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Title:
The gray-eyed goddess
Author:
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2003.
Physical Description:
120 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Summary:
Retells a part of the Odyssey in which Ithaca, his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus, are desperately warding off the men who want to marry her. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger gives Telemachus the courage to confront the suitors, and to search for his long-lost father.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
760 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.3 1.0 76593.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.6 4 Quiz: 34151 Guided reading level: P.
ISBN:
9780786807734
Format :
Book

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In these books based on episodes from Homer's Odyssey, Mary Pope Osborne brings to life the exciting adventures of one of the greatest heroes of all time. Now in paperback!


Author Notes

Mary Pope Osborne was born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma on May 20, 1949. She grew up in a military family, and by the time she was 15 she had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in religion. After graduation, she traveled around Europe and Asia. Before becoming an author, she worked as a window dresser, a medical assistant, a Russian travel consultant, a waitress, an acting teacher, a bartender, and an assistant editor for a children's magazine.

Her first book, Run, Run as Fast as You Can, was published in 1982. She is the author of the Magic Tree House series and the Merlin Missions series. Her husband, actor Will Osborne, helps her write the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Her other books include The Deadly Power of Medusa, Jason and the Argonauts, Haunted Waters, and Moonhorse.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The fourth volume in this adaptation of Homer's epic details the end of Odysseus's captivity on Calypso's island, his wife Penelope's confrontations with prospective suitors at home in Ithaca, and his son Telemachus's journey to find him. Osborne combines different sections of the original to present a more linear story and pulls together various examples of how Athena helps both father and son. While there's plenty of action here, the characters and their motivations remain a bit distant, which suits the tale's mythic nature. Those unfamiliar with Greek myths will appreciate the appended descriptions of the gods and goddesses, pronunciation guide, and source notes, while the large print will attract newly independent readers. A map and labeled sketches of the deities appear on the endpapers. Osborne's occasional use of formal Homeric language (e.g., "wine-dark" waves, "prized heifer," and the dawn's "rosy fingers") allows her to stay true to the original tone, but it may be confusing for her audience. Purchase this where the series is popular.-Beth L. Meister, Yeshiva of Central Queens, Flushing, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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