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Homer's Excellent Adventure

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure meets The Odyssey

Homer is about to fail out of school unless he can come up with a story. An epic story. Oh, and it needs to be written in Dactylic Hexameter. No big deal . . . except Homer has no idea what that is. Also Homer is horrible at writing, so he’s pretty much out of luck.

But the Greek god Hermes has a story that needs a storytell
Published April 7th 2020 by Cbay Books
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Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five excellent stars for this new middle grade spin on the Odyssey. The cover alone is noteworthy. When 12-year-old Homer runs into Hermes at his favorite falafel food truck, his life is changed forever. Fortunately his best friend Dory joins him as they are transported to the Trojan horse and journey with Odysseus on his epic journey back to Ithaca. There are many clever bits like Beta being the first to read Homer's story, the mysterious tattoo on Dory's neck, and Homer's side commentary on hi ...more
Jason Henderson
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed reading Homer's Excellent Adventure, a new book from PJ Hoover that manages to make the Odyssey immediate and accessible through a really clever conceit. In the book, Homer, a young Ithacan, is sent back in time by the God Hermes to learn storytelling by experiencing one of the greatest stories ever. And I got a genuine chill when Hermes says, "Everything that's going on now has already happened. But nobody wrote it down. It's why I sent you here. You need ...more
Ruth Cook
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. What a fun way for kids to learn about the Odyssey.
Amy Bearce
This funny adventure tale packs so much into a fast page-turner! Homer's Excellent Adventure is the most accessible, fun retelling of The Odyssey I've ever seen, with the bonus of writing tips woven into the story line and some really touching moments about family and friendship.

Homer is a teenager in Ancient Greece (who speaks in a modern, easy-to-understand way) who is sent back ten years to record the events of The Odyssey. He has a friend along with him who brings another interesting story
Gayleen Rabakukk
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent retelling of The Odyssey for middle grade readers!
P.J. Hoover makes Greek mythology accessible and fun while slipping in inspiration and encouragement for writers. In what is surely a nod to aspiring (adult) writers reading the story, the protagonist literally saves a cat on page 33! A favorite writing-related quote comes from p. 88: "...I can write them (stories), but I completely need my editor to make them better. Editors are geniuses. They do magic with stories. Otherwise, stories
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I had so much fun reading this retelling of the Odyssey by a 12 year old Homer. I love stories told from different perspectives, and I could picture the eye rolling of Homer everytime that Odysseus made yet another poor decision.

I have had occasion to teach the Iliad and the Odyssey for my middle school students. With the Odyssey, we finish with a character analysis paper. This version of the story carries the theme of that change throughout the journey like a 2x4.
Kim Bahr
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute and creative way to introduce young readers to a classic!
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P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with h ...more

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