The Goddess Girls are back, and this time in a super special edition. Written by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams, this popular middle grade series takes on the world of the Olympics in, Goddess Girls- The Girl Games. Want to win my copy? Fill out the rafflecopter form at the end. If you don't see it click "read more".
The Story- Zeus has finally agreed to let the goddess girls hold their own completion, the Heraean Games. Artemis, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Athena are ready to go, each competing in both the group cheer challenge and individual sports.
Of course, problems arise. Artemis takes it upon herself to make sure the games are perfect. Aphrodite finds a cute kitten and smuggles him back to Mount Olympus Academy, totally against the rules. And her bestest friend Persephone falls in love with the kitten, named Adonis, and wants him for her own. And then there’s Athena who is having dreams about someone stealing her dad’s (Zeus) prize Pegasus.
Can the girls get things together and compete in the games?
My Thoughts- This is a very cute MG book. I have not read the others in the series and it wasn’t a problem, this book holds its own. The story switches back and forth from the POV of all 4 girls, which really helps develop their individual characters and allows the story to be seen from different angles. I did sometimes have a problem telling whose chapter I was in, and would sometimes have to go back to the chapter heading to remind myself.
The action is very middle grade appropriate. The Olympic type events include things like cheer leading, relay races with stuffed animals, long jump into magical pink sand, and thumb wrestling. The conflicts are also right on age level. Artemis struggles to do everything herself, and one of the main themes is that it is ok to ask for help. Then there is the jealousy between Aphrodite and Persephone, a very girl type of struggle for ownership of a kitty cat.
The writing is colorful and full of energy, with special made up words to fit the story. I totally recommend this book for 8 and up.
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