A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Volume 4 of the highly acclaimed Olympians series!
Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades' abduction of Persephone and her mother's revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons.
In Olympians, O'Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works. They're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O'Connor's vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology. This title has Common Core connections.
Hades is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012
About the Author
George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Journey Into Mohawk Country, used as its sole text the actual historical journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and told the true story of how New York almost wasn't. He followed that up with Ball Peen Hammer, the first graphic novel written by playwright Adam Rapp, a dark, dystopian view of a society's collapse. Now he has brought his attention to Olympians, an ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics form. In addition to his graphic novel career, O'Connor has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Reading Group Guide
Hades is a graphic novel, a story told in words and pictures. How do you think this story would be told differently if it was a novel, with only words? How would it be different if it was a movie, with just pictures?
Is this the traditional version of this myth? How do you think the author of this book changed the original story?
How does Persephone feel about her mother? Do you think her abduction by Hades helped or hurt their relationship?
What do you think about Hades' abduction of Persephone? Is kidnapping an appropriate action to take if you like a girl or boy? What might be an alternate option?
Persephone lies to her mother about eating the pomegranate seeds. Was she right to lie? Are there situations where lying is okay?
Hades is the Lord of the Dead, which gives him power over all the dead people. What would you do if you had his job?
Demeter was so upset when Persephone disappeared that she killed all the plants on earth. What do you think about her reaction? What would you do in a similar situation?
After Hades abducts Persephone, she changes a lot about how she looks and acts.
Have you had friends who have behaved similarly when they've started dating? What causes these changes?
The story of Hades and Persephone is an origin story about why we have seasons. Do you think it's a good explanation for why we have seasons? Can you think of a better