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{Medusa the Mean: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams}Medusa the Mean by Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Series: Goddess Girls
Published by Aladdin on April 3, 2012
Genres: Childrens, Greek Mythology, Middle School
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: Read for Review
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{Synopsis} – Medusa is the ultimate mean girl in this series that blends modern drama with ancient myths.Well researched and true to the original myths, each volume in the Goddess Girls series addresses contemporary issues, like friendships and relationships, from a classically accurate—and entertaining—perspective.

In Medusa the Mean, Medusa is sick and tired of being the only mortal at Mount Olympus Academy. Not only is she surrounded by beautiful, powerful, immortal classmates, but she also has snakes for hair and a reputation for being mean. Immortality, she thinks, will solve everything. So when she finds out about a necklace that promises just that, she’s sure it will help her get the two things she covets most: to be as popular as the four Goddess Girls and to have her supercrush, Poseidon, finally notice her. But when the necklace brings about popularity in the totally wrong way, things go from bad to worse. Can Medusa overcome her “meanie” status and prove that there’s more to her that meets the eye?

{My thoughts} – Medusa is a rather difficult individual to get along with at Mount Olympus Academy. It is no surprise that most individual’s like to steer clear of her because of her hair. However, her hair isn’t the main reason individual’s steer clear of her. It is also her attitude in general towards others and other things. She seems to approach things and individual’s with the I’m not happy you shouldn’t be either type of attitude.

Medusa discovers a necklace with a special charm that in a book she is reading. The charm claims to be able to turn the person who wears the necklace immortal. Medusa wants nothing more then to be immortal like her twin sisters and not have to be dependent on everyone for everything when it comes to living the Goddess Girl’s lifestyle. However, once she gets the necklace she learns it is anything but magical.

Medusa while trying to deal with the let down of her necklace being useless also has to prepare for Zeus Wedding. She also learns that her Super Crush isn’t who she had thought he was all these years that she’d been crushing on him and learns that you can find friends in the most unexpected ways.

I think that any child that enjoys Greek Mythology can enjoy these books. Each book can be read independently or as a series. They read well either way. I greatly enjoy reading these books with my daughter and I am sure any other mother daughter duo will feel the same about them. I also like that they have lessons in moral character within the pages. They help children to learn and distinguish between good and bad behaviors.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.