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Theseus (Heroes Series Book Three)
     

Theseus (Heroes Series Book Three)

by Geraldine McCaughrean (Retold by)
 

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Humble country boy Theseus sets off to meet his father, the king of Athens, and claim his right as heir to the throne in this classic story. Along the way, his intelligence and strength help him surpass all obstacles, including battles with giants, trolls, and the vicious Crommyonian Boar. With each triumph, his pride grows, as does a dangerous sense of

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Humble country boy Theseus sets off to meet his father, the king of Athens, and claim his right as heir to the throne in this classic story. Along the way, his intelligence and strength help him surpass all obstacles, including battles with giants, trolls, and the vicious Crommyonian Boar. With each triumph, his pride grows, as does a dangerous sense of immortality. When he makes the mistake of killing the giant bull that was a favorite of the sea god Poseidon, he brings a plague to Athens. In order to appease the gods, Athens is forced to provide a gruesome meal for the Minotaur, the son of Poseidon’s bull and a mortal woman. Will Theseus be able to defeat the Minotaur and bring peace back to Athens?

In this action-packed retelling, Theseus struggles to understand the timeless concepts of trust and true love, making this tale strikingly relevant for young people.

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McCaughrean rounds off her four volume "Heroes" series with Hercules and this rendition of Theseus's largerthanlife feats and foibles. Taking the pitfalls of pride as her theme, she opens with King Aegeus disregarding the Delphic Oracle's warning that a son would only bring him unhappiness. She closes with Theseus's selfimposed exile after killing both his son's mother and his wife. In between, she recounts in typically compelling prose this selfcentered legend's nearly effortless conquests of the giant Periphetes, the rhinosized Crommyonian Boar, Procrustes and other foes, the Minotaur and Hippolyta, darkskinned Queen of the Amazons, whose "arms were like the massive, entwined creepers of the jungle," and who "moved like the oily black water of an African river." Young readers of Robert Byrd's Hero and the Minotaur (p. 768) will enjoy the fuller story here, and those who wonder why the ancient heroes are worth knowing will be richly answered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812627398
Publisher:
Cricket Books
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Series:
Heroes Series
Pages:
102
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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