Saturday, January 10, 2015

Odus and the Long Way Home

By Dare DeLano

Product DetailsHow do you introduce the classics to a new generation? Better yet, how do you introduce the classics, keep their attention and do so in a way that will not only be enjoyable, but leave your audience clamoring for more? That's the monumental task author Dare DeLano takes on in her new book Odus and the Long Way Home, the first book of her Book Keeper series.

Siblings Liz and Charlie are in for an adventure when eccentric Aunt Gertrude blows into town. Drawn to a peculiar set of books on the bookshelf in her room, Liz and Charlie soon find themselves deeply (and quite literally) entranced by Homer's story The Odyssey. In fact, the two find themselves a vital part of Odysseus' grand adventures: from escaping the Cyclops and Lotus Eaters, to surviving the sirens' song, to outsmarting the suitors determined to win the hand of Odysseus' beloved Penelope.

Ms. DeLano has done a masterful job at staying true to the original story while keeping a young audience (and this reviewer!) fully engaged. Details draw in the reader to the point where it's like you're in the story yourself. You can almost feel the spray of the ocean or experience the fear of discovery in the Cyclops' cave. The next book in this installment is titled "Two Cities." I look forward to reading that one and sincerely hope there are many more to come.

Parents, grandparents, elementary teachers: you want to add the books of Aunt Gertrude's  library to your own and share the joy of some of classic literature's greatest adventures with the young minds you care for.

This book was provided for review by the author.
The review was submitted by Kristin  - Kristin is a wife, homeschooling mom and the founder of The Book Trotter.  She wrote her first review over 20 years ago and has been reading and loving books ever since.

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