Friday, April 20, 2018

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told By His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy [Spotlight the book & giveaway]

Argos: The Story of Odysseus as Told By His Loyal Dog by Ralph Hardy (HarperCollins; 3/27/2018; ISBN: 978-0062396792; Paperback $6.99; Ages 8-12, 400 pages) 

A middle grade reimagining of Homer’s The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog, Argos.

Now available in paperback, this rousing story of devotion and determination is an original take on one of the most beloved myths of all time.

For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to home on Ithaka. He defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He does whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

And what of that family—his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those twenty years, they wait, unsure whether they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master.

Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s epic voyage. These tales bring hope that one day his master will return. Meanwhile, Argos the loyal dog watches over his master’s family and protects them from the dangers that surround a throne without its king.will be swept away by this enchanting debut as they hurry to unlock the terrible truth of the Tombs.
Begins April 20
ENDS May 12 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA addresses only.

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DISCLOSURE: This is solely a book "spotlight" and does not indicate that I have read nor can endorse the contents of the book. I believe it would be a good story for middle-school students. Giveaway copy is provided by MMPublicity to the winner selected randomly using the Rafflecopter sysem.


  1. "Did you ever read (or study in school) The Story of Odysseus? If so, what was your 'take away'?" I first read it when I was about 10 because I had an old 1960s Penguin paperback of Homer's "Odysseus." While there might be some unfamiliar vocabulary, it's basically very accessible for any intelligent 10- or 11-year-old. That being said, there are several elements, at least, which would make a lot of parents say that the original story by Homer is very non-family-friendly, in ways that I won't describe!

  2. I have never read it. I will check it out.

  3. No I never read or studied it in school.

  4. No I never studied The Story of Odysseus

  5. I have not read it but look forward to reading it now.

  6. I have not read yet but the cover looks awesome!

  7. nope haven't read it yet

  8. the story of odysseus is probably my favourite story. i have read so many translations and versions, and i love them all. i am soooo excited to share this with my kids!

  9. Oysseus was a superhero and his dog lives up to that name.

  10. This would go well with a unit on Greek mythology. Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on!

  11. I read it in school. It sparked an interest in ancient Greek culture and literature in me. Homer is one of my favorite authors.


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