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Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls Book 5) by [Holub, Joan, Williams, Suzanne]
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About the Author

Joan Holub is the New York Times bestselling author of Mighty Dads. She is also author and/or illustrator of over 130 other books for children, including author of the picture books Zero the Hero and Little Red Writing, a School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013, and is coauthor of the bestselling Goddess Girls and Grimmtastic Girls middle grade series. She has two cats named Chip and Boo.

Suzanne Williams sometimes jumps on her bed, but she never monkeys around when it comes to her writing. She has written several picture books, including Library Lil, Mommy Doesn't Know My Name, and My Dog Never Says Please. She is also the author of the Princess Power series. Suzanne Williams lives in Renton, Washington.

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The New Mortal


WHO’S THAT?” ATHENA ASKED, GESTURING toward an unfamiliar boy as she plunked her tray onto the table where she and her goddessgirl friends always sat for lunch. The entire cafeteria at Mount Olympus Academy was buzzing with excitement over him. Usually she didn’t pay much attention to boys, but even she couldn’t help noticing this one. Dressed in a lion-skin cape—its jaws fit his head like a helmet—he was tall with dark, curly hair, and bursting with muscles like Atlas, the school’s champion weightlifter.

Aphrodite arched a perfectly shaped eyebrow. “You haven’t heard? His name’s Heracles. He was admitted to the Academy only this morning.” A look of disapproval came into her lovely blue eyes as she glanced at him. “I’ll admit he’s cute, but he has absolutely no sense of fashion.”

Athena took a bite of her hero sandwich. A lion cape was perhaps overkill as a fashion statement.

“I heard he’s a skilled archer,” said Artemis. “But I’ll believe it when I see it.”

She frowned in his direction. “Word is that he’s mortal, just like Orion. So maybe he’s a liar, too.” Orion had been her disappointing first crush, too stuck on himself to notice anyone else’s feelings—especially hers. Now she tended to look upon all boys with suspicion, particularly those who reminded her of Orion in any way.

Persephone took a sip from her carton of nectar. “So he’s mortal and he dresses weird. That doesn’t mean he isn’t nice.” She was sensitive about stuff like that. Probably because her crush, Hades, had often been misunderstood just because he came from the Underworld.

A burst of admiring laughter came from the table where Heracles sat, drawing the girls’ eyes. He seemed to have wasted no time in making new friends among the godboys. Several of them, including Hades; Artemis’s twin brother, Apollo; Ares; and Poseidon were hanging on his every word. Athena couldn’t quite hear what Heracles was saying, but whatever it was probably involved weapons, war, sports, or hunting. In her experience, those were the topics that interested godboys most. Sure enough, moments later Heracles passed around his big, knobby club, which the boys oohed and aahed over. Not to be outdone, Poseidon showed off his trident, and Apollo, his bow.

Aphrodite nudged Athena. “So, what’s your opinion?”

Thinking she must have missed part of the conversation, Athena asked, “About what?”

“About Heracles.”

Aphrodite, Artemis, and Persephone leaned toward her, as if anxious to hear what she had to say. Athena hesitated. She could well remember how nervous she felt when she first came to MOA less than a year ago. Most of the godboys and goddessgirls here, including her three best friends, had been together for years by then. They were all so beautiful, handsome, gifted, and amazing. If she’d suspected at the time that they were discussing her—sizing her up and making judgments—she would’ve felt way more nervous.

“Maybe we should try to put ourselves in his sandals and wonder what he’s thinking of us, instead of the other way around,” she suggested. “He’s probably wondering if we’re all going to like him. Perhaps he’s trying to impress those godboys.”

Aphrodite blinked. “I never thought of that.”

Persephone smiled at Athena in admiration. “That’s beyond brainy thinking, even for you.”

“Words of wisdom from the goddessgirl of wisdom herself!” added Artemis.

“Thanks,” Athena told them. The praise was nice, but honestly, although she knew she was brainy, she wasn’t so sure she deserved the title of goddessgirl of wisdom. If she were truly wise, she wouldn’t have made all the mistakes she’d made since she’d been here at MOA—like flooding the Earth with inventions, taking on too many classes and extracurriculars, and turning Medusa’s hair into snakes. Besides, words meant nothing without action. So far, she hadn’t done anything herself to welcome Heracles. Well, she could change that.

She finished off her hero sandwich, hoping it would make her feel a little more heroic. Then, gathering her courage, she stood up from the table. “I’m going over to say hi to him. You know, welcome him to the Academy.” She hesitated a moment. Putting herself forward like that didn’t come easy to her—especially with boys. As her friends looked at her in surprise, she hinted, “Anyone want to come with me?”

Before the others could reply, the school intercom crackled to life. There was a tapping sound, as if someone was repeatedly poking at the button. Then Principal Zeus’s voice boomed out of the speaker over the cafeteria door, making everyone jump. “IS THIS THING ON?” Tap tap tap. “MS. HYDRA?” Tap tap tap. “YOU SURE?” After some more crackling, he finally thundered out his message: “CALLING ATHENA! REPORT TO MY OFFICE. PRONTO. ON THE DOUBLE!” A pause. “OH YEAH, AND BY THE WAY, THIS IS PRINCIPAL ZEUS, YOUR DEAR OL’ DAD, IN CASE YOU DIDN’T GUESS!”

Every eye in the cafeteria swung her way. Athena gulped. Zeus was never one to say please, especially if he was displeased about something. After all, he was King of the Gods and Ruler of the Heavens, so manners were not his first priority.

“Change of plans, everyone. I’ll see you later.” Leaving her tray on the table, Athena hurried out the door. Even though—or maybe because— Principal Zeus was her dad, she worried about pleasing him more than anyone else at MOA did. Her stomach did acrobatic flips as she rushed down the hall to his office. She racked her brain trying to think if she’d done something wrong. She was making straight As, so surely none of the teachers had complained. But her dad wasn’t big on friendly fatherly talks or idle chitchat, either. So what could he possibly want?

© 2011 Joan Holub

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (5 April 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SOYW8U
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This book is great for tween girls! When Athena gets called into her dad, Zeus, office her world is turned upside down from having an unlikely boyfriend to battling the Greek beasts.
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We picked one of these up when on holiday and my daughter is hooked and can't wait for each one to come out.
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HASH(0x982d2018) out of 5 stars We Love The Goddess 20 April 2011
By Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love the Goddess Girls series! I think this is fantastic series that not only teaches grade school and middle grader readers about Greek Mythology with a fun twist, but the series is a fun, engaging read set at their level. Joan and Suzanne have done a wonderful job with not only making the Greek Gods and Goddess relatable, but they've made them so readers get to see them in similar situations they may find themselves in. I also like the fact that each book teaches a message.

Athena The Wise is a fun character. Being the daughter of the school's principal is hard enough, but it's even harder when your dad is Zeus and he wants you to befriend the new student, Hercules. Things don't turn out quite the way Athena planned when she tries to help Hercules pass the 12 tests her father gave him in order to become a god and remain at the academy.

What was so enjoyable about Athena and Hercules is not only watching their relationship bloom, but watching their friendship develop and learning more about themselves in the process of trying to complete the 12 tasks. Joan and Suzanne throw in a wonderful twist at the end that has made me realize I might have been a bad judge of character with Zeus. This is a wonderful, clean cut series about friendship, and seeing how each of the partners/couples first met. I love the setting, the academy and getting to see how all the Gods and Goddess interact. I highly recommend Athena The Wise and the Goddess Girls series.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982d2048) out of 5 stars Every Goddess Girl fan will soon fall for Heracles, a blundering, bubbly `n lovable mortal! 5 April 2011
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
No one could possibly miss that new boy that showed up at Mount Olympus Academy. The eyes began to roll when Heracles showed up wearing, of all things, a "lion-skin cape." Aphrodite, the fashionista extraordinaire of MOA, spouted out, "I'll admit he's cute, but he has absolutely no sense of fashion." Athena, the "goddess girl of wisdom," felt sorry for him because she knew how hard it was to fit in at MOA. She didn't have much time to think about him because her dad, Zeus, the principal of MOA was buzzing her over the intercom to show up in his office ... pronto (as in yesterday). He was the "biggest, baddest god of them all," and when he called for anyone, he meant business. For godness sakes, what could he possibly want?

Athena was soon getting the scoop on Heracles, including the fact that he had a little dispute with his former music teacher and wound up "smashing a lyre" over his head. Her dad actually expected her to keep an eye out on this hotheaded mortal, lion-skin cape and all, and actually become "best buds." AND if Heracles didn't shape up within the week he was out of the Academy. Athena's first encounter with Heracles came in Ms. Nemesis's Revenge-ology class when she warned him not to look Medusa in the eye and he ended up trying to strangle her snakes instead. Heracles later told Athena that an oracle told him that the only way he could "earn a permanent place at the Academy" was to complete twelve tasks or "labors" his "pipsqueak cousin" Eurystheus had decided upon. Athena would soon find out that hanging around this club wielding mortal spelled nothing but t-r-o-u-b-l-e when the poop began to hit the fan!

Every Goddess Girl fan will soon fall for Heracles, a blundering, bubbly `n lovable mortal. I must admit I was quite taken with him myself as he managed to captivate everyone's attention as he charged ahead trying to complete his "labors." Even all the boys at MOA would probably pass up a plate of O-racle-O cookies for a chance to listen to him brag about his latest conquests. As soon as Artemis spouted out to Athena, "maybe you should be more careful about your choice of friends," I knew things were going to get very interesting. There was just the right amount of humor, romance, and adventure to make "Athena the Wise" step right up and make this one possibly the best in the series so far. Hail, hail, the gangs all here and you're going to LOVE meeting them again!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982d2480) out of 5 stars Athena the Wise 13 Sept. 2011
By Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When a mere mortal arrives at Mount Olympus Academy Athena is called to her father's office. Principle Zeus asks her to keep an eye on Heracles. He doesn't mention that the boy has 12 impossible labors to complete before admission into the school.

Athena takes their talk as a sign to help Heracles perform his tasks. Athena being to care for Heracles and looks forward to spending time with him. However, she's concerned.

She's not able to hang out with her friends. She's struggling to keep up with her studies. Another mortal has challenged her weaving skills. Athena wants to keeping helping Heracles, but not at the cost of giving everything else up. Still she doesn't want to let Heracles or her father down. What's a Goddess Girl to do?

My Thoughts: I LOVE this series - it's sweet, charming, and funny. I love the blend of mythology, friendship, drama, and a touch of romance. It's hard to pick a favorite Goddess Girl because they are all so unique, but Athena might be mine. I liked how Athena influences Heracles and how he influences her. I liked how Athena found unique ways to complete the labors. I also liked how she pulled back when she felt everything spinning out of control. I love the friendship of the Goddess Girls and how they all come together.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982d284c) out of 5 stars Awesome mythology series for young girls 19 Jan. 2012
By Amy @ Books, College, and Other Random Things - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Athena is the goddess of wisdom but doesn't always feel wise. One day at lunch, Artemis and her friends, Aphrodite, Persephone, and Artemis, see a new mortal at their school. Mortals normally don't come to Mount Olympus Academy. Heracles is very strong for a mortal and is often wearing lion's skin and carrying a club.

Athena decides to introducer herself but is interrupted when she gets called to go to the principal's office, Zeus, who happens to be her father. Zeus tells Athena that he needs her to look out for Heracles. Athena's not sure how she's going to help him. Luckily, she has Revengeology class with him. She finds out he has to complete 12 labors and tells him that she will help him.

As she helps him with his labors, she finds herself liking him. She's iffy about her feelings because of how everything worked out with Artemis and Orion. Heracles seems to like her. He never asks other godboys to help him with his labors and always turns them down if they ask to help.

I have loved all of the books in this series so far. The further along this series goes the longer the books are, which is a major plus. I hope that they will be a lot more in this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x982d2930) out of 5 stars Goddess Girl LOVE 6 Oct. 2011
By Aimee Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first Goddess Girls book I have read. My daughter really enjoys them though and when I won this book in a giveaway, I thought I'd better check it out. I really enjoyed this mythology based story. Athena and Heracles were fun and their adventures kept things lively. My daughter said she liked how Athena had to go along with Heracles to keep him out of trouble. She thought it was funny.

These books teach good lessons along the way too. I like that the situations are ones that kids can relate to.

My favorite line in the book was, "He and the music teacher had a run-in. Sour notes were exchanged." tee hee.
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