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At Key Stage 1 & 2 the history curriculum includes a study of Ancient Greece, of Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world. There are a selection of books in this section which are suitable for Key Stages 1-3, both fiction and non-fiction.
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June 2020 Book of the Month | Caroline Lawrence, author of the bestselling Roman Mysteries series, combines her second-to-none knowledge of the classical world with her ability to tell a great story to create terrific new historical adventures. Alex and Dinu have already experienced time travel – they explored Roman Britain in the first in this new series – now they are being whisked back into Ancient Greece, and this time Dinu’s clever little sister Crina is coming with them. Minutes after the three have arrived in the Temple of Athena in Athens, Alex and Dinu are captured by Scythian archers – the ancient Athenian equivalent of the police. The action keeps up at the same pace, short chapters and pacey dialogue keeping the pages turning! Ancient Greece has never seemed so appealing, and it’s great that Lawrence makes learning about it such thrilling entertainment. One to recommend to fans of Rick Riordan, while readers longing for more classical adventure should check out Philip Womack’s new story The Arrow of Apollo too.
Travel back to Ancient Greece to see magnificent marble temples, bustling market places, and to find out about Ancient Greek cities, armies, myths and sport. With lively illustrations, flaps to lift, and links to specially selected websites for more information, this book tells the story of the civilisation that changed the world.
Who better to introduce children to the world of ancient Greek myth than gladiator Julius Zebra (and if you don’t know, he really is a zebra). Julius and his band have already survived being kidnapped by Romans and thrown into the Colosseum, a stay in Britannia and a shipwreck in Egypt, but can they survive a challenge from the hero Heracles (or as Julius knows him Hairy Keith)? It brings them into contact with the Minotaur and King Midas, and ends with a trip into the underworld no less. The story is brilliantly funny as always, and action packed while there’s loads of proper information on ancient life amongst the silliness. Glorious stuff!
So You Think You've Got It Bad? | A kid's life in ancient Greece might sound like fun, what with all that brilliant sunny weather and watching the Olympic Games, but actually life for kids could be pretty hard. In this hilarious book, written by award-winning author Chae Strathie, children will learn just how tough life really was, from living on a diet of blood soup whilst wearing nothing but a cloak, to having to learn a poem that was over 15,000 lines long! Thanks, but no thanks, Homer! Probably the first book about ancient Greece to feature a race between a go-kart and a goose, this is a must read for kids with a passion for horrible history! P
Sisters Imogen and Isabel Greenberg make brilliant use of the comic book/graphic novel format to tell stories of Athena, probably the most appealing of all the Greek goddesses, weaving different myths into one coherent adventure. It starts as Athena springs from Zeus's head fully armed and 'ready to do battle in the world'; next is the story of her relationship with Athens and, more crucially, rivalry with Poseidon, then interventions in human lives with Perseus and Arachne (the latter a good learning experience for the goddess), before the lead up to the Trojan war and finally the wanderings of Odysseus. The stories are unbeatable and text and illustrations do them full justice. A terrific introduction to the world of Greek mythology and a great bit of storytelling.
Stylish and artfully designed, this book is jam-packed with enough information on the Greek gods and heroes to satisfy even the most inquisitive reader. Forty different characters, from Gaia, Cronus and Zeus to Electra, Achilles and Odysseus, are featured on double page spreads; boxes of text tell their stories with impressive brevity, while extra gobbets of information are conveyed via shorter text boxes or in captions that accompany the stylised, colour illustrations. It’s a book that encourages browsing, while simultaneously making clear the timeline and interconnectedness of the various gods and heroes. This is the latest in an eye-catching and effect series.
Apparently the ancient Greeks were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn't start school until they were seven, and girls didn't have to go at all. But it wasn't always so jolly. Readers can discover who had the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax! With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.
This striking, energetic series of which this is one of the titles, takes a rapid-fire ‘look and learn’ approach to subjects suitable for children aged 8 and over and each title makes the learning experience really fun. With fascinating topics ranging from Dinosaurs to Art, from Myths to Science, each of these books presents a key subject in a fresh and fascinating format. The subjects in each title are explained in 30-second sound-bites, supported by 3-second flash summaries. And if all that isn’t stimulating enough, the 3-minute mini-missions included will further challenge lively young minds. With colourful, original explanatory artwork on every page and text from a range of expert authors, these books are loaded with fun information and fast-track facts.
Elliot Hooper is back in the second book in the fantastic, adventure filled series from Maz Evans. Poor Elliot is still having a tough time of it. Not only does he have a group of immortal Greek housemates who have sworn to protect him from Thanatos, Deamon of Death, but this time Thanatos has been joined by his evil mummy - so now there’s double the trouble. Elliot’s mum’s health is worse and teen goddess Virgo, is struggling to come to terms with her lack of immortality AND she’s having the worst bad hair day ever. All in all, it doesn’t make for an easy life. But if Elliot has any chance of making life better, for him, his mum and the world he needs to find the second chaos stone before Thanatos does. Another high energy adventure with plenty of laughs and an amazing cast of characters – oh and a very welcome return from the Queen and her family make this an awesomely funny sequel that will have kids laughing out loud. ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here. A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher ‘What I like about the classical gods is that they are so true to life. Wild, naughty, emotional and unpredictable, they carry on a bit like us humans – but with superpowers! Of course, in this story our hero Elliot has some serious real life problems to deal with too, and so Maz Evans takes us on a funny yet thoughtful romp. Hold on to your pants because you are likely to lose everything else!’
Frances Lincoln is proud to reintroduce the inaugural Greenaway award-winning Black Ships Before Troy. Rosemary Sutcliff brings Homer's epic poem The Iliad to life. A stunningly illustrated edition of Homer’s classic adventure story which has been vibrantly retold by the late Rosemary Sutcliff who adds her own story-telling magic to Homer’s original. The stories which led to the Greek’s siege of Troy, which include The Golden Apple, The Death of Achilles, The Wooden Horse and The Fall of Troy among many others, seamlessly weave the worlds of gods and men into one strand. Alan Lee’s illustrations evoke the heroism of the human Greek warriors – and their cruelty – while also bringing the shadowy gods convincingly to life. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Oh my goodness, this is a rollicking good debut from Maz Evans. Who Let The Gods Out is a super, funny adventure story that will have kids reading long past their bedtime, and has now been added two with more in the series. Poor Elliot is having a very tough time. His mum is poorly, they have serious money problems, a devilishly devious interfering neighbour and school is quite simply a complete nightmare! So the last thing Elliot needs is for a conceited constellation to crash land smack, bang in the middle of his cow shed. Suddenly feisty, fearless Virgo enters his life with ‘a damp, loud splat.’ Together they manage to set free a dangerous and incredibly evil Daemon of Death and before long it is down to Elliot to save the world. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate! This book is laugh out loud hilarious and I just adored each and every character. Elliot is brave and good hearted and going through such a hard time. The Gods were hilarious and I love how Maz has made them so quirky, fallible and bang up to date. There is also a rather special appearance from her Majesty the Queen that was quite simply magnificent. Who Let The Gods Out is the first in a four part series and I for one am very excited to see what happens next for Elliot and his new friends. ~ Shelley Fallows A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher ‘What I like about the classical gods is that they are so true to life. Wild, naughty, emotional and unpredictable, they carry on a bit like us humans – but with superpowers! Of course, in this story our hero Elliot has some serious real life problems to deal with too, and so Maz Evans takes us on a funny yet thoughtful romp. Hold on to your pants because you are likely to lose everything else!’ Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2018 | One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | February 2017 Debut of the Month Books in The Who Let The Gods Out? Series: 1. Who Let The God's Out? 2. Simply The Quest 3. Beyond the Odyssey 4. Against All Gods
The Greek myths - their Gods and heroes, the monsters they battled and the magical world they lived in - have inspired countless paintings, sculptures and ceramics both by the Ancient Greeks themselves and many artists since. This book uses such artworks to illustrate a concise overview of Ancient Greek mythology.
Children as young as five years old will enjoy spotting the Minotaur hiding in the shadows of the pages in this picture book and will then want to help Theseus escape through the maze. Will Theseus kill the Minotaur? Will he be able to get out of the maze? Follow Theseus on his quest, through the Labyrinth, and see if YOU can spot where the Minotaur is lurking, and if you can follow the thread and help Theseus escape? Juliet Rix breathes new life into a favourite Greek myth and Juliet Snape’s beautiful illustrations, inspired by real Minoan art from Crete, ensure that A-Maze-ing Minotaur is destined to become a family favourite – revisited time and again.
Percy Jackson, hero and demi-god, is the best guide you could have to the Greek gods and goddesses. As he is half-god - his father is Poseidon - and half-mortal – he is also a schoolboy in Manhattan - Percy is perfectly placed to give the inside stories! Percy’s account of the lives of the gods is chatty and informal. They are near to humans as you’ll ever find them – but they still have some awesome powers! A fun and fantastic introduction to an extraordinary world.
A madcap, modern yet mythological adventure! Aries, the ghost of the ram of Golden Fleece fame, remains furious at the loss of his beautiful coat - stolen by Jason and the Argonauts centuries ago. Aries is desperate to leave the Greek Underworld so he can find his beloved fleece, and when he gets a chance to return to Earth, he takes his best friend Alex, the Underworld zookeeper, along for the ride. They soon discover the Golden Fleece is in the clutches of the evil immortal sorceress Medea - now a world-famous fashion designer in London. With the help of Rose, a twelve-year-old human girl, Aries and Alex must save the world from Medea's wicked plans . . . and save Aries from an eternity of being bald.
A stunningly illustrated edition of Homer’s classic adventure story which has been vibrantly retold by the late Rosemary Sutcliff who adds her own story-telling magic to Homer’s original. The stories which led to the Greek’s siege of Troy, which include The Golden Apple, The Death of Achilles, The Wooden Horse and The Fall of Troy among many others, seamlessly weave the worlds of gods and men into one strand. Alan Lee’s illustrations evoke the heroism of the human Greek warriors – and their cruelty – while also bringing the shadowy gods convincingly to life.
The Odyssey, Homer’s second epic adventure, tells the story of Odysseus as he travels home from the war in Troy. His adventures on his travels include his meetings with the Cyclops and with the dangerous sirens who lure boats onto the rocks among many others before his finally reaches home bringing peace to all. Odysseus’s wanderings and the many dangers he faces are beautifully captured in Alan Lee’s atmospheric illustrations.
A beautiful edition of ten of the best loved Greek myths, each exquisitely illustrated by Jane Ray, are gathered together is this lovely edition. The story of Pandora and her box which she is told not to open; Pegasus, the wonder flying horse; King Midas and his donkey ears – storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton retells all of these and more making them fresh and easily accessible to a new audience.
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2014 - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8+ | Best-selling Caroline Lawrence doesn’t skimp on violence in this action-packed story which captures the bravery of two young boys, survivors of the carnage of the destruction of the city of Troy. Rye and Nisus are only six and thirteen when the great city falls. Both have suffered terrible tragedy and witnessed appalling violence. Following a leader who is determined to found a new Troy, the boys spend seven years voyaging towards their destination during which they train in all aspects of warfare in order to avenge the death of their respective relatives. When the chance to be heroes comes, Rye and Nisus seize it. But will they survive? And where are the gods when they most need them? Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 14+
The Mark of Athena is the explosive third part in Rick Riordan's number one series - Heroes of Olympus. Can Percy Jackson and the Half-blood Heroes succeed on their quest to find The Doors of Death or will the Greek Gods of chaos win their battle to stop them? Percy and his fellow demi-gods face the most important quest of all - the Prophecy of Seven. The Mark of Athena is the third book in the bestselling Heroes of Olympus series, set in the action-packed world of Percy Jackson. The Heroes of Olympus - The Lost Hero The Son of Neptune The Mark of Athena The House of Hades The Blood of Olympus
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief is the first bestselling book in Rick Riordan's phenomenally successful Percy Jackson series - now with a new cover look. Half boy. Half God. ALL Hero. This title tells the author story. Like Percy Jackson?...They'll love Fenn Halflin and Monster Hunter. Books in The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series: 1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief 2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters 3. Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse 4. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth 5. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
This title is a beautifully written and illustrated collection of Greek myths containing seventeen famous tales full of love, loss, greed, envy and bravery. Beautifully written by Ann Turnbull and illustrated by Sarah Young, this collection of seventeen Greek myths is truly something to treasure. The timeless stories are told with great freshness and there is a good balance between the gentler myths and the ones packed with battles and monsters. It is a wonderful collection and a perfect introduction to the fascinating world of Greek mythology, brought to life by one of our finest writers together with an exciting new illustrator.
Step back in time through the amazing pictures which take you into the heart of ancient Greece. Through the hugely detailed cross-section pictures you can see how the Greeks lived at home by looking at all the details inside a house complete with servants, a resident philosopher and even a robber breaking his way in through a wall. You can also visit some of the major sites such as Apolloâ€™s Temple at Delphi with its sacrifices, priestesses and worshippers. Masses of information is cleverly exposed and explored in this endlessly fascinating book.
The latest in the excellent Roman Mysteries series, this time Flavia’s tutor Aristo is arrested in Corinth. When he escapes, Flavia and her friends Nubia, Jonathan and Lupus set off in hot pursuit while also trying to work out why he did it. From the oracle at Delphi to the Acropolis in Athens, the friends follow the clues which will help them to solve the mystery.
Familiar monsters are given a complete makeover by Sara Fanelli in this terrifying and original introduction to the Greek myths. Thereâ€™s the gorgon Medusa with her snake hair whose terrible eyes turn people into stone, the winged horse Pegasus, the Minotaur with his maze â€“ and many more. Within her powerful and thought provoking pictures Sara Fanelli creates new images of age-old characters.
A unique blend of fantasy and thriller and myths and legends but grounded firmly in real present-day life. It was winner of the 2000 Blue Peter Award 'book i couldn't put down category'. With twists and turns virtually on every page you're left gasping for breath but wanting more. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.