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Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls Series #9)
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Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls Series #9)

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by Joan Holub

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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


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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Goddess Girls Series , #9
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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 . . .






Meet the Author

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at JoanHolub.com.
Suzanne Williams is the author of over fifty books for children, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, and the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives outside Seattle, Washington, and is online at Suzanne-Williams.com.

Together, Joan and Suzanne write the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series.

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Pandora the Curious 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book? click yes if it is one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds exciting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing what is in that book im like pandora i need to know goddess girls is do addicting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great for girls 7 - 16
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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! ¿-¿
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Showed an understanding of mythology. I hope the rest of the facts are strait. The litarature was fine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just realized somethin. Moa=mount olympus academy, or mark of athena. This is why bookslike this make me wanna puke. Percy 4 da win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What's wrong?" I ask Malia as she pulls me along. "Well, I was just standing in the middle of the dream, in the big culdesac, when this giant temple thing just appeared. But that's not he really weird part. You'll need to see it to believe it." As Malia finishes her story, we enter the large circular area. "Whoa," I breathe. The temple IS huge- fifty feet tall and at least that long. That's not the most magnificent part, though. The temple walls are a soft, glowing yellow, painted with vibrant designs reminescent of the Aztecs and Incas. The whole thing shimmers as if it is a mirage, but it's becomkng more solid by the minute. "Okay, this is a little out of the ordinary, but what's the REALLY REALLY WEIRD part you were talking about?" I ask Malia. "That," she says, and points toward the inside of the building. I step forward to get a closer look. "What the-" I say, my face one giant question mark. "Yup," affirms Malia. "That's the REALLY REALLY WEIRD part." Next on Medusa the Mean under Dream Dimensions 3. Again, PLEASE tell me wht you think! First two people to say what they think of it get to be in the story! One will be villian's liutenant one will be a the person whose dream it is (they will help Lisa and Malia and end up being Lisa's boyfriend probably)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love most of the books but i wish that i could find the first book.I also love this one too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great hard put down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, the book has come out. Probably December 5th I'll buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but the authors really need to do some reaserch on their facts. For the record it was a pithos which is a jar. Pandora also is not pretty at all and she has to be. Just read the myths. Also I saw some girls on the cover being vain and stuff which some already were vain and some were not. Plus the bad things only went to mortals not thegods.
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Dude u r so mean!! Some ppl like this book. There is no need to be offensive
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If you are over 2 years old never read this book!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot sa how much you are right!!!!!!!! I wish you couod tell the people at my school that.