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Gr. 4-6. George O'Connor's ongoing graphic novel series has not suffered with age; Apollo provides a fresh look at the Greek God, as told through the eyes (and varying narrative styles) of the nine Muses. Seven tales of Apollo are presented in this book, linked together by the narrators' interactions. As entertaining as the story is -providing a look at the darker sides of the sun god - the real gem of the series continues to be the back-matter O'Connor includes in each volume. Notes on the panels and information about historical aspects abound and create the perfect marriage of entertainment and education. Each volume of the series can stand alone, but an added pleasure is seeing how the stories overlap and interact. A very good choice for book clubs and a savvy way to introduce classical history to the Percy Jackson fans.
This book is a fantastic deal for such an exceptional quality book (this is my translation of what my 9-year-old son said "this book is so cheap for being so good!"). These are instant favorites for my 3rd grade twin boys and are a great supplement for their love of the Percy Jackson series. Great, super speedy, delivery of high quality books.
Another fantastic read from George O'Connor, Apollo brings a new flavor to the series while still capturing the spirit of the other books. It builds its stories and characters off of the stories and characters from the previous books and definitely shows that O'Connor has a well planned and thought out vision for the series. The storytelling is more like the style of Poseidon, in that it hops around a lot and tells many stories that all help show the main point of the character. Unlike Poseidon, all the stories directly involve Apollo and he is front and center for most if not the entirety of the novel. Not my favorite of the series but still a solid book definitely worth checking out.