|Persephone the phony (Goddess Girls Graphic Novel)
Author: Campiti, David
Persephone usually goes along with whatever everyone else wants instead of doing what makes her happy. So when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels like she has found someone with whom she can be herself. But her mom (Ceres) and her friends don't exactly approve. If Hades can make her feel so special, is he really that bad, or just misunderstood? In graphic novel format.
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School Library Journal (05/01/22)
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School Library Journal - 05/01/2022 Gr 3–7—Persephone learns to speak up for herself to her fellow immortal classmates and protective "chariot mother," Demeter. After a prologue in which Demeter tells a very young Persephone to "go along to get along" in terms of playing games to make friends, tween Persephone has taken that advice to the extreme. She accepts whatever label her friends at Mount Olympus Academy apply to her, whether it's assuming her interest in knitting or influencing her clothing and makeup. Hades, treated as an outcast, appreciates Persephone for who she really is, but her friends and Demeter interfere with their friendship. The cast is mostly white, though Persephone's friend Artemis is Black. The use of the Greek pantheon, complete with mythological settings and creatures, meshes well with messages of self-confidence and autonomy. VERDICT Readers will learn assertiveness during Persephone's journey from Olympus through the underworld and back in this self-contained story. - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.