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Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis


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"In a clever twist, the thrust of the story portrays the struggle between classic Greek monsters, who play on readers' sympathies here, and the less appealing heroes and gods," said PW's starred review of Corydon and the Island of Monsters. In his second adventure, Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis by Tobias Druitt, the hero sets sail across Poseidon's waters to rescue the captive Minotaur, but gets drawn into a mission to save the whole of Atlantis. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Gr 6-10-This sequel to Corydon & the Island of Monsters (Knopf, 2006) extends the premise of the first book: several monsters have moved to an island and live in uneasy peace with the local humans. As the book opens, goat-footed Corydon, a son of the god Pan, learns that his friend the Minotaur has been kidnapped. He sets out, along with Medusa's son Gorgos, a hydra, two gorgons, and a half-snake-half-girl, to rescue the Minotaur. The party encounters many other characters from Greek mythology during the quest, which ends in Atlantis. While the monster-as-hero theme is creative, plot twists overshadow character development. In addition, the writing is choppy, the time period of the story is unclear, and readers unfamiliar with the events of the first book won't know where this one fits into traditional Greek mythology. Unless your readers are clamoring to know more about Corydon and his companions, save your money for second copies of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief (2005) and The Sea of Monsters (2006, both Hyperion/Miramax), which provide an engaging, well-written look at Greek gods and monsters in a contemporary world.-Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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