KING OF ITHAKA by Tracy Barrett

KING OF ITHAKA

Age Range: 12 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this hero’s quest drawn from Homer’s Odyssey, Telemachos, only child of Odysseus, King of Ithaka, has waited 16 years for his wandering father to return from the Trojan wars while his dutiful mother, Penelopeia, fends off would-be suitors. When a stranger challenges him to find his father, Telemachos consults an oracle, who prophesies Ithaka will have a king only after he searches for Odysseus and returns “to the place that is not, on the day that is not, bearing the thing that is not.” Adventure follows Telemachos as he sails to Pylos and travels cross country to Sparta with his centaur pal, Brax, and their (human) female chum, Polydora. He chronicles this perilous journey in the first person, allowing readers to witness his metamorphosis from an immature, self-centered youth to an appealing leader who eclipses his famous father in strength, bravery, generosity and compassion, fulfilling the cryptic prophecy. A rousing introduction to epic characters and mythic creatures of ancient Greece from the fresh perspective of an engaging young hero. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8969-1
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2010




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