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Top Ten Greek Legends Paperback – 20 Mar 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; First Edition edition (20 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590193775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590193771
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 982,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
it was excellent .the information was truly interesting .as i am a great fan of terry's writing(such as the horrible histories,these are my favourite)i absoultly loved this brilliant book.i also am very interested in greek myths ,this book gave me alot of imformation i never knew about untill i read this book.this book is no waste of money ,i would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about greek myths and the greek gods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ДД² on 13 Dec. 2006
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From the popular TOP TEN series of books 'GREEK LEGENDS'

'It's amazing....but true. Some people are so old they lived in the days before everyone had a television! You may even know some of these people - a grandparent, a teacher or a mummy in your local museum. Next time you meet them ask:-
'What did you do before you had a TV?' ..............
'We told stories.' People have told stories since ancient times........
There are too many stories to fit into one book, so here are just 10 from the ancient Greeks: the Top 10, in reverse order, of course!
They are retold in a new form as modern stories........'

191 pages, split into chapters:-


With 10 individual 'Top Facts' sections, too.

Written in a variety of fonts with humorous black and white cartoon illustrations throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By on 12 Jun. 2001
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This book shows you the funny side of Greek history and myths. All the stories are rewriten from an unusual point of view. There are also lists containing the top ten heros (among other things). This is a really good book!
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By Charles Phillipps on 3 Oct. 2010
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Excellent digest. Contains masses of information while being really entertaining. I got it for me as well as my kid.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
a fun book about the Greek myths! 12 Sept. 2005
By theshortmad1wivmessyhair - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As the title suggest the book describes the top ten Greek legends but each one is written in a different style, from an angry letter to Zeus, a play, a newspaper article or a police report in the case of Oedipus and I think this makes the book even more interesting. It also has top ten facts in between each legend from a list of the most powerful gods to a list of mythological criminals and their punishments.

As it is written in the same style as the horrible histories (and by the same author) it is light and easy as well as funny (if slightly cheesy) and goes into another depth to interest and entertain the reader without boring them.

If you're attracted to Greek mythology but don't want to go into too much depth I think you'll like this, i certainly do!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Top Ten Greek Legends 5 April 2001
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This book has a lot of information and funny jokes. This was a fun way to read about the Greek legends. It is a good start for kids to get interested in books and history. I think it is a fun way to learn.
Easy intro 12 Feb. 2007
By Alan Safani - Published on
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This is a marvelous book for kids ages 11 and up to get started with the major Greek myths. The stories are written in a style that is easy to comprehend, but with enough detail to the original myth. Highly recommended.

Alan Safani
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Top Ten Greek Legends 4 April 2000
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this book was very interesting i actually enjoyed reading it! it was the most interesting book i ever read and i also found out some stuff 2.
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