Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Greek and Roman Reading

While Druitt's Corydon series didn't quite do it for me (I wanted more Lightning Thief, which was unreasonable), I gave it to one of my students, and he said that while it was odd and different, he liked it. It will be one of those books that gets mixed reviews (Shusterman's Full Tilt is either loved or hated), but certainly has a place in the collection considering the 7th grade curriculum's emphasis on Ancient Greece and Rome. Will buy, and perhaps invest in the Accelerated Reader test to get a few more readers.

Here's a list of titles that are popular: (Updated 5/14/2008)

Banks, Lynn Read. Tiger, Tiger (2005)
Barrett, Tracy. On Etruscan Time (2005)
Denenberg, Barry. Atticus of Rome (2004)
Dillon, Ellis. The Shadow of Vesuvius (1977)
Lawrence, Caroline. Roman Mysteries Series *****
Ray, Mary. Ides of April (1974)
Rubalcaba, Jill. The Wadget Eye (200) *****
Scieszka, Jon. See you later, gladiator (2000)
Winterfeld, Henry. Detectives in Togas (1956)

Cooney, Caroline B. Goddess of Yesterday (2002) *****
Denenberg, Barry. Pandora of Athens
Fleischman, Paul. Dateline: Troy (1996)
Ford, Michael. The Fire of Ares (2008) series.
Galloway, Patricia. Aleta and the Queen
The Courtesan's Daughter
My Hero Hercules
Gates, Doris. A Fair Wind for Troy
Mightiest of Heroes, Hercules
Two Queens of Heaven (1976)
Geras, Adele. Troy. (also Ithaka, which was not as good)
Goode, Caroline. Cupidity (2008) (Modern, but with gods.)
Hennessey, Caroline. Pandora Gets Jealous (2008) series
Johnson, Dorothy. Farewell to Troy (1964)
Witch Princess
Kindl, Patrice. Lost in the Labyrinth (1992)
Marsh, Katherine. The Night Tourist (2008) Modern, but with mythology.
McClaren, Clemence. Aphrodite's Blessings (2002)
Behind the Walls of Troy
Waiting for Odysseus
McMullan, Kate. Have a Hot Time, Hades (SERIES)
Napoli, Donna Jo. Sirena (1998) *****
The Great God Pan (2003)
Osborne, Mary Pope. Retelling of Odysseus
Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief (2005)SERIES *****
Roberts, Katherine. I am the Great Horse (2006)
Spinner, Stephanie. Quiver
Yolen, Jane and Richard Harris. *****
Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast(2003)
Jason and the Gorgon's Blood
Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons
Odysseus and the Serpent Maze (2001)

There are certainly more, and as a former Latin teacher I am always on the lookout for additional titles.

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