The synopsis from Chicken House:
About the book
Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?
A new, exciting and brilliantly British Percy Jackson-esque adventure – the first in a series centred on the Olympian gods.
Maz Evans tells us all about it!
So what did I think?
A jolly page turner with a fresh take on Greek gods creating a drama!
This book is a hoot from start to finish, and is absolutely jam packed with laugh out loud funny stuff. It’s an absolute joy to read aloud to 9-12 year olds, with plenty of jokes to amuse us grown-ups too. There are situations galore going on to hook and entertain independent readers.
Although Elliot is experiencing issues with his mother’s memory, the topic is presented in an easy-to-deal-with format, yet provides a thought-provoking premise for kids. The ticking bomb scenario about the future of Elliot’s home, the farm, creates plenty of drama and suspense. I quickly felt like I knew Elliot and was anxious for him to defy the odds that he’d been dealt. The sudden appearance of Virgo certainly shakes up Elliot’s view of the world, and provides many comical situations as the gods face earthly ways. Elliot discovers how to battle more than one monster!
Who Let the Gods Out provides great value for money entertainment-wise. It’s so good to read a humorous book that really is funny from start to finish! And it’s a fun and fresh way to introduce kids to the greek myths. A fantastically clever linking of the modern day and the Classics!
Read an extract here and find Maz Evans on twitter @MaryAliceEvans
I’d recommend it for fans of Frank Cottrell-Boyce, David Solomons and John Dougherty.
7th March 2017