“It began on a Friday, as strange things often do.”
Who Let the Gods Out
Elliot’s worries are very much grounded in the real world. His mum isn’t well and whilst Elliot is trying to hold everything together, the money problems keep coming. If he doesn’t find £20,000 in exactly one week they will be turfed out of their farm for good with nowhere to go.
But sometimes life surprises you with a bolt from the blue.
(Or a constellation.)
Possibly the last thing Elliot was expecting to land in their cowshed was Virgo: a young immortal from Elysium, on Earth to deliver ambrosia to a prisoner kept by the Gods near his home. Specifically, under Stonehenge. Thrown together by fate, they join forces but when the delivery goes wrong and the pair accidentally release Thanatos, diabolical Daemon of Death, things get a bit dicey. With the whole of the human race under threat, it’s time to get the big guns involved. Enter Zeus and a cast of Gods like you’ve never seen them before.
MG Roller Coaster
Who Let the Gods is a substantial MG roller coaster of an adventure. It’s a big story- over 350 pages- and is packed full of action and humour. It’s properly roll around on the floor can’t get your breath funny. The characters are varied and hilarious. For example:
Charon the ferryman crossing passengers over the river Styx is genius, a kind of London cabbie:
“Right-o, we’ll take the Severn- the Wye’s murder this time of day.”
And Zeus, retired for the past 2000 years. An ageing Lothario, schmoozing mortal women and having a blast:
“…he was rather surprised to find Zeus in a badly fitting light-blue tuxedo with a frilly shirt, holding a cheese and ham vol-au-vent. The long white hair was there, albeit badly slicked back with hair gel. And it wasn’t a strapping chest bursting out so much as a gigantic belly.”
Then there’s Sisyphus, who I’m pleased to report has a lisp. Thithyphuth.
I’ll leave you to discover the episode with Her Maj the Queen; sufficed to say it’s rather surprising!
Whether it’s a main character or a brief encounter, the attention given to reader response is second to none. This is why I’d love to teach it and see those reactions first hand. If I were sharing this with a class, I’d have a whale of a time. I’d be going all out with drama, role play, anything to get the children up and enjoying the pure joy Who Let the Gods Out gives. Fun and learning, together at last!
Who Let the Gods Out is the first part of a series and I’m very much looking forward to the next book, out in the summer.