Oh My Gods! Book Review by Megan E. Freeman

Oh My Gods!

by Stephanie Cooke & Insha Fitzpatrick, illustrated by Juliana Moon

Oh My Gods!, the first in a new middle grade graphic novel series, reads as if Raina Telgemeier and Rick Riordan teamed up to write a comic, and offers a fresh and funny spin on Greek mythology. When an average girl moves to Mt. Olympus, she discovers her new classmates are gods and mythological creatures are actually real—as if junior high isn’t hard enough! Karen is just an average thirteen-year-old from New Jersey who loves to play video games with her friends and watch movies with her mom. But when she moves to Greece to live with her eccentric, mysterious father, Zed, suddenly everything she thought about herself—about life—is up in the air. Starting a new school can be difficult, but starting school at Mt. Olympus Junior High, where students are gods and goddesses, just might take the cake. Especially when fellow classmates start getting turned to stone. Greek mythology . . . a little less myth, a little more eek! And if Karen’s classmates are immortal beings, who does that make her?

Stephanie Cooke is a writer and editor based out of Toronto, Canada where she lives with her snuggly cat that she is very allergic to. She is the writer of ParaNorthern and the co-writer of Oh My Gods!.

Instagram: @hellocookie

Twitter: @hellocookie

Insha Fitzpatrick is a New Jersey-based writer, editor, and professional spooky person. She's the founder and EIC of DIS/MEMBER. On her days off, she's learning more about film, watching all things true crime, and trying to write her next book.

Twitter: @benwyyatt

Megan's Review

In this clever idea for a graphic novel series, readers discover the surprising world of Mt Olympus Junior High right along with Karen, the main character who is plucked from her normal life to travel abroad to spend time with her father. The illustrations give the first clues that Karen’s visit to Greece might not be as straightforward as she thinks, and as the story progresses, there are more indications that everything is in question, even Karen’s perception of herself as a mortal. Those familiar with Greek mythology will enjoy the many allusions incorporated throughout the text and illustrations, including the owl on Athena’s backpack, a clique of mean girls (the Fates), and the source of the mystery that Karen and her friends must ultimately unravel (a family of Gorgons). But no prior knowledge of mythology is required to follow or enjoy the story, and there is even a helpful page of detailed notes about each of the gods represented in the book, along with fun annotations by Karen herself. The authors also include a bibliography with a list of varied resources for further reading and research. Oh My Gods! is an ideal complement to any curricular unit on Greek mythology and will engage both reluctant readers and mythology enthusiasts, as well as aspiring graphic novelists and illustrators.

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Megan E. Freeman attended an elementary school where poets visited her classroom every week and she has been a writer ever since. She writes middle grade and young adult fiction, as well as poetry for adults.

Also an award-winning teacher, Megan has decades of experience teaching in the arts and humanities and is nationally recognized for her work leading professional development workshops for educators. Visit her website to learn more about her debut novel, ALONE, coming January 12, 2021.

Website: www.meganefreeman.com

Twitter: @meganefreeman