Oh My Gods!

HMH. Jan. 2021. 208p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780358299516; pap. $12.99. ISBN 9780358299523.
Gr 4-8–A mystery of mythological proportions kicks off a charming new comic series. Middle schooler Karen learns she’ll be staying with her father at Mt. Olympus while her mom relocates for an art project. Though it takes Karen some time to catch on, readers will notice something’s up; she’s treated like royalty on the flight and greeted by an enormous welcoming committee accompanying her father, “Zed,” at the airport. Karen discovers that her father is Zeus, king of the gods, and her classmates are the Olympians themselves, who have chosen to be teens again for fun. She’s still trying to get into the swing of things when a student is found turned to stone. Worried about suspicion falling on her, Karen enlists the help of her classmates to clear her name and crack the case. Readers pleased by the well-paced plot and endearing characters will be happy to note that the ending indicates further escapades are in store. Those familiar with Greek mythology will enjoy deciphering who is who, both from clues in the text and in the lively full-color illustrations. Karen and her father are white; the other characters are a variety of skin tones. Back matter includes character biographies of the featured Olympians and a bibliography.
VERDICT Sure to be a hit among readers seeking an exciting mystery with mythological flair. Purchase where Rick Riordan’s series are popular.

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