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Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself—about life—is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior H Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself—about life—is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, where students are gods and goddesses, just might take the cake. Especially when fellow classmates start getting turned to stone. Greek mythology . . . a little less myth, a little more eek! And if Karen’s classmates are immortal beings, who does that make her?


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Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself—about life—is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior H Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself—about life—is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, where students are gods and goddesses, just might take the cake. Especially when fellow classmates start getting turned to stone. Greek mythology . . . a little less myth, a little more eek! And if Karen’s classmates are immortal beings, who does that make her?

30 review for Oh My Gods!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    An oblivious girl switches from living with her mother in New Jersey to living with her father in Greece. It takes her one third of the book to notice that her new school, Mount Olympus Junior High, is populated with Greek gods and mythological creatures. Stiff and awkward in concept, writing and art. This is one of those books pitched at middle schoolers that writes down at them and assumes they've never even seen a Rick Riordan novel. I mean, gee, who or what could be turning people around the An oblivious girl switches from living with her mother in New Jersey to living with her father in Greece. It takes her one third of the book to notice that her new school, Mount Olympus Junior High, is populated with Greek gods and mythological creatures. Stiff and awkward in concept, writing and art. This is one of those books pitched at middle schoolers that writes down at them and assumes they've never even seen a Rick Riordan novel. I mean, gee, who or what could be turning people around the community into stone? Derrrrrr.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Destiny Henderson

    The artwork is lovely, but, even with the mystery element, I didn’t care for the characters. Artemis has the most personality here even if she is grumpy most of the time. Karen is just overly clueless, and the dialogue feels slightly off, at times. The ending is very cheerful, but nothing wrong with something light-hearted. Not too bad overall. 1.5

  3. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel I received an electronic ARC from Etch/HMH Books for Young Readers through Edelweiss+. Interesting premise to see the Greek gods and goddesses return as high school students. Karen has to live with her dad while her mom takes a different job. She's okay with this but knows little about him - like the fact that he is Zeus. She heads to her new school and meets new friends. At first, she thinks they are playing an elaborate role playing game but discovers they all are truly Greek deiti Graphic Novel I received an electronic ARC from Etch/HMH Books for Young Readers through Edelweiss+. Interesting premise to see the Greek gods and goddesses return as high school students. Karen has to live with her dad while her mom takes a different job. She's okay with this but knows little about him - like the fact that he is Zeus. She heads to her new school and meets new friends. At first, she thinks they are playing an elaborate role playing game but discovers they all are truly Greek deities. They experience the usual high school situations with a few exceptions like discovering someone is turning people into stone statues. Karen and her friends figure out what happened and come up with a solution that allows a young Medusa to be part of the gang too. The illustration pull readers in to be part of the group. The story is easy to follow and relatable for young teens. I look forward to more adventures.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    This graphic novel was SO CUTE! When Karen moves to Mt. Olympus to stay with her dad for a while, she didn't think she'd be transferring to a school for gods, goddesses, and other mythical beings. She also definitely didn't think she would find out that she's a demi-goddess! While Karen is just trying to fit in at her new school, people start being mysteriously turned to stone. It's up to Karen and her new friends to figure out who's doing this and stop them before anyone else gets hurt. I love This graphic novel was SO CUTE! When Karen moves to Mt. Olympus to stay with her dad for a while, she didn't think she'd be transferring to a school for gods, goddesses, and other mythical beings. She also definitely didn't think she would find out that she's a demi-goddess! While Karen is just trying to fit in at her new school, people start being mysteriously turned to stone. It's up to Karen and her new friends to figure out who's doing this and stop them before anyone else gets hurt. I love Greek mythology and this was a super fun twist on traditional myths. The gods and goddesses are all reborn as teenagers. I love the way that the story is told visually, there's a lot of fun little details from the myths throughout the backgrounds. Highly recommend! *Review copy provided by NetGalley*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Karen is sent to live with her father on Mount Olympus, where she learns that the Greek gods are real...and some of them go to her junior high! Cute concept but meh execution. I felt like there were too many panels per scene, and a lot of the panels were just filler information. Same with a lot of the dialogue, and with the sheer number of gods that get cameos. I wish the author had gone more in depth with a couple deities and given Karen time to really get to know them. Too many details are hand Karen is sent to live with her father on Mount Olympus, where she learns that the Greek gods are real...and some of them go to her junior high! Cute concept but meh execution. I felt like there were too many panels per scene, and a lot of the panels were just filler information. Same with a lot of the dialogue, and with the sheer number of gods that get cameos. I wish the author had gone more in depth with a couple deities and given Karen time to really get to know them. Too many details are handwaved away, too - like, really, had no one thought of that solution to the Gorgon problem?? This story and art would be fine as an amateur web comic, but it falls flat as a published graphic novel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Vitalis

    I love that this book offers reluctant readers a path to enjoy Greek mythology through a fun but relatable story about a girl who is forced to go live with her father after her mother receives a too-good-to-pass-up job offer, only to discover that her father is Zeus and her classmates other figures from mythology. The mystery element will keep readers turning the pages while introducing them to the traits associated with each mythological character. A must-have for classrooms and libraries!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus When Karen's mother gets an exciting work opportunity, Karen has to go live with her father, Zed, whom she only really sees on holidays. Still, she's excited for her mother, so packs her bags and gets ready to start middle school on Mt. Olympus. Her father has an enormous house and is not only the mayor of the community but also her school principal. The students are friendly enough, but everyone seems heavily into mythological LARPing, which strikes Karen as odd. E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus When Karen's mother gets an exciting work opportunity, Karen has to go live with her father, Zed, whom she only really sees on holidays. Still, she's excited for her mother, so packs her bags and gets ready to start middle school on Mt. Olympus. Her father has an enormous house and is not only the mayor of the community but also her school principal. The students are friendly enough, but everyone seems heavily into mythological LARPing, which strikes Karen as odd. The curriculum is also different from what she's used to, and she gets help from a classmate in the school library. One day, they hear a scream, and find that a student has been turned to stone. Karen learns that she is, in fact, in the world of Greek mythology, but instead of being something ancient and gone, her classmates have reinvented themselves as teens. When her friend, Pol (Apollo) is turned to stone, Karen and her classmates work to find out who did this to him so that they can reverse the damage. Strengths: This had several very good things-- the illustration style is colorful and appealing but also different and somehow older than Jamieson or Telgemeier. This gave the book more of a high school feel, which my students will adore, even though it's stated that the students are in middle school. This is the best version of Zeus that I've seen; sort of like the Santa in Funke's When Santa Fell to Earth. Moving and living with a normally noncustodial parent needs more coverage in the literature. Of course, there is the nice myth based mystery, the band of friends working together, and an exotic setting. Weaknesses: Shall we call a moratorium on mythology based books called Oh My Gods!? There are so many other word play that could be used. This was a bit light on mythology, but at least it didn't use any in an annoying way. What I really think: Definitely purchasing. A main character named Karen AND mythology? I would be remiss not to. Remember, I was a Latin teacher in a previous life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Canino

    Bursting forth from the collective foreheads of Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon, OH MY GODS! (Vol. I) is a delightful middle-grade graphic novel romp through the pantheon of Greek deities and the halls of junior high. When New Jersey's own Karen moves to Mt. Olympus to live with her dad, Zed, and attend the local school, it takes her a minute to piece together why all of the horses around town are dressed in goofy Pegasus costumes and her classmates have zany names like "Art Bursting forth from the collective foreheads of Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon, OH MY GODS! (Vol. I) is a delightful middle-grade graphic novel romp through the pantheon of Greek deities and the halls of junior high. When New Jersey's own Karen moves to Mt. Olympus to live with her dad, Zed, and attend the local school, it takes her a minute to piece together why all of the horses around town are dressed in goofy Pegasus costumes and her classmates have zany names like "Artemis" and "Aphrodite." Extreme LARPing this is not. Turns out, Karen's father is actually Zeus, the ruler of all gods (in addition to the mayor and school dean), and this makes Karen herself a demigoddess! If this weren't enough to handle, she's also the new girl in school, and making friends with the locals is complicated by a sudden rash of folks being turned into stone statues that just so happens to coincide with her arrival in Mt. Olympus. Can Karen clear her name and discover the true culprit before her all-powerful classmates turn (or, worse, turn ✨to stone✨) on her? Maybe, but it's going to require cracking some of those musty old mythology tomes! Cooke and Fitzpatrick's script builds up a wonderful cast of characters by giving fresh and often humorous spins on the classic mythic personalities and embroiling them in a light teenage mystery (library research scenes, yay!) while Moon's illustrations conjure a bright, friendly, and casually magical world for them to inhabit. All this, plus a random character named Jeff who loves pancakes. (True.) I have to believe that most discerning kiddos are going to want more time in this world, especially after the twists and turns of this book's ending (wink 🐂), so thank the gods that a sequel is already scheduled for 2022!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    The title will itself will nab young readers, but they’ll surely be hooked once they meet their mythological favorites roaming the halls of Mt. Olympus Junior High. The first in a new graphic novel series, OH MY GODS! written by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick is a delightful modernization of Greek mythology (I can name a handful of students who absolutely love gods, goddesses, and monsters) combined with the challenge of navigating lots of changes after a big move across the globe. With c The title will itself will nab young readers, but they’ll surely be hooked once they meet their mythological favorites roaming the halls of Mt. Olympus Junior High. The first in a new graphic novel series, OH MY GODS! written by Stephanie Cooke and Insha Fitzpatrick is a delightful modernization of Greek mythology (I can name a handful of students who absolutely love gods, goddesses, and monsters) combined with the challenge of navigating lots of changes after a big move across the globe. With cool, older-ish, less-cartoony, vibrant art (think Archie comics) by Juliana Moon, readers will enjoy following Karen, 13, as she tries to make sense of her new, quirky surroundings not only at school, but at her father’s house as well. Just when things settle and she thinks she’s made some friends, a peculiar event at the library brings an accusation and mystery to solve. I loved the detailed, emotive illustrations of each character and it was entertaining exploring their personalities and strengths as they conversed. Everyone had an important role to play and I appreciated that they showcased the power of working together. Appealing and fun, I can’t wait for the next book installment of OH MY GODS!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kalena Miller

    Oh My Gods! is SUCH a fun concept for a middle grade graphic novel, and it's so well executed by the authors and illustrator! I remember being totally overwhelmed by the mythology unit in middle school, but I would have loved this mythology-inspired story. And as an adult (who's a tiny bit less overwhelmed by mythology), I adored seeing all these famous characters and legends transposed into the world of middle school friendships and drama. Based on the ending, I assume there are going to be mor Oh My Gods! is SUCH a fun concept for a middle grade graphic novel, and it's so well executed by the authors and illustrator! I remember being totally overwhelmed by the mythology unit in middle school, but I would have loved this mythology-inspired story. And as an adult (who's a tiny bit less overwhelmed by mythology), I adored seeing all these famous characters and legends transposed into the world of middle school friendships and drama. Based on the ending, I assume there are going to be more books in this series, which is also super exciting. I can definitely see myself recommending this to upper elementary and middle schoolers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    sparkypink

    This was a super cute graphic novel that was about Greek mythology with a twist. A thirteen-year-old girl moves to live with her dad at Mt. Olympus. Then she finds out all the gods and goddesses have been reborn as teenagers, and she is a demigoddess. It was fun to see the gods and goddesses portrayed as more modern characters. I was able to read this book in a day. It was a quick read and the illustrations were great. I will definitely keep an eye out for the 2nd book that comes out next year. I This was a super cute graphic novel that was about Greek mythology with a twist. A thirteen-year-old girl moves to live with her dad at Mt. Olympus. Then she finds out all the gods and goddesses have been reborn as teenagers, and she is a demigoddess. It was fun to see the gods and goddesses portrayed as more modern characters. I was able to read this book in a day. It was a quick read and the illustrations were great. I will definitely keep an eye out for the 2nd book that comes out next year. I received a digital ARC of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Olympic Friendship There are lots of middle grade books out there that are based on some sort of Olympian angle. This one is mostly a school daze friendship tale that takes a light and lively approach. Our heroine, Karen, has to stay with her Dad because of her Mom's new job. Dad lives in Greece and is named Zed, (the "Z" of course is giveaway number one). Karen ends up at Mount Olympus Junior High. The actual plot turns on the fact that someone or something is turning students to stone, and Karen Olympic Friendship There are lots of middle grade books out there that are based on some sort of Olympian angle. This one is mostly a school daze friendship tale that takes a light and lively approach. Our heroine, Karen, has to stay with her Dad because of her Mom's new job. Dad lives in Greece and is named Zed, (the "Z" of course is giveaway number one). Karen ends up at Mount Olympus Junior High. The actual plot turns on the fact that someone or something is turning students to stone, and Karen is suspect number one because it started happening just after she arrived. Now this could have gone a lot of different ways. Surprisingly, it's an upbeat and cheerful take on being the new girl in town. Karen is accepted immediately by the other students and develops a circle of friends. They all get together to help prove her innocence. The stone-maker is a sympathetic character. The whole thing is gee-whiz, can-do, cheerful, and friendly. (Heck, even Karen's Mom and Dad are mellow and cool.) So, this qualifies as an entry in the Greek Gods fiction pantheon, but it isn't angsty or weird. It's basically a school daze tale with a Greek God frame. That worked because Karen is a good kid, her classmates are all nice, if odd and interesting, people, and the drama is pretty light. As a consequence, this struck me as a pleasant, early reader, intro to myth based action adventure. The tale is easy to follow, easy to swallow, and bright and lively. That is all complemented by the art, which is basic, colorful, and undemanding, but which is perfectly well designed to carry and enhance the story. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Iris

    A fun graphic novel set in the Mt. Olympos, where the Greek gods are reimagined as high school teens and school administrators! Karen is sent to live with her dad, Zed, and attend a new school while her mom pursues a dream art project. Her weird new environment becomes even stranger when people start turning to stone as soon as she arrives! Will people start to suspect her as the culprit? With her new friends, Dita, Tina, Poll, and Artemis, Karen sets out to solve the mystery and clear her name. A fun graphic novel set in the Mt. Olympos, where the Greek gods are reimagined as high school teens and school administrators! Karen is sent to live with her dad, Zed, and attend a new school while her mom pursues a dream art project. Her weird new environment becomes even stranger when people start turning to stone as soon as she arrives! Will people start to suspect her as the culprit? With her new friends, Dita, Tina, Poll, and Artemis, Karen sets out to solve the mystery and clear her name. Clean lines plus a colorful palette keep the mood light and the book is packed with easy, gentle humor. A delightful read full of charming characters and an intriguing, though predictable, mystery.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexia

    I loved everything about Oh My Gods! It’s the perfect story for mythology lovers and those new to the genre. The art was amazingly detailed, and this is definitely a book you want to go through again just to spend time focusing on the art as it was so easy to miss some of the details while reading. The personalities of the characters are so big, and I fell in love with them all and their dynamic. My faves were Zed (so adorable), Apollo (swoony), and Dita (her being so lovey to everyone was so c I loved everything about Oh My Gods! It’s the perfect story for mythology lovers and those new to the genre. The art was amazingly detailed, and this is definitely a book you want to go through again just to spend time focusing on the art as it was so easy to miss some of the details while reading. The personalities of the characters are so big, and I fell in love with them all and their dynamic. My faves were Zed (so adorable), Apollo (swoony), and Dita (her being so lovey to everyone was so cute). The plot itself was super interesting, and I thought the mystery unraveled nicely. I’m glad there’s a second book already announced because I need more. I need like at least 10 of these books. Even more please! A gigantic series! Highly recommend this graphic novel for an enjoyable, sweet read that leaves you craving more. *Thank you to Books Forward PR and the publisher for a free copy. All opinions are my own*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Thank you Netgalley for the arc. 4 stars. Super cute would definitely recommend to my students. Easy and fun way to introduce Greek Mythology with a modern and new twist with it being a graphic novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shakirah Bourne

    A fun story! Also, a really great way to introduce Greek mythology in the classroom.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Miller

    Archie Comic Vibes (Specifically Archie's Weird Mysteries) + Greek Mythology = A Good Time! Promising start to a fun series. I can't wait to see what happens the next book holds-- hopefully more Artemis and Apollo! Archie Comic Vibes (Specifically Archie's Weird Mysteries) + Greek Mythology = A Good Time! Promising start to a fun series. I can't wait to see what happens the next book holds-- hopefully more Artemis and Apollo!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★

    perfectly adorable! can't wait to get a finished copy! perfectly adorable! can't wait to get a finished copy!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Muggle

    I thought this was adorable. I think sometimes we forget you can just have fun reading a story. An all ages fun and fresh approach to the mythology we all know. Karen’s obliviousness is so endearing because we all know what’s happening. I really am looking forward to book two and can’t wait to show my younger cousins this book to get them into comics!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tate Brombal

    Lovely illustrations and a story perfectly suited for a younger audience just beginning their life-long obsession with Greek mythology. There are some really brilliant moments of humour and pathos found in these pages too. Definitely recommended!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Adam

    This is an absolute delight! The artwork is beautiful - I loved the cheerful style and brightly pleasing color scheme. The images flow perfectly with the text, creating a harmonious, layered narrative that engaged me immediately. What I especially love, however, is the core of compassion, kindness, and empathy running throughout. We get to see supportive, loving parents who, despite their separation, still speak of each other with respect and friends who have each other's backs. It is such a ref This is an absolute delight! The artwork is beautiful - I loved the cheerful style and brightly pleasing color scheme. The images flow perfectly with the text, creating a harmonious, layered narrative that engaged me immediately. What I especially love, however, is the core of compassion, kindness, and empathy running throughout. We get to see supportive, loving parents who, despite their separation, still speak of each other with respect and friends who have each other's backs. It is such a refreshing pleasure to read something with such *heart*, and the mythological aspects of the story are fantastic. The basic premise involves a girl spending time with her father while her mother takes a new dream job; what she doesn't realize is that her father is Zeus and her new schoolmates are all gods and goddesses. When students start turning to stone, Karen must solve the mystery of who is responsible - and the solution involves forgiveness and friendship. The information about gods and goddesses included at the end is clever, too. I think this book will have a wide appeal for reluctant readers, kids facing new schools, and students interested in Greek mythology and mystery. Highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Juan Manuel Sarmiento

    Oh My Gods! is an interesting way of graphic novel readers to start fiddling with greek mythology and want to read something more relatable like teens in high school. Almost every god and goddess have around Karen's age, daughter of 'Zed', her divorced father who lives in Mt. Olympus and everything is suspicious cause she doesn't know the truth. When several students start to appear petrified, secrets will begin to uncover and Karen will learn everything. OMG! is a fun and warm story with different Oh My Gods! is an interesting way of graphic novel readers to start fiddling with greek mythology and want to read something more relatable like teens in high school. Almost every god and goddess have around Karen's age, daughter of 'Zed', her divorced father who lives in Mt. Olympus and everything is suspicious cause she doesn't know the truth. When several students start to appear petrified, secrets will begin to uncover and Karen will learn everything. OMG! is a fun and warm story with different tones within its plot, mystery and leaves you waiting for a sequel.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    *2 Thirteen-year-old Karen leaves her mom and home in New Jersey to live with her eccentric father Zed in Greece, turning her world upside down. A few days into school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, Karen’s classmates are turning to stone, kind of like in Greek mythology… Oh My Gods! was actually quite disappointing, though the artwork was enjoyable. Karen, the main character, was flat, clueless, and completely oblivious. I erroneously assumed that she knew who her father was, considering she was pri *2 Thirteen-year-old Karen leaves her mom and home in New Jersey to live with her eccentric father Zed in Greece, turning her world upside down. A few days into school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, Karen’s classmates are turning to stone, kind of like in Greek mythology… Oh My Gods! was actually quite disappointing, though the artwork was enjoyable. Karen, the main character, was flat, clueless, and completely oblivious. I erroneously assumed that she knew who her father was, considering she was privy to the fact that she was moving to Mount Olympus in Greece), and therefore quite surprised when, only about a third of the way through the book, she concluded that her friends and classmates with names right out of Greek mythology were in fact one and the same—the Greek gods and mythological creatures from centuries past. The characters were flat, lacking any real sense of personality or distinction, maybe with the exception of Artemis. The dialogue between characters was also oddly stilted, feeling very out of place. The plot, as well, was frustrating. Seeing as people were being turned to stone, the “culprit” was obvious, yet all the characters were shocked at who was responsible in the end. While perhaps an alright introduction to Greek mythology for middle grade readers, Oh My Gods! was nothing special and kind of disjointed, with an almost unfinished feeling, at least plot-wise.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This story about an USAmerican middle schooler who moves in with her dad on Mount Olympus while her mom pursues a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity is fun and cute. It's also pretty standard. As a fast-paced middle grade graphic novel that riffs on Greek mythology, it works well. As a well-planned story with a logical progression and a tight mystery element, it does not. I think this would be more appealing to fans of Jean Holub's Goddess Girls series, Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself, Lumber This story about an USAmerican middle schooler who moves in with her dad on Mount Olympus while her mom pursues a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity is fun and cute. It's also pretty standard. As a fast-paced middle grade graphic novel that riffs on Greek mythology, it works well. As a well-planned story with a logical progression and a tight mystery element, it does not. I think this would be more appealing to fans of Jean Holub's Goddess Girls series, Princeless, Vol. 1: Save Yourself, Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy or Raina Telgemeier and Faith Erin Hicks than for readers who love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, Kate O'Hearn's Greek mythology series, or even Lucy Coats' Beasts of Olympus books. 2 stars for the story, an additional star for the art.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Graphic novel format, mythology and school drama combine with a result that will likely be a hit with my 5th grade library patrons. Karen is sent to live with her dad temporarily as her mom works at a new job, but has no idea that he is actually Zeus and her new classmates are reborn, teenage versions of Artemis, Athena, Apollo and a handful of fates and centaurs! When students begin to turn to stone, Karen is suspected and she sets off with several of her new friends to clear her name. Turns ou Graphic novel format, mythology and school drama combine with a result that will likely be a hit with my 5th grade library patrons. Karen is sent to live with her dad temporarily as her mom works at a new job, but has no idea that he is actually Zeus and her new classmates are reborn, teenage versions of Artemis, Athena, Apollo and a handful of fates and centaurs! When students begin to turn to stone, Karen is suspected and she sets off with several of her new friends to clear her name. Turns out that Medusa is to blame, but Karen steps in to smooth over the situation and Athena creates a cure for all the petrified. The simple storyline plus realistic looking illustrations will appeal to many in grades 4-6, but this is not a graphic novel that I will promote to my teachers as also a great example of well-developed characters, clear plot diagram, and creative figurative language. Authors Cooke and Fitzpatrick keeps their book free of any profanity, violence (outside the whole turning to stone thing), or sexual content. Thanks for the dARC, NetGalley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars Karen is a video game playing teenager who lives with her mom. However, when her mom gets a job offer that will require Karen to go live with her dad for a while, everything changes. Karen rarely sees her dad, who she calls Zed but she gets on a plane and heads off to Mt. Olympus. For example, did she really just see a pair of horns on that flight attendant's head? Karen's dad is happy to see her and tries really hard to make her feel welcome, but he's also acting a little strange. She 3.5 stars Karen is a video game playing teenager who lives with her mom. However, when her mom gets a job offer that will require Karen to go live with her dad for a while, everything changes. Karen rarely sees her dad, who she calls Zed but she gets on a plane and heads off to Mt. Olympus. For example, did she really just see a pair of horns on that flight attendant's head? Karen's dad is happy to see her and tries really hard to make her feel welcome, but he's also acting a little strange. She starts at her new school where she makes some new friends, who are also nice but a little strange. Then a student gets turned to stone and things get really weird! Her new friends explain to her that mythology is not confined to the past and she is currently hanging out with Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Athena. They set out to figure out how the student got turned to stone as Karen gets used to her new world view. A fun, colorful graphic novel. Predictable but enjoyable. Give to Rick Riordan fans.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This is a really sweet middle-grade graphic novel involving a girl who moves in with her dad, Zed (actually head honcho of the pantheon, Zeus), and slowly realizes that her new school is filled with gods, goddesses, and other mythological creatures. I found the depictions of the different deities unique enough, and actually really enjoyed the character aspects and art style. This books is pretty inclusive regarding gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, etc. Overall a solid addition to any twee This is a really sweet middle-grade graphic novel involving a girl who moves in with her dad, Zed (actually head honcho of the pantheon, Zeus), and slowly realizes that her new school is filled with gods, goddesses, and other mythological creatures. I found the depictions of the different deities unique enough, and actually really enjoyed the character aspects and art style. This books is pretty inclusive regarding gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, etc. Overall a solid addition to any tween's shelf who is either a) interested in mythology, or b) would like a fun contemporary story along the lines of Raina Telgemeier or Shannon Hale, but with a hint of magic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Karen is just your everyday girl who moves to Greece to live with her odd, mysterious father who *whoops* is actually the Greek God Zeus. Now Karen is going to high school with gods and goddesses, and it is up to her to figure out what is going on when her classmates start to turn to stone. With so many great mythology stories being told, this felt flat to me. The story is exactly what it appears to be, feeling fairly predictable and a bit stale compared to the Rick Riordan Presents books and the Karen is just your everyday girl who moves to Greece to live with her odd, mysterious father who *whoops* is actually the Greek God Zeus. Now Karen is going to high school with gods and goddesses, and it is up to her to figure out what is going on when her classmates start to turn to stone. With so many great mythology stories being told, this felt flat to me. The story is exactly what it appears to be, feeling fairly predictable and a bit stale compared to the Rick Riordan Presents books and the like (even when compared to the original Rick Riordan books). Do we need another young Greek Gods adaptation when there are so many other cultures to explore? I'm not convinced. This will be loved by its audience, but it doesn't make me want to read more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia Ornelas

    3.5 stars—This was a really cute take on Greek mythology! I loved the focus on friendship and wanting to fit in. It was a bit confusing at first bc I couldn’t tell if everyone was pretending Greek mythology wasn’t real, or if Karen was supposed to be aware of her new life, and that wasn’t made clear until a third of the way through the book. I also feel like, aside from referring to the school as “junior high” there was nothing particularly about it that distinguished it from high school. The ca 3.5 stars—This was a really cute take on Greek mythology! I loved the focus on friendship and wanting to fit in. It was a bit confusing at first bc I couldn’t tell if everyone was pretending Greek mythology wasn’t real, or if Karen was supposed to be aware of her new life, and that wasn’t made clear until a third of the way through the book. I also feel like, aside from referring to the school as “junior high” there was nothing particularly about it that distinguished it from high school. The cast of characters definitely behaved and spoke like they were in high school rather than middle school, so I’m not really sure why it wasn’t just written in a high school setting. Nevertheless, still really enjoyed it and look forward to the next installment!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    When her mother gets a new job, Karen leaves New Jersey to live with her father and attend junior high on Mount Olympus, where she discovers that her classmates have names like Apollo, Artemis, Athena, and Aphrodite. Of course, if your father’s name is Zeus, Karen should have expected something like this. Alas, something in rotten in this magical classical paradise. Somebody is turning the residents into stone likeness of themselves. Cooke and Fitzpatrick tell a pleasant middle school story with When her mother gets a new job, Karen leaves New Jersey to live with her father and attend junior high on Mount Olympus, where she discovers that her classmates have names like Apollo, Artemis, Athena, and Aphrodite. Of course, if your father’s name is Zeus, Karen should have expected something like this. Alas, something in rotten in this magical classical paradise. Somebody is turning the residents into stone likeness of themselves. Cooke and Fitzpatrick tell a pleasant middle school story with a bit of whodunnit included. Also featured are supportive parents, a fantasy setting, and an underling theme of accepting and welcoming others for who there are. Moon’s art and Miller’s layouts are somewhat sharp and mechanical, but this in no way distracts from the fun of the story.

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