Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 8
The story of Hercules is one of the most dramatic of the ancient Greek tales, loved by readers for its excitement and suspense. This novel captures the drama of the early tale and introduces us to Jason, an eleven-year-old who desperately wants to be less like his father and more like his great hero, Hercules.
Hercules and Jason face tasks far more challenging than most mortals -- or even Gods -- could complete. Among them they must slay a nine-headed serpent, tame flesh-eating horses, and capture a magnificent white deer. Each has his own reason for risking life and limb -- Hercules to escape a curse placed on him by Hera, Zeus's wife; Jason because he wants so passionately to become strong, brave and daring. Together they discover that strength and bravery are not the only paths to heroism.
About the author
by Priscilla Galloway and illustrated by Normand Cousineau
Priscilla Galloway has taken the various events in Hercules's adventurous life and created a fictional account of it, using a stylized English that reflects the ancient times.... Galloway has found a novel way to present a complicated story that children can digest. By adding the 10-year-old Jason to the story, she allows the young reader to experience vicariously Jason's time with Hercules. The difficult story is explained through the dialogue and explanations.... It provides the reader with a basis to remember the myth of Hercules and serves an enticement to read more myths from ancient civilizations. Recommended.
Other titles by Priscilla Galloway
Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road
Our Canadian Girl Lisa #4 Have I Found a Goldmine
Our Canadian Girl Lisa #3 the Trouble with Gold
The Trouble With Gold
Our Canadian Girl Lisa #2 the Trail To Golden Cariboo
Too Young to Fight
Memories from our Youth During World War II
and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed
Our Canadian Girl Lisa #1 Overland To Cariboo
Overland To Cariboo
Truly Grim Tales
The Fastest Runner in the World