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Tales from the Odyssey

Mary Pope Osborne

Odysseus battles giants, sorceresses, monsters and many other challenges in his twenty-year journey from the Troy back to his beloved home, wife and child.

  • The One-Eyed Giant by Mary Pope Osborne. Odysseus ingeniously defeats the Trojans, but a swift return to his beloved family is blocked by the anger of Poseidon and, in the resulting journey of adventure, Odysseus and his men display courage, cleverness, perseverance and pride. (ages 7 to 10)
  • The Land of the Dead by Mary Pope Hennesy. Odysseus and his men have defeated the one-eyed giant, but his curse follows them at every turn. Cast out to the open seas by the wind god, Odysseus' fleet continues the difficult voyage home. But first they must take on giant cannibals and outwit a beautiful witch, who reveals Odysseus' next challenge -- a journey to the feared Land of the Dead. (publisher's summary) (ages 7 to 10)
  • Sirens and Sea Monsters by Mary Pope Hennesy. Odysseus and his men have done what no other mortals have done: returned alive from the Land of the Dead. Now Odysseus is determined to finally sail home to Ithaca. But the enchantress Circe tells him that the Greeks will face even more horrors on their journey, including an encounter with Scylla, the six-headed monster, and Charybdis, the deadly whirlpool. Who will survive these terrors -- and how? (publisher's summary) (ages 7 to 10)
  • Gray-Eyed Goddess by Mary Pope Hennesy. After twenty years of fighting monsters, weathering the loss of his men, and angering gods and goddesses, Odysseus is more desperate than ever to return home. Meanwhile, his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus, are warding off the men who want to marry her. Then a mysterious stranger gives Telemachus the courage to confront the suitors, and to search for his long-lost father. Could the stranger be the goddess Athena in disguise? (publisher's summary) (ages 7 to 10)

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