The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he is focused on his duties as chief of a Maori tribe - a tribe that claims descent from the legendary 'whale rider'. And Kahu has a unique ally: the whale rider himself, from whom she has inherited the ability to communicate with whales. Once that sacred gift is revealed, Kahu may be able to earn her great-grandfather's attention - and lead her tribe to a bold new future.

Book: The Whale Rider, by Witi Ihimaera. Moving effortlessly between mythology and realism, pathos and comedy, The Whale Rider will delight readers of all ages.

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. Robin Hood is champion of the poor and oppressed by twelfth-century England against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. He takes refuge with his Merrie Men in the vast Sherwood Forest, emerginh time and again to outwit his enemies with daring and panache.

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Puffin Classics): Roger Lancelyn Green, John Boyne: Robin Hood, champion of the poor and opponent of the Sheriff of Nottingham, takes refuge in the Sherwood Forest and outwits his enemies with daring and panache.

Owl:A Novel by Joanna Orwin. Owl's trying to get used to life without his Dad while helping his family run their struggling farm. Then along comes Tama, a disgruntled city kid, full of aggro and resentment. The boys are set for a stand-off. Yet Tama's arrival coincides with Owl's discovery of some ancient rock art. Together they have set free the forces of the ancient myth of the Pouakai, a brutal man-eater bent on destruction.

A gripping adventure based on an ancient Maori myth is brought to life in this award-winning junior novel.

Norse Mythology / Neil Gaiman. Back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods.

Norse Mythology

Neil Gaiman’s newest book, Norse Mythology begins before the beginning with Surtr and his flaming sword in an empty, mist-choked universe and ends after the ending with the sons of gods and a game …

The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller. Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. When they heard Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows.

Orange Prize winner Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller is my current read.

The Chronicles of Arthur: Sword of Fire and Ice by John Matthews / Mike Collins [graphic novel]. Many know the stories of Arthur's adventures as king, but what about the years before he learned of his fated role? John Matthews, a renowned Arthurian legend expert and bestselling kids' book author, takes on the thrilling adventures of Arthur's teen years

The Chronicles of Arthur by John Matthews - Full-color action/adventure graphic novel from the New York Times bestselling author!

The Curse of Snakes / Christopher Fowler. Red Hellion lives opposite the creepy, tightly locked Torrington Park, or 'Viper's Green'. Walking home from school one day, he meets Max, who is trying to break in. Before he knows it, Red finds himself sucked into Max's plans to discover the whereabouts of his father, who disappeared weeks before under sinister circumstances connected with the park. But their investigations into the park, are linked to the terrible legend of Medusa . . .

The Curse of Snakes / Christopher Fowler. Red Hellion lives opposite the creepy, tightly locked Torrington Park, or 'Viper's Green'. Walking home from school one day, he meets Max, who is trying to break in. Before he knows it, Red finds himself sucked into Max's plans to discover the whereabouts of his father, who disappeared weeks before under sinister circumstances connected with the park. But their investigations into the park, are linked to the terrible legend of Medusa . . .

Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin’s Lavinia. Troy has fallen. Rome is a tiny village. At the end of Vergil’s epic poem The Aeneid, the Trojan hero Aeneas, following his destiny, is about to marry the Italian girl Lavinia. Daughter of a local king, Lavinia has lived in peace and freedom, and she is determined to follow her own destiny. So she gains her own voice, learning how to tell the story Vergil left untold — her story, her life, and the love of her life.

10 Contemporary Novels Based on Classic Lit That Are Actually Worth Your Time

Dido by Adele Geras. Just one swift, soft touch of his lips on hers and then he turned and walked away. Love can be deadly. Especially when two girls fall for the same man – one a queen, the other her serving girl. Elissa knows she is playing with fire, but she can't resist. Queen Dido suspects nothing, until one fateful night . . . Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken and as dawn breaks, a terrible tragedy unfolds.

A vivid novel inspired by the classic story of Dido from the author of TROY and ITHAKA.

Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud. Long ago, Halli Sveinsson’s ancestors fought monsters in the valley and drove them up into the hills. Halli wants to be a hero too, but when he rebels against his peaceful, boring life, he unleashes a series of terrible events. With the help of a girl called Aud, who is just as brave and curious as he is, Halli begins to piece together the secrets of the valley – but what they uncover threatens to destroy them . . .

Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud: (Johanna K.

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