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Athena the Brain
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Athena the Brain
Goddess Girls Series, Book 1

In Athena the Brain, Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn't realize that she was a goddess! When she's whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad (Zeus). Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls and finds the best friends she's ever had.

In Athena the Brain, Athena always knew she was smart and special, but she didn't realize that she was a goddess! When she's whisked away to Mount Olympus Academy, she worries about fitting in and dealing with her dad (Zeus). Luckily, she meets the Goddess Girls and finds the best friends she's ever had.

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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
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    A STRANGE, GLITTERY BREEZE WHOOSHED into Athena?s bedroom window one morning, bringing a rolled-up piece of papyrus with it. She jumped up from her desk and watched in amazement as it swirled above her.


    ?A message for Athena from Mount Olympus!? the wind howled. ?Art thou present??


    ?Yes, I?m thou. I?m present. I mean?I?m Athena,? she replied in a rush.


    Abruptly the breeze stilled, and the scroll dropped right in the middle of her science homework. A thrill swept over her. She?d never gotten a message from the gods before! No human she knew ever had. The gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus ruled Earth, but only made their powers known for important matters. What could they want? Was she being given an urgent mission to save the world?


    She unrolled the scroll as fast as she could and began to read.


    DEAR ATHENA,


    THIS MAY COME AS A SHOCK TO YOU,


    BUT I, ZEUS?KING OF THE GODS


    AND RULER OF THE HEAVENS?AM


    YOUR FATHER. AND THAT, OF COURSE,


    MAKES YOU A GODDESS.


    ?Huh?? Athena?s knees wobbled so hard that she plopped back into her chair. She read on:


    YOU MUST BE, WHAT . . . NINE YEARS


    OLD NOW?


    ?Try twelve,? she mumbled under her breath. And for most of those years, she had yearned to know who her parents were. She?d spun endless stories in her head, imagining how they looked and what they were like.


    At last a piece of the puzzle had dropped into her lap. Or onto her desk, anyway. Her eyes raced across the rest of the letter as she continued:


    AT ANY RATE, YOU?RE PLENTY OLD


    ENOUGH NOW TO CONTINUE YOUR


    SCHOOLING AT MOUNT OLYMPUS


    ACADEMY, WHERE I?YOUR DEAR


    OL? DAD?AM THE PRINCIPAL. I HEREBY


    COMMAND YOU TO PREPARE AT


    ONCE FOR THE JOURNEY TO MOUNT


    OLYMPUS. HERMES DELIVERY SERVICE


    WILL PICK YOU UP TOMORROW MORNING.



    YOURS IN THUNDER,


    ZEUS


  • ???
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  • Was this for real? She could hardly believe it! Beneath his signature was the worst drawing she?d ever seen. It looked sort of like a caterpillar, but Athena had a feeling it was supposed to be a muscled arm. She grinned. One thing was for sure, Zeus was no artist.


    A blazing gold Z shaped like a thunderbolt?Zeus?s official seal?was embossed alongside the drawing. She traced her finger over it.


    ?Ow!? A burst of electricity buzzed her fingertip, and she dropped the scroll. As the sizzle zinged through her, the scroll shut with a snap and rolled across the carpet. No question about it, this letter was from the King of Mount Olympus!


    Feeling dazed?and not from the electricity?she gulped. She was his daughter. A goddess!


    Athena jumped to her feet, unsure if she should be happy or upset, but feeling a little of both. Rushing over to the mirror, she gazed at her reflection. Her determined gray eyes stared back at her, looking no different from before she?d read the letter. And her long, wavy brown hair was the same too. With a poke of one finger, she squished the end of her too-long nose up, then frowned at the piggy nose she?d made.


    She wasn?t sure what she?d expected to see in the glass. To suddenly look beautiful, wise, and powerful? In other words?more like a goddess?


    She turned as she heard her best friend Pallas come into their bedroom.


    Crunch! Crunch!


    Pallas eyed her, munching an apple. ?What?s that?? she asked, gesturing toward the letter on the floor.


    ?Umm.? Athena quickly scooped it up and...

About the Author-
  • Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children's books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at JoanHolub.com.
Reviews-
  • DOGO Books kprincess - It is the coolest book. I have liked this series since 4th grade. It is about girls who later become goddesses it shows their problems being a goddessand in the end all goes well
  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 23, 2010
    In the first book in Holub and Williams's Goddess Girls series, which places Greek myths in a playful, modern context, 12-year-old Athena has been raised on Earth, where she never quite fit in due to her superior intellect and unusual abilities, like inventing and then playing the world's first trumpet and flute. But then she learns that Zeus is her father; he invites her to attend the Mount Olympus Academy, where he is the principal, and students take classes in Revenge-ology and drink nectar at meals. At Mount Olympus, Athena faces new challenges: while she's befriended by Persephone, Aphrodite, and Artemis, mean girl Medusa and her sisters resent Athena when cute Poseidon shows interest in her. And, besides keeping up with class assignments (like designing a quest for Odysseus), Athena also wants to win an invention contest and covets a spot on the cheerleading squad. Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging. Available simultaneously: Persephone the Phony. Ages 8–12.

  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2010
    Gr 3-6-Holub and Williams take readers into the world of the preteen goddesses at Mount Olympus Academy, which is staffed by the likes of Mr. Cyclops and the principal, Zeus. In the first book, 12-year-old Athena's life changes when a papyrus scroll blows into her window informing her that she's Zeus's daughter and must attend Mount Olympus Academy with the other "godboys" and "goddessgirls." At first she's doubtful she can balance school, a social life, and extracurricular activities; however, Athena proves her intellect by ending the Trojan War in Hero-ology, winning the invention fair, and thwarting mean-girl Medusa. In the second title, Persephone is a self-proclaimed phony. She's overly agreeable and conforms to the opinions and pressures of others. While escaping to Earth to get some peace, she wanders into a graveyard and begins a relationship with Hades, the misunderstood outcast. In the end, she learns that true friends will like you even if you express differing opinions. On top of Mount Olympus, the authors intertwine an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity or blessed mortal. The books should be popular with fans of girly, light fantasy. Be ready to refer readers to solid books on Greek mythology for further reading."Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ"

    Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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