Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

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Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety.
   So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. These newcomers don’t know the ways of Krete; perhaps they won’t be afraid of a girl who will someday be a powerful goddess. And indeed she meets Theseus, the son of the king of Athens. Ariadne finds herself drawn to the newcomer, and soon they form a friendship—one that could perhaps become something more.
   Yet Theseus is doomed to die as an offering to the Minotaur, that monster beneath the palace—unless he can kill the beast first. And that "monster" is Ariadne’s brother . . .

 

About Tracy Barrett

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Tracy Barrett is the author of the Sherlock Files books, as well as several other acclaimed books for young people, including King of Ithaka, Cold in Summer and Anne of Byzantium. Her books have been named an ALA Best Book for young adults, a Bank Street best children's book of the year, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 323 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Part of the Athenians’ tribute, Theseus has recently discovered his royal parentage, only to be sent to Krete as fodder for the fabled “Minotauros,” Ariadne’s simple-minded, deformed and bullishly strong brother, Asterion.

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Ariadne believes in the traditions of her home, but secrets that her mother has kept, including doubts of Ariadne's validity as her successor, cause big problems when her mother dies.

Aug 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Dark of the Moon

City Book Review

The result is not the characters you expect to see, but a mentally ill brother, a boastful hero, and a young woman who is conscious of her duty as future goddess.

Nov 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Dark of the Moon

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But when a series of tragedies changes everything about Krete, Theseus and Ariadne must choose between saving the world they know or the people they love the most.

Nov 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Dark of the Moon

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