Perseus (Heroes Series)

Perseus (Heroes Series)

by Geraldine McCaughrean
     
 

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This adventurous, dramatic, and at times funny retelling of the Perseus myth retains the spirit and structure of the original while offering a coming-of-age story sure to appeal to modern readers.Readers will follow Perseus on his quest to kill the hideous, snake-haired Medusa in an effort to save his mother from marriage to a less than noble king. A power struggle

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This adventurous, dramatic, and at times funny retelling of the Perseus myth retains the spirit and structure of the original while offering a coming-of-age story sure to appeal to modern readers.Readers will follow Perseus on his quest to kill the hideous, snake-haired Medusa in an effort to save his mother from marriage to a less than noble king. A power struggle among the gods both hinders and helps him along the way, and Perseus even manages to find true love when he rescues the breathtakingly beautiful Princess Andromeda from the horrors of a bloodthirsty sea monster.PERSEUS is the second of the four books in the HEROES series, which debuted in the Fall of 2004 with the release of ODYSSEUS.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Perseus by Geraldine McCaughrean, the second in a planned four-volume Heroes series, retells the classic myth as the hero seeks to murder the snake-haired Medusa and spare his mother from an ill-fated marriage. PW called Odysseus, the series' launch title, "a vivid and accessible retelling." Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This retelling of the myth takes Perseus from the oracular pronouncement that he will cause his grandfather's death to the time the hero settles in as King of Little Tiryns. The writing is often energetic and riveting, as when McCaughrean describes the Medusa head's effects on soldiers ranged against Perseus: "They saw the hand draw out something green, repulsive, and writhing. A nasty smell struck their nostrils, and curiosity plucked at their brains. But then their nostrils smelled nothing more, their brains struggled no more after understanding, and their eyes-their eyes that had focused on something so hideous that no eyes should ever have seen it-froze over-like winter ice sealing a hundred ponds, and they were stone, stone, stone dead." The story itself, with its twists and turns, its dangers and unexpected rescues, has compelled attention for thousands of years. While the author does not achieve the same dimensionality of characterization as some writers who expand on traditional fairy tales, she fleshes out the myth enough to provide motivation and emotions to all of the actors in it. For readers already in thrall of Greek mythology or those who must delve into it for schoolwork, this title will be a valuable addition.-Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With customary flair, McCaughrean retells the tale of Perseus, from the liaison of his imprisoned mother Danae with Zeus (as a golden shower) through his decapitation of Medusa, marriage to lovely Andromeda, all "white and gold and flashing lapis lazuli," and final inadvertent killing of his grandfather, King Acrisius. Plot aside, the theme that one's fate is predetermined sounds so strongly throughout that Acrisius, tortured by the prophecy that he would die at Perseus' hands, comes to play second lead here, and Perseus himself eventually falls into a despairing contemplation of free will until a closing revelation throws a new light on the idea. Rich in heroic deeds, quarreling gods, deliciously ghastly monsters and even humor-here's Andromeda, chained as a sacrifice, to dithering Perseus: " 'I would marry your horse if it saved me from being eaten! You don't have to ask my mother and father! I'll marry you! I'll marry you!' "-this vividly recast, timeless story will keep readers enthralled from start to finish. (Fiction. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812627350
Publisher:
Cricket Books
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Heroes, #2
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
808,275
Product dimensions:
7.32(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Geraldine McCaughrean lives in London, England. She has won every major U.K. children's book award, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, Whitbread Award (twice) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Her novel STOP THE TRAIN! was named a 2003 ALA Notable.

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