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Pandora Gets Jealous (Mythic Misadventures #1)

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13-year-old Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy, for short) has no idea what she’ll bring for her school project. By accident she discovers a simple box, said to contain something so terrifying and horrible that no one must ever, ever touch it for fear of inflicting all of mankind with the wrath of the Gods and Goddesses.  This, of course, makes the box the perf
Paperback, 264 pages
Published December 26th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
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A caveat up front: I was predisposed to like this book. I'm a fan of the author, who plays Diane on General Hospital and Barb on Cougar Town, among other things. She's a smart, funny, strong and cool lady, so I went into this expecting good things.

This is a book for tweens. If you are not between 8 and 12, you must read the book keeping in mind the target audience to appreciate it. It's light and funny with lots of adventure and lessons in history, mythology, social skills and morality thrown i
Jennifer Wardrip
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In the times of ancient Greece, humans worshipped the Gods of Olympus. But there came a time when Zeus grew angry that humans weren't as reverent of the gods as they should be. And so, he took fire from the earth as punishment, plunging the earth into darkness. The Titan, Prometheus, took pity on man. He stole the fire from Mt. Olympus and returned it to earth. For his actions, Prometheus suffered many punishments. One of them was a box that Prometheus was
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
I probably would've enjoyed this a lot more had it been a bit more serious, or geared towards an older crowd. Instead, it seems like a tween chick-lit answer to Percy Jackson, cashing in on its fame.

The dialogue of this book was probably the most aggravating part for me, but it was (like, totally) a short enough read, so I didn't suffer through it for long. I picked it up simply because it sounded like an interesting take on Pandora's Box.

Also, if you're looking for historical accuracies and wh
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
So it's about Pandora who's dad is Promethieuous and he stole fire from the Gods for mankind. Then as a punishment Zeus locks him to a rock, and a giant weird creature would beat him up everyday. Finally he was let go, and he had a daughter, Pandora. She was a gift from Zeus, but he gave Promethieous a box full of all of the bad things in life, like death, hate,Jealousness, Vanity, and stuff like that. Pandora later opens the box, and everything goes wrong. She has to fight to find the things sh ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! It was action packed, fast paced, and I loved the Mythology and I totally felt that I was grasped into this world. I would definitely recommend, It was really really good! I'm totally reading the rest of this series!! Can't wait to see what'll happen next! Pick this up and read it RIGHT NOW... It's just amazing. I could go on for HOURS on how great this book was, so just buy it. Like now. (Please?)
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pandora
This was a great book, it is about Pandora who accidentally opened a box with seven different kinds of evil inside. Pandora is haled before Zeus and ordered to find and capture all seven evils and put them back in the box. Or she will pay dearly.
I can not wait to get and read the next book "Pandora Gets Vain."
Apr 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
This book ain't subtle. Obviously published to capitalize both on the tweeny-chicklet-lit boom and the success of The Lightning Thief, it's a pretty frothy mix of middle school angst and LOTS OF ANCIENT GREEK STUFF. It's the story of Pandora, if she were a school child.

I mean, every paragraph has something slipped in, usually in a cutesy or almost-feels-like-learning way. For example (adn these are all in the first few pages),

"I know what the school sundial says..."

"I wouldn't even qualify for
Martha Guarisco
Mar 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book has a wonderful premise, and I had moderate hopes for it since I wanted to include it in a unit on the Hero's Journey. One of the book's problems becomes clear right away, though. There are way too many characters, none of whom are developed, so it's hard to keep track of all of them. This problem only worsens as the book continues. The other thing that I found irritating was that the author's way of making Pandy sound like a modern girl was limited to putting "so" in front of the verb ...more
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Another fun addition to the many new Greek mythology fiction titles for kids. (Still doesn't beat Percy Jackson). 13-year-old Pandora (known as Pandy) gets in trouble when she accidentally releases the seven kinds of misery and evil into the world. She had only taken the box to school for a project! Zeus gives her six months to collect all the evils. Some laugh-out-loud parts, but there were places when the story dragged and there were just too many 'tears' to make the story believable.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved every part of it! It was one of the best books i've ever read and that's really saying something!
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a really great book. A great starting. I like it a lot. The other books are better, for certainly a reason. Once she becomes familiar to capturing these evils, the intensity builds up.
May 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
<3 it!
if u like greek mythology this is about kinda modern greekmythology kinda! its cool
read it!
I still remember the Christmas morning when I opened up my present and found the first two Pandora books waiting to whisk me away. I'm pretty sure I read both of them in the next couple of days, and after that, I gobbled up each and every book. I even pre-ordered them as I reached the end of the series. it was always a special day when the new ones arrived. At one point, after I got a friend into the series as well, we decided to email the author and to my dear little nerdy self she replied! It ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute and educational, yet not as profound as other mythology-based books out there. I recommend if you want an easy read with girl-power in mind.
Lucy Corkran
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was kind of boring. It took a long time for me to get into it and this book just wasn't that interesting.
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book introduces the reader to all of the Greek gods. I thought it was kind of silly.
Krista Roberts
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pandora Gets Jealous
By Carolyn Hennesy
Published in 2008
The genre is mythology and fiction.

Thirteen year old Pandora, the daughter of the house of Prometheus opened a box releasing all the evils into the world. She is called before Zeus, who gives her only six months to gather all the evils up. Hera is out to harm Pandy because she beat her great-granddaughter in a competition. She is making Pandy’s journey really hard. She gave her a map but it is really hard to decipher and only works when you
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greek-mythology
This book is interesting and I found it to be humorous and heartfelt...Except, it was slightly disturbing that a 13 year old girl was on her own, on a quest. Other than that this book was phenomenal. Go Pandora!!!! WOOOO!!
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely some good aspects to this book! I am very interested in mythology, and this is definitely very heavy on the reference to Greek mythology. I enjoyed the character of Pandy (Pandora), and I liked Iole (although the fact that on multiple occassions she has to tell people "I'm very smart" got annoying. You shouldn't have to tell people that. But, I'm hoping that particular insecurity and character trait will be addressed in future stories. I'm not sure how I feel about Alcie, but I'm assu ...more
M.A. Kropp
Apr 10, 2012 added it
Shelves: e-books
Thirteen year old Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena of the House of Prometheus is determined to have the best prop for her school project, and to show the Mean Girls that she and her friends are not misfits. So, she borrows the infamous box given to her father by Zeus- the one that holds all the evils the gods locked inside it. Of course, things don't go exactly according to her plans and the box gets opened, releasing seven evils into the world. Zeus is not pleased, and charges Pandy with fin ...more
Makenna stull
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Pandora Gets Jealous ( Mythic Misadventures #1) by carolyn Hennesy
Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena of the House of Prometheus is determined to have the best prop for her school project, and to show the Mean Girls that she and her friends are not misfits. So, she borrows the infamous box given to her father by Zeus- the one that holds all the evils the gods locked inside it. Of course, things don't go exactly according to her plans and the box accidentally gets opened, releasing seven evils in
Samuel Valentino
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
I read mythology a lot, and so thought I'd seen it all - modern day versions, comedy, poetic. Then along comes this. The premise is really creative - Pandora has to go put all the evils back into the box. Picked it up immediately when I saw it in the bookstore (note: some slight spoilers in the next paragraph).

At first, I wasn't sure that I'd like it. It opened with a lot of tween drama (stuff at school, the usual), but given the premise I figured it couldn't last forever. And it didn't., becaus
Coreena McBurnie
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book seemed to jump out at me from the stacks of the library. I am a Classicist and love all things ancient Greek and Roman, so when I saw that this was an upbeat, modern fiction about Pandora opening the box, I thought I would give it a try.

The story takes place in Ancient Greece, with Pandora as a moody, awkward teenager who has recently turned 13. Her father, Prometheus, is a titan who was entrusted with a box full of sorrows, plagues, and hope. As part of his punishment for stealing fir
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I realize that I'm far far beyond the intended reading age for this book (series), but I can't imagine it being completely suitable or interesting to any age group. It starts with a great idea but goes downhill from there. I cannot see my 8 year-old granddaughter being interested in it- ancient mythical gods and goddesses? I'm not even sure that the facts are all correct about mythology. It takes place in ancient Greece, amid the mythical gods but also anchored in regular humans. The author atte ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Jul 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 4-6grade
There are many things going for this title: the author's breezy, humorous, and imaginative ways of creating a tongue-in-cheek Ancient Greece where demigods, mortals, and the Olympians co-exist and influence each other's daily life. It has a reluctant and likeable heroine with growing power. She has two best friends, a very handy dog, an extremely handy diary in wolf-skin, and a bunch of magical objects bestowed upon her by various gods. Some of them resemble modern devices: two shells allowing h ...more
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
13-year-old Pandora, or Pandy, needs to find something to bring to her school's annual show-and-tell. She can't bring her dad's, Prometheus's liver in a jar again, so when she finds a box said to contain all the evils in the world, Pandy decides to bring it in. She'll get an alpha for sure! But when the school's prettiest, most popular girls, Helen and Hippia, demand to see the box for themselves, they release all the evils inside. Pandora must now find and recapture all seven sins, or she'll go ...more
Mar 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting an easy introduction to mythology
Recommended to Melodee by: library shelf
I picked this book up to "screen" it for my 8 yr old daughter. It's a really cute idea, and a great intoduction to Greek Mythology. The character is very much a teenager, and the author has obviously tried to make it something todays generation can relate to, like making a conch shell gifted by Hermes very similar to a cell phone. My daughter is showing no interest at all in mythology, so I'll probably try giving it to her in a year or two. It was an interesting enough read to me, and I'll proba ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
Okay, this book was a lot better than I expected. The author takes quite a few liberties with Greek mythology, but you have to to write a story like this, and the important parts are there. Whether or not you like the story may depend on how much tolerance you have for the modern touches Hennesy sprinkles throughout the story ("Finally Pandy stood up, took off her school toga, and put on her sleeping garments. Now that she was a maiden, she was beginning to detest her combed cotton night-robes w ...more
Sequoia Emerson
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Pandora Gets Jealous is a great book. It’s fiction, inspired by the Greek myths of Pandora and the seven evils.

Pandora and her friends, Alcie and Iole, are thirteen year-olds going to school in Greece. They have a school talent show coming up, and Pandora has no idea what she’s going to bring. Years in the past, she had brought the same thing, and she was getting bored of it.
She decides to borrow something from her father, Prometheus, that she’s not allowed to touch. It’s the box that her fa
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Title: Pandora Gets Jealous

Author: Carolyn Hennesy

Series: Pandora Series #1

Rating: ★★★

Summary: 13-year-old Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy, for short) has no idea what she’ll bring for her school project. By accident she discovers a simple box, said to contain something so terrifying and horrible that no one must ever, ever touch it for fear of inflicting all of mankind with the wrath of the Gods and Goddesses. This, of course, makes the box the perfect thing for Pandora to bring f
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Carolyn Hennesy, a Los Angeles native, has been in over 100 theatrical productions spanning the LA., regional and international theatre scenes. Having trained at American Conservatory Theatre and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London as well as earning a dramatic scholarship to the California State University at Northridge, she has played such distinguished houses as the Mark Taper Forum, Ariz ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Mythic Misadventures (7 books)
  • Pandora Gets Vain (Mythic Misadventures #2)
  • Pandora Gets Lazy (Mythic Misadventures #3)
  • Pandora Gets Heart (Mythic Misadventures #4)
  • Pandora Gets Angry (Mythic Misadventures #5)
  • Pandora Gets Greedy (Mythic Misadventures #6)
  • Pandora Gets Frightened (Mythic Misadventures #7)

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“Well, I'll just toss these cake samples if we're not going to use them," said Hermes, vanishing with the cakes.

"Apollo?" Hera clutched at his golden breastplate. "Apollo, we can still have a party, right? When was it going to be? I'll act surprised, I promise. I will!"

"Sorry, Hera...the fun just seems to have gone out of it now.”
“Honeyed oatie cakes, lemon oatie cakes, oatie cakes with dried grapes!" moaned Athena, she and her owl both rolling her eyes.

"I've still got sacks fullin my storage rooms," said Artemis. "I give them to my temple priestesses to hand out to people who pray really hard...or not."

"I use them as fish food," said Poseidon.

"Kindling," said Hephaestus. "They burn great on the forge."

"I've sent a million sacks down to Egypt," said Dionysus. "They ran out of bricks for the Pyramids.”
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