Arachne Speaks by Kate Hovey

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Orb weavers!
Weavers of tangled nets!
All eight-legged ones...
Cast to the four winds
my story's thread.

Arachne, classical literature's most famous weaver exhorts her spider minions in this epic adaptation of a famous Greek myth.

The talented, rebellious teenage Arachne here tells her own story in unforgettable words. She speaks of her impoverished childhood and lonely, steadfast pursuit of excellence in a bold, passionate voice. Her unshakable belief in herself and persistent questioning of divine authority lead to a dramatic confrontation with the goddess Athena, a fateful weaving contest, and an unexpected transformation.

Poet Kate Hovey's lyrical verse and Blair Drawson's stunning artwork together create a timeless rendering of the ancient struggle between the headstrong Arachne and the powerful Athena.


About Kate Hovey

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Kate Hovey lives in Northridge, California, with her husband Grant Gullickson, daughters Ivy and Ellie, and son Glen. Arachne Speaks is her first book.
Published February 1, 2001 by Margaret K. McElderry. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the end Arachne, still unbowed, crows that Athena is forgotten while her own descendants “thrive / weaving our story again and again, / to the planet’s end— / even then, we will survive.” The tale’s Freudian overtones may give even adult readers a new perspective on classical mythology;

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This oversize volume addresses a narrow audienceDsophisticated and skilled adolescent readers who remain open to picture booksDbut it offers those readers profound satisfaction. Debut author Hovey rew

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Debut author Hovey reworks the myth of Arachne in elegant rhymed verse, writing mostly in Arachne's voice but also in the voice of Athena.

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Athena challenges Arachne to a weaving contest, which Arachne wins.

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