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Odysseus in the Serpent Maze (Young Heroes #1)

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Odysseus believed the age of heroes was over. Then he and his friend, along with a spoiled princess named Helen and her cousin Penelope, are kidnapped by pirates!

Their journey leads them to Crete, where Odysseus must face the secret at the heart of the Labyrinth. There was a time when the Minotaur devoured all who entered, but now an even deadlier monster roams the maze. T
Paperback, 248 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by HarperTrophy (first published 2001)
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This was a fun little read about what Odysseus may have been like as a young teen and some of the adventures he may have had. There was plenty of action and humor and 'will they make it out okay' thrills. I would totally recommend it to young boys (and gals, because Penelope is a strong girl) except for the fact that Odysseus is a champion liar. And he does it all the time. And people think it's funny. And acceptable. And I'm not okay with that. His grandfather is also a master thief and liar an ...more
Courtney Butts
Apr 28, 2014 Courtney Butts rated it really liked it
I never fully finished it, but I read almost all of it and it was amazing!!
Jun 12, 2014 Corinne marked it as abandoned
A story about young Odysseus. I bought for my kids but they never read it. Since I didn't want to "waste" it I started the story. I am about half way and I'm going to stop. I'm not the target age of course but I don't like reading about young Odysseus. I like to read the classic versions of the story but not a "fictional" version of the story. (Same problem I have with the Percy Jackson series).
Jan 18, 2014 Kathie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
For the Percy Jackson crowd
Ari Slauson
Jan 24, 2012 Ari Slauson rated it liked it
After reading this book I realized that this would be a good book to read in my future class. It teaches the children to get through different obstacles and challenges. It was a slight confusing, but I really did enjoy the book overall. It had some really good points in the book that kept me going and reading.
Jan 18, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
Admittedly my memory is very vague since I read this years ago when I was in my early teens, but I remember loving this reimagining of Odysseus, Penelope, Helen and various characters as young teens who have to survive some trying adventures that prepare him for his later ones.
Amber Pangburn
Dec 12, 2011 Amber Pangburn rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-book
This was about a boy who was on a mission to get back home to his family after fighting in a war. He had to go through many obstacles to make it to where he was going. I would use this in a classroom to show the students that there may be obstacles but they can get through them.
Dec 12, 2015 Danica rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
I really enjoyed seeing the characters of Odysseus and Penelope as children. Their relationship in the book was perfectly fitting, considering their relationship in The Odyssey.

Overall, a fun read, but I didn't feel fully satisfied with the end...
Sheila M. Averbuch
Dec 19, 2014 Sheila M. Averbuch rated it really liked it
Clever in-weaving of the original Homeric language, from the rosy fingered dawn to the wine dark sea, with an extremely accessible and tightly written adventure. Fabulous introduction to the Greek characters Odysseus, Penelope, Helen and Mentor.
May 31, 2015 Rosalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like revisiting all sorts of myths, this one didn't let me down. Written for a younger crowd, but sticking to the main myths, Jane Yolen engaged me throughout the whole novel. I'd recommend this to any young or adult reader.
As a fan of both mythology and stories about heroes, you might want to try the Young Heroes series. The first volume follows a young Odysseus, and the other books tell tales of Hippolyta, Atalanta, and Jason.
Jul 26, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Percy Jackson series got me more interested in greek myths and I found some by Yolen that were great one night reads. Fun twist on the greek myth characters.
Feb 07, 2009 Ashley rated it liked it
i am just starting to like this book... but it is really fun to disipher the old grammer they use mixed in with the funny comady from this century
Mar 15, 2009 Tina rated it really liked it
Great book for a boy just starting to read chapter books. Based on Greek mythology, this adventure is engaging without being frightening.
Feb 10, 2010 Gary rated it liked it
A fun version of Odysseus as a young man suggesting how he comes about finding himself as a hero. Well written and easy to read.
Nice little twist on the traditional legend of Odysseus and the labyrinth that held the minotaur in Ancient Greek myth.
Good enough mythology-twist for children, but the plot is not high-level enough for it truly to be considered "good"
May 20, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
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Kid Odysseus gets into some very Greek adventures. A fun read aloud for a study of the ancients.
Apr 09, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
Fast paced adventure story with near-deaths and terrifying bad "guys."
Aug 29, 2008 Hadley rated it it was amazing
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It was amazing! I loved the adventure in the book and it was interesting!
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Aug 23, 2010 Jessica B rated it it was amazing
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I remember reading this book years ago and LOVING it!
My 11-year-old daughter thought this was boring.
Dec 16, 2007 Remi rated it it was amazing
really good book, is adventure
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Apr 22, 2013 Qaasim Ansari rated it it was amazing
Fun Read
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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