Mon, April 18, 2011
By Tera Lynn Childs
May 1, 2008
Dutton Juvenile, 272 pages
A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods. When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’’s right, they’’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes—supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’’re on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.
— Amazon.com description
When I reviewed Tera Lynn Childs’ book Forgive My Fins
, I said: “I love how her brain works.”
Well, my friends, that statement holds.
Sometimes I think Tera Lynn Childs interviewed me as a 12-year-old, then took every subject matter I was super into at that age and turned it into a book…a book I’d miraculously still love as a 26-year-old. Mermaids, mythology? TLC, if you write about deserted islands and/or treasure hunts at some time in the future, I am yours forever.*
Put simply, without getting into all the details: It’s clear the woman has a vivid, delightful imagination (heck, she even makes photo collages for her characters), and hers are books I’d be happy to recommend to my imaginary daughter someday. Someday far, far away.**
*Bonus: Twelve-year-old Anna would request that JTT be involved somehow. But, don’t worry, I can understand how that one wouldn’t hold up 14 years later.
**My mother and mother-in-law read this blog.