Tobias Druitt is the pseudonym for Diane Purkiss and her son, Michael Dowling. Diane is Tutor in English at Keble College, Oxford, and the first Oxford English Faculty member since C S Lewis and JR R Tolkien to publish a children's book. Her key academic interests are classical literature, and women in literature. Her co-author, Michael, is ten years old and one of the stars of the Channel 4 documentary: Child Genius, coming out in January. They live in Oxford.
Gr 7-9-In this sequel to Corydon & the Fall of Atlantis (Knopf, 2007), Corydon Panfoot is living in the desert with Azil, Bin Khamal, and Sikandar. The friends drift from place to place, herding goats and camels that they have stolen and, occasionally, raiding for more. One major theft drives the boys to the city of Tashkurgan. There Sikandar must choose the fairest among three goddesses, two of whom destroy the city when they aren't selected. Corydon vows that he will somehow destroy the callous Olympians and is guided by a sphinx to the city of Troy. He finds the city already besieged but is soon reunited with many of his monster friends, including the Gorgons Sthenno and Euryale; the Minotaur; and Lamia, the Snake-Girl. Despite their many skills and the interventions of allies ranging from Amazons to a host of small gods, the Trojan forces are no match for Akhilleus, Odysseus, and the Olympian gods that support them. Corydon and the Minotaur must attempt one last desperate ploy in order to allow the other monsters time to lead the remnants of Troy to safety. Readers familiar with Homer will recognize many of the events here, albeit in a different format, and the language is stunning. Readers of the first books in this series will definitely want this one, and even those who haven't read them will be able to enjoy this volume.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.