Starfall by Michael Cadnum

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From acclaimed author Michael Cadnum comes the first in a series of novels based on the myths from Ovid's THE METAMORPHOSES.

Phaeton is the natural offspring of the Sun, but no one in his village believes him. After Phaeton fights his rival in front of their village over his parentage, he undertakes a long journey to the gates of dawn to confront his father and prove his worth. The trek is demanding, but when he arrives at his father's temple, he is awed and determined. His father grants him his wish: to ride the chariot of the sun. But as Phaeton tries to control the powerful steeds that pull the chariot, he fails and is forced to face his fate.

About Michael Cadnum

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Michael Cadnum, a National Book Award finalist, is the author of over a dozen novels for young adults. He lives in Albany, California.
Published September 1, 2004 by Orchard. 128 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet he remains becomingly modest, dutiful, and content—until a thoughtless taunt from a jealous rival sends him into a spiral of self-doubt and adolescent bravado that can be resolved only by demanding a fatal token of favor from his true father, the sun-god Apollo.

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He clearly defines the characters' flaws (Apollo's fatherly pride and rashness, Phaeton's overconfidence) and conjures images of Apollo's temple ("Columns rose up from the darkness, glowing gold and other precious metals pulsing with the subdued but tireless sunlight secreted within") and the god...

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