Friday, October 16, 2009

Oh. My. Gods, Page Turners Rule!!

Oh my god did we have the best conversation today in Page Turners (a book group for girls in 6th, 7th & 8th grade) about Tera Lynn Childs' mytho-magical high school drama, Oh. My. Gods. The book follows Phoebe, a runner who's suddenly uprooted and moved (thanks to her mom's new husband) to a crazy-far away Greek isle where the only high school in town is populated by . . . you guessed it . . . descendants of the Greek gods.

Our conversation went all over the place though. We talked about the truly believable evil-ness of any bad guy named Jimmy, and whether or not giving a character a name that represented his or her personality clued you in more, or kept you from having to read more carefully and in-depth. We debated whether or not revealing prophecies go better at the end or the beginning of stories, and if the great-great-grandchildren of the gods shouldn't've used their mighty powers for less petty things than tying girls' shoelaces together and pulling bouquets of roses from nowhere.

Of course the big discussion was about Childs' handling of the gods and all their myths, compared to the god of all mythology books, Rick Riordan. And we were a little mixed. We could, eventually, understand why all the descendants of Ares were football players, but we wished some of the daughters of Aphrodite had been a little more diverse than just a gang of cheerleaders. We weren't sure about the Haephestos kids, and definitely thought descendants of (the--hello--virgin goddess) Athena were a bad move. In general we didn't think this book was quite in the same league, mythology-wise, as the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, but most of us thought it was a pretty darned exciting and good read.

We definitely all loved learning about Nike, and think she's a wicked-cool goddess, so I'm throwing a picture of her here in the end.

All in all, the Page Turners are all goddesses of reading, and today was a meeting worthy of Mount Olympus!

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