Katie Reads: Aphrodite the Diva

Speaking of reading books to see what would work well for my classes:

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In book 6, after a teeny misunderstanding in class, Aphrodite is failing
Hero-ology. To raise her grade, she concocts a brilliant plan–an
extra-credit project for matchmaking mortals. This brings her
face-to-face with fierce competition–an Egyptian goddessgirl named
Isis. Now the race is on to see which of them can matchmake
Pygmalion–the most annoying boy ever! Will Aphrodite wind up making a
passing grade after all? Or will she end up proving she’s a diva with
more beauty than brains?

These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a
modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to, from dealing with
bullies like Medusa to a first crush on an unlikely boy. Goddess Girls
follows four goddesses-in-training – Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and
Artemis – as they navigate the ins and outs of divine social life at
Mount Olympus Academy, where the most priviledged gods and goddesses of
the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.

Children’s books like this can be so hit or miss, so I was happily surprised that this was a hit! I haven’t read the other books in the series (the first one wasn’t in at the library), but I correctly guessed that like most children’s series, this book would recap any information I would need and be fairly stand alone.

Guys this book was cute. At moments cliche? Yes. But the exact kind of book I would have loved when I was younger. It’s literally Greek mythology fanfiction, specifically high school alternative universe fanfiction. And it works.

The premise for the books puts a twist on classical Greek mythology, but while keeping their changed mythology consistent within the book, the authors also get a lot right about actual mythology and this would be a great introduction for young readers. The story of Pygmalion gets retold humorously in this episode and I’d bet that others get retold in the other books in the series. Little details – like Aphrodite claiming the Trojan war was an accident and insisting it be called the Trojan “incident” and the authors accurately depicting their characters wearing Greek chitons instead of togas (thank you!!) make this book a winner. Additionally, this specific book saw the Greek Goddess girls meeting some Egpytian goddesses, and it was exciting to see how the authors used them.

We’ll be looking at Percy Jackson in class, but I can’t wait to recommend this series to my kids who want more Greek myths.

Stay magical readers!

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