the frenzy Pandora and Athena got separated in the crowded hallway. Pandora was pushed into a corner at the end of a row of lockers. Going up on tiptoe, she was looking for Athena, when, unexpectedly, the mysterious box dropped . . .

right

into

her

hands.

Plunk!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    WOW!!

    Sounds exciting!

    39 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    :):)

    Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    pandora12

    good book? click yes if it is one

    17 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    December 4

    I've read every book? I can't wait for this one to come out too? Hope you guys like it to ? Go Goddess Girls?

    16 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    I can't wait for it to come out but why does it always take so long?

    Can't wait!

    13 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Darn, this book looks so good...

    December 4! I can't wait that long! I already have to wait for five books to come out!!!!!! :( :( :( This book looks like it's going to be good too! ¿-¿

    12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Best book ever

    Awesome and awe inspirering i was amazed as i read this book. I have all the goddess girl series so you could imagine how much i liked this book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2012

    Oh my godboys

    This book is amazing what is in that book im like pandora i need to know goddess girls is do addicting

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    I bought it

    I'm so stoked can't wait to read it in december

    10 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Click here

    Hi im Aphrodite thanks to my friend Athena I have caught up with modern technology. She says fluffing her hair.

    9 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Finally

    Finally, the book has come out. Probably December 5th I'll buy it.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    A great book

    Great for girls 7 - 16

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Fine mythology

    Showed an understanding of mythology. I hope the rest of the facts are strait. The litarature was fine.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    TOTALLY ROCKS!!!!!!!:):):););)

    This was a really great book for me and all tweens and pretweens and i loved the plot about how pandora opens epimetheus and prometheus's box and lets athena get bumped by the ditz bubble and artimes get bumped by the vain bubble and then persephone is mean and aphrodite is rude and zues is lazy and medusa gets all greedy and everything and then she solves their problems with the hope bubble and you should really buy this book because the plot is amazing and you really gt captured in the story and you can trust me on that because i've read it and know how awesome it is

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Even my dad liked it!

    The book, Goddess Girls - Pandora the Curious by Joann Holub and Suzanne Williams was about a girl named Pandora who was curious and brave. She opened a box full of trouble bubbles. The bubbles scattered all over the school. Whenever a bubble hits someone, it says something. Nobody can hear it, but Pandora can. If the bubble says “rude” that person that it bumped would be rude. She captured the bubbles. The last bubble is gold and whoever it bumps will turn back to normal. She learned to never do that again.

    I think kids and adults would like it because it is kind of a mystery. It is not just about Pandora, it is about God boys like Apollo or Poseidon too. My dad read it and he enjoyed it.

    My favorite part was when she captured the bubbles because it was really exciting when she finally captured them. Usually I like the endings of books, so I loved this one. What is special about this book is that not most books are about Gods. I love those kind of books.


    Review by Young Mensan Sofia H., age 8

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Good

    Giig

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Fun

    I love most of the books but i wish that i could find the first book.I also love this one too!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Athena

    Hey it's Athena! I wanted to apologize for being such a ditz! I don't know what got into me! Oh yeah, Pandora's curiosity got into me! Read PANDORA THE CURIOUS to find out more about the other goddessgirls and I, and what Pandora did.

    Love,
    Athena

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    !!!

    Great hard put down

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    My name is Pandora

    Hi my name is Pandora. I love moa (mount olympus academy)
    and I love to be curious but when I mistakingly open epimethiuss box I find myself in big trouble. Anger hurt vanity and battle come out of the box and i feel really bad about it. Athena starts giggling in class Poseiden is scared of a spider and complete chaos spreads through moa. Read and buy the rest to find out if i can fix my mistake.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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