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This sixth entry in O'Connor's growing series, after Poseidon (2013), is just as inviting as its predecessors. Wide panels filled with seductive colours depict Aphrodite's birth from the sea, her marriage to Hephaistos, and, most importantly, the jealousy and passion she engenders among the other Olympians. The author cleverly begins the story far before Aphrodite's birth, emphasising the generative power of love since the beginning of creation. When the goddess appears, she's merely an embodiment of longstanding force of nature—a gorgeous one, to be sure, but she's also wry, witty, and deeply aware of her power. Most of the time here is spent telling the story of dopey, wide-eyed Paris, who is forced to choose one of three powerful goddesses to receive the apple of discord, precipitating the Trojan War. Compellingly, O'Connor doesn't merely present the conflict as a beauty contest as it is often cast, but rather as a subtle, tricky power play orchestrated by Zeus all along. As usual, lots of source information and further reading make this classroom friendly. Grades 6-9. --Sarah Hunter --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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George O'Connor's hit series, Olympians, has landed on the New York Times bestseller list (Hades and Poseidon) and found a devoted fan-base among readers and educators. Aphrodite: Goddess of Love is the latest installment in the series.

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Praise for Olympians: "Definitely worth a visit for any young demigod." --Rick Riordan "Readers . . . will be delighted with this debut title in the Olympians series of graphic novels." --"BCCB," starred review Praise for Olympians: "Definitely worth a visit for any young demigod." --Rick Riordan on The Olympians Series"Readers . . . will be delighted with this debut title in the Olympians series of graphic novels." --BCCB, starred review on The Olympians Series Definitely worth a visit for any young demigod. "Rick Riordan on The Olympians Series" Readers . . . will be delighted with this debut title in the Olympians series of graphic novels. "BCCB, starred review on The Olympians Series""

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