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Persephone the Phony (Goddess Girls #2)

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AS PERSEPHONE'S MOTHER ENCOURAGES HER to do, she often "goes along to get along" instead of doing what she really wants. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels she has found someone with whom she can be herself. He's the first person who actually listens to her, and she finds herself liking him, despite the fact that the other goddessgirl

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ebook, 160 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Aladdin
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Angelc
I really loved this installment of the series. I think it deals with a really important tween issue for girls-standing up for yourself. This is an age where girls really start to feel pressure to be like everyone else and it's hard to remember to speak up.

Persephone is always agreeable, she wants to go along with everything just so she won't make anyone mad. She drags along to the mall when she would rather be home. She always agrees with her group of friends, even when she thinks differently. S
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Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Persephone the Phony is my favourite of the first two books, as I liked Persephone slightly more than Athena, and this one even had a little sprinkling of romance, with none other than bad boy Hades! Well, he's not bad really, everyone just thinks he is. Instead, he's a sweet, thoughtful guy with an interest in Persephone, and a kick-ass black stallion that he rides around on. Life's great if you're a God of the Underworld, eh?

I really like how these books incorporate Greek mythology into the ev
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Arya
This was such a cute book! I am so happy that I won this (yes I won it off the internet - for FREE)!

It was so adorable! Though it was definitely for younger audiences. The plot was rather simplistic and, although it gave good thought to the question of idenitiy, it was over almost before it began.

I had problems with the fact that Hades was in school and Zeus was already grown up (Hades is the oldest!) but all in all the myhtology stuff was more acurate than I thought it would be.

I realize that
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Alex
With a mother that is always telling her to 'go along to get along', Persephone rarely gets to do what she wants or say what she means. She just tries to make everyone feel comfortable and doesn't want anyone's feelings to get hurt.

She even pretends to like the same things as her best friends at the Mount Olympus Academy. She goes shopping with Aphrodite, pretends to like knitting for Athena, and says Artemis' dogs don't bother her at all, even though they are kind of smelly.

So, when she meets b
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Rosa
Persephone always goes along with the crowd. Her mother is very overprotective and brought her up not to make waves. This book was extremely loosly based on the Persephone/Hades myth. In the beginning I couldn't get into it, but as Persephone learned the importance of being on her own two feet, I started to appreciate it more and more. I also really liked Hades. Who is not a misunderstood bad boy, but just misunderstood. He's not a bad guy and I really appreciated that. This was a much looser in ...more
Nora Cayetano
¡Olvida todo lo que sabes de la mitología griega!
¡Olvida las historias que leíste en libros, antologías, enciclopedias y los documentales que viste en History Channel!
¡Incluso olvida la versión de Disney!
Porque las historias de Diosas del Olimpo son otra cosa.

Nuestra historia inicia con Perséfone, una joven diosa de 12 años que, junto a sus amigas, Afrodita, Athenea y Artemisa, acude a la Academia Monte Olimpo, para dioses, semidoses, y demás criaturas mitológicas.
De un tiempo para acá, Perséfo
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Karen Huang
This book was based on the love of Persephone and Hades from the Greek myths of Hades trapping Persephone with the underworld's pomegranate. Everyone who sees Hades thinks of him like a bad boy, a boy who causes trouble. But when Persephone studies him further, she realizes that he's just misunderstood. Although the story at the end did not match the actual myth, but I'm pretty sure the authors did that just so they could keep the series going. Nothing is interesting unless they're single is wha ...more
Jennifer
I like to keep tabs on what my daughters are reading, and Greek mythology is a personal fav, so when I saw these laying around I couldn't resist!

The authors do a pretty good job of making it interesting and at the level that they are writing to - my 10 yo daughter LOVES these books and can't get her hands on the next one fast enough. She was questioning why Zeus is old & his brothers are both young, but it still flowed well for her. We have books 3 & 4 on hold at the library... well, as
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zapkode.marie
{My Thoughts} – Persephone is one of Athena’s closest friends. However, she isn’t as un-masked around Athena and the other girls as she is around a Godboy named Hades. Persephone seems to like that she can be her own dreary, emo like self when she is around Hades, and she doesn’t have that option around her other friends. The reason for that is because her mother is always telling her to go along with others and what they want so that she has an easier means of getting along with them. That does ...more
Camryn Samuel
It was really good! LOL:)
Lisa
I really enjoyed this book, much more than the first (Athena the Brain) - probably because there was more time for the story and less backstory building (not that the first book had much of that, it was quite short - probably too short). This book was cute in that it teaches it's readers (target audience senior elementary ages) a variety of important lessions: It's important to be yourself and not just what you think other people want you to be; make your own friendships based on what you know, ...more
Stephanie
Young girls will enjoy this series I think. It is light and fluffy but still interesting. Some of the facts and details of Greek mythology are left out or twisted. That bothers me but wouldn't affect the intended audience. All in all; if you've got a tween girly-girl they will love this book.
Devon
When Persephone fells like she is in love with one of the bad boys at school she thinks that she is a phony. Join Persephone in her adventure to save time and her love also. The bad boy is hades and he is a mental hearted boy that loves her for who she is.
Jess
The second book in the goddess girl series is a great addition. It is about being who you really are and not hiding it from others. This was a book with a great message for young girls. This book reminds me once again of my jr High self. My parents were just as protective as Persephone's mom. I constantly found myself feeling the same way she felt. There were plenty of times also that I was getting along to get along. I love that it took one person to help show her who she was and that it was ok ...more
Meredith Leach
Good follow-up to the first book. Readers (mostly girls) will absorb mythology facts within a fictionalized story about Persephone, Hades, and 3 other goddesses in middle school. Ages 8-12.
Inspired Kathy
Such a great series for middle grade girls ages 8+. Love the fun, light take on mythology.
DeAnna
After reading Athena the Brain, I was feeling a little hesitant about the Goddess Girls series because it was reading much younger than I had expected. However, I decided to proceed and give Persephone the Phony a chance.

I was really disappointed in this book. I’ve read another series with Persephone as the main character, and I really liked her, but this Persephone is just a little too timid. And her friendship with Hades is a little weird.

Persephone the Phony is really short, so there’s not th
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Kendra
Persophony the phony
By Joan holub


Similar to what I said in my book reviev about Aphrodite the books are for people who like mythology and think it's interesting. If you want to learn actual fax this book is okay but it's the general assumption about her and how she would act if think. If you are able to read and like love stories read this it is very cute how things happen in this book.

His book make me want to learn more another myhology which I hink makes this book great. Wanting to learn m
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Esti
The second installment of the Goddess Girls series focuses on Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess and future queen of the underworld. As a young girl, Persephone is so retiring that she hardly dares venture an opinion to her friends, allowing them to dictate her activities and her tastes. Her mother, Demeter, is an overprotective parent ('chariot mom') who refuses to let her live in the dorms at Mount Olympus Academy or talk to any of her godboy classmates and tells her daughter to "go a ...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
Persephone the Phony is the second book of the Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.

Persephone goes to Mount Olympus Academy, where godboys and goddessgirls go, and hangs out with her friends, Athena, Artemis, and Aphrodite. She would love to live on campus, but her mother, Demeter, insists that she stays home. Her mother often tells her to “go along to get along”, so Persephone is often doing what her friends want or says things she thinks they want to hear, such as going to
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Small Review
This is the second Goddess Girls book I’ve read and the second book in the (still on-going) series. The first book followed Athena and was a self-contained story. This second book follows, perhaps obviously, the character Persephone. I don’t think it is necessary to have read these books in order and Persephone ends completely and without any cliffhangers.

Everything I loved about the first book (Athena the Brain) is present here as well. Greek myths are continually referenced in both the overarc
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Jennie
I was excited when I won this via Goodreads but now that I have read it, I am ecstatic that I won this book! I loved everything about it, really I’m not sure I could find something I didn’t love. The spin on the Greek Gods and Goddesses is unique, creative and well-played in this novel. Persephone’s struggles are those of the target audience, ages 8 through 12, and range from peer pressure, discovering and exercising individuality, independence versus parental involvement, seeing past first impr ...more
Carly
This is the second instalment in the Goddess Girls series and it's safe to say the series is only getting better. It is fast-paced, fun, witty and really well written. I enjoyed this one more than the first simply because the main character Persephone is so down-to-earth and relate-able, I think most people will love her too. Even though they are Goddess Girls they still go through all the struggles of normal young girls, because life never really runs smoothly, does it?

Persephone goes along wit
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Ashley
If you've read my reviews on The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter, or Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman, you would know that I am obsessed with the myth of Hades and Persephone. When I say obsessed, I mean it. One day, I saw Persephone the Phony featured in an In My Mailbox at Loving Books, and I knew I had to have it. I ordered it, and then immediately read it when I got it. I was actually surprised how small the book was! Only 130-something pages of text, and it was like triple spaced!

This was def
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Molly
Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub is freakin' adorable. I truly love this series. I'm a huge mythology buff and the myth of Hades and Persephone has always been a favorite of mine.[return]I don't like how many modern interpretations show Hades as being cruel and heartless (the Percy Jackson series, Disney's Hercules, etc). There's little evidence in ancient mythology that Hades was a "mean" god (in fact he seems the most fair and least selfish of his family) and this book did a really good job ...more
Dolly
Aug 26, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Our girls have really enjoyed the Goddess Girls series so far, especially our oldest. We read this book along with Myth-O-Mania: Have a Hot Time, Hades! - Book #1 by Kate McMullan and got two interesting, modern and fresh perspectives of Greek mythology. I think the Myth-o-Mania series is more faithful to the original stories and I like that one better. But these tales have more illustrations and in any case, I'm glad that our girls are interested and excited to learn about the characters and ge ...more
Angie
Synopsis: "In Persephone the Phony, Persephone develops a crush on bad-boy Hades. Her mom (Ceres) and friends don’t approve, and Persephone finds herself sneaking around to see him. Hades convinces her to tell the truth, and it’s revealed that he isn’t all that bad, just misunderstood!"

My Review: The myth of Persephone and Hades is one of my favorites and so I was really looking forward to this book. While it definitely veered further away from the traditional telling than the previous book, I s
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Grace
This book was very sweet. It us unique and unlike the other goddess girl books. I love how this book shows opposites can attract and just because people are different on the outside they could be very much alike on the inside! Another great lesson in this book is that you just have to be yourself and things will work out!
Rachel
Again, very cute. It's a little deeper than Athena's story (thought in books aimed at second graders, you know...).
This one has a peer pressure/bullying theme. Persephone goes along with everything and doesn't even feel like she has her own personality at times. Hades is misunderstood and shunned because he lives in the Underworld.
It was quite cute and explored the Hades/Persephone thing that happens in the myths--very, very watered down of course, but the original myths are hardly good stuff fo
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Jan Hubert Castillo
I'm a bit disappointed with this book. I don't really have that much knowledge as to who Persephone is and I was hoping that this book will introduce me to her. But it did not.

It wasn't as fun to read as the first book, but it's okay still.
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Other Books in the Series

Goddess Girls (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Athena the Brain (Goddess Girls, #1)
  • Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls, #3)
  • Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls, #4)
  • Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls, #5)
  • Aphrodite the Diva (Goddess Girls, #6)
  • Artemis the Loyal (Goddess Girls, #7)
  • Medusa the Mean (Goddess Girls, #8)
  • Pandora the Curious (Goddess Girls, #9)
  • Pheme the Gossip (Goddess Girls, #10)
  • Persephone the Daring (Goddess Girls, #11)
Athena the Brain (Goddess Girls, #1) Aphrodite the Beauty (Goddess Girls, #3) Artemis the Brave (Goddess Girls, #4) Athena the Wise (Goddess Girls, #5) Aphrodite the Diva (Goddess Girls, #6)

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