The Odyssey by Gillian Cross

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A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.

Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer.

About Gillian Cross

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Gillian Cross is the Carnegie Medal–winning author of Wolf. She lives in England.Neil Packer is the illustrator of several classic books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude. His illustrations for The Odyssey took many years — "Nearly as long as Odysseus’s journey!" he says. He lives in London.
Published September 6, 2012 by Walker Books Ltd. 176 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A straight, journalistic visual account of Europe in destruction, as the special observer and public relations man of the Red Cross follows catastrophe after catastrophe, Poland, Finland, Norway, the Low Countries, France, Spain and Portugal.

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An anemic retelling of the epic is paired to crabbed, ugly illustrations.

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In this stunning, heavily illustrated retelling, Cross (Where I Belong) gives shivery life to Homer’s saga, keeping the suspense taut and recounting the story’s most disturbing events without flinchin

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USA Today

His narrative turns powerfully critical in examining the aftermath of lies, destroyed evidence and falsified documents in an unconscionable cover-up, which led Tillman's devastated family, the news media and the public to believe that Tillman had died heroically in a firefight with Taliban warrio...

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Time Out New York

With his film 'The Odyssey' (one of four shorts commissioned for the London 2012 Festival) Asif Kapadia considers London from 2005, when the city won the Olympic bid, to 2012, the year of the Games.

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