Odysseus and his men have done what no other mortals have done: returned alive from the terrifying Land of the Dead. Armed with warnings and advice from the ghost of the prophet Tiresias, Odysseus is determined to finally sail home to Ithaca. But the enchantress Circe tells him the Greeks will face even more horrors on their journey, including an encounter with Scylla, the six-headed monster, and Charybdis, the deadly whirlpool. Who will survive these terrors and how?
Odysseus is trapped on the island of the sea goddess, Calypso. The beautiful goddess wants him to forget his wife and son and marry her, but he is determined to return home. Back in Ithaca, Odysseus' wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, desperately fend off suitors who want to marry Penelope in order to take control of Odysseus' island. It is only with the help of the gray-eyed goddess Athena that they can hope to ever become a family again.
About the Author
Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the bestselling Magic Tree House series. She has also written many acclaimed retellings of myths, folktales, and works of historical fiction.
James Simmons has worked extensively on stage and television and can be seen in the film version of Henry V.
Date of Birth:May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:B.A., University of North Carolina
Table of Contents
|1||Island of the Cannibal Giants||11|
|2||A Gift from the Gods||20|
|3||The Witch's Spell||27|
|4||The Messenger God||41|
|5||The Witch's Palace||47|
|7||The Land of the Dead||68|
|8||Like a Shadow or a Dream||73|
|9||The Warrior Ghosts||83|
|About Homer and the Odyssey||93|
|Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece||96|
|The Main Gods and Goddesses and Pronunciation of Their Names||98|
|Pronunciation Guide to Other Proper Names||101|
|A Note on the Sources||103|
|About the Author||105|