One of the things I hated as a kid, and still do, was how books intended for that age group seem so condescending. The writing style of this book was NEVER that and included a well-advanced vocabulary and a great sarcastic wit in the humor that kept me entertained - even as an adult. When Zee meets the new English teacher, Mr. Metos, they discover the source of the strange illness, which involves a war over the Kingdom of Hades.
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Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face Harpies that love to rhyme, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood. Charlotte and Zee learn that in a world overrun by Nightmares, Pain, and Death, the really dangerous character is a guy named Phil. And then they discover that the fate of every person -- living and dead -- is in their hands. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. Must redeem within 90 days. Their quest for the cure leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face rhyme-loving Harpies, gods having problems with their personnel, and ghosts with a thirst for blood.
They discover on their journey that the fate of every person -- living and dead -- is in their young hands. In her dazzling debut for young readers Anne Ursu weaves a tale of myth and adventure, danger, and magic that will keep readers engrossed until the very last secret is revealed.
The Shadow Thieves is the first in a trilogy. For more information, visit www. Why do you think these stories have been passed down for thousands of years? What is the underworld in mythology? Who presides over it? Describe Charlotte, both her physical appearance and her personality. How does she get along with her parents?
Her peers? Would you be her friend? How would she fit in at your school? What are her strengths and weaknesses? Is his presence good for Charlotte? How does their friendship develop over the course of the novel?
Where is the door to the Underworld? Why do you think the author picked this location? Who is the Messenger? Who are the men in the tuxedos? How is Hades portrayed in this modern story? How have things changed in the Underworld since its beginning? What does this inspire Philonecron to attempt? What is your own best memory with a grandparent? Would your parents believe you? What would you do? What is the Piper Flu? Who is getting it? What is really happening?
Why are they attacking children only? How does Charlotte describe Mr. How is he involved in the story? What happens to him? Why is he destined to be a part of the story? Are you familiar with the original Greek myths? How does this affect your reading of the text?
How does Ursu play with the original characters and settings of the myths? Which original myth is your favorite? Reread page , which describes Zee bringing the army to life. What does Zee feel for the first time in his life? How can power corrupt and control people? Do you think power is more important or more intoxicating than fame? How are fame and power connected? Why do people become obsessed with these things? Explain the major events in the Underworld.
What happens to Philonecron and his army? Which scene is your favorite? In the end, how do some things remain the same there? The novel is peppered with a wide cast of mythological beasts. Which one is your favorite? Does this novel inspire you to read the original myths as well?
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And Zee waited his turn and tried with all his might not to run from the room, from this moment, from the utter certainty of what was about to happen. He tried so hard to keep his hand on her shoulder, firm and true. He tried so hard to keep from dissolving completely, so his grandmother would see him solid and present and strong. Never doubt that. You never doubt Grandmother Winter. In that moment Zee—who had never considered an afterlife, and even if he had, certainly would not have believed in it—felt with his entire body, from his toes to his tear-filled eyes, that she was telling the truth.
The Shadow Thieves
The Shadow Thieves Cronus Chronicles 1 See that girl, the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? And something extra-ordinary is about to happen to her. Metos, who takes his mythology lessons just a little too seriously. Their quest leads them to a not-so-mythical Underworld, where they face rhyme-loving Harpies, gods with personnel problems, and ghosts with a thirst for blood. Charlotte and Zee learn that in a world overrun by Nightmares, Pain, and Death, the really dangerous character is a guy named Phil.
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