Corydon and the Island of Monsters by Tobias Druitt
(Corydon Trilogy)

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A young shepherd, Corydon, is driven out of his village because of his unusual appearance and then captured and put on display as a monster. Alongside him in the traveling freak show are Medusa, the Minotaur, the Sphinx, and other classical beasts. When Corydon helps these monsters to escape their cages, they scatter to seek peace and solitude away from prying eyes. But then an army of “heroes” arrives hoping to win glory by killing the monsters, and Corydon must unite these unloved and unlikely allies to fight for their survival and for their island home.


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About Tobias Druitt

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Tobias Druitt lives in Oxford, England. This is his first novel. The author lives in Oxford, England.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published February 20, 2009 by Yearling. 306 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The final volume in this trilogy based on Greek mythology (Corydon & the Fall of Atlantis, 2007, etc.) successfully wraps up its threads, but weaves them together so slowly that readers may lose interest.

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Driven by the same agile imagination and lively wit that animated Corydon and the Island of Monsters (2006), this sequel sends goat-footed young Corydon off to Atlantis to rescue his friend, the gentle Minotaur.

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They are the bickering but affectionate gorgons Euryale and Sthenno, who have taken him under their metal-feathered wings, and Medusa—cast here as a smart, snarky single mother carrying Poseidon’s child and transformed by Athena into snake-haired hideousness because of it.

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Corydon helps the imprisoned creatures to escape and they become a kind of family, including Sphinx, two amusing Gorgon sisters and Medusa, with whom he develops a tender mother-son relationship.

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Kidz World

When they reveal that he is the secret son of Pan, the goat-legged god of wild nature, and that he must lead the monsters to victory, Corydon finds himself in the middle of a huge battle that he doesn't know how to win.

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In his first novel about Corydon, the outcast boy with the goat's leg who becomes a reluctant hero, Tobias Druitt devised a rich, imaginative reworking of Greek mythology, turning old stories on their heads, making monsters into heroes and heroes into buffoons.

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Betrayed by his own mother, still longing for a perfect maternal love that doesn't exist, Corydon must learn to recognize true motherly love --- flawed but powerful --- in this most unlikely creature.

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