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Elektra's Adventures in Tragedy

288p. Running Pr. Teen. May 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780762463039.
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Gr 7 Up-Elektra Kamenides is not at all happy when her mother abruptly packs her and her sister Thalia into the car and forces them to join her on a quest for a new life in California. Elektra is outraged at being ripped away from her happy life in Mississippi and especially upset about being made to leave her college professor father. When they arrive at the home her mother purchased in Guadalupe Slough, the women are horrified to see that the idyllic houseboat they thought they would be living in is actually a derelict trailer on a barge in a mudflat. Elektra's father is a Greek immigrant, and while Elektra ruminates often on ancient Greek literature (living by the phrase "What Would Odysseus Do?"), unfortunately there isn't much integration of modern Greek family culture evident in the story. The rest of the characters are white and Latinx, and there is some Spanish sprinkled throughout. The tone is quirky and hopeful, and the author's note about the place and story that inspired this book is a welcome addition.
VERDICT A secondary purchase for large library collections serving teens.-Kate Olson, Bangor School District, WI

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