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Oh My Gods!

(OMGs #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself—about life—is up in the air.

Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior H
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Etch/HMH Books for Young Readers
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Graphic Novel
I received an electronic ARC from Etch/HMH Books for Young Readers through Edelweiss+.
Interesting premise to see the Greek gods and goddesses return as high school students. Karen has to live with her dad while her mom takes a different job. She's okay with this but knows little about him - like the fact that he is Zeus. She heads to her new school and meets new friends. At first, she thinks they are playing an elaborate role playing game but discovers they all are truly Greek deiti
Ms. Yingling
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

When Karen's mother gets an exciting work opportunity, Karen has to go live with her father, Zed, whom she only really sees on holidays. Still, she's excited for her mother, so packs her bags and gets ready to start middle school on Mt. Olympus. Her father has an enormous house and is not only the mayor of the community but also her school principal. The students are friendly enough, but everyone seems heavily into mythological LARPing, which strikes Karen as odd.
Jeffrey Canino
Bursting forth from the collective foreheads of Stephanie Cooke, Insha Fitzpatrick, and Juliana Moon, OH MY GODS! (Vol. I) is a delightful middle-grade graphic novel romp through the pantheon of Greek deities and the halls of junior high. When New Jersey's own Karen moves to Mt. Olympus to live with her dad, Zed, and attend the local school, it takes her a minute to piece together why all of the horses around town are dressed in goofy Pegasus costumes and her classmates have zany names like "Art ...more
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This graphic novel was SO CUTE!

When Karen moves to Mt. Olympus to stay with her dad for a while, she didn't think she'd be transferring to a school for gods, goddesses, and other mythical beings. She also definitely didn't think she would find out that she's a demi-goddess! While Karen is just trying to fit in at her new school, people start being mysteriously turned to stone. It's up to Karen and her new friends to figure out who's doing this and stop them before anyone else gets hurt.

I love
Kalena Miller
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh My Gods! is SUCH a fun concept for a middle grade graphic novel, and it's so well executed by the authors and illustrator! I remember being totally overwhelmed by the mythology unit in middle school, but I would have loved this mythology-inspired story. And as an adult (who's a tiny bit less overwhelmed by mythology), I adored seeing all these famous characters and legends transposed into the world of middle school friendships and drama. Based on the ending, I assume there are going to be mor ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a super cute graphic novel that was about Greek mythology with a twist. A thirteen-year-old girl moves to live with her dad at Mt. Olympus. Then she finds out all the gods and goddesses have been reborn as teenagers, and she is a demigoddess. It was fun to see the gods and goddesses portrayed as more modern characters.

I was able to read this book in a day. It was a quick read and the illustrations were great. I will definitely keep an eye out for the 2nd book that comes out next year.

Pop Bop
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Olympic Friendship

There are lots of middle grade books out there that are based on some sort of Olympian angle. This one is mostly a school daze friendship tale that takes a light and lively approach.

Our heroine, Karen, has to stay with her Dad because of her Mom's new job. Dad lives in Greece and is named Zed, (the "Z" of course is giveaway number one). Karen ends up at Mount Olympus Junior High. The actual plot turns on the fact that someone or something is turning students to stone, and Karen
Jessica Vitalis
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love that this book offers reluctant readers a path to enjoy Greek mythology through a fun but relatable story about a girl who is forced to go live with her father after her mother receives a too-good-to-pass-up job offer, only to discover that her father is Zeus and her classmates other figures from mythology. The mystery element will keep readers turning the pages while introducing them to the traits associated with each mythological character. A must-have for classrooms and libraries!
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
A fun graphic novel set in the Mt. Olympos, where the Greek gods are reimagined as high school teens and school administrators! Karen is sent to live with her dad, Zed, and attend a new school while her mom pursues a dream art project. Her weird new environment becomes even stranger when people start turning to stone as soon as she arrives! Will people start to suspect her as the culprit? With her new friends, Dita, Tina, Poll, and Artemis, Karen sets out to solve the mystery and clear her name. ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about Oh My Gods! It’s the perfect story for mythology lovers and those new to the genre. The art was amazingly detailed, and this is definitely a book you want to go through again just to spend time focusing on the art as it was so easy to miss some of the details while reading.

The personalities of the characters are so big, and I fell in love with them all and their dynamic. My faves were Zed (so adorable), Apollo (swoony), and Dita (her being so lovey to everyone was so c
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Thank you Netgalley for the arc. 4 stars. Super cute would definitely recommend to my students. Easy and fun way to introduce Greek Mythology with a modern and new twist with it being a graphic novel.
Shakirah Bourne
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fun story! Also, a really great way to introduce Greek mythology in the classroom.
Kayla Miller
Archie Comic Vibes (Specifically Archie's Weird Mysteries) + Greek Mythology = A Good Time!

Promising start to a fun series. I can't wait to see what happens the next book holds-- hopefully more Artemis and Apollo!
Kait Goodwin ★Kait Plus Books★
perfectly adorable! can't wait to get a finished copy! ...more
Tate Brombal
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Lovely illustrations and a story perfectly suited for a younger audience just beginning their life-long obsession with Greek mythology. There are some really brilliant moments of humour and pathos found in these pages too. Definitely recommended!
Jennifer Adam
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute delight! The artwork is beautiful - I loved the cheerful style and brightly pleasing color scheme. The images flow perfectly with the text, creating a harmonious, layered narrative that engaged me immediately. What I especially love, however, is the core of compassion, kindness, and empathy running throughout. We get to see supportive, loving parents who, despite their separation, still speak of each other with respect and friends who have each other's backs. It is such a ref ...more
Juan Manuel Sarmiento
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-stars
Oh My Gods! is an interesting way of graphic novel readers to start fiddling with greek mythology and want to read something more relatable like teens in high school.
Almost every god and goddess have around Karen's age, daughter of 'Zed', her divorced father who lives in Mt. Olympus and everything is suspicious cause she doesn't know the truth.
When several students start to appear petrified, secrets will begin to uncover and Karen will learn everything.

OMG! is a fun and warm story with different
Melanie Dulaney
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Graphic novel format, mythology and school drama combine with a result that will likely be a hit with my 5th grade library patrons. Karen is sent to live with her dad temporarily as her mom works at a new job, but has no idea that he is actually Zeus and her new classmates are reborn, teenage versions of Artemis, Athena, Apollo and a handful of fates and centaurs! When students begin to turn to stone, Karen is suspected and she sets off with several of her new friends to clear her name. Turns ou ...more
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2021
This is a really sweet middle-grade graphic novel involving a girl who moves in with her dad, Zed (actually head honcho of the pantheon, Zeus), and slowly realizes that her new school is filled with gods, goddesses, and other mythological creatures.

I found the depictions of the different deities unique enough, and actually really enjoyed the character aspects and art style. This books is pretty inclusive regarding gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, etc.

Overall a solid addition to any twee
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Karen is sent to live with her father on Mount Olympus, where she learns that the Greek gods are real...and some of them go to her junior high!

Cute concept but meh execution. I felt like there were too many panels per scene, and a lot of the panels were just filler information. Same with a lot of the dialogue, and with the sheer number of gods that get cameos. I wish the author had gone more in depth with a couple deities and given Karen time to really get to know them. Too many details are hand
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Karen is just your everyday girl who moves to Greece to live with her odd, mysterious father who *whoops* is actually the Greek God Zeus. Now Karen is going to high school with gods and goddesses, and it is up to her to figure out what is going on when her classmates start to turn to stone.

With so many great mythology stories being told, this felt flat to me. The story is exactly what it appears to be, feeling fairly predictable and a bit stale compared to the Rick Riordan Presents books and the
Nicole Lintemuth
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A really fun middle grade graphic novel that reimagines the greek pantheon as middle schoolers. Its fun and silly and definitely a cool way to introduce kids to greek mythology and imagine what they'd be like in the modern world. Def would recommend for kids , and enjoyable enough that parents will read it with them and not be bored ...more
Matt Ford
Jan 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
Stephanie Cooke is an entitled, narcissistic sociopath who robbed Bill Willingham blind and has never faced any consequences, even within the industry, and now runs a mean girl whisper network that destroys people she doesn't like.
Lisa Day
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
A middle grade book about Karen, who goes to live with her dad in Greece, attending Mt. Olympus Junior High, and only to find out nothing she thought about herself or this world is what it seems. It's a fun idea for a book. I liked the illustrations. I also liked Karen's dad, Zed. He cracks me up. ...more
Emily Rose
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gods, that was cute. Very wholesome.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it did not like it
i rather would read the power rangers comics over this
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
I went into this story only knowing that the book was marketed as Rick Riordan meets Raina Telgemeier. I was thrilled to see that this was true. The art was beautiful and the mythology was scattered throughout.
Although the story was quite predictable, I think it will be great for younger readers who don't know much about Greek mythology.
Overall, I say that this book was just a cute and fun story perfect for all ages.

Rating: 4/5
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*I received a cop
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh My Gods! would be enjoyed by my fourth grade students who are obsessed with Greek mythology and graphic novels so a combination of the two would be right up their alley! Fans of Percy Jackson would also like this world. The characters represent the different gods and goddesses and their personalities reflect their unique abilities and traits. The color palette is bright and the illustrations are engaging. Each book in this series will explore a different story in Greek mythology this one focu ...more
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Stephanie Cooke is an award-nominated writer and editor based out of Toronto, Canada where she lives with her snuggly cat that she is very, very allergic to. Her debut graphic novel, Oh My Gods (HMH Kids), is out now and will be followed by ParaNorthern (HMH Kids) in July 2021.

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