King of Ithaka by Tracy Barrett

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Telemachos has a comfortable life on his small island of Ithaka, where his mother Penelopeia keeps the peace even though the land has been without its king, his father Odysseus, since the Trojan War began many years ago.


But now the people are demanding a new king, unless Telemachos can find Odysseus and bring him home. With only a mysterious prophecy to guide him, Telemachos sets off over sea and desert in search of the father he has never known.


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 14, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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In this hero’s quest drawn from Homer’s Odyssey, Telemachos, only child of Odysseus, King of Ithaka, has waited 16 years for his wandering father to return from the Trojan wars while his dutiful mother, Penelopeia, fends off would-be suitors.

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I loved the fact that Telemachos spends most of the book with an idea of the characteristics a King must have to be a great person: strength, bravery, generosity but is clueless about the fourth aspect which is the ultimate attribute that will set Telemachos apart from all the Kings he meets.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of King of Ithaka

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I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family Tracy Barrett’s King of Ithaka takes the familiar Homeric tale of Odysseus and ret...

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