Lu Reviews: Goddess Girls- Athena The Brain by Joan Holub / Suzanne Williams

Lu’s Reviews is a new feature where my almost eight year old daughter and I talk about the books we’re reading together. Some are bought, some may have been sent to myself from publishers for review. In all cases they have been pulled down from the book shelf by Lucy herself and read for no other reason than she wanted to. 

Athena has always been above average. She has never quite fit in at Triton Junior High, but who would’ve guessed that Athena is actually a goddess? Principal Zeus’s daughter, to be exact.

When she’s summoned to Mount Olympus Academy, Athena thinks she might actually fit in for the first time in her life. But in some ways, school on Mount Olympus is not that different from down on Earth, and Athena is going to have to deal with the baddest mean girl in history: Medusa! (from

First Book in the Goddess Girls series
Age Range 8-11 years
Published May 2012 by Atom (UK)

Lucy says: 

Why did I choose this book?: It sounded good from the title and I liked the picture of Athena on the front. 

What I liked about this book: I really liked Athena because she was very talented and how she thought she wouldn’t win the invention competition but she did. I liked her school because it had lots of strange teachers. I liked Pallas because she was funny and liked Poseidon. It made me laugh when Athena found out her mum was a fly. I liked finding out about Ancient Greece.

What I Didn’t Like: I didn’t like that some of the words were very hard to read.  

Would I Read It Again?: No because it was a bit hard to read and I didn’t like the way people talked.

Would I read the next book in the series?: Maybe when I’m 10

I score this book: 3. It was ok. I liked a some of it but didn’t like the hard words.

Mum says: 

Goddess Girls was a fun introduction to Greek Mythology…although it did seem to presume kids would already know something of characters such as Zeus, Aphrodite, Medusa, Persephone and Ancient Greece itself. Lucy had a LOT of questions while reading this book and I’ll be looking for a kids non fiction book on the subject. The names in particular caused a bit of frustration, Lu’s a very capable reader for her age…but even I struggle with some of them! This book is probably better suited to a slightly older child, as Lu say’s 10 would be perfect. The age old favourite Boarding School setting with a new twist definitely caught her imagination though.

We received this book from the publisher for review purposes.

3 thoughts on “Lu Reviews: Goddess Girls- Athena The Brain by Joan Holub / Suzanne Williams

  1. Well done to Lu for reviewing! It isn't easy to begin with, is it? 🙂 Great job though, keep up the good work!

    E gets so put off by hard to pronounce names too!


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