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The epic journey of Odysseus, the hero of Ancient Greece...After ten years of war, Odysseus turns his back on Troy and sets sail for home. But his voyage takes another ten years and he must face many dangers - Polyphemus the greedy one-eyed giant, Scylla the six-headed sea monster and even the wrath of the gods themselves - before he is reunited with his wife and son. Brilliantly retold by award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140383096
ISBN-10: 0140383093
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 129mm x 8mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Puffin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » A classic expertly retold, issued in a handsome, slightly oversize format with Ambrus's robust illustrations. The siege of Troy ends "in a flash of fire, a splash of blood and a trampling of horses," and Odysseus sets out on the journey home, little knowing how long and hazardous it will be. McCaughrean tells the tale in clear, semiformal prose, ornamented with poetic passages (". . .all those men who had answered the call to war and mustered from every island and shore of the O-round ocean. . .") and flashes of (often grisly) humor: " 'Mmm. Two eyes. Almost repulsive. But I won't let it put me off. Me, Polyphemus, I'll try anything once.' Reaching out, he picked up the fattest member of the crew and crammed him into that cavernous mouth." In Ambrus's full-page ink and watercolor illustrations (alternating with b&w), Odysseus stands boldly aboard his ship, encounters a series of lissome women (bare-breasted, in the case of the Sirens), and comes home at last to his stubbornly faithful wife, Penelope. The long passages in tiny type may intimidate some readers outwardly, but the adventure's timeless spell will soon draw them in. A fitting companion to Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy (1993). (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Homer

Born and educated in Enfield, North London, Geraldine McCaughrean is the youngest of three children. She worked at a London publishing house for ten years, and now works from home, in Berkshire. She has written around a hundred and sixty books, mostly for children. She has won numerous awards, including the Whitbread Book of the Year Children's Novel Award, The Guardian Prize, and the Carnegie Medal.

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