Quiver by Stephanie Spinner

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Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta, the fleet-footed girl warrior who could outrun any man in ancient Greece.
Cast off and abandoned at birth, Atalanta– saved by a she-bear and raised by hunters–proves herself to be a superior archer and the fastest runner in the land. But her skills and independence anger many, including her father, the Arcadian King, who suddenly reclaims her and demands that she produce an heir to the throne. Atalanta has pledged herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who has forbidden her to marry. Unwilling to break her promise, Atalanta suggests a grim compromise: she will marry the first man to beat her in a race, but everyone she defeats must die. All the while, Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros, and Zeus himself watch–and interfere–from on high.


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About Stephanie Spinner

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Stephanie Spinner is the bestselling author of many books for young readers, including Aliens for Breakfast (with Jonathan Etra) and Expiration Date: Never (with Terry Bisson).From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this retelling of the classical legend, "Atalanta has depth as a strong, female protagonist who not only defeats men but who also trusts herself," according to PW .

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Spinner's pacing is somewhat awkward (the story takes too long to unfold, and the conclusion seems rushed), and the large cast is hard to keep straight, but Atalanta has depth as a strong, female protagonist who not only defeats men but who also trusts herself.

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SF Site

What Stephanie Spinner undertakes is certainly more difficult to pull off effectively: she preserves the mythic setting and tells the story through Atalanta's first-person narration, remaining faithful to the constants of the myth, and even includes further details on the different versions of it...

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Common Sense Media

Upon her return she is summoned by her father, who turns out to be a king, and ordered to marry, even though she is an acolyte of Artemis, pledged to chastity.

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Kidz World

Then why not pick up a copy of the book Quiver, the tale of Atlanta the huntress, by Stephanie Spinner?

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