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Chicken House Ltd
Paperback / softback
The first book in the hilarious bestselling WHO LET THE GODS OUT series, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize!'I totally fell in love with Elliot and the gods, and I think you're all going to love them too.' ROBIN STEVENS'One of the funniest new voices in children's literature. The laughs come thick and fast' DAVID SOLOMONSElliot's mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world - and solving Elliot's problems too? If you loved WHO LET THE GODS OUT?, check out book 2: SIMPLY THE QUEST!
Elliot is finding life difficult. His mother is ill, they have no money, final demands are piling up and the next door neighbour is after their farm. School is no better either as Elliot turns up in less than perfect uniform and falls asleep in lessons, but dare not tell his teachers of the difficulties at home. Then suddenly, one night, there is an almighty crash in the cowshed and Elliot comes face to face with a strange girl who insists she has been sent to earth to deliver something important to Prisoner 42. Elliot, not surprisingly, is somewhat sceptical, until he actually meets Prisoner 42 and from then on, his life becomes even more complicated. His visitor, it turns out, is Virgo, a Zodiac goddess, and between them, they unintentionally free the evil daemon, Thanatos. The only way to put things right is to enlist the help of Zeus and the other Gods, a task that will take them and the reader on a romp through the major characters of Greek mythology. This is a fast paced fantasy teamed with a lot of humour and the very real heartbreak of the illness suffered by Elliot's Mum. The book ends not with a solution to Elliot's problems but with the knowledge that he has friends to help him, whatever life throws at him. It also ends with a hint of further adventures to come. 368 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by June Hughes, school librarian.
Suggested Reading Age 9+