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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780882408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780882406
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A really clever idea... I see it as a movie!' --Caroline Lawrence, The Roman Mysteries<br \><br \>'An intelligent, fascinating piece of fiction that is refreshingly different from the dystopian, vampire-stuffed young adult books currently dominating the market' --Keep Calm and Read a Book<br \><br \>'An intelligent, fascinating piece of fiction that is refreshingly different from the dystopian, vampire-stuffed young adult books currently dominating the market' --Keep Calm and Read a Book

'Griselda Heppel is a born storyteller. Your children will love her books and, to be honest, so will you.' --The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

'Griselda Heppel is a born storyteller. Your children will love her books and, to be honest, so will you.' --The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

About the Author

Griselda Heppel read English at Cambridge and worked in publishing for a few years before moving to Oxford with her husband to bring up their four children.

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While still on the road to Hades in Ante's Inferno, I was totally hooked by this lovely story, told for pre-adolescents but really for anyone just about 11 or over. A kind of Dante's Inferno re-told for today, with the Classical bits explained by an integrated character from the 1900's, what a splendid idea. Back then, most schoolchildren would've have at least known the stories, if not be learning Latin and even Greek at school, so the author brings in a schoolboy from the era.

But, as it turns out, he's not only 'brought in" to explain the Classical myths: he's an integral part of the tale, as it turns out. A real historical incident at a boys' boarding school kicked off the idea for this splendid fantasy novel, which never bows to current cliches but holds the reader throughout. It's well written and researched, and while not going for horror for its own sake, brings things to a head with a realistic, believable visit to the British trenches in the First World War (a subject today's children will have learned about in History). That was Hades indeed.

Thoroughly recommended for its style, content, and for taking children into some interesting moral question areas while introducing them entertainingly to ancient mythology.
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The book was recommended by a friend and was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Cleverly interwoven with mythology I was intrigued from the very start. The pace was well maintained through out the book and I found myself wanting to discover more about the central characters. A book suitable for many ages.
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When a child recommends a book to an adult, then the adult should take heed, as I did when my niece said this book was a `great read', and I must say I was not disappointed. The characters are well fleshed out and interesting. I loved the use of the creatures from Greek mythology and the way it gave very `classic' feel to the whole narrative. The emotive nature between the two lead girls, where there is animosity initially, but through force of circumstance, necessitates the need for cooperation and maybe friendship? These are just some of the themes explored in this enthralling book.

This book is a good read and my niece and I strongly recommend it.
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Ante's Inferno begins with Ante, short for Antonia, playing the Last Post on the trumpet as part of a remembrance service for the ex-students of her school who fell during the First World War. Little does Ante know that not long after she will be experiencing first hand exactly what they went through.

But before that Ante first suffers from the bullying of Florence which leads to the Florence chasing her into the closed off organ loft, which is a dangerous place to be given the drop to the floor of the hall down below.

This is where the journey through Hades begins (just like Dante did in Dante's Inferno). Their companion on the journey is Gil, a boy who was murdered when he was pushed off the very same organ loft that the two girls entered the Underworld from. Along the way they encounter Cerberus the 3-headed dog, the boatman of the Styx, the seven deadly sins at the "shopping maul", harpies, Chiron the centaur, a Minotaur and the devil himself. That is even before Ante is thrown into World War I action.

Ante learns that the reason she, as a mortal, is there is because she has some sort of task to do, although she doesn't know what, although all gets revealed through the course of the book of course.

Maybe Hades isn't hellish enough but this is a book for 11-year-olds so that is ok. Also youngsters may not get all the references to Dante's Inferno, so it is a bonus if they are familiar with that, although it is possible to get by without it. They should enjoy the happy ending (the selected quotes on the back suggest this) and the action along the way though in thie well-told, action-packed tale.
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Ooh this is a *very* interesting little book.

It's firmly in the 'childrens' section, I think, given the age of the protagonist and the fairly simplistic story and style. But it's extremely dark - and fairly gruesome at times - not at all a sweetness and light kind of book!

The plot will be fairly obvious from the title - Ante, Florence, and Gil have to travel through Hell in order to achieve...something. They're not quite sure what, at first, and rather a lot of my interest came in discovering more about Ante and Florence's history - their relationship was actually pretty fascinating to me!

There are a lot of nods to classic literature in here (which won't come as a surprise), but I think even young readers unaware of the original works will get a lot of enjoyment - and thinking material - out of it.

There are a few extremely disturbing scenes around the theme of torture that younger or very sensitive kids might find upsetting - I'd recommend parents give it a quick read through (it's not a tough read, it won't take long) just so they know what's going on.

One of my absolute favourite things about the book, actually, is the heroine - she's a chunky black girl. I know that might sound small to a lot of reviewers, but to anyone who's spent a significant amount of time reading about pale, fragile girls in the YA market, this will come as a breath of fresh air.

Overall - perhaps nothing precisely ground-breaking in the grand scheme of things, but a very nice little addition to the fantasy kids section.
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