Zeus the Mighty: The Trials of Hairy-Clees
“A treat for proto–Percy Jackson fans.” — Kirkus Review
The critters of Mount Olympus are back and on the quest of a lifetime! Leap into the world of Zeus the hamster and his gang of fellow pet store friends in this hilarious modern-day take on the Greek myths. Zeus the Might: The Trials of Hairy Clees is the third book in the action-packed Zeus the Mighty fiction series by Crispin Boyer. Entertaining and heartwarming, these middle-grade stories are inspired by the timeless myths of ancient Greece. Young readers join Zeus the overconfident hamster, Athena the wise cat, Ares the treat-loving pug, Poseidon the proud pufferfish and Demeter the loyal grasshopper in a laugh-out-loud adventure through their very own version of Mount Olympus.
About The Trials of Hairy-Clees:
Our story begins with a challenge: The Trials of Hairy-Clees are only for the bravest and most awesome gods of all. Who among them will become the ultimate champion? The pets of Mount Olympus Pet Center are a true team: They conquer epic quests as easily as Ares the pug scarfs down Mutt Nuggets and they vanquish enemies who are pricklier than the spines on Poseidon the pufferfish. But when a chicken named Hermes shows up one day, things take a turn, and before the team knows it, the Oracle has spoken and the mysterious Trials of Hairy-Clees begin! Who will become top god? And can Zeus learn to share the limelight to fight alongside Hermes?
Join Crispin Boyer on Wednesday, August 4th as he can discuss:
· What’s new in this next instalment?
· Why turn to Greek mythology for this fiction series in National Geographic’s Under the Stars imprint?
· How are the stories inspired by Greek mythology?
· How do you incorporate facts and information vetted by Greek historians into this fiction series?
· What’s next in this 7-book series?
· Any tips for reluctant readers?
· How do you incorporate multimedia content to encourage kids to continue their quest for learning?
BIO: Crispin Boyer has written more than 20 books for National Geographic Kids, covering topics that young readers find fascinating, from bugs to boogers, ninjas to knights, sharks to cyborgs. Zeus the Mighty is Boyer’s debut middle-grade fiction series and combines his abilities to entertain with lively characters and to educate with historical facts.
JB Yanni, author of the new Time Benders series
New Series Explores: Would You Change Events
From The Past If You Could Time Travel?
Novelist JB Yanni takes us on a journey with a pair of captivating books (Time Benders series) that challenge us to confront the moral and practical implications of time travel. These heartwarming books pack a punch of history, faith, and science that explore the “what-ifs” of life’s most significant moments.
Yanni is available to discuss:
Why the concept of time travel has fascinated scientists and writers for centuries.
The moral consequences of tinkering with history though time travel.
Science fiction literary trends.
The hard lessons in life that we need to live with – and why we can’t just go back in time to fix or prevent bad things.
How orphans deal with the loss of their parents.
The faith debate over changing one’s fate: should we if we can?
“The three underlying messages of the Time Benders series are the closeness of family and how that makes the individuals stronger; the importance of faith in our lives; and that young people are empowered to accomplish great things,” says Yanni. “The books convey this through the characters, the events of their lives, and lessons learned from their time travel. The books have appeal for girls and boys and adults by being set in the 1970’s, having elements of history, math, and science, and are both reliable and believable.”
Whereas the story begins in 1974, the time travel takes us on trips to Dallas in the 1960’s and visits Las Vegas in the 1950’s. Both books help give us a perspective not only on those times but on all of time.
Kirkus Reviews on Time Benders: The Machine:
“A breezy, straightforward approach to time travel featuring unforgettable characters.”
Kirkus Reviews on Time Benders: And The Two Promises, Book II:
“Appealing siblings fortify a time-bending tale that offers plenty of drama.”
Visit JB Yanni on social media:
FB: www.facebook.com/jb_yanni; twitter: www.twitter.com/jb_yanni; blog site: www.covertocover.net
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