Medusa by Kathleen Tracy
(Monsters in Myth)

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One of Greek mythology s most notorious monsters, Medusa, was so horrible that looking at her turned people to stone. But she wasn t always hideous. Medusa was born the beautiful daughter of two gods. A victim of Poseidon s whim, she incurred the wrath of the goddess Athena, who punished her by turning her into a monster. Then Athena doomed her to die at the hands of the hero Perseus. Even though Medusa is a minor character in the Greek stories, she has captured people s imagination for thousands of years. On the surface her story is a cautionary tale about dangers of vanity and pride. Looking closer, the story reveals intriguing glimpses into ancient Greek culture and the role of women played in society.

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KATHLEEN TRACY is a Los Angeles-based journalist. She is the author of over 20 titles, including The Boy Who Would Be King: An Intimate Portrait of Elvis Presley by His Cousin (1990). Her work has also been featured in A&E Biography Magazine and Variety.
Published May 11, 2010 by Mitchell Lane Publishers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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