Following in the shoes of some popular ‘tween novels, the ‘Pandora‘ books are charming, warm and entertaining. Nothing compares to Harry Potter, but Carolyn Hennesy is certainly a great writer, her ‘Pandora‘ books are fun and even educational, (don’t tell your kids that.)
In ‘Pandora Gets Jealous‘, Pandora (daughter of Titan Prometheus) needs a very good ‘show and tell’ for her school project. The day before the assignment is due, Pandora decides to ‘borrow’ a box from her father that contains several plagues that would ruin the world that Pandora, her friends and family live in. (This novel, and all of its sequels are set in ancient Greece.)
Pandora plans to show and tell about the box, how her father came to own it, and then take it safely home. The best laid plans…. Two of the popular, ugly acting girls insist on seeing the box and end up opening it, releasing the plagues.
The ancient world goes to heck in a handbag immediately. Plagues, volcanoes, insanity all hit at once. Next thing you know, Pandy, as she is known to her friends, is at Mt. Olympus in front of Zeus and the other gods.
As punishment, Pandy must travel the world and capture each plague and put it back in the box. She has a year to complete this impossible task. Many of the gods want Pandora to succeed in her quest and several items are bestowed on her.
As Pandy sets off on her adventure, her two best friends rush to meet up with her to help her accomplish her mission. Alcie, now has two left legs due to being close to the box when opened and Iole has little bumps all over her body with something alive in each little pocket. Also along for the ride is her snow white dog, Dido.
They’re off to capture the plagues. Pandy is not only accompanied by her friends and dog, she also has her faithful and wise wolf diary, a shell that she can communicate with her dad and a map given to her by the Hera, the queen of all deities. Pandy doesn’t entirely trust Hera, but has no choice except to try to complete her tasks.
Ms. Hennesy has woven a tale that is not only entertaining but tosses in some education. The gods and goddesses are real, (fictional, but true to the tales of ancient Greece).
As an adult, I enjoyed this book. It is appropriate for ‘tweens between 11-14.
Check out Ms. Hennesy’s author’s page here.
Buy ‘Pandora Gets Jealous’ here (this is the first of five books so far, stay tuned here for further reviews.)