Myths in the Modern Age

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Great Zeus! Think Greek, Roman, Norse and other gods are gone? See if these stories about contemporary teens change your mind!

Helen Hamilton has nightmares about three ancient women. After she tries to kill a fellow student, she learns that she is reliving an ancient curse dating back to Helen of Troy. The Starcrossed series continues with Dreamless and Goddess.

In this modern re-telling of the Persephone myth, Nikki regrets her decision to become an immortal in the Everneath, a place between Earth and Hell, and is allowed to return to Earth for six months. The Everneath series continues with Everbound and Evertrue.

A modern teen girl lives in California and is tested by life and love as Psyche, Echo, Eurydice and Persephone in this beautiful free-verse novel. Best for older teen readers.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce's life has been turned upside down. After drowning, she returns from the Underworld only to be expelled from school, have to move from Connecticut to Florida. To top it all off, she keeps running into John, a dark handsome guy who just happens to be a death deity.

Kate Winters' mother is dying of cancer. So she makes a deal with Henry, Greek god of the underworld. She will try to pass seven seemingly impossible tests and he'll keep her mother alive. If she succeeds, she'll become a goddess herself.

Danu wanders in to a hippie restaurant where Joe (Jupiter) reveals that she is that month’s Zodiac Girl. Various gods and goddesses help her turn her life around. A nice light take on the myth scene. Try others in the Zodiac Girls series.

Hayley travels the mythosphere with her cousin where strands of myths from all times and places are connected. If she’s clever enough, she can free her parents, Cyrus (Sisyphus) and Merope (a Pleiade) and avoid the wrath of her Uncle Jolyon (Jupiter). Don't know your myths so well? Check out the descriptions in the back!

Funny take on the Cupid and Psyche story with an honest look at love and jealousy. Best for older readers.

John, Jack and Charles suddenly become the new keepers of the Imaginarium Geographica, the atlas of Archipelago of Dreams where all the lands that have ever existed in myth, legend, fable and fairy tale are mapped. They must bring King Arthur’s heir to the throne, defeat the Winter King and his automatons and bring the dragons back to Archipelago, thus restoring peace to their own world. The quest continues in the Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series.

After Percy Jackson's teacher turns into a monster and tries to kill him, he's sent off to Camp Half Blood, where, surprise! as the son of Poseidon he's sent on a quest to stop the gods from destroying Earth. A super funny series!

Twins Josh and Sophie Newman are working in San Francisco while their archeologist parents are on a dig. Josh’s boss turns out to be immortal 14th century alchemist John Dee, the powerful Book of Abraham is in the hands of golems and the twins may be the key to saving the world if they can beat off the werewolves, vampires, evil birds and rats. This faced paced yet thoughtful book is the first in projected 6 volume series.

Gryllus the ex-sailor pig, an ex-priestess named Sybil and mopey, dopey teenaged Homer are on a hilarious quest to prevent Thanatos from detonating Pluto’s iron (plutonium), killing everyone and taking over. Not to give away the ending, but the crew takes on Thantos again in The Pig Who Saved the World.

Fifteen year old Preston Bear is bored until Tara Herpecheveux moves into the house next door. She’s charismatic and mysterious, with long golden curls and sunglasses she never takes off. The students who fall under her spell are also the ones to develop a disease that petrifies their bodies and gives them a fatal case of ennui. Can he stop her?

Dussie wakes up one day to find out she’s from a long line of Gorgons. To make it in modern day Manhattan she needs the help of her mother’s friends including the Sphinx, a Lamia with dragon wings, a Siren, the furies, her Gorgon aunts and a kindly old man. Should she keep the snakes? Should she get rid of them before she turns another person to stone?

Five teens from around the world survive an earthquake and are drawn to travel to each other only to find out that they must fight on behalf of different pantheons of gods. Follow them in the Avatarsseries.

Jack Perdu spends most of his time studying classical languages like Latin and Greek. After he gets hit by a car, he seems to be fine, but strange things start happening. His father sends him to New York City to see a special doctor, and in Grand Central Station he meets a girl named Euri, who leads him on a special tour of the station, going farther beneath the tracks than any...living...person can usually go. Jack discovers the Underworld and thinks maybe this is the chance to see his mother, who died eight years ago. Not only are there characters and quirky facts from NYC's history, but also there are lots of parallels to the story of Orpheus in the Underworld from Metamorphoses by Ovid.

Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil. Watch Alfred battle more evil in Alfred Kropp: the Seal of Solomon and Alfred Kropp: the Thirteenth Skull