Three goddesses, banished to earth by their dad, Zeus (yeah, that Zeus)...Era, on mortal boys:
"Look at him. Even the gods back home aren't that cute."Polly, on Nova High gossip:
"I'm simply not in the mood to chatter on about silly spiteful girlsor cute Johnny Jims or sauerkraut breath."Thalia, on earth:
"I mean, we don't know what earth is like. Maybe it's all leprechaunsand roses. Maybe it's an adventure every day. Maybe it's space-age."
Polly, Era, and Thalia are stuck on earth, and to get back to Olympus, they've got to prove they've learned their lesson. And they've got to get through high school in the meantime. Which would be hard enough without the horribly evil Furies threatening to destroy their chances of ever seeing home again....
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Clea came to the project as a teen-junk-store-owner and writer, having written for magazines such as Details, Transworld's Warp, Option and countless other newspapers.From Publishers Weekly:
Hantman's (Hey, Day!) flighty tale (which begins, "Oh, poop!") launches the Goddesses series, starring a trio of Zeus's daughters. They, along with six other sisters, are known as the Muses. At the prodding of their vindictive stepmother, Hera, Zeus banishes practical Polly, innocent Era and headstrong Thalia from the heavens as punishment for a prank. Though the aging god intends to send them to the Athens of 423 B.C., he bumbles his order and instead the teens land in Athens, Ga., in 2001. Tapping the comical potential of their predicament, sassy narrator Thalia gets the story off to a spirited start, as the sisters initially confront clothing fads, modern appliances and the lifestyle and lingo of contemporary mortal high school students. The author successfully interjects several incidents reminiscent of slapstick alien routines (on the first day of school, ravenous Era bites into a candy bar without removing the wrapper), yet the gag soon grows old and the narrative becomes repetitious and sluggish. Thalia discloses her relationship with her best friend and suitor, the love-smitten Apollo, in flashbacks, and intermittently offers flippant snippets of Greek mythology ("I have eight sisters total, so there are nine of us. We're Goddesses of inspiration, Goddesses of the arts, and a real kick at parties"). Unfortunately, they may not be enough of a kick to hook readers on subsequent installments of their earthly exploits. Ages 10-up.
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