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Format:
Title:
Athena : grey-eyed goddess
ISBN:
9781596436497

9781596434325

9780329856175

9781596436251

9781596434318

9781448751136

9781596437074
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : First Second, 2010.
Physical Description:
76 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
2.
General Note:
"A Neal Porter book."
Summary:
From the moment she emerged, fully grown, from the head of Zeus, Athena was one of the most complex Olympians. This graphic novel retells her many interwoven tales: how she killed Pallas, fought the Gigantes, aided Perseus, and cursed Arachne.
Reading Level:
Grades 5-9 (School Library Journal).
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades 5-8 4.1 1 Quiz 136702 English fiction.

Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 1.0 136702.
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O'CONNOR OLYMPIANS V. 02
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YAGN - O'CONNOR
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TEEN O'CONNOR, G. OLYMPIANS BOOK 2
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O'Connor, G.
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J GN O'CONNOR 2010
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YA 0'CONNOR (GN)
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J GRAPHIC 292.13 O'CONNOR
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J GRAPHIC 292.13 O'CONNOR
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Summary

Summary

Boom! Pow! Crash!

Greek Gods as you've never seen them before!

The strong, larger-than-life heroes of the Olympians can summon lightning, control the sea, turn invisible, or transform themselves into any animal they choose. Superheroes? No! Greek gods. The ancient pantheon comes to explosive life in this new series where myth meets comic books. Epic battles, daring quests, and terrible monsters await readers within the pages of these books.

Volume 2, Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess, is the tale of the goddess of wisdom and war, recounting her many adventures. This title has Common Core connections. This title has Common Core connections.


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-These riveting graphic novels balance carefully researched retellings with strong characterizations, satisfying humor, and superhero-style action. Stunning artwork and compelling scripts relate five thrilling stories about the headstrong Athena; provide fresh perspective on Hera and her role in the fraught-with-trials tale of Heracles; and introduce world-shaking Zeus, from sheltered boyhood to Titan-toppling melees to ascendance to the throne. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Following the first book in the Olympians series, Zeus: King of the Gods, this volume begins with a quick summary of the previous tale, before moving on to the story of the goddess of wisdom. O'Connor does a nice job of using the three Fates to do the serious storytelling of the myth, while incorporating casual, fun dialogue between characters and making the portrayal of the difficult friendship between Athena and her best friend, Pallas, daughter of Triton, relatable to modern readers. In the emotional scenes in which the two fight in a tournament and Athena accidentally stabs her friend, the two girls' faces are expressive and clear, showing all the love, fear, and guilt they feel. The necessarily episodic story moves lightly from one narrative to another, with endnotes that give concise and clear explanations of the myths and their characters. O'Connor also gives some information about the lives of women in ancient Greece, noting, "I'm glad I live in a time when girls can be more like Athena," thus bringing the story into the here-and-now for its readers. Ages 9-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

In this graphic novel, the Fates narrate a collection of myths featuring the Greek goddess, including the story of her birth from Zeus's skull, the Olympians' battle with the Gigantes, and Medusa's betrayal of Athena. The lively format brings a modern sensibility to the ancient myths and makes them accessible to a wide audience. Reading list. Bib. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Following the series opener that chronicled Zeus's origin story, O'Connor's next relates the details of his daughter Athena's birth and some of the stories about her. The three Fates narrate in stately language, briefly recapping the rise of the Olympians before turning to Zeus's relationship with Metis, which ends when he eats her to avoid his prophesied overthrow by their child. Following Athena's miraculous emergence from his head, fully grown, she struggles to find her place in the world and among the gods. The Fates go on to recount how she adopted the first name Pallas and acquired the components of her Aegis, which includes the story of Perseus and Andromeda, and Athena's confrontation with Arachne. While less unified in narrative structure than the previous book, this nevertheless shares its strengthsa balance between heightened narration and colloquial dialogue, superb graphic storytelling with extended wordless action sequences, energetic backmatter and a palpable fondness for the subject matter. Up next? Hera. (author's note, character profiles, "G[r]eek Notes," discussion questions, bibliography) (Graphic mythology. 8-14)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

O'Connor kicked off the Olympians graphic-novel series with Zeus: King of the Gods (2010) and now follows up with the story of Zeus' forehead spawn. Top-notch artwork and design values are used to tell five myths involving Athena, including complementary (or conflicting) stories of how she gained the Pallas moniker along with quick treatments of Perseus and Medusa and the weaver Arachne. O'Connor's take on mythology is well researched, synthesized, and presented, yet it still maintains a stupendous superhero appeal. The next 10 planned books in the series can't come out fast enough.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist